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  • The Pope Who was Actually a Bear

    03/02/2013 7:18:31 AM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 2, 2013 | Charlie McKinney
    In 1977, a frail, reluctant, 50-year-old college teacher was pressed by his confessor to accept appointment as Bishop of Munich. The job would take him from his beloved students and embroil him in ecclesial and political struggles for which he had little taste. Reluctantly, that good scholar, Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, accepted the appointment.Unnoticed by most people, on the coat of arms that he created for his service as bishop Fr. Ratzinger included a puzzling symbol: a bear with a pack on its back.Just four years later, Pope John Paul II summoned Bishop Ratzinger to Rome. There, for a quarter of...
  • A Strange Thing Jesus Said to a Paralyzed Man – Another Insight from Pope Benedict’s New Book

    12/11/2012 2:56:55 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel from Monday the second week of Advent is the gospel of the paralyzed man who is lowered through the roof. It is presented to us in Advent because, among the many prophecies about the Messiah, would be that the lame would walk. But the Gospel also helps us to focus on Jesus’ central mission for us, and it is very provocatively expressed in this Gospel.The Gospel passage contains a rather peculiar and somewhat awkward moment. Jesus looks at a paralyzed man and says to him, As for you, your sins are forgiven (Lk 5:20). What a strange thing...
  • An Ever-Changing College... Ever More, Benedict's Supermajority (Surprising Stats!)

    11/27/2012 1:01:19 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | November 26, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    Much as last weekend's events highlighted the reality in the elevation of the two youngest members – by far – of the Pope's Senate (and, in time, the electorate that'll choose his successor), a 2010 analysis long ago set the stakes for what's now upon us.... Already, in the red hats he doled out in March 2006 and November 2007, the pontiff has named thirty -- that is, at least a quarter of his successor’s eventual electorate -- so restoring the “papal senate” to its voting maximum would give Papa Ratzinger 42% of “his” cardinals in the electoral college, the...
  • Pope Denounces Dissident Priests [NEXT: Dissident Laity?]

    04/05/2012 5:28:15 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | April 05,2012
    April 5, 2012 Pope Denounces Dissident Priests VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI denounced priests who have questioned church teaching on celibacy and ordaining women, saying Thursday they were disobeying his authority to try to impose their own ideas on the church. Pope Benedict made the rare and explicit criticism from the altar of St. Peter's Basilica in his homily on Holy Thursday, when priests recall the promises they made when ordained. In 2006, a group of Austrian priests launched the Pfarrer Initiative, or pastor initiative, a call to disobedience aimed at abolishing priestly celibacy and opening up the clergy...
  • Pope Benedict XVI seems worn out. Pope heads into busy Christmas season tired, weak

    12/17/2011 6:59:15 PM PST · by mkmensinger · 25 replies
    People who have spent time with him recently say they found him weaker than they'd ever seen him, seemingly too tired to engage with what they were saying. He no longer meets individually with visiting bishops. A few weeks ago he started using a moving platform to spare him the long walk down St. Peter's Basilica.
  • Media say Pope may resign in April

    09/27/2011 10:58:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies · 1+ views
    Vatican Insider ^ | September 25, 2011 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    There is one front page news story that will certainly not go unnoticed: that is, that the Pope is thinking about resigning during the Spring of 2012. Journalist Antonio Socci has confirmed the same in the Italian daily, Libero.  "For now,” Socci writes, “he is saying that this may be true (Joseph Ratzinger’s personal assumption), but I hope the story does not reach the news. But this rumor is circulating high up in the Vatican and therefore deserves close attention. The Pope has not rejected the possibility of his resignation when he turns 85 in April next year.”  Socci recalls...
  • Fears grow for Sinead in Pope threat

    09/24/2011 11:24:21 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies
    herald.ie ^ | September 24 2011 | hnews
    <p>SINEAD O'Connor sparked widespread anger today after suggesting she would shoot the Pope.</p>
  • New guidelines for Tridentine Mass – 10 key facts (Catholic Caucus)

