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  • Election of Pope Benedict in 2005 was Outcome of 'Dramatic Struggle,' Says Archbishop Ganswein

    05/23/2016 6:34:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The longtime personal secretary to Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has spoken of a "dramatic struggle" at the conclave of 2005, and insisted that the former Pontiff did not resign because of the "Vatileaks" scandal. Speaking at the launch of a book about Pope Benedict, Archbishop Georg Gänswein-- who continues to act as secretary to the retired Pontiff, while also serving as prefect of the pontifical household-- said that the "Vatileaks" scandal had "little or nothing" to do with the Pontiff's decision to resign. He said that Benedict XVI was motivated by his realization that he was growing weaker. By resigning, Archbishop...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Cross in the Cosmos – A Meditation on a Teaching by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

    03/03/2015 8:39:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Cross in the Cosmos – A Meditation on a Teaching by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Wisdom Tradition of the Scriptures emphasizes that God speaks and is discerned in things He has made. Scripture says, The heavens declare the glory of God, the firmament (stars) shows forth his handiwork (Psalm 19:1). Indeed, when God spoke His Word, creation came forth.And the Word that God spoke was the Logos, Jesus. Scripture says, Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (Jn 1:3). It also says, For by Him all things were created, both in...
  • Dear Ms. Walker: You Are Not a Priest (another female ordination)

    01/10/2015 2:18:24 PM PST · by NYer · 95 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | January 5, 2015 | Kathy SCHIFFER
    On Saturday, January 3 in Kansas City, Georgia Walker attempted to do what no woman had done before:  She tried to become a Roman Catholic priest.And she’s got the pictures to prove it:  Georgia smiling, arms raised in triumph, vested in red and white, processing down the aisle at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church.  Her friend, “Bishop” Bridget Mary Meehan, smiles proudly at her side.  Attending the ceremony were members of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a group of similarly deluded women who imagine themselves to be ordained.Here’s the thing, though:  WOMEN CAN’T BE PRIESTS.No, really!  Women...
  • 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 ( - 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...
  • The “Reform of the Reform” Has Already Begun (Benedict XVI Alert!)

    04/28/2005 10:53:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 1,452+ views
    La Chiese ^ | April 28, 2005 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, April 28, 2005 -On Sunday, April 24, Benedict XVI inaugurated his “Petrine ministry as bishop of Rome”in the sunlight of a Saint Peter’s Square overflowing with crowds. But his first intention was different. He had wanted to celebrate his first solemn mass as pope, not in the square, but inside the basilica of Saint Peter. “Because there the architecture better directs the attention toward Christ, instead of the pope,” he told the masters of ceremonies on Wednesday, April 20, his first full day as the elected pope. Only the immense number of faithful who were coming induced him to...
  • Rosie O’donnell Smears Pope

    10/02/2006 2:05:48 PM PDT · by Coleus · 112 replies · 4,598+ views
    In today’s edition of the ABC-TV show, “The View,” Rosie O’Donnell said that “the person who was in charge of investigating all the allegations of pedophiles in the Catholic Church from the eighties until just recently was guess who. The current pope.” She said her source was an upcoming movie, “Deliver Us from Evil.”  Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows: “There are several objections to today’s edition of ‘The View.’ What started as a discussion on the problems facing the disgraced former congressman Mark Foley, quickly digressed into a lengthy conversation about the sexual abuse scandal in the...
  • Pope Opposes Harry Potter Novels - Signed Letters from Cardinal Ratzinger Now Online

    07/13/2005 12:49:13 AM PDT · by dsc · 890 replies · 9,741+ views ^ | July 13, 2005 |
    Pope Opposes Harry Potter Novels - Signed Letters from Cardinal Ratzinger Now Online RIMSTING, Germany, July 13, 2005 ( - has obtained and made available online copies of two letters sent by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was recently elected Pope, to a German critic of the Harry Potter novels. In March 2003, a month after the English press throughout the world falsely proclaimed that Pope John Paul II approved of Harry Potter, the man who was to become his successor sent a letter to a Gabriele Kuby outlining his agreement with her opposition to J.K. Rowling's offerings. (See below...
  • De-homosexualization of the Catholic Church

    05/02/2005 7:25:14 AM PDT · by worldclass · 438 replies · 7,188+ views
    WorldNet Daily ^ | 5/2/2005
    Noting that in his Good Friday homily soon-to-be pope Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger condemned the "filth there is in the church," Wheeler believes the pontiff "will not tolerate [homosexuality's] presence in his church."
  • Europe at a crossroads

