Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, president of the American Episcopal Conference, expressed his sadness and gratitude over the death of Pope Benedict XVI in a statement Saturday.
The Church gives thanks for the valuable ministry of Pope Benedict XVI, who was a “superb theologian,” Bishop Broglio wrote, noting that throughout his long life, Benedict was always “an effective teacher of the faith” to us. leading all “to a life of deeper love for the truth and mystery of God.
“It will take us many years to deepen the wealth of learning he left us,” he said.
Even in retirement, stepping back to live a life of quiet prayer and study, “he continued to teach us how to be a true disciple of Christ, while contributing to his legacy,” he said.
“Generations will continue to be enriched by his books, speeches and homilies. They all reveal a depth of learning and reflection that is essential both in our time and in the future,” he said.
“As we mourn that he is no longer with us here, I join Catholics around the world in offering my deep gratitude to the Lord for the gift of Pope Benedict XVI and his ministry,” the Archbishop concluded. “Together we pray to our Lord to grant him eternal rest.”