    05/13/2011 10:22:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | May 13, 2011
    Pope Benedict XVI / Photo Credit Mazur Vatican City, May 13, 2011 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Local dioceses should give a “generous welcome” to any laity who wish to attend Mass in the “extraordinary form” and to priests who wish to say it.  That’s the key message of new Vatican guidelines regarding the extraordinary form of the Mass – often popularly referred to as the “Tridentine Mass” or “old Latin Mass.” The “extraordinary form” is the rite of Mass contained within the Roman Missal which was universally used from 1570 to 1962. It was almost always celebrated in...
  • Al-Qaeda of Iraq Calls Pope 'Hallucinating Tyrant of the Vatican', Threatens 'Killing Sword'

    11/04/2010 2:45:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | November 4, 2010 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (Catholic Online) - Catholics, other Christians, other people of faith and people of good throughout the world continue to mourn and reflect upon the brutal killing of Catholics at Holy Mass in Baghdad last Sunday. However, those associated with the Muslim extremists who perpetrated the evil act continue to spew their hateful and violent rhetoric. We are committed to updating our global readers on the unfolding danger that these threats portend against Catholics and other Christians. Serious times demand a serious response. Asia News has provided excellent coverage of the massacre and its aftermath. On November 3, they...
  • Pope Has Received Letter From Ahmadinejad

    10/09/2010 11:25:06 AM PDT · by Fennie · 31 replies
    AP ^ | October 9, 2010
    The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI has received a letter from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Vatican did not release the contents of the message. But the website of the Iranian presidency said Saturday that Ahmadinejad had called for cooperation by "divine religions" against secularism.
  • Vatican under fire for linking gays to pedophilia

    04/14/2010 10:28:34 AM PDT · by DManA · 28 replies · 703+ views
    Reuters via The Vancoever Sun ^ | April 14, 2010 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY - Gay groups and politicians condemned Pope Benedict's number two on Wednesday for calling homosexuality a "pathology" and linking it directly to sexual abuse of children. The comments made by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during a visit to Chile, and the controversy they caused, were splashed on mainstream Italian newspapers on Wednesday. The French foreign ministry and some Catholic blogs that support the pope also condemned the cardinal's remarks.
  • Vatican attacked (by gay groups) over cardinal's claim of homosexuality and paedophilia link

    04/14/2010 6:49:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies · 912+ views
    Guardian ^ | April 14, 2010
    Gay rights groups have condemned the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, for claiming that the Catholic church's sexual abuse crisis was linked to homosexuality and paedophilia and not celibacy among priests.Bertone, who is considered Pope Benedict's number two, sparked the controversy on a visit to Chile when he suggested gay sexuality was to blame for the church's child abuse scandals.Homosexual associations in Italy reacted with anger and indignation. The biggest group, Arcigay, called the cardinal's words "shocking and irresponsible". The president of the gay media service, Gaynet, said if senior church officials "feel constrained to dump the blame...
  • In Defense of the Pope [Dershowitz]

    04/13/2010 11:35:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies · 467+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 4/13/10 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    Having criticized particular Catholic cardinals for blaming everything–including the Church’s sex scandal–on “the Jews”, let me now come to the defense of the Pope and of the Church itself on this issue. To begin with, this is an extraordinarily complex problem, because the Church has at least five important traditions that make it difficult to move quickly and aggressively in response to complaints of abuse. The first tradition involves confidentiality, particularly not exclusively the confidentiality of the priest with regard to the penitent. But there is also a wider spread tradition of confidentiality within the Church hierarchy itself. Second, there...
  • Benedict is guilty! guilty! guilty!

