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  • Vanity: Pope Benedicts significant failure

    08/22/2014 4:54:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    Super Flumina | 8th December 2007Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception | Babylonis
    The Second Vatican Council was not evil: no Council of the Church ever is. But because it was dominated by Modernist experts, periti, the considerations of its bishops reflected their influence. Thus, the Council served as a catalyst for the resurgence of the heresy within the Church.
  • Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?

    07/16/2014 4:18:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 467 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dr. William Oddie
    I begin with a piece, spotted by Fr Tim Finigan and reported in his indispensable blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity, which had been published in Sandro Magisters blognot his English one, Chiesa, but his Italian language blog for LEspresso, Settimo Cielo.A few days ago, Magister told the story of a parish priest in the Italian diocese of Novara, Fr Tarcisio Vicario, who recently discussed the question of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. This is how he explained the Churchs teaching on the matter: For the Church, which acts in the name of the Son of God, marriage...
  • What if God wanted you to have a Pope you didn't like, and even so, do what he says [Vanity]

    04/13/2014 7:37:12 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 145 replies
    4/13/2014 | Charles O'Connell
    A fine young man, a father of children and a professional, approached me at church: "What do you think of that Pope John-Paul? He's no good." Others also didn't like him. I put a magnetic sign on my car, it was met with sneers: 5 pictures of the Pope immediately after being shot, in 1/6th of the space, "In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood." Hebrews 12:4 Yet I also didn't like Pope John Paul II, not in himself, but because of the cult of personality around him. I love...
  • Benedict XVI. Penned a Critique of Francis Interview

    03/16/2014 6:44:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | 3/16/2014 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI wrote an extensive critical commentary on the controversial interview of Pope Francis in the Jesuit magazine Civilt Cattolic a 19 September 2013. This was disclosed by his personal secretary and Prefect of the Papal Household, Archbishop George Gnswein in the context of a broadcast on ZDF on the first anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. Four pages include the critical remarks to that controversial interview. Pope Francis explained himself at the time to the criticism that he is not taking a position on abortion and "gay marriage": "We can not always deal with the issue...
  • Pope Benedict resigned early to avoid clash with World Cup

    03/02/2014 6:13:06 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 2/28/2014
    The football World Cup taking place in Brazil this year indirectly prompted Benedict XVI to bring forward his resignation as pope by a year, his private secretary has said.
  • Criticized by Benedict, liberation theology founder gets heros welcome at Vatican

    02/26/2014 3:40:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    AP ^ | February 25, 2014 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    The founder of liberation theology, the Latin American-inspired Catholic theology advocating for the poor, received a heros welcome Tuesday at the Vatican as the once-criticized movement continues its rehabilitation under Pope Francis. The Rev. Gustavo Gutierrez of Peru was the surprise speaker Tuesday at a book launch featuring the head of the Vaticans orthodoxy office, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller; one of Francis top advisers, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga; and the Vatican spokesman.
  • ANALYSIS: The Surprising Afterlife of Pope Benedict XVI

    02/26/2014 10:20:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 2/25/14 | David Gibson
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Pope Benedict XVI officially left the Vatican in a helicopter a year ago this week (Feb. 28), becoming the first pontiff in 600 years to resign, many in his conservative fan base were aghast, even angry. He has betrayed us, said those who thought Benedicts papacy would be the final triumph of old-school Catholicism. He has undermined the papacy itself, they worried. Lightning even struck the cupola of St. Peters Basilica hours after Benedict departed, surely a bad omen. Rumors that he was suffering from a terminal illness were taken as gospel truth. After all, what...
  • 'The Church needs your courage,' Pope tells new cardinals (Pope Benedict in attendance)

    02/22/2014 10:58:40 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | February 23, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Pope Francis embraces a new cardinal at the Feb. 22 consistory, February 22, 2014. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Feb 22, 2014 / 05:43 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During the Saturday morning consistory at which Pope Francis created 19 new Cardinals, he urged the prelates gathered in St. Peter’s Basilica to serve the Church fearlessly. “The Church needs your courage, to proclaim the Gospel at all times, both in season and out of season, and to bear witness to the truth,” emphasized the Pope on Feb. 22. St. Peter’s Basilica was filled with nearly 200 members of the College of Cardinals...
  • Pope Francis: A Friend To Muslims?

