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  • 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...
  • Libero Quotidiano: "Islam: When Bergoglio attacked Ratzinger"

    08/23/2014 8:39:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | 8/22/2014 | Fausto Carioti
    A story which happened in Buenos Aires eight years ago helps us to understand the position adopted by Pope Francis regarding the ISIS, the “Islamic State” which has embarked on a merciless hunt against Christians. Avoiding, as always, naming Islam and fanatic Muslims, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, invited “stopping the unjust aggressors” without “any bombing” or “starting a war”. A choice which does not seem to leave escape for the victims and for this judged sterile by many: believers (including Antonio Socci from these columns) and non-believers (the case of Massimo Cacciari). In reality this intervention is perfectly in line with...
  • She wanted to convert. She listened to Cardinal Ratzinger and died a Lutheran.

    02/03/2014 11:37:02 AM PST · by ebb tide · 89 replies
    rorate caeli ^ | 2/03/2014 | New Catholic
    She wanted to convert. She listened to Cardinal Ratzinger and died a Lutheran. Sigrid Spath was the most famous German translator in Rome. She worked in the Jesuit General House, and then in the Vatican, since the days of Paul VI and translated around 70,000 pages of documents from Italian, French, English, Spanish or Polish into German, as well as several texts by Joseph Ratzinger, as Cardinal or Pope, as he also wrote original texts in Italian. The granddaughter of a Lutheran pastor, Spath was born in Villach, Carinthia (Austria), on August 1, 1939 (that is, just one month before...
  • THE NEW INQUISITORS AGAINST RATZINGER The Self- Demolition of the Church recommences

    01/28/2014 7:10:22 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/26/14 | Antonio Socci
    There have been some great popes whose pontificates have been practically discarded by the errors of the clerics in their entourage. This risk is also present for the pontificate of Pope Francis. In fact, there have been episodes, decisions and “bizarre outbursts” by some prelates that have been quite disturbing. I am thinking of Cardinal Maradiaga and Cardinal Braz de Aviz, who feel they are so powerful in the Vatican that they can ‘use the club’ on both the Prefect of the former Holy Office, Müller, as well as on the ‘Franciscans of the Immaculate.’ AGAINST BENEDICT The targets of...
  • Liberation Theology is back as Pope Francis holds capitalism to account

    01/08/2014 5:21:54 PM PST · by ebb tide · 36 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 8, 2014 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Liberation Theology is taking over the Vatican a quarter of a century after Jean-Paul II systematically sought to stamp out the "singular heresy" in the radical parishes and dioceses of Latin America, a task carried out with dutiful efficiency by Cardinal Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
  • Ratzinger gives reason for resigning: “God told me to”

    08/21/2013 6:05:38 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 49 replies
    vaticaninsider ^ | August 21, 2013 | Andrea Tornielli
    08/21/2013 Ratzinger gives reason for resigning: “God told me to” During the course of a private meeting Benedict XVI said that a mystical experience led him to resign Andrea Torniellivatican city “God told me to.” This was Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s reason for stepping down from the pontificate. An anonymous individual who visited Ratzinger about a week ago gave a statement recounting what was said during the private meeting, Catholic news agency Zenit reports.  Ratzinger’s decision to stay out of the limelight still raises many questions, six months after the shock announcement of his resignation, Zenit says. One person was lucky enough...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Pope's brother gives interview on Papal resignation

    02/27/2013 5:58:41 PM PST · by Gillibrand · 4 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 28/2/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    egensburg - Again, he sat in front of the TV and looked at "Joseph". This is the name Georg Ratzinger uses for his brother, who has been called Benedict XVI for almost eight years and on Wednesday had his last major appearance as Pope. Although he can no longer see so well, the 89-year-old in Regensburg wanted to see as much of the general audience as popssible of the outgoing head of the Church in St. Peter's Square. "It was very touching," the prelate said to the news agency dpa. "There was a melancholy mood." And Georg Ratzinger added reassuringly...
  • Papal resignation linked to inquiry into 'Vatican gay officials', says paper

    02/23/2013 9:52:58 PM PST · by Renfield · 19 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-21-2012 | 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....
  • 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.
  • Pope Benedict XVI:a papal timeline

