By: SCCB Staff
Vancouver, Canada - A conference was hosted last weekend at St. Mark's College at the University of British Columbia with the title, "Two Popes, One Spirit," highlighting the role of Benedict XVI and Francis in the Third Millennium Church.
Talks were given by a number of experts from a cross section of disciplines, but the clear highlight was a Skype talk given by His Holiness, the Pope Emeritus. The talk was streamed in from Benedict's home in Rome to the more than three hundred conference attendees.
Prof. George Riley, an economics professor at Cambridge, who was presenting a talk entitled, 'The Popes and Global Migrations,' said that it was especially moving to hear Pope Benedict say, 'I really like Pope Francis and everything he is doing. Sure, it is the exact opposite of everything I did, but you know.'"
Dr. Janet Smith, well-known professor of moral theology from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, largely said the same, "There is no question that these popes are very different - for instance, Pope Benedict loved the Catholic intellectual tradition and used it as a resource in his spiritual ministry while Pope Francis completely ignores it - but in every other way, they are so much alike."
|Mark Shea, possibly.|