    02/08/2014 5:11:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 15 2013 | Palash Ghosh
    In 2005, Bergoglio expressed his disapproval over comments Benedict had made castigating Muhammad. The Daily Telegraph reported that Benedict, in an appearance at the University of Regensburg in Germany, quoting a medieval document, called the Prophet "evil and inhuman," a declaration that triggered outrage across the Muslim world, prior to an apology issued by the then-pope. In response to the brouhaha, Bergoglio, speaking through an aide, told Newsweek Argentina of his "unhappiness" with Benedicts statements and urged church members to criticize the pope. "Pope Benedict's statement don't reflect my own opinions, Bergoglio stated at the time. "These statements will serve...
  • Vatican Spokesman Censures 'Rolling Stone' Article on Pope

    01/30/2014 11:08:08 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | January 29, 2014 | Edward Pentin
    Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has strongly criticised an article on Pope Francis that appears in the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine. Although he acknowledged that the Holy Fathers appearance on the publications front cover shows a diverse interest in the Pope, the Jesuit spokesman denounced the article's negative portrayal of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVIs pontificate, saying the piece disqualifies itself as serious journalism. Unfortunately, the article disqualifies itself, falling into the usual mistake of a superficial journalism, which in order to highlight the positive aspects of Pope Francis, thinks it should describe in a negative way the pontificate...
  • Pope Rhetoric a Danger to Freedom

    12/27/2013 7:08:35 PM PST · by publius321 · 11 replies
    Better for the Pope to remain silent on economic matters and appear ignorant than to open his mouth and remove all doubt? (video comments)...
  • Benedict sees restriction of the TLM for the Franciscans of the Immaculate as a "wound" to SP

    10/04/2013 2:47:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate caeli ^ | 10-03-13 | New Catholic
    A wound, a "vulnus". Could it eventually lead to Summorum's slow demise? In his long presentation of the Bergoglio pontificate so far, Sandro Magister dedicates his space mostly to Francis' words (for good reason). Amidst all words of the analysis, this explosive revelation, very relevant for all Catholics, runs the risk of being left unremarked. We will not let it go unnoticed: But to distance the last two popes are also arriving the facts. The ban imposed by pope Bergoglio on the congregation of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate against celebrating the Mass in the ancient rite has been...
  • Pope Francis is unsettling and dividing the Catholic right

    08/07/2013 2:13:17 PM PDT · by haffast · 57 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | Aug 6, 2013 | David Gibson
    (RNS) For more than three decades, the Vatican of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI operated on a version of the conservative maxim, No enemies to the right. While left-wing theologians were silenced and liberal-to-moderate bishops were shunted aside in favor of hard-liners, liturgical traditionalists and cultural conservatives were diligently courted and given direct access to the apostolic palace. But in a few short months, Pope Francis has upended that dynamic, alienating many on the Catholic right by refusing to play favorites and ignoring their preferred agenda items even as he stressed the kind of social justice issues that...
  • Franciscans of the Immaculate: Vatican Attempts to Reassure -- Reasoning Not Convincing

    08/03/2013 2:38:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | August 3, 2013 | Tancred
    (Rome) The unrest has not remained hidden among Traditional Catholics from the Vatican, that has developed from the treatment of the Traditional Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. The need to intervene and reassure. However, the justification offered here is hard to believe. . The exemplary Franciscans of the Immaculata, which was canonically erected in 1990, will, by a decree dated the 11th of July be placed under provisional administration by the Congregation of Religious. It was also arranged that all the priests, would celebrate the liturgy according to the New Rite. It is a serious attack against the...
  • From the IOR to the gay lobby: Pope Francis tells all on flight from Rio to Rome

    07/29/2013 6:37:08 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider - LaStampa ^ | 07/29/2013 | Andrea Tornielli
    "On flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome" Journalists fired improvised questions at the Pope for one hour and twenty minutes. The Pope agreed to hold the press conference straight after take-off, despite how tired he was after an eventful World Youth Day week in Brazil. Francis surprised journalists with his willingness to answer all questions put to him, even those which touched on really thorny issues like the reform of the Vatican Bank (IOR), the Ricca case, the gay lobby, Vatileaks and even the content of the black leather bad he carried on to the plane which flew him...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury: Israel the center of the world