    02/11/2013 6:11:14 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | February 10, 2013
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II on April 19th 2005.On April 24th, he celebrated the Papal Inauguration Mass in St. Peter’s Square, during which he was invested with the Pallium and the Ring of the Fisherman.On May 7th he took possession of his Cathedral Church, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran.During his Papacy Pope Benedict XVIth has undertaken 24 apostolic journeys abroad. The first was to Cologne in Germany in occasion of the 20th World Youth Day in August 2005. The most...
  • Pope's childhood letter to Baby Jesus shows his faith

    12/22/2012 8:15:40 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | December 20, 2012 | Estefania Aguirre
    Georg (L) and Joseph Ratzinger during their first Mass processional in Traunstein, Germany in 1951. Photo courtesy of Ignatius Press. Marktl am Inn, Germany, Dec 21, 2012 / 04:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A Christmas letter that Pope Benedict XVI wrote to Baby Jesus when he was seven years-old demonstrates his devotion to the Sacred Heart and his desire to be a priest. The letter is on display this Advent in the village of Marktl am Inn in Bavaria, where he was born. "Dear Baby Jesus, quickly come down to earth. You will bring joy to children. Also bring me...
  • Rahner and Ratzinger branded 'heretics' by Lefebvrists during Vatican II

    10/15/2012 2:00:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | October 14, 2012
    Supporters of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of Society of St Pius X, branded the future Pope Benedict XVI and the late Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner "heretics" during the Second Vatican Council, reports The Tablet.A previously undiscovered letter written by Karl Rahner to his brother, Fr Hugo Rahner SJ, during the council in November 1963 has revealed that the French Intégristes - followers of Lefebvre - accused him and Fr Joseph Ratzinger as "heretic[s] who deny the existence of hell and are worse than Teilhardt de Chardin and the Modernists".The letter, part of an exhibition in Munich, states that Rahner consoled...
  • Pope Benedict becomes 6th oldest pontiff

    02/29/2012 9:16:43 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Cath News ^ | February 28, 2012
    The ranking only looks at the popes elected since the year 1400, because there are no precise records that existed beforehand. This is according to Anura Guruge, who gathers papal statistics and is the creator of the web page "Popes and Papacy," on the history of the popes.The popes that were older than Benedict XVI include Innocent XII and Pius XI, who both died at 85 years old, Clement X was 86, Clement XII lived to 87, and topping the list is Leo XIII, who served as pope until he was 93.Despite being nearly 85 years old, the pontiff has...
  • Journalist chronicles a day in the life of Pope Benedict

    02/21/2012 6:02:34 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | February 20, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI in Poland 2006. Credit: Mazur. Vatican City, Feb 20, 2012 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI, at age 84, never goes to sleep before 11:00 p.m., prays the Rosary every day, gets up at 5:00 a.m. and uses a cell phone only accessible by his closest advisers.In an article published online at Europaquotidiano.it on Feb. 17, Italian journalist Aldo Maria Valli documents a day in life of the Pope, who wakes up when Vatican City “is still immersed in silence.”Valli says the Bavarian pontiff is a “typical German, a methodic man” who “likes to...
  • "My Brother, the Pope" praised as an "honest and very illuminating memoir"...

    02/18/2012 12:17:55 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | February 18, 2012 | Georg Ratzinger,
    "My Brother, the Pope" praised as an "honest and very illuminating memoir"... ... by Publisher's Weekly:The first thing many people want to know when talk turns to the pope—any pope—is “What is he really like?” That curiosity is a natural reaction not only to the power and prestige of the Roman pontiff but also to the aura of mystery that seems to make him so remote as a person. So who better to provide insight into the life of the current pope, Benedict XVI, than his own brother? Georg Ratzinger is no Billy Carter, but rather a lifelong priest, like...
  • The pastoral approach to marriage should be founded on truth (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    12/02/2011 4:15:22 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 2 replies
    L'Osservatore Romano ^ | 1998 | Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
    ...There exists a clear consensus among the Fathers regarding the indissolubility of marriage. Since it derives from the will of the Lord, the Church has no authority over it. For this reason, from the outset Christian marriage was distinct from marriage in Roman society, even though in the first centuries there did not yet exist any canonical system. The Church in the time of the Fathers clearly excluded divorce and remarriage, precisely out of faithful obedience to the New Testament.... In the Imperial Church after Constantine, with the ever stronger interplay between Church and State, a greater flexibility and readiness...
  • 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...
  • Amid Church Abuse Scandal, an Office That Failed to Act (Ratzinger)

