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Posted on 04/04/2013 7:06:13 AM PDT by marshmallow
Fr. James V. Schall, S. J., a longtime, legendary Georgetown political-science professor took leave of his role only a few months before Pope Benedict XVI stunned the world with his news. Fr. Schall delivered his last lecture The Final Gladness at Georgetown in December. He talks with National Review Onlines Kathryn Jean Lopez about the retiring pontiff and his teaching, what books might help save your soul, and future and final things.
KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: How is retirement? Do you feel a kinship with Pope Benedict XVI because of his transition?
FR. SCHALL: Retirement is a funny word, isnt it? You withdraw from something, but retirement is not life, though it is a phase of life. As I have mentioned elsewhere, I am about six months younger than the pope, but I announced my retirement six months before he did. Actually, I gave pretty much the same reasons he did, except the burden of our respective offices cannot be at all compared. When Benedict XVI talks of retirement, it means very little, in a way. He is a man of mind. Mind remains the same waiting to be thought, be it that of Plato, Aquinas, Samuel Johnson, or Chesterton. Few in the world have really been willing to come to terms with the reordering of mind that this man has accomplished in his long and fruitful life. It is in this reordering that the real seeds of our future lie.
LOPEZ: How do you think history will remember Pope Benedict XVI?
FR. SCHALL: It will remember him as the greatest and most learned intellect ever to occupy the Chair of Peter. No public official in our time has been anywhere near his intellectual equal. This disparity is itself the cause of much disorder, if we grant, as we must.....
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