    06/27/2013 6:32:03 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | June 27, 2013, 3:21 pm | Raphael Ahren
    Israel is the center of the world in so many ways, the archbishop of Canterbury said Thursday in Jerusalem. He stressed Israels legitimacy and right to security, and also spoke, in the context of persecution of Christians by Islamists in the Middle East, about the Christian imperative to love our enemies. It was his maiden visit to the region since being appointed to one of the highest positions in the Protestant Church. The Most Reverend Justin Welby, who has a Jewish father, is the leader of the Church of England and of 80 million Anglicans worldwide. He was enthroned in...
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict in failing health, says colleague

    05/09/2013 3:55:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    ANSA ^ | May 8, 2013
    (ANSA) - Berlin, May 8 - A colleague of retired pope Benedict XVI says the former pontiff is in failing health, according to published reports. Cardinal Joachim Meisner, archbishop of Cologne, said he was shocked at the declining health of Benedict. During a meeting between the two clerics on March 18, Meisner said he was stunned at how small Benedict had become, saying he was only half of his previous size, the German Catholic News Agency (KNA) reported. Meisner said he had initially opposed Benedict's announcement in February that he intended to resign because of declining physical and mental strength....
  • Benedict and Francis: A Lesson in Apostolic Continuity

    05/06/2013 1:51:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 6, 2013 | William L. Patenaude
    Retired Pope Benedict XVI greets Pope Francis at the Vatican May 2. The 86-year-old retired pontiff, who had been staying at the papal summer villa in Castel Gandolfo since retiring Feb. 28, returned to the Vatican to live in a monastery in the Vatican Gardens. (CNS photo/L'Ossevatore Romano via Reuters) When Pope Francis visited his predecessor at Castle Gandolfo in March, he said to Benedict XVI that “we are brothers.” This image nicely frames the differences between them. It underscores that the election of Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was not a rupture in the Church (as some suggest) but an...
  • Retired Pope Benedict set to return to Vatican May 2

    05/01/2013 1:26:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cns ^ | April 30, 2013 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Benedict at his final general audience Feb. 27. (CNS/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to move into a remodeled convent at the Vatican May 2, the Vatican spokesman said. The spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said Pope Benedict would arrive at the Vatican in the early evening by helicopter, "weather permitting." Pope Benedict has been living at the papal summer villa in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, since Feb. 28, the date his resignation took effect. Pope Francis traveled to the villa March 23 to talk, pray...
  • On 86th birthday, Benedict praised as deeply humble

    04/16/2013 2:57:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | April 16, 2013 | Carl Bunderson
    Pope Benedict XVI. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. Los Angeles, Calif., Apr 16, 2013 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Benedict XVI celebrates his 86th birthday on April 16, the author of a new book on the legacy of the retired pontiff says his humility largely inspired the work. “I was...fond of Benedict because he was truly humble man,” Charles Coulombe, author of “The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI,” told CNA April 15. “He was kind of shy and retiring, but he was willing to re-invigorate the trappings of the papacy, not for his own benefit, but for that of the office....
  • Msgr Gnswein slowly takes leave of Pope Benedict

    04/14/2013 1:53:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cathcon ^ | April 14, 2013
    Since Monsignor Georg Gnswein, the secretary of Benedict XVI is engrossed in the duties of Archbishop of the Roman Curia, a German deacon has been called to Castel Gandolfo. The Pope has been living there in seclusion since 28th February. Four members of Memores Domini have been responsible for household duties in the Papal summer residence. Because of the frequent absences of Gnswein with his duties as Prefect of the Apostolic Household needed a commute between Castel Gandolfo and the Vatican, he called on a specially selected person of German mother tongue, to be near Benedict XVI. When the...
  • Pope Francis calls for action on clerical sex abuse

