Category Archives: Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI’s recent essay is a subtle correction of Amoris laetitia ch. 8

At Crisis find analysis by Richard A. Spinello of Benedict XVI’s recent explanation for The Present Crisis. The writer says that Benedict has, between the lines, criticized Amoris laetitia. I also, a couple says back, saw a piece arguing that … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI on the Paschal Candle

From Benedict XVI’s Vigil Mass sermon in 2012… the last he celebrated in St. Peter’s: Dear friends, as I conclude, I would like to add one more thought about light and illumination. On Easter night, the night of the new … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Benedict XVI! Ad multos vivas faustissimos annos

Today Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger, turns 92. Thank you for the gift of Summorum Pontificum. Ad multos vivas faustissimos felicissimosque annos!

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More thoughts on Benedict XVI’s 6000K word essay on The Present Crisis

I wrote a rapid reaction to Benedict XVI’s piece HERE. Here are some fuller, additional thoughts. Ratzinger/Benedict writes from a unique perspective of age and the experience of key positions in the Church from post-WWII directly through to the present.  … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI: Make The Church Credible Again!

From Benedict XVI’s latest essay: The extent and gravity of the reported incidents has deeply distressed both priests as well as laity, and has driven more than a few to call into question the very Faith of the Church. It … Continue reading

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Animi caussa: Some spittle-flecked nutty lib reactions to Benedict XVI’s latest

How are the papalotrous reacting to Benedict XVI’s reflections? Let’s look at Twitter. I pray that Benedict lives long enough to write another substantial work of theology. Because if he dies tomorrow and this stands his last published opus it … Continue reading

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Initial reaction to Benedict XVI’s latest essay: a cri de coeur

Benedict XVI has released a three part essay address, firstly, it seems, to the clergy of Germany. It is a scolding. However, it is also clearly for the whole watching world. The MSM will be excited about the title: The … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2019 – 05 1st Sunday of Lent: The heart of all temptations – FIXED!

UPDATED: There was a link problem.  It’s fixed. These daily 5 minute podcasts are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. I provide these especially in gratitude to benefactors who … Continue reading

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28 February 2013 – Benedict XVI…

6 years ago today… The Holy Father is leaving the Apostolic Palace to go to Castel Gandolfo. Some images… Our final view of Pope Benedict XVI as Roman Pontiff. UPDATE:  The doors are closed.    

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Another reason for ‘Anglicanorum coetibus’: Church of England says Sunday services no longer mandatory

I think it was the late Fr. Neuhaus who quipped that the purpose of the Church of England was to make irony redundant. Today I read this at AP.  No, this is not Eye of the Tiber or the Onion.  … Continue reading

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Of desecration of liturgy and identity. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Let me begin with several hooks upon which we can hang some useful ideas as we look down the line at an article from Regis Nichols at Crisis. First, in April 2017, a preface Benedict XVI wrote for the Russian translation … Continue reading

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CHRISTMASCAzT 2018 29: No manger scene is complete without the ox and the ass

Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 29, Sunday in the Octave of Christmas. These 5 … Continue reading

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CHRISTMASCAzT 2018 25: Why St. Stephen after Christmas?

Once again this year I offer short daily podcasts to help you prepare for the upcoming feast as well as for your own, personal, meeting with the Lord. Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 25, for St. Stephen’s Day.  Happy Boxing Day! These … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: If in letters Benedict XVI imparts still the Apostolic Blessing…

Debates about the true status of Benedict XVI could root the stuff of novels. There are those who say that Benedict XVI is still really Pope.  There are different reasons given.  One is that his abdication was under duress and … Continue reading

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14 Sept: 11th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum – Thank you, Benedict XVI!

Spars are carried away and sails shred.  Lines lash in the winds and crack like whips in the tempest. It’s nevertheless all hands on deck as the Barque of Peter takes on water and flies before the storm. As The … Continue reading

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