    04/05/2010 10:32:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 93 replies · 1,439+ views
    Catholic and Enjoying It ^ | April 5, 2010 | Mark Shea
    ...of laicizing two priests after lengthy canonical trials right in the middle of pushing to streamline a complex Vatican bureaucracy so as to facilitate more speedy outcomes. Per Fr. Z: •Again, the abuse took place decades ago.•He was suspended.•There was a canonical trial.It was referred to Rome, the CDF, because it concerned a case of the confessional. •It was determined that he should be dismissed from the clerical state.•The priest appealed.•The appeal process was drawn out for several years because the laws and canonical process of these clerical cases was being overhauled.•Card. Ratzinger was the one who led the...
  • 1963 letter indicates former pope knew of abuse

    03/31/2010 6:26:01 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 100 replies · 1,758+ views
    AP ^ | March 31st 2010 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    LOS ANGELES – The head of a Roman Catholic order that specialized in the treatment of pedophile priests visited with the then-pope nearly 50 years ago and followed up with a letter recommending the removal of pedophile priests from ministry, according to a copy of the letter released Wednesday. In the Aug. 27, 1963 letter, the head of the New Mexico-based Servants of the Holy Paraclete tells the pope he recommends removing pedophile priests from active ministry and strongly urges defrocking repeat offenders. The letter, written by the Rev. Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald, appears to have been drafted at the request...
  • Scoundrel Time(s)

    03/29/2010 6:37:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies · 423+ views
    First Things ^ | 3/29/10 | George Weigel
    The sexual and physical abuse of children and young people is a global plague; its manifestations run the gamut from fondling by teachers to rape by uncles to kidnapping-and-sex-trafficking. In the United States alone, there are reportedly some 39 million victims of childhood sexual abuse. Forty to sixty percent were abused by family members, including stepfathers and live-in boyfriends of a child’s mother—thus suggesting that abused children are the principal victims of the sexual revolution, the breakdown of marriage, and the hook-up culture. Hofstra University professor Charol Shakeshaft reports that 6-10 percent of public school students have been molested in...
  • NYTimes vs. Pope Benedict: Paper Seeks to Implicate Pope in Abuse Cases

    03/29/2010 8:40:25 AM PDT · by topher · 12 replies · 311+ views
    Friday March 26, 2010 NYTimes vs. Pope Benedict: Paper Seeks to Implicate Pope in Abuse Cases Vatican told of one case when abuser priest was dying, over two decades after incidents occured By John JalsevacMarch 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The NYTimes has set its sights firmly on Pope Benedict in its front page coverage of the fallout of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, which has been reignited in recent weeks and months after revelations of abuse by priests and religious in Ireland and Germany. In recent days the U.S. paper has published a series of articles...
  • NYT UNFAIRLY CITES POPE'S ROLE [Catholic Caucus]

    03/29/2010 9:07:25 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 5 replies · 213+ views
    Catholic League ^ | March 29, 2010 | William Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue criticizes an op-ed article and a news story in the New York Times about Pope Benedict XVI's role in the case of Fr. Lawrence Murphy: In yesterday's Times, columnist Maureen Dowd said that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now the pope, "ignored repeated warnings and looked away in the case of the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy, a Wisconsin priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys." Wrong. Her own newspaper said it has no evidence that he even knew of letters that reached his office in 1996 about this matter. Today's edition of the Times has...
  • Pope John Paul II Ignored Ratzinger's Pleas to Pursue Sex Abuse Cardinal

    03/29/2010 11:43:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies · 759+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/29/10 | Damian Thompson
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger tried to persuade Pope John Paul II to mount a full investigation into a cardinal who abused boys and young monks, one of the Church’s most senior figures revealed yesterday. But Ratzinger’s opponents in the Vatican managed to block the inquiry. As the future Benedict XVI put it: “The other side won.” The pervert cardinal was the late Hans Hermann Groer, removed as Archbishop of Vienna in 1995 following sex allegations. The source for the story is Groer’s successor in Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, an intellectual whom some commentators have tipped as a possible future Pope.The source...
  • Keeping the record straight on Benedict and the crisis

