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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • East German Stasi Considered Ratzinger a Fierce Foe (How Secret Police Spied on Future Pope)

    09/17/2011 5:20:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/15/11 | Edward Pentin
    In 1974, a Trabant -- an old East German car -- was chugging through the Thuringian countryside, a province in the communist German Democratic Republic.In its passenger seat sat Professor Joseph Ratzinger and at the wheel was Father Joachim Wanke, then an assistant at a local seminary -- the only one in the GDR.The two priests, writes Rainer Erice, a journalist for the German radio station Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk Thüringen (MDR), were on a harmless sightseeing tour, taking in the historic cities of Jena and Weimar. It was a moment of relaxation during Father Ratzinger's short visit to East Germany, the...
  • The Pope and "Dictatorship of Relativism"

    06/10/2005 1:13:13 PM PDT · by Valin · 5 replies · 659+ views
    Global Politician ^ | 6/10/2005 | Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye
    I spent quality time in the morning of Tuesday, April 19, 2004, reading up any thing I could find on the internet about Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, and by noon that day, I was almost certain, and had even begun to say it to those around me, that Ratzinger would most likely replace late John Paul II as pope of the Roman Catholics. Perhaps, I was not just guessing, but merely expressing some latent wish, tucked away somewhere in the inner recesses of my mind. Indeed, after examining some portions of Cardinal Ratzinger's pre-conclave homily delivered at St. Peter's Square the...
  • Letter Perfect

    04/21/2005 3:05:18 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 17 replies · 977+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 4/21/2005 | Wlady Pleszczynski
    Amid the reactions to the elevation of Joseph Ratzinger to the papacy, there have been some doozies. My favorite came from a furious Ms. Cokie Roberts on Tuesday's night's Nightline. She must have been venting something fierce all evening, because Ted Koppel, none too pleased himself, introduced her with these words: "Cokie Roberts, you, you were, I gather, able to contain your enthusiasm, when you heard the news." Whereupon Cokie shot back with this. (And if looks could kill, Nightline would have lost its entire viewership, such as it is.) Well, this, this choice is really something that is different...
  • The best man for the job

    04/21/2005 2:58:04 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 2 replies · 371+ views
    timesonline ^ | April 20, 2005 | Daniel Johnson
    THE PAPACY is the oldest and most successful institution in the world. Asking the Pope to abandon or water down Catholic doctrine would be like asking him to abolish his own office. Joseph Ratzinger has been the most powerful figure in the Church after John Paul II for the past two decades. It is entirely right that he should have the opportunity to serve the Church in the capacity for which he is so obviously head and shoulders above the rest. Among so many eminences, he was pre-eminent. As usual, the BBC got the story all wrong. The task for...
  • New pope intervened against Kerry in US 2004 election campaign (sore Loser man Alert)

    04/20/2005 6:19:56 PM PDT · by chemical_boy · 7 replies · 475+ views
    Washington - German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican theologian who was elected Pope Benedict XVI, intervened in the 2004 US election campaign ordering bishops to deny communion to abortion rights supporters including presidential candidate John Kerry. In a June 2004 letter to US bishops enunciating principles of worthiness for communion recipients, Ratzinger specified that strong and open supporters of abortion should be denied the Catholic sacrament, for being guilty of a "grave sin." He specifically mentioned "the case of a Catholic politician consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws," a reference widely understood to mean Democratic candidate...
  • Starting Among the 'Christophobes' (Anne Applebaum)

    04/20/2005 8:08:14 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 7 replies · 629+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 4/20/05 | Anne Applebaum
    After the dust has settled -- after the processions are over and the Masses have been said, after the new pope has accustomed himself to new apartments, new tasks, new vestments -- Benedict XVI will face an extraordinary list of problems, ranging from the bioethical to the geopolitical. But for this German pope, among his toughest tasks by far will be the battle for acceptance on the continent of his birth. It sounds paradoxical, given the European splendor in which the church has been cloaked for the past several weeks -- the scenes of Rome, St. Peter's Square, the Sistine...
  • Ratzinger a Nazi? Don't believe it

    04/19/2005 9:52:18 AM PDT · by Alouette · 162 replies · 12,888+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Apr. 18, 2005 | Sam Ser
    London's Sunday Times would have us believe that one of the leading contenders for the papacy is a closet Nazi. In if-only-they-knew tones, the newspaper informs readers that German-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a member of the Hitler Youth during World War II and suggests that, because of this, the "panzer cardinal" would be quite a contrast to his predecessor, John Paul II. The article also classifies Ratzinger as a "theological anti-Semite" for believing in Jesus so strongly that – gasp! – he thinks that everyone, even Jews, should accept him as the messiah. To all this we should say,...
  • 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.
  • ADL: Pope 'Atoned' for Hitler Youth