    05/24/2006 6:03:44 PM PDT · by sageb1 · 35 replies · 752+ views
    American University of Rome ^ | February 21, 2006 | Marcello Pera
    21 February 2006 Europe at a crossroads Address to the American University of Rome by Marcello Pera 1. A geopolitical continental drift The subject I intend to address today is the crisis of the West, and particularly of Europe. In my view this crisis is twofold, both geopolitical and spiritual, with the latter as the main cause of the former. The fact that the Old Continent is in a state of deep crisis has been upheld by many distinguished scholars, observers and a few – unfortunately just a few – political leaders in Europe. This was argued in most alarming...
  • Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam

    03/14/2006 6:43:06 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 336+ views
    CERC ^ | Joseph Ratzinger & Marcello Pera
    "It is up to the readers to decide whether our intention — to examine and reflect on the great issues of our time, including the West, Europe, Christianity, Islam, war, and bioethical questions — has achieved its goal. Whether our concerns can be addressed. And whether our suggestions deserve to be pursued." - from the Preface. The following is an excerpt from the chapter, "The Spiritual Roots of Europe: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow". It was originally an address given by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the Italian Senate on May 13, 2004. We must now consider the process by which...
  • A Bottleful of Bushmills Helps the Vodka Go Down in the Most Delightful Way!

    11/08/2005 7:01:20 PM PST · by Antioch · 4 replies · 1,932+ views
    posted 07/11/05 The big news story in Moscow today is that former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is being investigated for land fraud by Russian prosecutors. The fact that he is also considered one of the leaders of the liberal opposition to the Putin Administration is purely coincidental ;-) The big news story as far as I was concerned personally was the interesting package in the mail that I received on my desk this morning. No, it wasn't a bomb (although my editor is no doubt very tempted to send one! ;-) It was a long package bearing the Vatican...
  • Benedict's Blanket Replaces Bernadine's Seamless Garment

    05/11/2005 7:46:31 PM PDT · by Knock3Times · 30 replies · 976+ views ^ | Wednesday, May 11, 2005 | The Antichoice
    Benedict's Blanket Replaces Bernadine's Seamless Garment In the June 2004 essay, Seamless Garment or Political Comforter? , Michael Ulmann accurately described the seamless garment as follows: In the 1970s, the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin and his episcopal allies advanced the notion that Catholic politicians should not be judged only, or even primarily, by their position on abortion. Abortion was merely one strand in a rich and finely woven “seamless garment” of Catholic social teaching in defense of life. Numerous other issues, the bishops said, ought to be considered. Nearly one month after this essay was published, the now Pope...
  • Cardinal Ratzinger On Europe's Crisis of Culture (Part 2) - "Dogmatism"

    07/27/2005 5:50:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 379+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | July 27, 2005
    "A Confused Ideology of Freedom Leads to Dogmatism" SUBIACO, Italy, JULY 27, 2005 ( Here is a translation of the lecture given in Italian by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict XIV, in the convent of Saint Scholastica in Subiaco, Italy, the day before Pope John Paul II died. This lecture took place April 1, when he received the St. Benedict Award for the promotion of life and the family in Europe. Part 3 of this lecture will appear Thursday. *** Let us take a closer look at this opposition between the two cultures that have characterized Europe. In the debate...
  •'s anti-Catholic Paranoia ( and George Soros Alert)

    05/27/2005 4:29:38 PM PDT · by Jacob Kell · 20 replies · 1,531+ views ^ | May 27, 2005 | Don Feder
    Democrats lost the evangelical vote decades ago. As the last election showed, they are now in danger of permanently losing Catholics. But the left has devised an ingenious technique for winning back disaffected Catholics – insult their Church and its leader. And they thought of this all by themselves? As part of the campaign to defeat the Republican push to end the judicial filibuster, on May 17, 2005,, PAC ran an ad appealing to anti-Catholic paranoia. The broadside was an altered photo that showed Pope Benedict XVI standing outside the Supreme Court’s chambers. The pontiff appears to be holding...
  • Why Europe Deserves to Die - (James Atticus Bowden's newest editorial)