    07/02/2010 4:21:11 AM PDT · by TSgt · 200 replies · 1+ views
    NYT ^ | July 1, 2010 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN and DAVID M. HALBFINGER
    In its long struggle to grapple with sexual abuse, the Vatican often cites as a major turning point the decision in 2001 to give the office led by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger the authority to cut through a morass of bureaucracy and handle abuse cases directly. The decision, in an apostolic letter from Pope John Paul II, earned Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, a reputation as the Vatican insider who most clearly recognized the threat the spreading sexual abuse scandals posed to the Roman Catholic Church. But church documents and interviews with canon lawyers and bishops cast that 2001 decision...
  • Documents, Including Letter To Ratzinger, Sought In Priest Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    05/19/2010 8:30:24 AM PDT · by TSgt · 157 replies · 990+ views
    Courant.com ^ | May 18, 2010 | DAVE ALTIMARI
    Attorneys for the Diocese of Norwich are trying to keep secret hundreds of documents — including a letter written to the pope when he was a cardinal — that discussed the status of a priest accused of molesting more than a dozen young girls. The letter from Bishop Michael Cote to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in April 2005 concerned "canonical processes" regarding Thomas W. Shea, a retired priest accused of molesting as many as 16 girls at 11 different parishes during a nearly 40-year career, according to court records. The letter is one of more than 600 documents that the diocese...
  • Vatican under fire for linking gays to pedophilia

    04/14/2010 10:28:34 AM PDT · by DManA · 28 replies · 703+ views
    Reuters via The Vancoever Sun ^ | April 14, 2010 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY - Gay groups and politicians condemned Pope Benedict's number two on Wednesday for calling homosexuality a "pathology" and linking it directly to sexual abuse of children. The comments made by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during a visit to Chile, and the controversy they caused, were splashed on mainstream Italian newspapers on Wednesday. The French foreign ministry and some Catholic blogs that support the pope also condemned the cardinal's remarks.
  • Vatican attacked (by gay groups) over cardinal's claim of homosexuality and paedophilia link

    04/14/2010 6:49:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies · 912+ views
    Guardian ^ | April 14, 2010
    Gay rights groups have condemned the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, for claiming that the Catholic church's sexual abuse crisis was linked to homosexuality and paedophilia and not celibacy among priests.Bertone, who is considered Pope Benedict's number two, sparked the controversy on a visit to Chile when he suggested gay sexuality was to blame for the church's child abuse scandals.Homosexual associations in Italy reacted with anger and indignation. The biggest group, Arcigay, called the cardinal's words "shocking and irresponsible". The president of the gay media service, Gaynet, said if senior church officials "feel constrained to dump the blame...
  • In Defense of the Pope [Dershowitz]

    04/13/2010 11:35:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies · 467+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 4/13/10 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    Having criticized particular Catholic cardinals for blaming everything–including the Church’s sex scandal–on “the Jews”, let me now come to the defense of the Pope and of the Church itself on this issue. To begin with, this is an extraordinarily complex problem, because the Church has at least five important traditions that make it difficult to move quickly and aggressively in response to complaints of abuse. The first tradition involves confidentiality, particularly not exclusively the confidentiality of the priest with regard to the penitent. But there is also a wider spread tradition of confidentiality within the Church hierarchy itself. Second, there...
  • Let's Get the Story Straight: Defrocking and Divorce (AP Gets It Wrong...Again)

    04/10/2010 6:53:18 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 14 replies · 746+ views
    Ignatius Insight | 04/09/2010 | Father Joseph Fessio, S.J.
    The following piece was written by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., founder and editor of Ignatius Press, in response to the breaking story about a 1985 letter written by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to Bishop John S. Cummins of Oakland. The so-called "stalled pedophile case", blame for which has been laid at the feet of then-Cardinal Ratzinger, had nothing to do with pedophilia and everything to do with strengthening marriage and the priesthood. Here's what was happening in 1981 when Bishop Cummins of Oakland first wrote the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith asking that one the priests from his diocese...
  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Future pope stalled pedophile case (California priest was eventually defrocked)

