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  • Is Francis the Last Pope? A Rare Interview with Archbishop Ganswein

    06/25/2016 7:24:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/25/16 | Anian Christoph Wimmer
    Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What is Benedict XVI's own view of his historical resignation? What has the fall-out been from his secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein's controversial remark on an “expanded petrine office”? What about the “Prophesy of Malachy,” which allegedly sees Francis as the last pontiff? In a recent and candid conversation, veteran journalist and EWTN Rome correspondent Paul Badde sat down with Archbishop Gänswein, who gave his take on these and a number of other questions. The German archbishop currently serves Pope Francis as Prefect of the Papal Household, and has also maintained...
  • In Memoirs, ex Pope Benedict Says Vatican 'Gay Lobby' Tried to Wield Power -Report

    07/01/2016 9:16:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/1/16 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY, July 1 (Reuters) - Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a "gay lobby" in the Vatican had tried to influence decisions, a leading Italian newspaper reported on Friday. The book, called "The Last Conversations," is the first time in history that a former pope judges his own pontificate after it is over. It is due to be published on Sept. 9. Citing health reasons, Benedict in 2103 became the first pope in six centuries to resign. He promised to remain "hidden to the world" and has been living...
  • Benedict XVI ‘Will Destroy a Diary He Kept During His Papacy’

    07/01/2016 9:41:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/1/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope Emeritus reportedly admitted to the diary in a book-length interview to be published in SeptemberBenedict XVI kept a diary throughout his papacy but plans to destroy it, according to an Italian newspaper. The retired pope apparently admitted to the diary in a new book-length interview to be published in September. The historic book, called The Last Conversations, follows the format of previous book-length interviews Light of the World and Salt of the Earth and shares the same German author, Peter Seewald. The Corriere della Sera newspaper, which has acquired the rights to publish excerpts of the book in...
  • ‘Communal papacy’ may be a baby-step toward democracy [Catholic Caucus]

    06/05/2016 1:58:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Crux ^ | June 4, 2016 | Hector Welgampola
    When Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, many wondered what role a retired pope might have in the Church. After the election of Pope Francis, many continued to wonder whether the presence of a retired pope would be a threat in any way to the authority of the new one. Given those concerns, the low-profile role chosen by the pope emeritus has been quite reassuring. Similarly, Francis’ acceptance of his predecessor’s draft of his own first encyclical letter, Lumen Fidei, in June 2013, was more than a gracious gesture of civility. Despite initial apprehensions, these developments can be seen as...
  • What Is Monsignor Ganswein Up To?

    05/31/2016 4:08:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 30, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    During his recent presentation of the book Beyond the Crisis in the Church: The Pontificate of Benedict XVI, Monsignor Georg Ganswein, who serves as personal secretary to “Pope Emeritus” Benedict XVI, inexplicably and quite mysteriously provided new depth, and thus new impetus, to the novel idea that Benedict’s renunciation of the papacy was qualified by a “changed understanding” of the papacy, according to which Benedict retained a “passive” aspect of the Petrine office while turning over its active exercise to Francis. In the course of the book presentation Ganswein made remarks that surely reflect Benedict’s own understanding of his situation,...
  • Pope rules out retiring like his predecessor

    05/29/2016 11:00:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2016 1:39 PM EDT
    Pope Francis says he has no intention of quitting the papacy — a possibility opened up by his predecessor Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. The pope, responding to a question from a young person at a Vatican event, said on Sunday “I never thought of quitting being pope, or of leaving because of the many responsibilities.” …
  • Why Are 2 Different Popes Telling Us to Read “Lord of the World”?

