CNA Staff, May 4, 2020 / 10:45 am
Modern society is formulating an "anti-Christian creed" and punishing those who resist it with "social excommunication," Benedict XVI has said in a new biography, published in Germany May 4.
In a wide-ranging interview at the end of the 1,184-page book, written by German author Peter Seewald, the pope emeritus said the greatest threat facing the Church was a "worldwide dictatorship of seemingly humanistic ideologies."
Benedict XVI, who resigned as pope in 2013, made the comment in response to a question about what he had meant at his 2005 inauguration, when he urged Catholics to pray for him "that I may not flee for fear of the wolves."
He told Seewald that he was not referring to internal Church matters, such as the "Vatileaks" scandal, which led to the conviction of his personal butler, Paolo Gabriele, for stealing confidential Vatican documents.