    04/09/2010 11:02:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 126 replies · 2,054+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/9/10 | Gillian Flaccus - ap
    LOS ANGELES – The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including "the good of the universal church," according to a 1985 letter bearing his signature. The correspondence, obtained by The Associated Press, is the strongest challenge yet to the Vatican's insistence that Benedict played no role in blocking the removal of pedophile priests during his years as head of the Catholic Church's doctrinal watchdog office. The letter, signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was typed in Latin and is part of years of correspondence between the Diocese...
  • Is the Catholic Church in that Time of Purification that Ratzinger Predicted? (Caucus)

    04/08/2010 10:02:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies · 551+ views
    Life Site News ^ | April 8, 2010 | John-Henry Westen
    April 7, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The near-constant battering of the Catholic Church during the past month over the sexual abuse scandal has most Catholics reeling and much of the media in a feeding frenzy, seeing the scandals as an opportunity to bring down the archenemy of the sexual revolution.  This latest cycle of the sexual abuse scandal is different from that which took place in Canada and Boston years ago.  It involves new and disastrous revelations daily and from all over Europe and North America, with sustained coverage in the media.For over 35 years Pope Benedict XVI has predicted a...
  • Benedict is guilty! guilty! guilty!

    04/05/2010 10:32:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 93 replies · 1,439+ views
    Catholic and Enjoying It ^ | April 5, 2010 | Mark Shea
    ...of laicizing two priests after lengthy canonical trials right in the middle of pushing to streamline a complex Vatican bureaucracy so as to facilitate more speedy outcomes. Per Fr. Z: •Again, the abuse took place decades ago.•He was suspended.•There was a canonical trial.It was referred to Rome, the CDF, because it concerned a case of the confessional. •It was determined that he should be dismissed from the clerical state.•The priest appealed.•The appeal process was drawn out for several years because the laws and canonical process of these clerical cases was being overhauled.•Card. Ratzinger was the one who led the...
  • 1963 letter indicates former pope knew of abuse

    03/31/2010 6:26:01 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 100 replies · 1,758+ views
    AP ^ | March 31st 2010 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    LOS ANGELES – The head of a Roman Catholic order that specialized in the treatment of pedophile priests visited with the then-pope nearly 50 years ago and followed up with a letter recommending the removal of pedophile priests from ministry, according to a copy of the letter released Wednesday. In the Aug. 27, 1963 letter, the head of the New Mexico-based Servants of the Holy Paraclete tells the pope he recommends removing pedophile priests from active ministry and strongly urges defrocking repeat offenders. The letter, written by the Rev. Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald, appears to have been drafted at the request...
  • "Now there is a loss of trust in the church..."

    03/23/2010 3:45:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies · 779+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | March 23, 2010 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The New York Times this morning printed an essay from German author Peter Schneider, who raised some pointed questions about the Church in the pope's homeland: Pope Benedict should also recognize how precarious the Catholic Church is in Germany. Like Americans, Germans have already had to cope with a general loss of trust in public institutions. First there were the bankers, with their insane bets and bonuses. Then the politicians, who couldn't stop the bankers. Now there is a loss of trust in the church. But unlike in America, religion in Germany is already weak. In the former Communist east,...
  • Vatican says media in "ignoble attempt" to smear pope

    03/25/2010 1:29:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies · 1,118+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 25, 2010 | Philip Pullella Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Thursday angrily attacked the media over its reporting of sexual abuse of children by priests, saying there was an "ignoble attempt" to smear Pope Benedict "at any cost." The editorial in a Vatican newspaper came on a day abuse victims protested near St Peter's Square to demand the pope open files on pedophile clerics and defrock "predator priests," and a cardinal spoke of a "conspiracy" against the church. "The prevalent tendency in the media is to ignore the facts and stretch interpretations with the aim of spreading the picture of the Catholic Church...
  • Obama behind recent attacks against Pope Benedict