    03/27/2010 7:57:51 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 15 replies · 473+ views
    The following, therefore, are three footnotes to understanding Benedict's record on the sexual abuse crisis. 1. Not the 'Point Man' First, some media reports have suggested that then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger presided over the Vatican office with responsibility for the sex abuse crisis for almost a quarter-century, from 1981 until his election to the papacy in April 2005, and therefore that he's responsible for whatever the Vatican did or didn't do during that entire stretch of time. That's not correct. In truth, Ratzinger did not have any direct responsibility for managing the overall Vatican response to the crisis until 2001, four...
  • The Pope and the Murphy case: what the New York Times story didn't tell you

    03/26/2010 9:38:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies · 949+ views
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | March 25, 2010 | Phil Lawler
    The Pope and the Murphy case: what the New York Times story didn't tell you   By Phil Lawler | March 25, 2010 2:55 PM Today's front-page story in the New York Times suggests that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), under the direction of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, failed to act against a Wisconsin priest who was accused of molesting scores of boys at a school for the deaf.Is the story damaging? Yes. Should the Vatican have acted faster? Yes. Should the accused priest have been laicized? In all probability, Yes again.Nevertheless, before assigning all blame to...
  • "Now there is a loss of trust in the church..."

    03/23/2010 3:45:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies · 779+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | March 23, 2010 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The New York Times this morning printed an essay from German author Peter Schneider, who raised some pointed questions about the Church in the pope's homeland: Pope Benedict should also recognize how precarious the Catholic Church is in Germany. Like Americans, Germans have already had to cope with a general loss of trust in public institutions. First there were the bankers, with their insane bets and bonuses. Then the politicians, who couldn't stop the bankers. Now there is a loss of trust in the church. But unlike in America, religion in Germany is already weak. In the former Communist east,...
  • Vatican says media in "ignoble attempt" to smear pope

    03/25/2010 1:29:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies · 1,118+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 25, 2010 | Philip Pullella Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Thursday angrily attacked the media over its reporting of sexual abuse of children by priests, saying there was an "ignoble attempt" to smear Pope Benedict "at any cost." The editorial in a Vatican newspaper came on a day abuse victims protested near St Peter's Square to demand the pope open files on pedophile clerics and defrock "predator priests," and a cardinal spoke of a "conspiracy" against the church. "The prevalent tendency in the media is to ignore the facts and stretch interpretations with the aim of spreading the picture of the Catholic Church...
  • Obama behind recent attacks against Pope Benedict

    03/25/2010 11:33:09 AM PDT · by Balt · 20 replies · 1,053+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 3/25/2010 | The Priestly Pugilist
    No doubt you’ve heard the story about how the Pope refused to “defrock” (a term not found in the Canon Law of the Catholic Church) a priest who abused 200 deaf children. It’s been on television news because it was in the New York Times (remember that network news decides what to cover based on what’s in the Times); and, of course, whenever the Times in involved, the truth is hard to find. The story is actually an old one. The priest in question, Father Lawrence Murphy, abused his victims between 1950 and 1974, while assigned to a school for...
  • Ratzinger's Responsibility

    03/25/2010 8:19:34 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 62 replies · 823+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | March 18, 2010 | Hans Kung
    1st Question: Why does the pope continue to assert that what he calls "holy" celibacy is a "precious gift", thus ignoring the biblical teaching that explicitly permits and even encourages marriage for all office holders in the Church?...The rule of celibacy is not a truth of faith, but a church law going back to the 11th Century... 4th Question: Is it not time for Pope Benedict XVI himself to acknowledge his share of responsibility, instead of whining about a campaign against his person? In his eight years as a professor of theology in Regensburg, in close contact with his brother...
  • The Great Catholic Cover-Up

    03/25/2010 7:20:44 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 33 replies · 824+ views
    Slate ^ | March 15 2010 | Christopher Hitchens
    The pope's entire career has the stench of evil about it. On March 10, the chief exorcist of the Vatican, the Rev. Gabriele Amorth (who has held this demanding post for 25 years), was quoted as saying that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican," and that "when one speaks of 'the smoke of Satan' in the holy rooms, it is all true—including these latest stories of violence and pedophilia." This can perhaps be taken as confirmation that something horrible has indeed been going on in the holy precincts, though most inquiries show it to have a perfectly good...
  • Vatican Defends Decision Not to Defrock U.S. Priest