    04/11/2016 2:07:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 8, 2016 | Colin O'Brien
    It’s a somewhat obscure apocalyptic novel, much overlooked since its publication in 1907, and yet it comes with a recommendation that just about any best-selling author would covet: the spiritual leader of the whole world says it’s a good read. And not just the current pope, the previous one too.Pope Francis raised eyebrows in 2013 and again in 2015 when he recommended Robert Hugh Benson’s Lord of the World to the faithful as a book that depicts a “globalization of hegemonic uniformity.” Similarly, then-Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, referred to the Universalism depicted in Lord of the...
  • Benedict XVI Responds to Mother Angelica's Death

    03/28/2016 5:31:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Vatican City, Mar 28, 2016 / 02:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Benedict XVI had a special response to Mother Angelica's death falling on Easter Sunday: "it’s a gift." Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Benedict's personal secretary, told CNA about the Pope emeritus' comment March 28. Mother Angelica, an Ohio-born Poor Clare nun, founded EWTN Global Catholic Network in Alabama in 1981. It has since become the largest religious media network in the world. She passed away March 27, Easter Sunday, at the age of 92. Her death prompted memorials, eulogies and remembrances from around the world. In Rome, Monsignor Dario Vigano, prefect of...
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict says Church is now facing a two-sided deep crisis

    03/16/2016 10:08:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 70 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 16, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    On March 16, speaking publicly on a rare occasion, Pope Benedict XVI gave an interview to Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference, in which he spoke of a “two-sided deep crisis” the Church is facing in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. The report has already hit Germany courtesy of Vaticanist Guiseppe Nardi, of the German Catholic news website Katholisches.info. Pope Benedict reminds us of the formerly indispensable Catholic conviction of the possibility of the loss of eternal salvation, or that people go to hell: The missionaries of the 16th century were convinced that the unbaptized...
  • The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis

    02/18/2016 1:23:54 PM PST · by Typical_Whitey · 23 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 5/2014 | Paul Elie
    From the article: But what’s most odd is that the two popes are these two popes, and that the one who spent a third of a century erecting a Catholic edifice of firm doctrine and strict prohibition now must look on at close range as the other cheerfully dismantles it in the service of a more open, flexible Church.
  • The Red and the Black (and a New Word)! A Short Meditation on a Teaching - Joseph Ratzinger

    12/11/2015 8:21:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Red and the Black (and a Brand New Word)! A Short Liturgical Meditation on a Teaching by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger Msgr. Charles Pope • December 10, 2015 • In recent years Fr. John Zuhlsdorf has made famous the liturgical instruction, "Say the black; do the red." In other words, say the prayers as written in black ink (with no embellishments or deletions) and follow the instructions printed in red ink. After too many decades of liturgical errors -- even outright disobedience -- this is a pithy and memorable way to encourage proper demeanor and invoke the obedience that is...
  • Money, sex and modernism

    10/01/2015 7:22:21 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 9/30/15 | Louie Verrecchio
    An article by Italian journalist Maurizio Blondet is making the rounds alleging that Pope Benedict XVI was blackmailed into abdication by forces allied with SWIFT (the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), which had a hand in the shutdown of ATM and bank card services at the Vatican in January of 2012. According to Blondet: There was a blackmail of Benedict XVI, coming from who knows where, through SWIFT. The underlying reasons for this have not been clarified, but it is clear that SWIFT has intervened directly in the management of affairs of the Church. This particular theory is not...
  • "There was a blackmail come from who knows where, through SWIFT, exercised on Benedict XVI."

    09/29/2015 10:27:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 36 replies
    Orwell's Picnic ^ | 9/29/15 | Hilary Jane Margaret White
    This is starting to not be funny anymore. Ratzinger non poté “né vendere né comprare” Ratzinger he could "neither sell nor buy" Maurizio Blondet Roughly translated by Google: "Few know what SWIFT (the acronym stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) is: in theory, is a global "clearing house", uniting 10,500 banks in 215 countries. In fact, is the most occult and sole center of American-globalist financial power, a bastion of blackmail on which the hegemony of the dollar, the most powerful means of political and economic espionage (to the detriment especially for us Europeans) and the means by...
  • THE MYSTERY OF POPE FRANCIS: WAS THERE A VATICAN COUP?