    03/25/2010 11:33:09 AM PDT · by Balt · 20 replies · 1,053+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 3/25/2010 | The Priestly Pugilist
    No doubt you’ve heard the story about how the Pope refused to “defrock” (a term not found in the Canon Law of the Catholic Church) a priest who abused 200 deaf children. It’s been on television news because it was in the New York Times (remember that network news decides what to cover based on what’s in the Times); and, of course, whenever the Times in involved, the truth is hard to find. The story is actually an old one. The priest in question, Father Lawrence Murphy, abused his victims between 1950 and 1974, while assigned to a school for...
  • Ratzinger's Responsibility

    03/25/2010 8:19:34 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 62 replies · 823+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | March 18, 2010 | Hans Kung
    1st Question: Why does the pope continue to assert that what he calls "holy" celibacy is a "precious gift", thus ignoring the biblical teaching that explicitly permits and even encourages marriage for all office holders in the Church?...The rule of celibacy is not a truth of faith, but a church law going back to the 11th Century... 4th Question: Is it not time for Pope Benedict XVI himself to acknowledge his share of responsibility, instead of whining about a campaign against his person? In his eight years as a professor of theology in Regensburg, in close contact with his brother...
  • The Great Catholic Cover-Up

    03/25/2010 7:20:44 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 33 replies · 824+ views
    Slate ^ | March 15 2010 | Christopher Hitchens
    The pope's entire career has the stench of evil about it. On March 10, the chief exorcist of the Vatican, the Rev. Gabriele Amorth (who has held this demanding post for 25 years), was quoted as saying that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican," and that "when one speaks of 'the smoke of Satan' in the holy rooms, it is all true—including these latest stories of violence and pedophilia." This can perhaps be taken as confirmation that something horrible has indeed been going on in the holy precincts, though most inquiries show it to have a perfectly good...
  • Vatican Defends Decision Not to Defrock U.S. Priest

    03/25/2010 7:00:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 116 replies · 1,470+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/25/10 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican did not discipline a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing up to 200 deaf boys in the United States from the 1950s to the 1970s as Church laws do not require automatic punishment, its spokesman said on Thursday. The New York Times reported on Thursday that the Vatican did not defrock Rev. Lawrence Murphy in the late 1990s despite receiving clear warnings from his bishops that his case was serious and could embarrass the Church. The report came amid mounting allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Europe and pressure on bishops, mostly in...
  • Pope Benedict Faces Child Abuse Cover-up Queries

    03/25/2010 6:51:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies · 576+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/25/10
    Questions are being raised about whether Pope Benedict was personally involved in covering up a case of child sex abuse by a Roman Catholic priest. Documents seen by the New York Times newspaper allege that in the 1990s, long before he became Pope, he failed to respond to letters about a US case. Fr Lawrence Murphy, of Wisconsin, was accused of abusing up to 200 deaf boys. Defending itself, the Vatican said US civil authorities had investigated and dropped the case. For more than 20 years before he was made Pope, Joseph Ratzinger led the Congregation for the Doctrine of...
  • Anti-Popes and Dangers of a Parallel Magisterium (Church under attack) [Catholic Caucus]

    03/23/2010 10:28:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 368+ views
    zna ^ | March 22, 2010 | Monsignor Giampaolo Crepaldi
    ROME, MARCH 22, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The attempt of the press to implicate Benedict XVI in the question of pedophilia is only the most recent sign of the aversion that many have for the Pope. It is necessary to ask oneself how this Pontiff, despite his evangelical meekness and honesty, the clarity of his words joined to the depth of his thought and of his teachings, arouses in some places sentiments of disgust and forms of anti-clericalism that it was believed had been surmounted. And this, it must be said, causes even greater astonishment and also distress when those who do...
  • Pope Benedict XVI's Almighty Battle in the Catholic Church

    03/20/2010 8:02:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies · 321+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/20/10 | Damian Thompson
    A malicious storm is being stirred up over the Pope's alleged failure to deal with abusive priests, says Damian Thompson.After a week of disastrous publicity for the Roman Catholic Church, it's a fair bet that if you conducted a word-association test in the average British high street, the results would be as follows: Catholic priest? "Paedophile." Pope? "Nazi." The reputation of the Church internationally has never been lower. On Wednesday, St Patrick's Day, Cardinal Sean Brady, Primate of All Ireland, apologised for helping to persuade two boys – aged 10 and 14 – to sign letters agreeing not to tell...
  • Is the pope a reactionary or a prophet?