    04/05/2013 6:04:37 PM PDT · by haffast · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 April 2013 Last updated at 11:20 ET | BBC
    Pope Francis has called for "decisive action" in the fight against sex abuse of minors by priests. He told Bishop Gerhard Mueller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith - the Vatican watchdog that deals with sex abuse cases - to ensure that perpetrators were punished. It was the Argentine Pope's first public statement on clerical sex abuse. A leading sex abuse survivors' group has responded with scepticism, saying "actions speak louder than words". The new Pope was elected last month, replacing Pope Benedict, who became the first pope in 600 years to resign. When first elected, Benedict...
  • Pope Francis to visit Brazil in July for youth festival

    03/24/2013 2:23:51 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 March 2013 Last updated at 06:47 ET
    Pope Francis, the Catholic Church's first Latin American leader, has announced in his Palm Sunday homily he will visit Brazil in July. He will attend a Catholic youth gathering in Rio de Janeiro, saying Mass on Copacabana beach and praying at the Christ the Redeemer statue. The Pope spoke in St Peter's Square as Holy Week, the most important period in the Christian calendar, began. Thousands of people waved olive branches and palm fronds in the crowd. snip 'See you in Rio' The Catholic youth festival is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of young pilgrims from around the world....
  • Letter #60: We are brothers in humility (Francis gives Benedict Russian icon)

    03/23/2013 2:19:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 23, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    “We are brothers”… in humility“We are brothers.”–Pope Francis to Emeritus Pope Benedict today at Castel GandolfoThe Icon of Mary that Pope Francis Gave as a Gift to Emeritus Pope Benedict Today Was… a Russian Icon The present and former Pope met today, in a moment without precedent. And the words which remain are the ones spoken by Pope Francis to Benedict: “We are brothers.”As Nicole Winfield put it in her comprehensive Associated Press dispatch today: “The two men in white embraced and showed one another the deference owed a Pope in ways that surely turned Vatican protocol upside down: A...
  • Lombardi: Castel Gandolfo meeting a moment of profound communion

    03/23/2013 8:52:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 23, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Speaking exclusively to Vatican Radio, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., reveals the details of this mornings historic encounter between Pope Francis and Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus, an encounter he has described as a moment of profound and elevated communion:The helicopter landed in Castel Gandolfo heliport, at about 12:15 and the car with the retired Pope approached the helicopter landing site. The Holy Father alighted: he was accompanied by the Substitute [Secretary of State] Msgr. Becciu, by Msgr. Sapienza and Msgr. Alfred Xuereb. As the Pope alighted, the Pope Emeritus approached...
  • Letter #56: Holding to Benedict (Francis stands with on Christian conception of truth)

    03/22/2013 1:23:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    The Moynihan Letters ^ | March 22, 2013 | Robert Moynihan, PhD.
    Holding to Benedict“But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, the dear and venerated Benedict XVI, called the ‘tyranny of relativism’…”(Original Italian: “Ma c’è anche un’altra povertà! È la povertà spirituale dei nostri giorni, che riguarda gravemente anche i Paesi considerati più ricchi. È quanto il mio Predecessore, il caro e venerato Benedetto XVI, chiama la ‘dittatura del relativismo’…”)–Pope Francis, March 22, 2013 (today), in the Vatican, speaking to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Holy See, citing words...
  • Jews worldwide see an ally in Pope Francis

    03/14/2013 6:19:27 PM PDT · by haffast · 17 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 3-13-2013 | Lauren Markoe
    WASHINGTON Jews worldwide welcomed newly elected Pope Francis as a friend on Wednesday (March 13), and pointed in particular to his sympathetic and strong reaction to the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in his native Argentina the deadliest bombing in the countrys history. snip Benedict does not have a bad record with the Jews, Novak said, but he didnt give it as much attention as Pope John Paul II, who called Jews the elder brethren of faith. I would like to see a kind of renewal of Jewish-Catholic relations which I think reached a high point during...
  • Conclave Cardinal Accused Of Abuse Cover Up

    03/11/2013 8:06:09 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    Sky News ^ | 9:09pm UK, Sunday 10 March 2013 | Nick Pisa, in Vatican City
    A victim of a paedophile priest has called for an Italian cardinal who will help elect the next Pope to step down, accusing him of covering up abuse. Francesco Zanardi says he was abused by his local priest, father Nello Giraudo, when he was a young boy and is adamant Catholic Church chiefs knew of the case but failed to act. At a press conference close to the Vatican, Mr Zanardi showed a letter dated 2003 which was written by the then Bishop of Savona in northwest Italy, Domenico Calcagno, who is now one of the 115 elector cardinals. In...
  • Most Holy Redeemer Parishioners Force Removal of Picture of Pope-Emeritus Benedict

