Favourite Pope Benedict Quotes

In her lecture at Leeds Trinity recently, Prof Tracey Rowland gave four of her five favourite quotes from Pope Benedict's writings:

1. Saints reform the Church in depth not by working out plans for new structures but by reforming themselves. What the Church needs in order to respond to the needs of the human person in every age is holiness not management.

2. Saints were all people of imagination not functionaries of apparatuses.

3. I have said very often that we have too much bureaucracy. Things need to be simplified. Everything must not take place by way of committees. There must always be the personal encounter.

4. St Paul was effective not because of brilliant rhetoric or strategies, but rather because he exerted himself and left himself vulnerable in the service of the gospel.

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