    04/25/2005 12:09:57 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 40 replies · 1,714+ views
    When Pope Benedict XVI was Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger he told Europe to recover its Christian roots “if it truly wants to survive.” Amen from an arch-Protestant whose ancestors included refugees who fled Catholic persecution for freedom in Virginia. The new Pope is a scholar who sees history unfolding into the future. We agree. Europe will be Islamic and subject to Islamist Totalitarianism by 2100, unless Europeans turn to faith and family. If Europe fails to live for faith and family, succumbing further to Socialist Human Secular Totalitarianism, then European culture deserves to die under Islamic culture. Many Europeans hope that...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Cardinals Reject Pleas from the Left

    04/19/2005 5:19:12 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 59 replies · 2,446+ views ^ | 4/19/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: We have microphones in the Vatican. Let's JIP it. CARDINAL / TRANSLATOR: My dearest brothers and sisters. (cheers) My dearest brothers and sisters. (cheers) My dearest brothers and sisters. RUSH: He's speaking in a bunch of different languages, for those of you in Rio Linda. There's nothing wrong here. CARDINAL: I announce to you a great joy. (cheers) We have a pope! (cheers) The most eminent and most reverent Lord Joseph (chimes) of the holy Roman Catholic church, Cardinal Ratzinger! (roars) RUSH: So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. From Germany, the new pope is Joseph Ratzinger. He...
  • Ed Koch: The New Pope and Anti-Semitism

    04/19/2005 5:03:46 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 54 replies · 1,906+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 4/19/05 | Ed Koch
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany has been elected as the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church and will take the name Benedict XVI. There are some who may criticize the election of Cardinal Ratzinger, since he joined the Hitler Youth at age 14 as a child growing up in Germany. I think any such criticism is unfounded. How can the decision to join the Hitler Youth corps be the responsibility of a child? The Nazis brilliantly exploited German children with the games and military outfits that most youngsters enjoy. Former New York Times Executive Editor Max Frankel, in the...
  • Habemus Papam (We have a Pope) !

    04/19/2005 4:49:45 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 4 replies · 196+ views
    Sergey Watch ^ | 04-19-2005 | Sergey Semenov
    If you are a blogger not posting for some time, you are often punished by a hard choice what story to comment on next. The tragic legally sanctioned death by starvation of Terri Schiavo ? Death of John Paul II and the mass outpouring of sympathy for the great deceased Pontiff ? Attacks on Tom Delay ? Finally, I've decided to comment on a different event--a joyful one--today's election of a new Pope, a German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who took a name Benedict XVI.
  • Cardinal Ratzinger said, "The minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it."

    07/07/2004 3:33:11 PM PDT · by Polycarp IV · 114 replies · 1,341+ views ^ | July 6, 2004 | Barbara Kralis
    Cardinal Ratzinger said, "The minister of Holy Communion must refuse to distribute it." He did not say 'could,' or 'may,' but that he "must." Barbara Kralis Barbara Kralis July 6, 2004 Is it possible that after so much scandal and hurt in the Catholic Church, Bishop Wilton Gregory and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick would withhold and distort an important memo written by the head of the Vatican's second most important dicastery of the Roman Curia? [1] The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, wrote the memo in English expressly for the USCCB's use...
  • Rome's Next Choice? (Future Pope)

    01/02/2005 1:59:29 PM PST · by wagglebee · 311 replies · 3,482+ views
    Time ^ | 1/10/05 | JEFF ISRAELY
    Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the chief architect of Pope John Paul II's traditionalist moral policy, has long been a bugaboo for liberal Catholics. But they had stopped worrying that the German might one day ascend to St. Peter's throne. His hard-line views and blunt approach had earned him the epithet of panzerkardinal and too many enemies. Well, their worrying may now resume. Sources in Rome tell TIME that Ratzinger has re-emerged as the top papal candidate within the Vatican hierarchy, joining other front runners such as Dionigi Tettamanzi of Milan and Claudio Hummes of Sao Paolo. "The Ratzinger solution is definitely...
  • Vatican presses the UN to recognise 'Christianophobia'

    12/06/2004 9:04:12 PM PST · by Destro · 15 replies · 493+ views ^ | 07/12/2004 | Jonathan Petre
    Vatican presses the UN to recognise 'Christianophobia' By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent (Filed: 07/12/2004) The Vatican is pressing the United Nations to recognise "Christianophobia" as an evil equal to that of anti-Semitism or "Islamophobia". Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, the Vatican's foreign minister, said anti-Christian feeling had increased, exacerbated by the war on terrorism. He said Christianity was often mistakenly seen as being inextricably linked with Western political policy, and had suffered as a result in the backlash against the West. His comments, at a conference in Rome, were primarily aimed at Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq, where insurgents have bombed...
  • So what is the real story about Cardinal Ratzinger's statement? Can Catholics Vote Pro-Abortion?

