Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: Defending Truth, Life, and Family: Benedict XVI’s Legacy

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By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International,

Father Shenan J. Boquet was ordained in 1993 and is a priest of the Houma-Thibodaux Roman Catholic Diocese in Louisiana, his home state, where he served before joining HLI in August 2011. …

This past Thursday, in a humble ceremony in St. Peter’s Square, our Holy Father Pope Francis laid his predecessor, Benedict XVI, to rest.

With the death of Benedict XVI, the Catholic Church has lost one of the most powerful defenders of its teaching on life and family that we have ever seen.

Benedict’s Defense of Life and Family 

Pope St. John Paul II has often been called “the pope of life.” This is because promoting the Catholic Church’s pro-life teaching was one of the central themes of his papacy. However, behind many of the saintly pope’s pro-life efforts we find the supportive figure of Cardinal Josef Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI).

During his time as the prefect for The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) under Pope St. John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger oversaw the writing and release of numerous important teaching statements and documents that lucidly upheld and defended the Church’s perennial teaching on life and family. Many of these statements and documents remain the definitive word on various difficult moral issues pertaining to life and family.  ….

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