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  • Jim Akin: Explaining Ratzinger’s "Proportionate Reasons"

    05/09/2008 12:08:26 PM PDT · by Balt · 3 replies · 193+ views
    The Priestly Pugilist ^ | 5/9/2008 | Jim Akin
    [This article by Jim Akin is a good companion to the previous post about Arch-Tame Wuerl. Jim is director of apologetics and evangelization at "Catholic Answers" and is a contributing editor of This Rock. --PP] Abortion Is the Black Hole of Moral Issues A Catholic would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for Holy Communion, if he were to deliberately vote for a candidate precisely because of the candidate’s permissive stand on abortion and/or euthanasia. When a Catholic does not share a candidate’s stand in favor of abortion and/or euthanasia but votes...
  • Music infuses hope into the human soul, says Pope Benedict

    04/25/2008 12:31:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 79+ views
    CNA ^ | April 25, 2008
    Vatican City, Apr 25, 2008 / 10:08 am (CNA).- This week the Italians took their turn at showing their affection and respect for the Pope by hosting a classical music concert in honor of his third anniversary and birthday. Benedict XVI thanked the choir and the orchestra for sharing the gift of music with people. Music, he said, has a spiritual value because it can “infuse hope into the human soul.” The concert was offered by the President of Italy, Giorgio Napolitano, who met with the Pope for 15 minutes beforehand. The meeting was characterized by the Vatican as...
  • Bill Maher Takes Back Nazi Joke, Continues Rant About the Pope

    04/19/2008 7:06:48 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 70 replies · 186+ views
    <p>Comedian Bill Maher stopped short of apologizing Friday night for accusing Pope Benedict XVI of being a Nazi, but he said he'd refrain in the future from drawing that connection.</p> <p>"I will never make 'the pope is a Nazi' joke again," Maher said on his HBO show, "Real Time With Bill Maher."</p>
  • MSM Papal Word Assocation Game (Yes, I really am trying to drive myself insane...)

    04/08/2008 10:29:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 44+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | April 8, 2008 | Carl Olson
    ...but I cannot help it. Help what? you kindly ask. I cannot help playing the "MSM Papal Word Assocation Game." It's simple: just highlight the words and phrases that have been used over 264,000 times by other journalists to describe the Pope, creating a "story" that is simply a regurgitation of some 74,527 other stories. Today's carefully selected example comes from USA Today: When Shepherd One lands outside Washington, D.C., on April 15, the jet carrying Pope Benedict XVI to a six-day visit in the USA will deliver a complex and surprising man. His image is cast in a stern...
  • HuffPost Mocks Catholics For Attending 'Church' of 'Hitler Youth'

    03/24/2008 8:54:00 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 549+ views ^ | 3/24/2008 | Tim Graham
  • HuffPost Mocks Catholics For Attending 'Church' of 'Hitler Youth'

    03/24/2008 8:54:08 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 90 replies · 2,181+ views ^ | 3/24/2008 | Tim Graham
    Remember Chris Kelly, the mudslinger at the Huffington Post who mocked Ann Coulter's father as a Nazi right after he died? On Monday, Kelly took up mocking Pope Benedict as a Nazi in attacking Bill O'Reilly, and by extension, every Catholic who attended an Easter Mass, as a way to deflect criticism of Barack Obama's poor taste in ministers: The Huffington Post has learned that Bill O'Reilly -- who claims to love America -- spent Sunday at a "church" run by a former Hitler Youth named Joseph Alois Ratzinger. Ratzinger has gone to elaborate ends to hide this connection, including...
  • Further thoughts on Ratzinger and Luther

    03/11/2008 10:05:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 409+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | March 10, 2008 | Mark Brumley
    From the comment box on my recent post on Ratzinger and Luther, these thoughts from Mark Brumley: Whatever Luther's original intent, he wound up a "heretic". His positions have often been misunderstood by Catholics. A better understanding of Luther can help reduce or eliminate unnecessary problems in the Catholc-Protestant dialogue. Indeed, because some Catholics have gone so far off the deep end, Luther can actually help them move closer to Catholicism, if they bother to understand the real Luther. However, no amount of better understanding will make Luther a Catholic. The Reformation was not, as Jaroslav Pelikan once said (in...
  • Trying to Skirt the Pope's (Cardinal Ratzinger's) Negative Appraisal of Harry Potter