    03/07/2013 6:41:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    A Shepherd's Voice ^ | 3/4/13 | Gibbons J. Cooney
    From Fr. Brian Costello's pastor's message in the Most Holy Redeemer parish bulletin of March 3, 2013: Two weeks ago, after Pope Benedict XVI had announced to the world that he would be resigning the office of Peter as of February 28th, I put the Popes picture, that usually hangs in the rectory, in the church. A handful of people told me that they would rather it not be there. They explained that the feeling was while he was Pope, as well as his time as a Cardinal, Pope Benedict had made hurtful and hateful statements regarding the LGBT Community...
  • Swiss Guards seal gates, leave service of Pope Emeritus

    02/28/2013 2:04:29 PM PST · by NYer · 149 replies
    cna ^ | February 28, 2013
    Doors of Castel Gandolfo closed. Credit: EWTN. Vatican City, Feb 28, 2013 / 12:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday evening, the Swiss Guards have left their posts and sealed the gates of the former pontiff's temporary residence of Castel Gandolfo. A crowd of Catholic faithful gathered Feb. 28 outside the papal vacation spot. At 8 p.m. Roman time, a loud bell rang eight times as they shouted “Viva il Papa!” or “Long live the Pope!” The Swiss Guards entered Castel Gandolfo and hung up their ceremonial weapons – called halberds – on...
  • A Reformed Farewell to Benedict XVI

    02/28/2013 6:52:42 AM PST · by Gamecock · 418 replies
    Out Of The Horses Mouth ^ | 28 Feb 2013 | Michael Horton
    Taken from the highest ranks of the clergy, popes should be among the best living pastors, biblical scholars, and theologians. That this has often not been the case is obvious enough throughout history, as any well-informed Roman Catholic will concede. (More than a few instances of corruption and heresy may be found on the Protestant side as well.) However, Benedict XVI has regularly been impressive on these counts. Living alongside Protestants in Germany, he often engages Reformation views with more sympathy and knowledge than mostespecially more than many Protestants who convert to Rome and trade on caricatures of the evangelical...
  • Benedict XVI Vows Obedience To Successor As Pope

    02/28/2013 5:56:43 AM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/ ^ | February 28, 2013 | Mathew Amroliwala
    Pope Benedict XVI has vowed "unconditional obedience and reverence" to his eventual successor. He was speaking on his final day in office at the Vatican to his cardinals, one of whom will be elected next month to replace him.
  • Pope moves top Vatican official Monsignor Ettore Balestrero to Colombia amid "Vatileaks" report

    02/22/2013 12:15:00 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | February 22, 2013, 8:41 AM | CBS/AP
    The pope has transferred a top official from the Vatican's secretariat of state to Colombia amid swirling media speculation about the contents of a confidential report into the Vatican's leaks scandal. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, insisted Friday that the transfer of Monsignor Ettore Balestrero had been months in the works and had nothing to do with the leaks investigation or what the Vatican considers baseless reporting. Balestrero was named undersecretary of the Vatican's Foreign Ministry in 2009 and, among other tasks, has been a lead player in the Holy See's efforts to get on the "white list" of...
  • Papabile of the day: Cardinal Scola

    02/18/2013 9:06:23 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 5 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 2/18/2013 | John Allen
    "By consensus, there's no slam-dunk, take-it-to-the-bank favorite heading into the next papal election, but the closest to thing to someone in pole position is probably 71-year-old Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan."
  • The Catholic Church Cant Change

    02/18/2013 7:31:50 AM PST · by rhema · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | February 15, 2013 | Ashley McGuire
    Sorry to be a wet blanket, but the Catholic Church is not going to change its teaching on any of the fun stuff (contraception, female ordination, homosexuality, abortion, etc.) with the next pope. Nor will it ever. When news of the popes retirement broke, Nicholas Kristof pondered on Twitter: At some point, the church will accept contraception and female and non-celibate priests. Could it be in the next papacy? Countless groups issued press releases clamoring for a progressive pope. The Rainbow Sash Movement called for the next pope to stop emphasizing purity. The Womens Ordination Conference announced it would hold...
  • Time for a non-European Pope?