    09/27/2015 6:17:24 PM PDT · by xzins · 134 replies
    Powerline ^ | SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 | STEVEN HAYWARD
    One thing that that has puzzled a lot of people since the selection of Pope Francis two years ago is how a left-leaning Pope could succeed two very serious conservative Popes—John Paul II and Benedict XVI—who you would have thought had stacked the ranks of the Cardinals with clergy that would perpetuate their theological and philosophical outlook. Was Benedict hounded out of office by some kind of internal Vatican scandal perhaps? Was there some ecclesiastical version of a coup?There’s no evidence that I’m aware of—until now. Three days ago the National Catholic Register ran a very curious article about...
  • Cardinal Danneels Admits to Being Part of 'Mafia' Club Opposed to Benedict XVI (Catholic Caucus)

    09/24/2015 5:27:16 PM PDT · by jafojeffsurf · 31 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 09/24/2015 | Edward Pentin
    New authorised biography also reveals papal delegate at upcoming synod wrote letter to Belgium government supporting same-sex "marriage" legislation because it ended discrimination against LGBT groups Further serious concerns are being raised about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, one of the papal delegates chosen to attend the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family, after the archbishop emeritus of Brussels confessed this week to being part of a radical "mafia" reformist group opposed to Benedict XVI. Rest at link:
  • CATHOLIC CHURCH CONFOUNDS NEWSWEEK (says Bill Donohue)

    09/11/2015 6:26:42 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 1 replies
    Catholic League ^ | September 10, 2015 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on the September 10 cover story in Newsweek: To say the Catholic Church confounds Newsweek is an understatement: they just don’t know what to make of it. The article begins by praising Pope Francis as a progressive, then goes on a lengthy rant against San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, only to finish with a mixed review of the Holy Father. In other words, the good pope is compared to the bad archbishop, but instead of hailing the pope at the end, it closes by noting its uncertainty. The comparison fails. Cordileone’s criticisms of gay marriage and Bruce-Caitlyn-Jenner...
  • The Most Essential Question of Every Liturgy – Meditation on a Teaching by Joseph Ratzinger

    07/06/2015 7:06:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-05-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Most Essential Question of Every Liturgy – A Meditation on a Teaching From Joseph Ratzinger Msgr. Charles Pope • July 5, 2015 • There is a legend of how the liturgy and the Faith took hold in Rus (Russia). Prince Vladimir of Kiev was seeking a right worship for his people and sent representatives to look into various faiths and also liturgies. When emissaries went south to observe the Greek Christian Liturgy, they returned saying that they were not sure if they had been in Heaven or on Earth, so beautiful was what they had seen in the Hagia Sophia in...
  • Dignitas Personae

    12/12/2008 12:06:09 PM PST · by annalex · 32 replies · 716+ views
    The Vatican ^ | 12.12.2008 | The Roman Curia
    Regarding the Instruction Dignitas PersonaeAim In recent years, biomedical research has made great strides, opening new possibilities for the treatment of disease, but also giving rise to serious questions which had not been directly treated in the Instruction Donum vitae (22 February 1987).  A new Instruction, which is dated 8 September 2008, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, seeks to provide some responses to these new bioethical questions, as these have been the focus of expectations and concerns in large sectors of society.  In this way, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith seeks both...
  • Pope Shares Remarks on American Culture with Bishops; Issues Call to Laity By: Msgr. Charles Pope

    02/14/2012 2:28:02 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 13, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On January 19, Pope Benedict addressed bishops from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, and the Virgin Islands. These U.S. bishops were in Rome for their periodic “ad limina” visits, which included meetings with the pope and Vatican officials, covering a wide range of pastoral matters.His words provide some sober reflection for us. As is usually the case, I would like to provide excerpts of the Pope’s remarks from a CNS News Article and then present my own comments in red.Pope Benedict XVI warned visiting U.S. bishops that “radical secularism”...
  • Editorial Note: They Want to Silence Bloggers as they Silenced Benedict XVI

    02/22/2015 8:46:24 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 2/21/15 | Augustinus & New Catholic
    As reported on his blog and on numerous other blogs and websites, David Domet of Vox Cantoris has been threatened by Fr. Thomas Rosica CSB, CEO of Salt and Light TV and the English-language "Assistant" to Fr. Federico Lombardi, with legal action due to Mr. Domet's posts versus some of Rosica's statements relating to the Synod on the Family. It is important to note that Vox Cantoris' posts and analyses of Fr. Rosica's statements have all been limited to criticizing the latter's words of support for "pastoral" changes that undermine Catholic doctrine (the spiritual attitude Cardinal Sarah, Prefect for Divine...
  • Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused....