    03/25/2010 7:00:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 116 replies · 1,470+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/25/10 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican did not discipline a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing up to 200 deaf boys in the United States from the 1950s to the 1970s as Church laws do not require automatic punishment, its spokesman said on Thursday. The New York Times reported on Thursday that the Vatican did not defrock Rev. Lawrence Murphy in the late 1990s despite receiving clear warnings from his bishops that his case was serious and could embarrass the Church. The report came amid mounting allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Europe and pressure on bishops, mostly in...
  • Pope Benedict Faces Child Abuse Cover-up Queries

    03/25/2010 6:51:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies · 576+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/25/10
    Questions are being raised about whether Pope Benedict was personally involved in covering up a case of child sex abuse by a Roman Catholic priest. Documents seen by the New York Times newspaper allege that in the 1990s, long before he became Pope, he failed to respond to letters about a US case. Fr Lawrence Murphy, of Wisconsin, was accused of abusing up to 200 deaf boys. Defending itself, the Vatican said US civil authorities had investigated and dropped the case. For more than 20 years before he was made Pope, Joseph Ratzinger led the Congregation for the Doctrine of...
  • Anti-Popes and Dangers of a Parallel Magisterium (Church under attack) [Catholic Caucus]

    03/23/2010 10:28:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 368+ views
    zna ^ | March 22, 2010 | Monsignor Giampaolo Crepaldi
    ROME, MARCH 22, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The attempt of the press to implicate Benedict XVI in the question of pedophilia is only the most recent sign of the aversion that many have for the Pope. It is necessary to ask oneself how this Pontiff, despite his evangelical meekness and honesty, the clarity of his words joined to the depth of his thought and of his teachings, arouses in some places sentiments of disgust and forms of anti-clericalism that it was believed had been surmounted. And this, it must be said, causes even greater astonishment and also distress when those who do...
  • Pope Benedict XVI's Almighty Battle in the Catholic Church

    03/20/2010 8:02:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies · 321+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/20/10 | Damian Thompson
    A malicious storm is being stirred up over the Pope's alleged failure to deal with abusive priests, says Damian Thompson.After a week of disastrous publicity for the Roman Catholic Church, it's a fair bet that if you conducted a word-association test in the average British high street, the results would be as follows: Catholic priest? "Paedophile." Pope? "Nazi." The reputation of the Church internationally has never been lower. On Wednesday, St Patrick's Day, Cardinal Sean Brady, Primate of All Ireland, apologised for helping to persuade two boys – aged 10 and 14 – to sign letters agreeing not to tell...
  • Is the pope a reactionary or a prophet?

    03/23/2010 1:55:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 430+ views
    Guardian ^ | March 23, 2010 | John Hooper
    Under an all-but-full moon on the opening evening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962, tens of thousands of Romans poured into St Peter's Square in a torchlight procession. Called to the window of his study by the multitude, John XXIII, the man Italians called "the good pope" (a term that speaks volumes about their view of the previous 260), delivered one of the great speeches of an eloquent decade. Its emotional high point came when he told the crowd: "Returning home, you'll find the children. Give your children a caress and say: 'This is the caress of the pope.'"Forty-three...
  • The End of Euphemism : Benedict XVI and The Corruptions of Catholic Ireland

    03/22/2010 7:53:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 374+ views
    National Review ^ | March 22, 2010 | George Weigel
    MARCH 22, 2010 The End of Euphemism Benedict XVI and The Corruptions of Catholic Ireland. GEORGE WEIGEL In a March 20 pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland, Pope Benedict XVI vigorously condemned the physical and sexual abuse of “children and vulnerable young people” in which Irish priests and religious women had engaged for decades, and mandated an Apostolic Visitation of various segments of the Irish Church. The visitation seems likely to result in major changes in the Church’s leadership in what was once one of the world’s most intensely Catholic countries, and is now one of the centers of...
  • Pope and Pedophilia—the Plain Truth

