Working Vatican: Papa Ratztinger in Bressanone

The Holy Father is amazing.  He meets often with groups of priests and responds to questions in conferences.  He does this in Rome and on the road as well.

Here is some video coverage of his conference with priests in Bressanone.

The language is Italian.

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7 Responses to Working Vatican: Papa Ratztinger in Bressanone

  1. Dove says:

    Hi Father,
    Thanks, but both of the links produce the same video and sound, namely the comments about JPII.

  2. Gregor says:

    If you want to see some more about the Pope’s time in Brixen, here is a video (in German, by South Tyrol Today) about his visit in Oies in the Gadertal, where St. Joseph Freinademetz was born: http://www.gloria.tv/?video=ei7qtgcu4vij83r5n1ul

  3. Anne says:

    I just love this pope. He’s such a brainiac yet so humble, gentle and soooo sweet.

    Thanks gregor for the video. I don’t understand German but got a good idea from the pictures. What a surprise to see his as the pilot.

  4. Victoria says:

    One of six questions posed by priests touched on the pastoral care of children, Father Lombardi said. In his response, the pope spoke about the need to take a broad approach to the administration of sacraments, reflecting the merciful attitude shown by Christ.

    “The pope said, ‘I used to be more strict about this, but the example of Christ led me to become more welcoming in cases in which, perhaps, there is not a mature and solid faith, but there is a glimmer, a desire of communion with the church,’” the spokesman said.

    The pope concluded that in such cases one can be “broader and more generous in the administration of the sacraments,” Father Lombardi said.

    This could open a whole can of worms IMO. There is no telling what some priests could do with their interpretation of what the pope said.

    If there is not a mature and solid faith in the young (how young is young?) wouldn’t the answer be to call for better catechesis rather than modifying the rules?

  5. Victoria says:

    This attitude of the pope could perhaps explain why Brother Roger, a non Catholic, was given Holy Communion by Cardinal Ratzinger at the funeral of Pope John Paul II .

  6. Victoria,

    If you read the quote you posted carefully, you will see that it is in the context of pastoral ministry to children.

    I would, of course, argue in favor of not only Baptizing but also Confirming/Chrismating and Communing infants and children as we do in our Eastern traditions. This was the practice in the West for a time, but was unfortunately lost.

    “Do not suffer the little ones to come unto me for such is the kingdom of heaven.”

    In ICXC,

    Fr. Deacon Daniel

  7. Lauren says:

    Victoria: “This attitude of the pope could perhaps explain why Brother Roger, a non Catholic, was given Holy Communion by Cardinal Ratzinger at the funeral of Pope John Paul II.”

    Hmm…I have read that Brother Roger had converted to Catholicism.