    12/17/2014 9:34:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-16-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused Unintended Effects By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the modern struggles and disagreements over the Liturgy, there tends to be a list of friends and opponents depending on one’s stance. For those of us with a more traditional leaning, Pope St. Pius X looms large as a friend and an image of tradition. He is usually seen as a defender of the tradition and a great proponent of what is called today the Extraordinary Form or Traditional Latin Mass (TLM)—so much so that the Society of...
  • How to Save the World, God’s Way – A Reflection on a Liturgical Teaching of Pope Benedict

    02/03/2015 7:39:26 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    How to Save the World, God’s Way – A Reflection on a Liturgical Teaching of Pope Benedict By: Msgr. Charles Pope Whenever I write on liturgy, I usually get a lot of comments. Many people obviously care deeply about it.Yet I also get comments that decry my “preoccupation” with liturgy, saying that it is of minor importance compared to the issues of poverty, abortion, etc. Some on the left will say, “Who cares if the Pope washes certain feet or doesn’t wear a fanon! Get out there and take care of the poor and show compassion. Frankly, your elaborate and expensive liturgies are...
  • Rabbitgate: Could This Be a Good Thing?

    01/31/2015 7:47:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    The Remnat Newspaper ^ | January 28, 2015 | Christopher A Ferrara
    This article is my take on the impact of the latest scandal caused by the latest papal press conference at the back of an airplane: the one during the flight from Manila to Rome, reported around the world under the eminently predictable headline: “Pope Francis: Catholics Don’t Have to Breed Like Rabbits.” Objectors need not pester me or this newspaper with complaints about “bad translation” or the “whole context” of the Pope’s remarks, nor with such quibbles as “the Pope said be like rabbits, not breed like rabbits.” I have watched the entire interview in Italian and compared it with...
  • The real crisis has scarcely begun [Joseph Ratzinger, 1969] (Catholic Caucus)

    01/10/2015 2:40:34 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Vultus Christi ^ | January 10, 2015
    “The future of the Church, once again as always, will be reshaped by saints” — Joseph Ratzinger, 1969.Forty–six years ago, Father Joseph Ratzinger gave a series of conferences that were later published in book form under the title Faith and the Future (Ignatius Press). What was the future in 1969 has become the present. Joseph Ratzinger’s words are stunningly prophetic. Read them. The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing...
  • Why Benedict's Regensburg speech has been vindicated

    09/25/2014 9:12:10 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    http://cathnews.com/ ^ | September 25, 2014 | CathNews.com
    - Ethics and Public Policy Centre Eight years later, the Regensburg Lecture looks a lot different. Indeed, those who actually read it in 2006 understood that, far from making a “gaffe,” Benedict XVI was exploring with scholarly precision two key questions, the answers to which would profoundly influence the civil war raging within Islam—a war whose outcome will determine whether 21st-century Islam is safe for its own adherents and safe for the world.
  • Regensburg Vindicated

    09/19/2014 8:01:27 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 23 replies
    First Things ^ | 9/17/2014 | George Weigel
    On the evening of Sept. 12, 2006, my wife and I were dining in Cracow with Polish friends when an agitated Italian Vaticanista (pardon the redundancy in adjectives) called, demanding to know what I thought of “Zees crazee speech of zee pope about zee Muslims.” That was my first hint that the herd of independent minds in the world press was about to go ballistic on the subject of Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Lecture: a “gaffe”-bone on which the media continued to gnaw until the end of Benedict’s pontificate. Eight years later, the Regensburg Lecture looks a lot different. Indeed, those...
  • Regensburg Redux: Can Benedict say 'I told you so' about Islam?