    03/22/2010 7:41:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies · 690+ views
    The Trumpet ^ | 3/22/10 | Ron Fraser
    Currently there’s a great hue and cry emanating from the world press in relation to Pope Benedict xvi’s reaction—or rather perceived lack of reaction—to the publicity being given to pedophilia charges brought against certain priests in Europe. The loudest clamor surrounds cases in Germany, particularly in Benedict’s old diocese of Freiburg, Bavaria. Nothing justifies anything but absolute condemnation of the abuse of priestly office. But what is really behind this latest outcry against the Catholic Church and its spiritual leader? Dig behind the headlines and you see an agenda. It’s an agenda driven by fear of the rising power of...
  • Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal: Time to Sack Trendy Bishops and Restore The Faith

    03/22/2010 8:13:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies · 497+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/22/10 | Gerald Warner
    It has become fashionable to claim that the sex abuse scandal currently afflicting the Catholic Church is “its biggest crisis since the Reformation”. Oh, really? Tell me about it. The abuse issue is just a small part of the much larger crisis that has engulfed the Church since the Second Vatican Catastrophe and which is more serious than the Reformation. Abolish clerical celibacy? The last thing a priest abusing altar boys needs or wants is a wife. There is no compulsory celibacy in the Church of England, but that has not prevented vicars and boy scouts furnishing gratifying amounts of...
  • Pope Benedict accused of ignoring abuse allegations against Hullerman

    03/21/2010 7:14:31 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 86 replies · 968+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 21st 2010 | John Follain and Bojan Pancevski
    NOT long after a portly, jovial priest in the German industrial city of Essen was accused of sexually abusing three boys in 1979, he was offered a new home in Munich by Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. Ratzinger, who was Archbishop of Munich and Freising at the time, wanted Father Peter Hullermann — known to friends in the church as “Hulli” — to undergo psychotherapy. A psychiatrist quickly concluded that Hullermann was untreatable, however. “I told the church officials that Hullermann must never be allowed to work with children again,” said Werner Huth, the psychiatrist, in an interview...
  • Pope Benedict's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2010 2:48:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 319+ views
    WITL ^ | March 19, 2010 | Rocco Palmo
    Here below in full, the text of Pope Benedict's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland. * * * 1. Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Church in Ireland, it is with great concern that I write to you as Pastor of the universal Church. Like yourselves, I have been deeply disturbed by the information which has come to light regarding the abuse of children and vulnerable young people by members of the Church in Ireland, particularly by priests and religious. I can only share in the dismay and the sense of betrayal that so many of you have...
  • Pope does not mention rebuke to Irish bishops

    03/21/2010 6:45:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 432+ views
    post ^ | March 21, 2010
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI is urging Catholics to be intransigent toward sin but not to judge the sinner. The pontiff addressed pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday but didn't mention his rebuke to Irish bishops a day earlier for their handling of decades of clergy sexual abuse of minors. He told English-speaking pilgrims they should humbly beg forgiveness for their own failings. Benedict read the Gospel passage about Jesus' inviting those without sin to cast the first stone toward an adulterer. In his letter made public Saturday by the Vatican, Benedict said Irish bishops made grave errors...
  • Victims disappointed by Pope abuse letter

    03/20/2010 9:35:25 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 127 replies · 3,610+ views
    ab ^ | 1 hour 33 minutes ago
    Irish victims of clerical child sexual abuse are deeply disappointed by Pope Benedict's letter of apology as it fails to address the role of senior church leaders, a group representing victims said. "My first response was deep disappointment in the letter," said Maeve Lewis, executive director of victims group One in Four. "We feel the letter falls far short of addressing the concerns of the victims." She said the Pope's letter focused too narrowly on lower-rank Irish priests without recognising the responsibility of the Vatican and senior Irish clerics for protecting offenders and dealing with victims. "There is nothing in...
  • Vatican hit by gay sex scandal