    03/23/2010 1:55:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 430+ views
    Guardian ^ | March 23, 2010 | John Hooper
    Under an all-but-full moon on the opening evening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962, tens of thousands of Romans poured into St Peter's Square in a torchlight procession. Called to the window of his study by the multitude, John XXIII, the man Italians called "the good pope" (a term that speaks volumes about their view of the previous 260), delivered one of the great speeches of an eloquent decade. Its emotional high point came when he told the crowd: "Returning home, you'll find the children. Give your children a caress and say: 'This is the caress of the pope.'"Forty-three...
  • The End of Euphemism : Benedict XVI and The Corruptions of Catholic Ireland

    03/22/2010 7:53:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 374+ views
    National Review ^ | March 22, 2010 | George Weigel
    MARCH 22, 2010 The End of Euphemism Benedict XVI and The Corruptions of Catholic Ireland. GEORGE WEIGEL In a March 20 pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland, Pope Benedict XVI vigorously condemned the physical and sexual abuse of “children and vulnerable young people” in which Irish priests and religious women had engaged for decades, and mandated an Apostolic Visitation of various segments of the Irish Church. The visitation seems likely to result in major changes in the Church’s leadership in what was once one of the world’s most intensely Catholic countries, and is now one of the centers of...
  • Pope and Pedophilia—the Plain Truth

    03/22/2010 7:41:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies · 690+ views
    The Trumpet ^ | 3/22/10 | Ron Fraser
    Currently there’s a great hue and cry emanating from the world press in relation to Pope Benedict xvi’s reaction—or rather perceived lack of reaction—to the publicity being given to pedophilia charges brought against certain priests in Europe. The loudest clamor surrounds cases in Germany, particularly in Benedict’s old diocese of Freiburg, Bavaria. Nothing justifies anything but absolute condemnation of the abuse of priestly office. But what is really behind this latest outcry against the Catholic Church and its spiritual leader? Dig behind the headlines and you see an agenda. It’s an agenda driven by fear of the rising power of...
  • Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal: Time to Sack Trendy Bishops and Restore The Faith

    03/22/2010 8:13:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies · 497+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/22/10 | Gerald Warner
    It has become fashionable to claim that the sex abuse scandal currently afflicting the Catholic Church is “its biggest crisis since the Reformation”. Oh, really? Tell me about it. The abuse issue is just a small part of the much larger crisis that has engulfed the Church since the Second Vatican Catastrophe and which is more serious than the Reformation. Abolish clerical celibacy? The last thing a priest abusing altar boys needs or wants is a wife. There is no compulsory celibacy in the Church of England, but that has not prevented vicars and boy scouts furnishing gratifying amounts of...
  • Pope Benedict accused of ignoring abuse allegations against Hullerman

    03/21/2010 7:14:31 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 86 replies · 968+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 21st 2010 | John Follain and Bojan Pancevski
    NOT long after a portly, jovial priest in the German industrial city of Essen was accused of sexually abusing three boys in 1979, he was offered a new home in Munich by Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. Ratzinger, who was Archbishop of Munich and Freising at the time, wanted Father Peter Hullermann — known to friends in the church as “Hulli” — to undergo psychotherapy. A psychiatrist quickly concluded that Hullermann was untreatable, however. “I told the church officials that Hullermann must never be allowed to work with children again,” said Werner Huth, the psychiatrist, in an interview...
  • "A Revolutionary of the Christian Type" (sitting opposite Joseph Ratzinger in a monastery)

    11/27/2009 3:23:47 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 470+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | November 27, 2009 | Peter Seewald
    What is it like to sit opposite a man like Joseph Ratzinger for many hours, alone in a monastery, and discuss things with him, asking a thousand questions? We were high up in our monastery, often in reality above the clouds, and there was always something that gave you the feeling there was a good spirit there. At any rate, I came to know Joseph Ratzinger as a great man for patience, as a spiritual master who can give answers. Here was someone who simply understood people, who had retained the liveliness of youth. Someone who did not burn...
  • The Essential Nature and Task of the Church

