I’m a Catholic Studies minor at my university and one of the professors I recently had relied heavily on the writings of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Throughout the course of the semester, my professor would use “Benedict” and “Ratzinger” interchangeably and actually would use “Ratzinger” more often which I am guessing is because most of the writings we discussed were written when he was Cardinal Ratzinger. I also started reading a book on “the Dialogical Theology of Joseph Ratzinger.”
As I delve more into the writings of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, I was wondering, when discussing his theological writings, how can we or how do we properly address him? The way I have done it is that if I am referring to something he wrote before he became pope, I call him Ratzinger (In X, Ratzinger says…) and if it was written during his papacy, I use Benedict.
However, what about when describing the whole of his writings? He is Pope Emeritus now, but when he wrote a majority of that he was Cardinal Ratzinger.
What about the Jesus of Nazareth series? They have both Joseph Ratzinger and Pope Benedict XVI! I think for that one my professor used both interchangeably while using Ratzinger more.
Sorry if this is a silly question, I have been wondering this and could appreciate some answers.