    03/05/2010 9:49:59 AM PST · by Cardhu · 128 replies · 2,838+ views
    Guardian ^ | March 4th 2010 | John Hooper in Romei
    Vatican chorister sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for papal gentleman-in-waiting. The Vatican was today rocked by a sex scandal reaching into Pope Benedict's household after a chorister was sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness, was caught by police on a wiretap allegedly negotiating with Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a 29-year-old Vatican chorister, over the specific physical details of men he wanted brought to him. Transcripts in the possession of the Guardian suggest that numerous men may have been procured for Balducci, at least one of whom was studying for...
  • Pope confirms travel plans in blunt speech to British bishops

    02/01/2010 3:47:13 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 424+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 1, 2010 | Diogenes
    Pope Benedict XVI confirmed plans for his visit to Great Britain in September-- and offered some unusually blunt reflections on the situation facing the Church there-- in a February 1 address to a group of visiting British bishops. The Pope told the bishops, who were in Rome for their ad limina visit, that he looked forward to his trip to their country. Although he did not mention specific dates, informed Catholic sources in London have confirmed that the trip will take place in September. The Pontiff went on to say that the Church leadership in England and Wales "needs to...
  • Benedict XVI's "Novel" Traditions

    01/11/2010 6:18:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies · 321+ views
    Interview With Consultor for Pontifical LiturgiesROME, JAN. 8, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Attentive viewers have seen a series of subtle changes in papal liturgies during the five years of Benedict XVI's pontificate. Father Mauro Gagliardi, consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, says these changes are inspired by a mix of factors -- oftentimes practicality, sometimes a renewal of ancient traditions. ZENIT spoke with Father Gagliardi about some of the "new" elements introduced by the current Bishop of Rome. ZENIT: In a recent article by Luigi Accattoli, "Il rito del silenzio secondo papa Ratzinger" (The Rite of...
  • Dissident theologian criticizes pope's opening to Anglicans

    10/28/2009 4:19:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 1,027+ views
    cns ^ | October 28, 2009 | Sarah Delaney
    ROME (CNS) -- Dissident theologian Father Hans Kung criticized Pope Benedict XVI for his recent opening to discontented Anglicans, charging the pope was "fishing" for the most conservative Christians to the detriment of the larger church. Father Kung said the invitation to traditionalist Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic Church went against years of ecumenical work on the part of both churches, calling it instead "a nonecumenical piracy of priests." The pope's basic message is: "Traditionalists of all churches, unite under the dome of St. Peter's!" Father Kung wrote in an editorial Oct. 28 in the Rome daily La Repubblica....
  • Bulgarian Orthodox want speedy reunion with Rome!

    10/23/2009 7:05:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies · 2,159+ views
    Da Mihi ^ | October 23, 2009 | Fr. Steve Leake
    Pope Benedict has sure gotten the ball rolling and it seems others want to get into the ecumenical action! Thanks to A Catholic Knight on this one: A Bulgarian Orthodox prelate told Benedict XVI of his desire for unity, and his commitment to accelerate communion with the Catholic Church. At the end of Wednesday's general audience, Bishop Tichon, head of the diocese for Central and Western Europe of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria, stated to the Pope, "We must find unity as soon as possible and finally celebrate together," L'Osservatore Romano reported. "People don't understand our divisions and our discussions," the...
  • Vatican could convert Lefebvrists into personal prelature, says Fellay

