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  • [Catholic Caucus] Analysis: Was Benedict’s letter an endorsement, a critique – or neither?

    03/16/2018 2:32:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 16, 2018 | Dan Hitchens
    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (CNS) Benedict's past statements mean his letter was inevitably of interestThis week’s furore over Benedict XVI’s letter could seem a little overblown. First the Pope Emeritus was reported to have written a note paying a compliment to Pope Francis. Then it emerged that the official Vatican photo had blurred and concealed another part of the letter – in which Benedict declined to write a short passage on a new collection of booklets about Francis’s theology. (The refusal was mentioned at the press conference, but not on the Vatican website or in the original reports.) It...
  • [Catholic Caucus] PRAY FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI

    01/24/2018 3:46:11 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Abysussus Absyssum | January 23, 2018 | Bishop Henry Rene Gracida
    PRAY FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI We may never know why he resigned.  I personally believe that the San Gallo Conspirators who did everything they could to prevent him from being elected in the Conclave of 2005, and failed, succeeded in 2013 in threatening the Church with such a financial disaster that Benedict, out of love for the Church and on those countless men and women around the world who depend on the Church for their very sustenance and living, sacrificed himself and resigned the exercise of the power of jurisdiction (governing) that belongs to whoever occupies the Chair of Peter, but not the power...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Burke Criticises Benedict XVI’s Resignation

    01/08/2018 8:00:52 AM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 8, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Cardinal Burke Criticises Benedict XVI’s Resignation “It was not a good thing for the Church to lose its universal shepherd”, Cardinal Raymond Burke has commented on the resignation of Benedict XVI, “There is a certain feeling among many Catholics that their father abandoned them.” Talking to the Macau newspaper O Clarim (December 15) Burke expressed his hopes that papal resignations will not become a common practice. The cardinal concedes that at the time of his resignation Pope Benedict had reached a certain age, “but certainly he was in full possession of his faculties.” He is not convinced by the argument...
  • Ratzinger Rehabilitates Müller. But Benedict, Himself, Is Being Hit with Accusations of Heresy

    01/02/2018 5:28:46 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | January 2, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    “You defended the clear traditions of the faith, but in the spirit of Pope Francis you also sought to understand how they can be lived today.”This is the praise that “pope emeritus” Benedict XVI bestows on Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller in the opening of the volume published in Germany on the occasion of the cardinal’s 70th birthday and the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.Last July 1 Pope Francis brusquely dismissed Müller from the position of prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, after repeatedly demonstrating that he did not appreciate his vigilance over the...
  • Vatican rumblings: Pope Francis aiming to end Latin Mass permission

    07/26/2017 10:35:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 284 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 26, 2017 | John Henry-Westen
    Sources inside the Vatican suggest that Pope Francis aims to end Pope Benedict XVI’s universal permission for priests to say the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM), also known as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. While the course of action would be in tune with Pope Francis’ repeatedly expressed disdain for the TLM especially among young people, there has been no open discussion of it to date. Sources in Rome told LifeSite last week that liberal prelates inside the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith were overheard discussing a plan ascribed to the Pope to do away with Pope Benedict’s famous...
  • Catholic Caucus: Catholics Ask Trump to Probe Soros-Obama-Clinton Conspiracy at Vatican

    06/04/2017 1:40:09 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies
    Did billionaire speculator George Soros, President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, and Obama/Clinton adviser John Podesta conspire to overthrow the conservative Pope Benedict XVI and replace him with a radical, Pope Francis? Did they use America’s intelligence agencies, and our nation’s diplomatic machinery, political muscle, and financial power to coerce and blackmail “regime change” in the Roman Catholic Church?Far from being some wild conspiracy theory, there is sound prima facie evidence to indicate that this is a serious effort to expose a political scandal of the highest order, involving flagrant, criminal abuse of power...

    04/18/2017 5:28:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    The Stumbling Block ^ | April 18, 2017 | Frank Walker
  • The Pope, the President, and the International Left

    01/26/2017 4:09:19 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 26, 2017 | Matt C. Abbott
    Pope Francis is going to “wait and see” before judging President Trump, according to reports. That’s comforting, I guess. Readers might recall a previous post of mine in which a story was highlighted about how the Vatican reacted to Trump’s victory: a ‘lot of incomprehension’ and ‘bitter shock,’ viewing the United States as ‘angry and radicalized.’ Could there have been an alliance of sorts between the Holy See and Democrats? From The Remnant Catholic newspaper: Specifically, we have reason to believe that a Vatican ‘regime change’ was engineered by the Obama administration. We were alarmed to discover that, during...
  • Benedict XVI Stands Behind Cardinal Sarah -- And Pope Francis Sinks Into Silence

    11/02/2016 6:46:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | November 2, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    The news is startling indeed, and was supported by different news agencies like Riposte Catholique and Boulevard Voltaire: Benedict XVI. adopted a position this October 12th in the Osservatore Romano on the battle escalating within the Church for the orientation of the Sacred Liturgy. He did not hesitate in himself making the line of Cardinal Robert Sarah entirely his own. Thus, the former head of the Church openly distanced himself from the line of his successor Pope Francis. Benedict XVI. has made this downright sensational step on soil familiar to him, theology. He spoke in favor of changing the celebration...
  • Catholic Caucus: In rare interview, Benedict XVI names his favorite saints

    08/27/2016 6:52:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    cna ^ | 08.26.16 | Elise Harris
    Pope Benedict XVI at the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 11, 2005. Credit: © L'Osservatore Romano. Since he resigned from the papacy over three years ago, Benedict XVI rarely gives interviews. In a recent exception, however, the former pontiff took the time to chat not only about his successor, but the saints who've accompanied him throughout his life.  In the interview, published Aug. 24 in Italian newspaper La Reppublica, Benedict said he has been serene and happy since his resignation, and that while there were “smaller and larger difficulties” in his pontificate, there were also “many graces” that...
  • 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 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.