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  • Ratzinger to Fumone. Burke to Campo De' Fiori. Someone is 'getting bent out of shape'

    05/22/2017 3:52:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 20, 2017 | Marco Tosatti
    Reading three news articles yesterday makes me think that someone is really “getting bent out of shape” and we are entering now a perilous phase of decline: those who don’t agree with the boss – off with their heads! An unprecedented populist degeneration in the life of the modern Church. I sincerely hope I’m wrong: I’m not just saying this, I really hope so. However we have signs that are anything but comforting. The crux of the matter, it seems to me, is once again the Pope’s non-response (a year has now gone by) to the five questions asked by...
  • RATZINGER RISING

    05/08/2017 3:03:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    First Things ^ | May 8, 2017 | William Doino Jr.
    In 2012, a year before his retirement, the University of Notre Dame had already published a commemorative volume of essays on Ratzinger’s impressive theology and writings. Two years before that, following his successful visit to the United Kingdom, new Catholic youth movements began springing up, followed by an unexpected increase in men and women pursuing religious vocations. After his retirement, an online initiative titled “Generation Benedict” emerged, inviting young people to describe how Joseph Ratzinger had changed their lives. And this year, the Vatican’s publishing house, in cooperation with the Benedict XVI Foundation, released a new tribute, titled Cooperatores Veritatis...
  • A Vatican whodunnit [Catholic Caucus]

    03/09/2017 4:23:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 9, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    In Agatha Christie’s classic Murder on the Orient Express, the great detective Hercule Poirot faces an unusual challenge. There are too many suspects—too many people with obvious motives for committing the crime. That’s how I feel about the news that Archbishop Charles Brown, the apostolic nuncio in Ireland, is being transferred to Albania. This is not a subtle move. The Vatican is explaining that it’s just a routine rotation; every now and then papal diplomats are given new assignments. That would make sense, except that: +Archbishop Brown is not a career diplomat. Pope Benedict sent him to Ireland, at a...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Forced To Resign

    01/28/2017 4:23:49 AM PST · by JosephJames · 44 replies
    SpiritualFood Blog ^ | January 26, 2017 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    Dear friends, It is very important to not only pray a lot but also to keep our eyes open for the very powerful and devastating traps of Satan, which are very well camouflaged and disguised “as an angel of light” (2Cor 11:14). Due to the greatest lack of prayer and lack of regard for the holy Laws of God today, we have given great influence to the “powers of evil” (CCC 409) to be able do deceive us! A great number of people today have taken the easy way of “ignorance is bliss”, imagining that the truth and reality are...
  • The Next Papal Conclave will Act Very Unexpectedly

    03/04/2017 6:08:17 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    Freep | 3/4/2017 | CharlesOconnell
    How do the choices in various Papal conclaves square with the Holy Spirit's will, which is Love? Jesus Himself chose Peter. +/- 235 papacies later, we tend to get the quality of Pope inversely proportional to how much some corrupt power faction like the St. Gallen Mafia can rig the results after decades of planning. (Read School of Darkness by Bella Dodd who recruited 1,500 communists into the hierarchy to understand their thinking.) Bergoglio's drive to rig the curia is liable to backfire on him, as his own supporters futilely try to get him to resign before he shatters the...
  • CANDLEMAS The Encounter Between Chaos and Light

    02/01/2003 5:06:44 PM PST · by Coleus · 36 replies · 334+ views
    CANDLEMAS The Encounter Between Chaos and Light Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger In everyday modern life we are hardly aware that on February 2nd we celebrate an ancient feast, common to the Church of both East and West, which used to have a great significance in the rural calendar: Candlemas. Tributaries from many historical sources have flowed together into this feast, with the result that it sparkles with many colors. Its immediate reference is to the event when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after his birth to perform the prescribed sacrifice of purification. The liturgy...
  • The Return of the Sankt Gallen “Mafia” –- And The Loyal Opposition