    02/15/2013 2:40:53 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 14 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Saturday, February 16, 2013 | Bertie Halliday, Canadian expert on the Vatican
    Op-Ed - Every time this question is asked, there are visions of a black or a latino or even Asian pontiff. But wait, not so fast. Benedict XVI may have blocked that possibility by packing enough Europeans in the electoral college to name his successor With a Canadian, a Honduran and other Latin Americans among the unofficial front-runners, the Roman Catholic Church could well elect its first non-European since the Great Schism with the Eastern church in the 11th century when it replaces Benedict XVI. But here is a sobering fact. Pope Benedict appointed 67 of the 118 cardinals who...
  • Benedicts renunciation and the wolves within the church

    02/15/2013 8:35:56 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Steve Jalsevac
    Since Pope Benedicts shock announcement Monday, I have held off commenting. Time was needed to step back and consider just what this astounding action from the world's leading defender of life and family really meant. It was an earthquake announcement that had to have greater significance than the Pope merely being tired and worn out. The two lightening strikes onto the dome of St. Peters that evening added an uncanny emphasis that the Popes action demanded the worlds attention.
  • More details on papal resignation, conclave (Vatican Press Office)

    02/14/2013 12:37:29 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 14, 2012 | Diogenes
    Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, held a briefing for reporters on February 14, providing more information about plans for the retirement of Pope Benedict and the election of his successor. He revealed: Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who has served for years as the private secretary to Benedict XVI, will continue to live with the Pontiff after his retirement. However the archbishop, who was recently appointed as prefect of the pontifical household, will continue to serve in that role as well. The new Pontiff could, if he wished, select a replacement.The Vatican will continue to provide security...
  • Why the Popes resignation matters to Protestants

    02/13/2013 6:48:52 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 37 replies
    Times-Union ^ | February 12, 2013 | Rev. Alan Rudnick
    Surprise and shock are an understatement when it comes to Pope Benedict XVIs resignation. Only a handful of Popes have called it quits. The Popes decision continues to spark speculation about who the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church will be. This decision will have far reaching impact for Catholics around the world and certainly for Protestants. As most readers know, Im not Catholic. Im an American Baptist clergyman. I come from a tradition that fought to continue the reforms of the Church of England. Baptists were one of the many English separatist groups that wanted to go further...
  • Whos in the Running for Pope? 12 Names to Watch

    02/13/2013 10:49:33 AM PST · by haffast · 49 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 8:00AM EST 2/12/2013 | David Gibson and Alessandro Speciale/RNS
    Pope Benedict XVIs sudden announcement that he would resign by the end of the month took the church and the world by surprise, in large part because it was a move without precedent in the modern world. But what comes next is as old and familiar as the papacy itself: Speculating about who will succeed to the Throne of St. Peter. Indeed, within months of Benedicts own election in 2005, church insiders and online oddsmakers were trying to figure out who might be next, given that Benedictnow 85was already aging, increasingly frail, and had himself declared that he did not...
  • Top candidate to be next Pope has ties to creation of global economic system

    02/13/2013 8:43:02 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 75 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11 Feb 13 | Kenneth Schortgen Jr
    On Feb. 10, the world was shocked to hear that Pope Benedict would step down from his Papal office on Feb. 28, and become the first leader of the Catholic church to resign from office in over 500 years. However, speculation for his replacement is already under way, and the front runner to become the next Pope has strong ties to the creation of a global economic system, as well as being a prime candidate to an ancient Catholic prophecy suggesting he would help lead the world into a new order. The front runner to be the next pope...
  • "Final Pope" Authors predicted Benedict would resign

    02/12/2013 11:56:17 AM PST · by wesagain · 30 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Feb 12, 2013 | Jerome R. Corsi
    "900-year-old Catholic prophecy says successor will be 'Peter the Roman'"Although a Roman Catholic pope had not stepped down in nearly 600 years, the startling resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was predicted by the co-authors of a book published last spring about a medieval prophecy that the next pontiff will be the last. In Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here, co-authors Tom Horn and Cris Putnam examine St. Malachys Prophecy of the Popes, said to be based on his prophetic vision of the next 112 popes, beginning with Pope Celestine II, who died in 1144. Malachy presented a description of...
  • Pope's last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday in St. Peter's