    08/28/2007 7:26:15 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 6 replies · 338+ views ^ | August 28, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    Trying to Skirt the Pope's (Cardinal Ratzinger's) Negative Appraisal of Harry Potter By John-Henry Westen TORONTO, August 23, 2007 ( - Since first published online scanned copies of the letters of Cardinal Ratzinger concerning Harry Potter, many have attempted to deny the Cardinal- now Pope's - statements on the matter. The latest such claim to hit the news was from a report in the Catholic News Service, the official news agency of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  An article headlined "Catholic perspective can be seen in Potter series, says priest-devotee," by Peggy Weber published on June 27...
  • "Ratzinger's Galaxy" (graphic follow up on Panorama's article)

    01/20/2007 4:41:52 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies · 564+ views
    Cafeteria is Closed ^ | January 20, 2007 | Gerald Augustinus
    From the Italian magazine Panorama (click on the image for a bigger version)The article accompanying this paints a somewhat dire picture of infighting at the Vatican and resistance to the Pope. I'm brushing up on my Italian for my stay in Rome, so you'll have to forgive the rust. It speaks of a "silent battle" within the Curia, with the Pope having to deal with various groups that had formed in the last years of John Paul II.'s pontificate. He writes, "the German Pope would like a Church focused on spreading the Gospel message, with less weight to carry...
  • After Verona: How to “Restore Full Citizenship to the Christian Faith”

    10/26/2006 6:15:03 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 19 replies · 449+ views
    L'espresso ^ | 10/26/2006 | Sandro Magister
    After Verona: How to “Restore Full Citizenship to the Christian Faith”Pope Ratzinger and his vicar, Ruini, see in Italy “a rather favorable terrain” for the public rebirth of Christianity in Europe and the world, too. But many do not accept their view. And the archbishop of Milan, Tettamanzi, has placed himself at the head of the opposition by Sandro MagisterROMA, October 26, 2006 – After the five-day conference in Verona, the uniqueness of the Italian Church will be the highly envied object of study in the episcopal sees of Europe and America, especially where Christianity is most in decline. From...
  • Bishops reject Vatican abuse cover-up report (BBC alleges BXVI of secret oath)

    10/02/2006 8:16:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 580+ views
    MSNBC ^ | October 2, 2006
    LONDON - Roman Catholic bishops in England and Wales rejected as “false and entirely misleading” a BBC documentary about what it said was a cover-up of child sexual abuse under a system enforced by Pope Benedict XVI in his previous job.Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, head of the Catholic Church in the two countries, plans to write to Mark Thompson, director general of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) this week to protest about the program, aired late on Sunday.The documentary, by “Panorama”, the BBC’s flagship current affairs show, examined what it described as a secret document written in 1962 that sets out...
  • Papal Address to Muslim Leaders and Diplomats (Full Text)

    09/25/2006 4:12:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies · 1,438+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 25, 2006
    "Lessons of the Past Must Help Us to Seek Paths of Reconciliation" CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 25, 2006 ( Here is a Vatican translation of the address Benedict XVI delivered today in the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, to leaders of Muslim communities in Italy and ambassadors of Muslim countries accredited to the Holy See. * * * Dear Cardinal Poupard, Your Excellencies, Dear Muslim Friends, I am pleased to welcome you to this gathering that I wanted to arrange in order to strengthen the bonds of friendship and solidarity between the Holy See and Muslim communities throughout the...
  • Depressing Times (Victor Davis Hanson, must read)

    09/17/2006 8:35:35 AM PDT · by Allan · 77 replies · 2,488+ views
    Work and Days ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Depressing Times Oriana Fallaci, RIP, the Pope, and a Sad Age Rarely has the death of a public intellectual affected me as much as the passing of Oriana Fallaci. I never met her, and only received a brief note once from her accompanying a copy of The Rage and the Pride. The story of her career is well known, but her death, at this pivotal time, was full of paradoxes and yet instruction as well. Radical Islam is, among other things, a patriarchal movement, embedded particularly in the cult of the Middle-Eastern male, who occupies a privileged position in a...
  • Benedict sheds image of dour theologian

    09/14/2006 10:14:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 644+ views
    AP ^ | September 13, 2006 | Victor L. Simpson
    He may seem stiff and shy at times, but Pope Benedict XVI has delighted fellow Bavarians by wading into crowds and kissing babies, shedding the image of a dour theologian from his quarter-century at the Vatican.He is not only growing into his job after 17 months in the papacy, but appears to enjoy it.In the most personal day of his homecoming visit, he knelt in prayer Wednesday at the graves of his parents and sister while his older brother — his only close living relative — leaned on a cane beside him.During the stop at the Ziegetsdorf cemetery just outside...
  • Pope’s parents met through singles ad