    04/19/2005 4:49:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 46 replies · 1,887+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 4/19/05 | Carl Limbacher
    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed the election of German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope, Benedict XVI. Under his leadership in Germany and Rome, the Catholic Church made important strides in improving Catholic-Jewish relations and atoning for the sin of anti-Semitism. Cardinal Ratzinger has been a leader in this effort and has made important statements in the spirit of sensitivity and reconciliation with the Jewish people. Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National director, issued the following statement: "We welcome the new Papacy of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. From the Jewish perspective, the fact that he comes from Europe is important,...
  • Outline of a Ratzinger Papacy

    04/17/2005 1:38:46 PM PDT · by sinkspur · 31 replies · 887+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/17/2005 | John L. Allen
    Despite the nonstop speculation surrounding the conclave that opens April 18, the press seems to have at least one thing right: in the early stages: The balloting will likely shape up as a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the candidacy of German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the so-called “Panzer-Kardinal” who for 24 years was John Paul’s top doctrinal czar. Given the strong, polarizing stands Ratzinger has taken, it’s not clear that there are really 77 votes for him among the 115 voting cardinals, the number it would take to achieve a two-thirds majority. On the other hand, Ratzinger’s strong base of support...
  • Handicapping the conclave: The push for Ratzinger is real

    04/14/2005 5:05:08 PM PDT · by sinkspur · 85 replies · 1,688+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/14/2005 | John L. Allen
    Italian newspapers, like nature, abhor a vacuum, and hence in reaction to the press blackout imposed this week by the College of Cardinals, all manner of speculation and rumor has been appearing in the local press. One day Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Secretary of State under Pope John Paul II, is touted as a leading contender to be the next pope; the next day, the old “Great White Hope” of the church’s liberal wing, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, is the hot tip. Much of this, despite the oblique hints dropped by some journalists of “deep throat” sources, is built on...
  • Potential Successors to Pope John Paul II

    04/03/2005 9:26:09 PM PDT · by iceemonster · 39 replies · 4,242+ views
    NPR Online ^ | April 2, 2005 | Barbara Bradley Hagerty
    NPR.org, April 2, 2005 · "Tip O'Neill was correct," says Father Tom Reese, editor in chief of America, the Catholic weekly magazine. "All politics is local... even in the Catholic Church." Reese suggests that instead of focusing on the possible papal candidates as a bookie would look at horses in the starting gate, try to think about the election from the point of view of the electors, the cardinals who cast the votes. "Each cardinal is thinking, how will this candidate go over in my diocese?" Reese says. "If you're from the Third World, you're concerned with people who are...
  • Vatican Document Misused by Kerry Supporters in the Church and Media

    09/16/2004 2:25:05 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 1 replies · 322+ views
    Mich News ^ | Sep 14, 2004 | Culture of Life Foundation
    A memo released privately two months ago by the Vatican's leading theologian, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, is being portrayed by the media and liberal Catholics as giving Catholic voters permission to vote for the pro-abortion Democratic candidate for President. So far, a moral theologian and a high-ranking official of the Detroit Archdiocese, where the story first broke, say the document's precise language is being distorted. Ratzinger issued a private memo in the spring that explored whether pro-abortion politicians ought to be denied communion. He concluded that they must be denied communion if, after consistent teaching by the bishop, they persist in...
  • Ratzinger weighs in on foreign policy; opposes Turkey's admittance to the EU

    08/13/2004 5:50:02 PM PDT · by sinkspur · 14 replies · 1,074+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 8/13/2004 | John L. Allen
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Vatican’s doctrinal agency, has come out against Turkey’s candidacy to join the European Union. In an interview with the French publication Le Figaro, Ratzinger said that Turkey has always been “in permanent contrast to Europe,” and that it should look instead to play a leadership role in a network of Islamic states. “In the course of history, Turkey has always represented a different continent,” Ratzinger said, giving as an example the Ottoman Empire, which once invaded Europe as far as Vienna. “Making the two continents identical would be a mistake,” he said. “It would...
  • Some in US question Vatican's strong hand

    11/29/2002 5:42:07 AM PST · by GeneD · 7 replies · 291+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 11/29/2002 | Charles M. Sennott
    <p>VATICAN CITY - The sense of impenetrability begins at the Vatican gate just beyond St. Peter's Square.</p> <p>Swiss Guards wearing the colors of the Medici flank the portals of the thick, cappuccino-colored walls and lift their pikes to allow passage only after receiving orders. Farther inside, a gatekeeper checks his list before giving a reluctant nod for a visitor to enter a 12-foot door reinforced with steel and iron spikes to repel invaders. It swings open to allow a visitor into the inner courtyard of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.</p>