    02/12/2013 3:38:48 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | February 12, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 28, 2012. Credit: Anne Hartney/CNA. Vatican City, Feb 12, 2013 / 08:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid the buzz created by the Pope’s announcement that he will retire, it could be easy to miss the fact that his last Mass will be on Ash Wednesday and not in the normal location for the first day of Lent. “It’s very clear that St. Peter’s is a much bigger church than Santa Sabina in Aventino, so for a celebration in which we expect there will be a lot of faithful, bishops...
  • The Reluctant Pope

    02/12/2013 5:37:03 PM PST · by D-fendr · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 2/2/2013 | GEORGE NEUMAYR
    He served out of duty, not ambition. After John Paul IIs death, Benedict emerged as the indispensable man, without the least bit of angling for that role. He didnt seek the papacy; it simply fell upon him. He had hoped the college of cardinals would select someone else. But his acute intellect, grasp of the Churchs crisis, and closeness to John Paul II made him the obvious choice. Given this background, his resignation appears more understandable. He entered the papacy humbly and now leaves it humbly. His resignation is a great loss for the Church and the world. He represented...
  • Who Will Be the Next Pope? Bookmakers Place Their Bets

    02/11/2013 12:28:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    TIME ^ | 02/12/2013 | Glen Levy
    Just hours after Pope Benedict XVIs surprising Feb. 28 resignation, bookmakers have already started placing odds on his successor. Quickest off the mark was the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, which has already gone through three favorites for the position, starting off with Nigerian Francis Arinze, before shifting to Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson and then to Canadian Marc Ouellet who at the time of this writing is the most favored option, with odds of 11 to 4. A rival bookie, Ladbrokes, currently has Turkson as the slight favorite at 3 to 1, followed by Arinze (7 to 2) and then...
  • Shock, gratitude, prayer: pro-life and Catholic leaders react to a Popes surprise resignation

    02/11/2013 1:31:38 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    lsn ^ | Patrick B. Craine
    ROME, Feb. 11, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) As Catholics and people of good will across the globe grapple with Pope Benedict XVIs shocking announcement Monday morning that he will resign the papacy at 8 pm on Feb. 28th, Catholic and pro-life leaders are offering gratitude for his eight years at the helm of the Barque of Peter. The media frenzy over the first papal resignation in six hundred years has brought a flurry of response from Church commentators. LifeSiteNews has spoken with numerous leaders at the Vaticans Pontifical Academy for Life as well as top pro-life activists in Europe and North...
  • Report: Brother Says Pope Was Considering Resignation for Months

    02/11/2013 11:40:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 2/11/13
    BERLIN The pope's brother, Georg Ratzinger, says the pontiff had been advised by his doctor not to take any more transatlantic trips and had been considering stepping down for months.
  • As Vatican Leader Pope Benedict Never Had A Chance

    02/11/2013 10:12:00 AM PST · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com/ ^ | February 11, 2013 | John Moody
    He never had a chance. From the moment he appeared on the balcony of St. Peters on April 19, 2005, to greet the faithful, Benedict XVI faced an insurmountable problem: He was not John Paul II. Benedicts decision to resign the papacy is being blamed on his age nearly 86 and his health never robust. He might just as well have been diagnosed with a broken papal heart.
  • Pope Benedict will be missed. But, contrary to prophecies of doom, the Catholic..

    02/11/2013 5:52:20 AM PST · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    Are we headed towards an apocalypse? First an asteroid comes close to the Earth, then the British start eating horse and now the Pope resigns. Resigning is something that Popes very rarely do. That last time it was done voluntarily was by Celestine V in 1294; Gregory XII stepped down under political pressure in 1415. By contrast, John Paul II remained in his position regardless of his declining health a testament to the mans extraordinary will power.
  • Pope Benedict's Address on Resignation of the See of Rome

    02/11/2013 5:35:15 AM PST · by annalex · 41 replies
    Zenit ^ | Vatican City, February 11, 2013 (Zenit.org). | 5 hits | His Holiness the Pope
    Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in todays world,...