    09/11/2014 9:15:05 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    Crux ^ | September 10, 2014 | David Gibson/RNS
    Pope Benedict XVI lectured on faith and reason at the University of Regensburg in Germany in this Sept. 12, 2006, file photo. A quotation from a Byzantine emperor that the pope used in this talk provoked outrage in the Muslim world. Eight years ago this Friday, Sept. 12, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fanaticism. It was an undiplomatic assertion, to say the least — especially coming a day after the 9/11 anniversary — and it sparked an enormous...
  • In Cuba, Faith Comes Out of the Closet As Catholic Church Is Erected

    08/12/2014 3:55:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 12, 2014
    For the first time since the Marxist revolution, a new Roman Catholic church is being erected in Cuba.The BBC reports: Its attitude to religion has softened since the fall of the Soviet Union, but this is the first Catholic church to be built for more than 50 years. Cuban seminarians The island nation has been communist since the overthrow of Fulgenico Batista in the Marxist revolution of 1959. (From that time until 1992, Cuba’s constitution said that the country was officially atheist.) Revolutionaries under Fidel Castro entered into a power struggle with the Catholic Church–accusing the clergy of defending the...
  • APNewsBreak: Pope defrocked 400 priests in 2 years (Benedict XVI)

    01/17/2014 12:00:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 2014 2:47 PM EST | Nicole Winfield and John Heilprin
    A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children. The statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked. Prior to that, it had only publicly revealed the number of alleged cases of sexual abuse it had received. The document was prepared from data the Vatican had been collecting to help the Holy See defend itself before a U.N. committee this week in...
  • Austria: More Leaving Church Under Pope Francis Than Under Benedict XVI

    01/16/2014 8:57:56 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 74 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 1/16/14 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Vienna) in Austria in 2013, there were more than leaving the church than in 2012. Nearly 55,000 Catholics have left the Catholic Church as a corporate body under public law. Thus more Austrians left the Church in the first year of the pontificate of Pope Francis, than in the last year of the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI. The church leaders wonder about this phenomenon, which they had not expected. "We would have expected better numbers," said the Bishop of Linz Vicar William Viehböck. Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. there was relief heard from not a few official...
  • Pope Benedict Defends Religious Liberty

    02/25/2012 8:33:51 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies · 1+ views
    CE.com ^ | February 23rd, 2012 | Rebecca Ryskind Teti
    Pope Benedict Defends Religious Liberty   PoliticsFebruary 23rd, 2012 Rebecca Ryskind Teti Bishops from the dioceses of Baltimore, Washington and Military Services were in Rome this month, making their requisite ad limina visit to Rome to pray at the tomb of St. Peter and renew their allegiance to his successor.It was a religious duty they were observing, but the Pope chose to speak to them not of prayer or sacraments, but about threats to religious liberty, the proper relations between Church and State and the role of the Catholic citizen in a secular nation.His appeal to all Catholics to defend...
  • What Is Eternal Life?

    07/26/2012 3:15:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 25, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I often think we haven’t done a very good job in setting forth the doctrine of Eternal Life. For most people the concept seems a rather flat one, namely, that we shall live for ever and ever and ever…. And frankly for many such a concept seems rather unappealing even if the place of it is heaven. Heaven too is often poorly understood. It is reduced to a rather egocentric notion of a place where I will be happy. I’ll have a mansion, I’ll see my mother again, I won’t suffer…. But most moderns in their description never get around...
  • Pope’s Remarks to US Bishops: Powerful and required reading

    05/03/2012 4:15:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | May 2, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Cardinal Wuerl shared with the priests of this Archdiocese (at the Chrism Mass last month) the full remarks of Pope Benedict that were given during the ad limina visit by bishops of this region. I had seen excerpts, but never the full set of remarks. They are powerful and ought to receive careful consideration by us all.To that end, I would like to share substantial excerpts and offer a few reflections of my own. As is usual the original text is in bold, black italic text. My own comments are in red plain text.For her part, the Church in the...
  • A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Consideration of a Brief Remark in Pope Benedict’s New Book

    12/07/2012 2:08:04 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 6, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Along with many of you, I am reading Pope Benedict’s latest book, volume 3 of Jesus of Nazareth, on the infancy narratives. I was very moved at a very brief reflection that he made on Mary, as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider on her faith in a very touching manner. I must say that I have always been moved by the faith of the Blessed Mother and intrigued too, for she is a woman wrapped in silence. The Pope’s words capture both her faith and the mystery of her. Here is what the Pope says:I consider it...
  • Pope praises science, but insists God created world

    10/29/2010 4:34:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Belief ^ | October 29, 2010
    Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday - God did create the universe.The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme being to have brought the world into existence.In fact, Benedict specifically praised - and blessed - science and scientists in an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.But he also made clear that part of the role of science is to reveal God in the universe."Scientists do not create the world; they learn about it and...
  • Getting Personal With the Word of God, A ...reflection by Pope Benedict...Word of God [Ecumenical]