    11/23/2009 10:10:52 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 335+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | November 23, 2009
    Let's stay with this rebirth. What is the Church supposed to be? What kind of body is she meant to be? Her nature is always specified as being apostolic and catholic. What does that mean? Apostolic signifies the horizontal cross-connection of the Church through all the ages. She is first of all fixed to the historical origin in the eleven men whom Jesus chose (eleven were left, plus Matthias, who was elected to the office). This is not just some mythology or other, an invented piece of ideology, but is truly anchored in the historical events concerned with Jesus...
  • Benedict XVI one of the smartest Popes in history, former Vatican spokesman says

    09/26/2009 12:14:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 687+ views
    cna ^ | September 25, 2009
    Pope Benedict / Joaquin Navarro-Valls Rome, Italy, Sep 25, 2009 / 03:28 pm (CNA).- Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who was the Vatican's official spokesman for 22 years, said in an interview that the Church currently has one of the brightest popes in history, and that one of the most unique aspects of Benedict XVI is his confidence in the rationality of individuals.  Navarro-Valls, who worked for almost two years with Benedict XVI, was interviewed by the Spanish daily El Mundo about his work at the Vatican and some aspects of the two Popes he served under. Speaking about Benedict XVI, he...
  • Did Penn & Teller Set a World Record for Most Falsehoods in One Show?

    09/07/2009 1:14:53 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 16 replies · 2,280+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | September 7, 2009 | Dave Pierre
    Did Penn & Teller Set a World Record for Most Falsehoods in One Show? Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, has said, "Penn & Teller's Nazi-like assault on Catholicism that took place on August 27 will go down in history as one of the most vile, obscene programs ever aired in any nation." However, will the show also go down in history for airing the most number of lies, falsehoods, and misleading statements in a single half-hour show? Not counting credits, the guilty episode runs less than 26 minutes. Here's a lie-by-lie list of the falsehoods that Penn Jillette...
  • Pope Benedict XVI sacks two Vatican officials over Holocaust-denying bishop fiasco

    07/09/2009 12:23:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies · 791+ views
    London Daily Mail ^ | 07/09/2009 | Simon Caldwell
    Pope Benedict XVI has sacked two Vatican officials over the readmission of a British Holocaust-denying bishop to the Roman Catholic Church. He also abolished the Vatican department responsible for the lifting of the excommunication of Richard Williamson, who is one of the leaders of the Society of St Pius X. The rehabilitation, in January, threatened to undo decades of work to heal rifts between Catholics and Jews. The German-born Pope was forced to apologise to Jewish leaders and atoned by visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel in May. The incident made Pope Benedict, one of the most admired...
  • "How Should We Worship?" (Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger)

    06/10/2009 9:56:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 360+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | June 9, 2009
    In the last few decades, the matter of the right way to celebrate the Liturgy has increasingly become one of the points around which much of the controversy has centred concerning the Second Vatican Council, about how it should be evaluated, and about its reception in the life of the Church. There are the relentless supporters of reform, for whom the fact that, under certain conditions, the celebration of the Eucharist in accordance with the most recent edition of the missal before the Council–that of 1962–has once more been permitted represents an intolerable fall from grace. At the same time,...
  • THE POPE STANDS UP (and walks out on Palestinian leader Sheikh Taysir al-Tamimi)

    05/12/2009 11:09:18 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 3,190 replies · 24,970+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 12, 2009
    In an action that spoke far louder than words, Pope Benedict yesterday walked out of an interfaith meeting in Jerusalem after the chief Islamic judge of the Palestinian Authority launched into an anti-Israeli diatribe. The pontiff, on his first day in Jerusalem, did not realize at first that Sheikh Taysir al-Tamimi, speaking in Arabic, was condemning the "crimes of the Jewish state" and accusing Israel of having "slaughtered women, children and senior citizens." But as soon as he was told the nature of the sheikh's tirade, he stood and left the meeting, which took place at Notre Dame church, before...