    09/11/2004 10:41:32 AM PDT · by Coleus · 36 replies · 2,711+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | 09.11.04 | Phil Lawler
    So what is the real story about Cardinal Ratzinger's statement? Back in June, the head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sent a letter to the US bishops, offering some guidance on how Church leaders should respond to Catholic politicians who promote abortion. Washington's Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, to whom the letter was addressed, chose not to share it with the other American bishops, and so Cardinal Ratzinger's statement did not come to light for several weeks, until it was leaked to an Italian journalist. (You then probably read about it for the first time right here...

    08/29/2004 9:57:36 AM PDT · by servant675 · 1 replies · 242+ views
    If we truly examine the evidence, past Presidents of the USA were not so strongly condemned as George W. Bush: Roosevelt was never condemned for the attack on Pearl Harbor and the resulting loss of American lives, although there was clear evidence of an intelligence breakdown. Truman was never strongly condemned by the American public for approving the use of atomic bombs against Japan that killed nearly two hundred thousand people, and resulted in radiation poisoning, and deadly cancers for many thousands more. In addition, he never admitted he did anything wrong. Johnson was only condemned because of the LENGTH...
  • Pope's Secretary Calms Fears Over Pontiff's Health

    10/02/2003 8:03:10 AM PDT · by ELS · 280+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu October 02, 2003 08:43 AM ET
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope John Paul's private secretary played down concerns about the pontiff's health on Thursday and said recent comments by a senior cardinal about the pope's condition had been taken out of context. Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, the pope's long-term personal secretary, said Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a senior German prelate, had broken down in tears when he discovered that comments he made in the street had been reported in a magazine. "Cardinal Ratzinger was crying yesterday," Dziwisz told reporters attending a meeting between the pope and the president of Lithuania at the Vatican. "He didn't give anyone an...
  • Ratzinger, a Toothless Lion

    08/20/2003 1:11:25 PM PDT · by sydney smith · 9 replies · 225+ views
    Tradition in Action ^ | August 20 2003 | Atila Sinke Guimaraes
    NEWS: August 19, 2003 Bird’s Eye View of the News Atila Sinke Guimarăes RATZINGER, A TOOTHLESS LION - For the last 20 years Sr. Jeannine Gramick, SSND, and Fr. Robert Nugent, SDS, have been two leading American religious stars in the Catholic “ministry” with gays and lesbians. Their innovative progressivist positions on the topic have generated a lot of publicity, so I don’t need to remind my reader who they are. On July 13, 1999 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued to both Sr. Gramick and Fr. Nugent a formal condemnation along with a permanent prohibition to...
  • The Church, The Enforcer and gay rights

    08/04/2003 6:43:48 AM PDT · by dead · 12 replies · 1,502+ views
    Irish Independent ^ | Richard Owen in Rome
    THE man who wrote the Vatican document ruling out same-sex marriage is a soft-spoken Bavarian who was once a liberal but has served as the Pope's ultra-conservative guardian of doctrine for more than 20 years. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has been at the Pope's side as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for so long that he has been nicknamed 'The Enforcer' or the 'Panzerkardinal'. Cardinal Ratzinger is regarded as "the second most powerful man" in the Church. If anything, he is even more zealous than the Pope, whom he meets every Friday evening, in laying down...
  • On Ratzinger- Can the architects be deconstructing?

    10/05/2002 11:43:13 AM PDT · by sinkspur · 41 replies · 313+ views
    National Catholic Reporter | 10/04/2002 | John L. Allen
    Few debates in contemporary Catholicism are more explosive than whether the present pontificate has “turned back the clock” on the Second Vatican Council. Liberals say yes almost as an article of faith, while conservatives assert an equally convinced no. Stated as such, both responses are more ideological than analytical. Vatican II was a complex event that gave rise to differing, sometimes conflicting impulses, and evaluating the 23-year reign of John Paul II through its optic would require careful issue-by-issue study. Yet as a matter of historical record, it is worth noting that some of the architects of this papacy have...