    10/22/2009 3:24:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 777+ views
    cna ^ | October 22, 2009
    Santiago, Chile, Oct 22, 2009 / 01:03 pm (CNA).- In an interview with the Chilean daily, “El Mercurio,” the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, Bernard Fellay, acknowledged that the Vatican is considering the possibility of converting the Lefebvrist group into a personal prelature as part of the discussions aimed at bringing about reconciliation. Fellay, who visited members of the SSPX movement in Chile, is one of four bishops whose excommunication was lifted by Pope Benedict XVI last January. Asked about the speculation that the Society of Pius X could be made into a personal prelature similar...
  • Pope Benedict to Catholics: Kneel For Communion

    08/02/2009 9:32:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 296 replies · 8,258+ views
    News Blaze ^ | August 1, 2009 | David Martin
    "Whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and of the Blood of the Lord... For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the Body of the Lord" - 1 Corinthians 11:27,28 Pope Benedict to Catholics: Kneel and Receive on the Tongue Only Pope Benedict XVI does not want the faithful receiving Communion in their hand nor does he want them standing to receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. According to Vatican liturgist, Monsignor Guido Marini, the pope is trying to set...
  • Pope Benedict XVI taken to hospital after fall

    07/17/2009 1:24:58 AM PDT · by iowamark · 46 replies · 1,815+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Friday, July 17, 2009 | AP
    VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican spokesman says Pope Benedict XVI has been taken to a hospital in northern Italy after slipping and falling during his vacation in the Alps. The Rev. Federico Lombardi says Benedict "slipped and got hurt" but that "it doesn't seem to be serious."... The ANSA news agency reported that Benedict walked into the hospital with an aide.
  • Goldman Sachs executive claims new encyclical is the best analysis of the economic crisis

    07/13/2009 3:55:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies · 1,176+ views
    ic ^ | July 13, 2009 | Brian Saint-Paul
    Brian Griffiths, Lord of Fforestfach and vice-chairman of Goldman Sachs International, says Pope Benedict's Caritas in Veritate offers the single best analysis of the current global economic crisis. The language may be dense, but the message is sufficiently rewarding. The encyclical analyses modern capitalism from an ethical and spiritual perspective as well as a technical one. As a result it makes the Government’s White Paper on financial reforms published two days later look embarrassingly one-dimensional and colourless.It is highly critical of today’s global economy but always positive. Its major concern is how to promote human development in the context of...
  • Breakaway Catholic group to ordain 13 in Minnesota

    06/18/2009 11:52:59 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 13 replies · 715+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6/19/09 | Steve Karnowski
    An ultraconservative group plans to ordain 13 Roman Catholic priests in Minnesota — even though their elevations likely won't be recognized by the Vatican. The St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, part of the Society of St. Pius X, will host the ordinations of 12 U.S.-based priests and another from France in Winona on Friday. The Vatican says ordinations by the society aren't legitimate, even though Pope Benedict XVI recently lifted the excommunications of its leaders. The society was founded by those opposed to the liberalizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council and especially its outreach to Jews and other religions. The...
  • EDITORIAL: The Pope and Islam

    05/14/2009 3:37:52 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 9 replies · 593+ views
    Washinton Times ^ | Washington Times
    Pope Benedict XVI's outreach tour of the Middle East this week failed to placate critics still smarting from his riot-inciting comments in a 2006 speech at Germany's Regensburg University. The pontiff at that time quoted 15th-century Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus who said: "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." The pope said he regrets any hurt feelings, but some Muslims want more contrition. Sheik Yusef Abu Hussein, mufti of Karak in Jordan, said, "We...
  • Pope calls for Christian, Muslim understanding

    05/10/2009 6:05:11 AM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 21 replies · 756+ views
    JTA News ^ | May 10, 2009 | Staff
    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Pope Benedict XVI .... calling for more understanding between Christians and Muslims. He encouraged Christians and Muslims to oppose terrorism. "Muslims and Christians, precisely because of the burden of our common history, so often marked by misunderstanding, must today strive to be known and recognized as worshippers of God, faithful to prayer, eager to uphold and lift by the almighty decrees,"... ...At the mosque, in a meeting with Muslim leaders, he called for a "trilateral dialogue" including the Church to help bring Jews and Muslims together to discuss peace