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Pope Benedict XVI, formerly Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, passed away on December 31, 2022.
Clark and Laura discuss the monumental impact Benedict had on them, and in the starting of A Simple House.
In this episode:
• Why you need to read Benedict's works
• NEW SEGMENT: Simple Living Hacks
• JP2 vs. Benedict in style and legacy
• Controversy: how Benedict handled sex abusers, the media, and SSPX
• The purpose of the Catholic Church
0:55 Intro to Pope Benedict segment
2:52 Benedict's contributions before papacy
5:08 Differences between Benedict and JP2
6:52 We went to Benedict's Mass in DC
7:55 Why retiring from being pope was a monumental move
11:41 Benedict's great theological contributions
16:45 "Introduction to Christianity"'s profound impact
20:07 Benedict's contributions to the Catechism
21:57 The three interviews
24:42 Encyclicals, Catholic Charities, & Love/Truth
31:26 Benedict's role in forming A Simple House
33:40 No one reads!!
42:09 The Historical-Critical Method and its faults
45:25 The "Jesus of Nazareth" books
46:56 Controversy: how Benedict handled sex abusers
53:10 Benedict's "bulldog" media portrayal
56:48 SSPX and Benedict
58:36 The Vatican Bank scandal
59:54 Seminarians at ASH
1:03:29 What's the purpose of the Church?
1:07:21 Flawless transition
1:08:20 NEW SEGMENT: Simple Living Hacks
1:14:44 Is it wrong or right to outsource?
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