Benedict will be remembered for his role as a teacher, says Father Peter Karalus of Blessed John Paul II parish in Lake View.
At one point in his adult life, Benedict spent time as a university professor, he added.
"So when we look back at his teachings and writings, as Pope and even before, he writes with the clarity and that authority of a teacher," Karalus says.
He also believes Benedict's writings as Pope have brought a focus to have look Catholics look at their roots and identities. Karalus noted that Benedict had written a three-part series on Jesus of Nazareth, and he believes Benedict has called Catholics back to their roots and a focus on Jesus.
In the last few years, Catholics have been adjusting to a retranslation of the mass that began in late 2011. During the mass, when the priest says "The Lord be with you," Catholics previously responded "And also with you." But since the retranslation, Catholics now respond with "And with your spirit."
When asked if the retranslation of the mass might also be part of Benedict's legacy, Karalus says Benedict's papacy might be remembered for when it was implemented, but he says the process on that began about a decade ago during the papacy of John Paul II.