    02/26/2011 8:59:48 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington.org ^ | Nov19, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Nov19, 2010 Getting Personal With the Word of God – A powerful reflection by Pope Benedict on the true Reality of the Word of GodBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Many people think of the Word of God as an “it” when in fact, the Word of God is a person, Jesus Christ. Jesus did not come merely to give us information and exhortation. He came to give us his very self. He is the “Word made Flesh.” Pope Benedict makes this point in his most recent document, the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini. I want to give an excerpt and...
  • Call Me the Optimist – A Meditation on Recent Reports of Crisis and Conclave

    02/25/2013 2:46:33 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 24, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I’ve been asked by a few readers of this blog to record a few thoughts about the events surrounding the resignation of Pope Benedict. Over the weekend especially, many rumors circulated, regarding a seedy backstory to the resignation.I am not surprised to read of such rumors in secular media sources, but I must admit I was surprised to read some of these things reported in Catholic sources.As for me, it remains a rumor, and rumors are best unrepeated.I prefer simply to take Pope Benedict at his word. He indicates that, given the effects of age, he thinks is best step...
  • Pp Francis declares support for BXVI’s vision of Church.. rejects 'Spirit of Vat II' (Shortened)

    11/20/2013 5:44:31 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 19 November 2013 | William Oddie
    An important letter, from Pope Francis to Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, has just been published. It includes the following: “With these lines I wish to be close to you and join myself to the act of presentation of the book 'Pontifical primacy and epicopate: from the first millennium to the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.' [The book is a collection of essays, some by Archbishop Marchetto, in his honour]. I beg you to consider myself spiritually present [there]… “You have made your love for the Church manifest in many ways… above all it is manifest in all your purity in the...
  • Papal Funeral Will Follow Ancient, Unique Rite

    04/06/2005 9:30:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 48 replies · 3,351+ views
    Vatican, Apr. 06 (CWNews.com) - The funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II (bio - news) will be held in St. Peter's Basilica on Friday morning, April 8, at 10. The details of the unique ceremony-- which is expected to last 3 hours-- are laid out in the apostolic constitution, Universi Dominici Gregis , promulgated by Pope John Paul in 1996. That document, setting the procedures for the burial of one Pontiff and the election of a successor, stipulates that a Pope's funeral, should be held between 4 and 6 days after his death. Pope John Paul died in the...
  • Vatican Diary / Pope Benedict's Parting Shot [Catholic Caucus]

    08/22/2013 2:09:53 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 8/22/2013
    The Sunday after the Epiphany is the Sunday of the baptism of Jesus. And on each of these Sundays, year after year, Benedict XVI administered the first sacrament of Christian initiation to a certain number of children, in the Sistine Chapel. Each time, therefore, he had occasion to pronounce the formulas supplied by the rite of baptism in effect since 1969. But two of the words in this rite never entirely convinced him. And so, before renouncing the chair of Peter, he ordered that they should be changed in the original Latin, and as a result in the modern languages...
  • Retired Pope’s Secretary Says ‘Mystical Experience’ Story is Untrue

    08/26/2013 3:25:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    VATICAN CITY — Archbishop Georg Ganswein, retired Pope Benedict XVI’s longtime personal secretary, said a story about the pope resigning after a “mystical experience” was completely invented. “It was invented from alpha to omega,” the archbishop said Aug. 24 in an interview on Italy’s Canale 5 television news. “There is nothing true in the article.” In a report Aug. 19, the Italian service of Zenit, a Catholic news agency, said someone who had visited Pope Benedict “a few weeks ago” had asked him why he resigned. “God told me to,” the retired pope was quoted as responding before “immediately clarifying...
  • Which Pope Said What? Take The New York Times Challenge