    09/12/2006 10:43:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 557+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | September 11, 2006
    London, Sep. 11, 2006 (CNA) - Pope Benedict XVI and his brother, Fr. Georg Ratzinger, 82, were surprised to learn this week that their parents, Joseph and Maria, met through a singles ad their father had placed in local Catholic weekly, Liebfraubote. The disclosure came at the outset of the Pope’s return to his native Bavaria, where he intends to visit his parents’ grave and the village of Marktl am Inn, where he was born, reported the London Times. The July 1920 ad was found in the Bavarian state archives by a researcher for the tabloid Bild. According to the...
  • Professor-Turned-Pope Leads a Seminar on Evolution

    09/03/2006 10:52:54 AM PDT · by neverdem · 145 replies · 2,159+ views
    The Pernicious NY Times ^ | September 2, 2006 | IAN FISHER
    ROME, Sept. 1 — They meet every year, the eminent German professor and his old doctoral students, for a weekend of high-minded talk on a chosen topic. For years it was nothing more than that. But now the professor, once called Joseph Ratzinger, has become Pope Benedict XVI. And this year, for three days beginning Friday, the topic on the table is evolution, an issue perched on the ever more contentious front between science and belief. And so the questions rise as the meeting unfolds at a papal palace just outside Rome. Is this merely another yearly seminar? Or is...
  • The Brothers Ratzi (with rare photograph)

    08/27/2006 10:26:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 1,105+ views
    WITL ^ | August 24, 2006 | Rocco Palmo & Jimmy Akin
    Great post at Jimmy Akin's place about B16 in a suit. Tip to Akin for the photo, taken from some Trad site, which found it in some magazine... you get the idea. More than anything, though, the shot underlines the strong bond the Pope enjoys with his one living relative, his older brother Msgr Georg Ratzinger. The two were ordained priests together in 1951, share a deep affinity for music (the Papstbruder served for many years as director of the famed choir of Regensburg Cathedral), and on next month's Bavarian homecoming, little brother Joseph has blocked out a private...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Receives Custom Volvo XC90 (Papa Gets a SUV)

    06/29/2006 9:22:05 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 39 replies · 1,052+ views
    Carscoop ^ | 6/28/2006 | n/a
    Pope Benedict XVI Receives Custom Volvo XC90No German car for Pope Benedict XVI as the Catholic church leader received a new Volvo XC90 that has been custom tailored for his personal use. During a June 28 ceremony at the Vatican, the Pope was presented with the keys to the SUV. The V8 version vehicle is dark blue with a light interior and Volvo officials say the car, like every Volvo XC90, is designed for safety with features like ROPS (rollover protection system). Press Release Volvo Cars presented His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, with one of its Sport Utility Vehicles. The...
  • Saint Peter As Seen by His Successor (extraordinary document from B16 on his preaching and papacy)

    06/02/2006 9:56:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies · 665+ views ^ | June 1, 2006 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, June 1, 2006 – In a St. Peter’s Square that is always extremely crowded with pilgrims from all nations, each Wednesday Benedict XVI continues the cycle of catechesis he began last March 18, on “the relationship between Christ and the Church as considered beginning with the experience of the apostles.” The continuity is interrupted only rarely: for example, on Wednesday, May 31, the pope dedicated the audience to a reflection summarizing his trip to Poland a few days earlier. The theme assigned to the cycle is revealing of pope Joseph Ratzinger’s intention to clarify the essence and foundations...
  • Jasna Gora: Poland's Marian shrine is 'heart of the church,' Poland

    05/12/2006 1:57:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 397+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | May 12, 2006 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- When Pope Benedict XVI arrives at the Marian shrine of Jasna Gora May 26, he will be stepping in the footsteps of his Polish predecessor and generations of Catholic pilgrims. Visitors to Jasna Gora ("Bright Mountain") are reminded of Pope John Paul II's words when he first returned to communist-ruled Poland in 1979: "So many times we came here to this holy place ... to listen to the beating of the heart of the church and of that of the motherland in the heart of the mother." Twenty-seven years later, much has changed in the surrounding...