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Benedict XVI: Saying that Pope Francis has no theological training is a foolish prejudice

 Benedict XVI has blatantly, yet elegantly clarified what he thinks about the labels assigned to Pope Francis and himself.  

During the publication of a collection of writings by various theologians who reflect on Pope Francis' thought and theology, Benedict XVI sent a letter in which he says the following:  

"I applaud this initiative that wants to oppose and contradict the foolish prejudice that views Pope Francis as a man lacking particular theological or philosophical formation, while I would have been only a theorist of theology who understood little of the concrete life of today's Christians."  

The pope emeritus adds that the volumes on Francis' thought, "demonstrate that the pope is a man of profound philosophical and theological formation and, therefore, this helps see the interior continuity between the two pontificates, even with all the differences of style and temperament."  

Benedict XVI already has praised Pope Francis in the past, but in this case, he goes even further. He recognizes in his successor's pontificate a clear continuity, despite their different styles.  

Eleven theologians participate in the collection "Theology of Pope Francis," coordinated by Roberto Repole, president of the Italian Theological Association.