    08/03/2013 10:30:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    patheos/yimcatholic ^ | August 2, 2013 | Frank Weathers
    Which Pope Said What? Take The New York Times Challenge August 2, 2013 By Frank Weathers The Gray Lady wants to test your knowledge of the Pope’s unique voice. So they put together a little multiple choice quiz asking readers to differentiate between the sayings of Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.Give it a try below.How Recent Popes Differ on Key Issues. Choose the Pope who said each quote on seven critical issues. 
  • Benedict XVI finishing the encyclical on Faith to be signed by Pope Francis

    05/25/2013 7:04:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | May 25, 2013
    FULL TITLE Relevant: Benedict XVI finishing the encyclical on Faith to be signed by Pope Francis New encyclical on the poor: "Beati Pauperes"? Following his recent visit ad limina with the bishops of his region, the Bishop of Molfetta (Apulia, Italy), Luigi Martella, spoke of the conversation they had with the new Pope, including the following: Then, he spoke to us about Benedict XVI with such tenderness: "When I met him for the first time in Castelgandolfo, I noticed that he had a very lucid memory - he said -, even though physically challenged. Now he is clearly better." In...
  • Today in 2007: Pope Benedict XVI: Pro-Abortion Pols Excommunicated, No Communion

    05/09/2013 9:44:58 AM PDT · by onyx · 16 replies
    Life News.com ^ | May 9, 2007 | Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor
    The Vatican (LifeNews.com) The Catholic Church has made it clear in the past that it strongly opposes abortion and wants pro-abortion politicians to rethink their views or consider refraining from taking communion. Pope Benedict XVI stepped up those warnings Wednesday saying pro-abortion politicians have excommunicated themselves. He also said he elected officials who support abortion would be prevented from receiving communion. The pontiff was asked about the topics in reference to a threat from the Catholic bishops in Mexico to excommunicate members of the Mexico City legislative assembly who recently voted to legalize abortion in the nation’s capital. “Yes, this...
  • 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...
  • All bad news, all the time? Really? (Catholicism surging globally, despite growing repression.)

    03/03/2013 9:33:32 PM PST · by dangus · 55 replies
    NY Times' op-ed contributor and Georgetown professor Paul Elie says the reign of Pope Benedict has been "all bad news, all the time." Really? Vocations, globally, are up 70% since the mid-70s. The number of diocesan priests is at an all-time, and growing faster the number of Catholics, or the global population. The population of Catholics in the world is growing faster than the global population, (1.5% to 1.3% per year) despite being centered in industrialized nations. Conversions to the Catholic church are at an all-time high. The number of students in Catholic high schools has doubled globally since the...
  • Swiss Guards Get A Rest

    02/28/2013 7:38:50 AM PST · by Perdogg · 38 replies
    The pope's retirement means his famous Swiss Guards get a few days off before they have to protect the new guy. Stern-face and standing as erect as the halberds they grasp, Swiss Guards rarely betray emotion on duty. Â But their storied history has its early roots in a bloody drama.
  • More on Benedict’s revolutionary act: his astonishing predictions

    02/28/2013 5:54:07 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Steve Jalsevac
    ...It should be emphasized that the article was written because of a truly extraordinary action by Pope Benedict that was unprecedented in the entire history of the Roman Catholic Church. Yes, there were a couple of other resignations of popes in the past, but the circumstances were totally different. Never has a pope resigned because he felt too tired and weak to carry on. This was a revolutionary act of huge significance and very much related to all that we have been reporting on the international culture war of life vs death. Benedict's radical action and sense of urgency for...
  • Pope Recalls "Joy" Of Papacy, And Difficulties

    02/27/2013 6:44:38 AM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    http://www.dynamic.com/ ^ | February 27, 2013 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI basked in an emotional sendoff Wednesday from a massive crowd at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square, recalling moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of difficulty when "it seemed like the Lord was sleeping."
  • Pope Benedict retired after inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials', says paper

    02/21/2013 2:41:14 PM PST · by RummyChick · 18 replies
    guardian ^ | 2/21 | john hooper
    A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI to the discovery of a network of gay prelates in the Vatican, some of whom – the report said – were being blackmailed by outsiders. The pope's spokesman declined to confirm or deny the report, which was carried by the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica. The paper said the pope had taken the decision on 17 December that he was going to resign – the day he received a dossier compiled by three cardinals delegated to look into the so-called "Vatileaks" affair. Last May Pope Benedict's butler, Paolo...