    11/19/2016 12:35:27 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 18, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Just before tomorrow’s consistory in Rome where Pope Francis will come together with the Cardinals of the Catholic Church in order to elevate his new Cardinals, it seems that the brewing conflict which started in February 2014 with Cardinal Walter Kasper’s speech at the earlier Consistory is now coming to a head. As Steve Skojec has recently reminded us, it was at that time that 85% of the cardinals who then spoke up had rejected the “Kasper prosposal” which finally wants to admit “remarried” divorcees to Holy Communion.In this context, the Four Cardinals Letter written against the papal document Amoris Laetitia is of...
  • LGBT Groups Lament Pope’s “Dangerous Ignorance” on Gender Identity. Francis Derangement Syndrome

    08/06/2016 7:43:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 21 replies
    patheos.com ^ | August 6, 2016 | Scott Eric Alt
    On August 2, Pope Francis said a few words about gender identity—words that are not at all new with him. In a meeting with bishops that day, he observed: "In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these—I will call it clearly by its name—is [the ideology of] “gender.” [It is, in fact, an artificial construct, as is evident by the co-opting of a word that, in its normative meaning, refers to grammar.] Today children—children!—are taught in school that everyone can choose his or...
  • Cardinal Ratzinger: We Have Not Published the Whole Third Secret of Fatima [Catholic Caucus]

    05/15/2016 7:12:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 65 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 15, 2016 | Maike HIckson
    Today, on the Feast of Pentecost, I called Fr. Ingo Dollinger, a German priest and former professor of theology in Brasil, who is now quite elderly and physically weak. He has been a personal friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for many years. Father Dollinger unexpectedly confirmed over the phone the following facts: Not long after the June 2000 publication of the Third Secret of Fatima by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told Fr. Dollinger during an in-person conversation that there is still a part of the Third Secret that they have not published!...
  • "That Book Has Done Me a Lot of Good!"

    08/24/2015 5:45:58 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill ^ | 8/21/15 | That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill
    Fr Raymond De Souza asks the question in the Catholic Herald to which all Catholics would like an answer, despite the unfortunate fact that Pope Francis, not a week into his pontificate, delivered the answer when he recommended Cardinal Kasper's book, entitled 'Mercy', to the Faithful gathered in St Peter's Square. Depending on which side of this debate you fall - whether it be that of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Successors of St Peter until now - or some another side entirely, it has - in terms of the 'Kasper Proposal', been either 'uphill' or 'downhill' since then....
  • Liberation theology’s founder basks in a belated rehabilitation under Pope Francis

    05/08/2015 12:34:46 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    U.S. Catholic ^ | 5/7/15 | David Gibson
    It used to be that just saying the words “liberation theology” around Catholics was enough to start a schism-level fight, or at least raise a red flag in Rome. The theological movement that focused on the poor emerged out of the church’s social justice ferment in the 1960s, but it was always viewed by conservatives as an irredeemably Marxist version of the gospel. Worse, they said it was a tool of Soviet communists who were using the Roman Catholic Church to foment revolution in Latin America and beyond, and at the very height of the Cold War. The 1978 election...
  • How Benedict XVI vanquished the New Atheists

    04/19/2015 12:03:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 19, 2015 | Mary O'Regan
    Ten years ago today Benedict began his transformative papacy Ten years ago today Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope, taking the name Benedict XVI. One surprise of the papacy that followed was that his visit to Britain was a such resounding success – so successful, in fact, that the benefits are still felt to this day. In the months leading up to the papal visit in September 2010, we had militant atheists, campaigning secularists and many sections of the anti-Catholic lobby doing their worst to cast a shadow over the visit. The National Secular Society launched its (grammatically suspect)...
  • Francis dedicates mass to Ratzinger on his 88th birthday

    04/16/2015 4:55:57 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 4/16/15 | Domenico Agasso Jr
    Pope Francis is in no doubt that those who are not able to speak and listen, do not obey the Lord and want to silence anyone who preaches the newness of God, Vatican Radio reports. Today’s liturgy of the day was about obedience: “Obedience often brings us along a path that is not the one I think should be, but along another path,” Francis said. But what does it mean to obey? It means “to have the courage to change paths when the Lord asks this of us”. “The one who obeys has life eternal,” while for “the one who...
  • 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...
  • 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...