Category Archives: Benedict XVI

This saint, after 1969, never said Mass using the Novus Ordo

Summorum Pontificum was a tremendous gift to the whole Church.  It was certainly one of the most – if not the most – important achievements of Benedict XVI, part of what I cal his Marshall Plan.  It is a great … Continue reading

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“No one may share in the Eucharist except those who believe in the truth of our teachings…”

A reading from the first apology of Justin Martyr in defense of the Christians, c. 100-165 No one may share in the Eucharist except those who believe in the truth of our teachings and have been washed in the bath … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI: last Pope of old era or first of the next?

I’m reading the Italian edition of Pope Benedict’s book-long interview with German journalist Peter Seewald.  I’m jumping around a bit and I ran across an interesting section.  Here is my on the fly translation from the Italian (not from the … Continue reading

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Would the young Joseph Ratzinger – or I – have had the same reaction if….

As I often write, we are our rites. In the new interview book with Peter Seewald, Benedict XVI was asked how the son of a Bavarian policeman became a priest. I have a measure of sympathy with Benedict’s answer. I, too, … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Address: 10 years later

Has it been 10 years already?   Job 7:6!  John Allen at Crux reminded me of the anniversary. Ten years ago Benedict XVI delivered his famous Regensburg Address which sparked huge controversy over his inclusion of the example of Islam … Continue reading

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Rutler on Luther and Islam

As  a former Lutheran, I won’t look forward to Catholic-Lutheran hoopla in 2017.  I, for one, won’t celebrate theological revolt and the shredding of the fabric of Christendom. A must read is to be found at Crisis from the keyboard of Fr. George … Continue reading

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Of speaking truth to power, close hair cuts, and you

Speaking of St. John the Baptist, here is what the print (and digital) readers of the UK’s best Catholic weekly the Catholic Herald were able to read in the present issue: We celebrate liturgically the births of Our Lord (25 December), … Continue reading

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Benedict explains more about why he abdicated

From Crux we find some information from Pope Benedict about why he abdicated.  On 30 August in Italy, an Italian biography of Benedict will be release.  He did an interview head of this biography release.  However, his book/interview will be released … Continue reading

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Pre-Order Pope Benedict’s new book – Last Testament: in his own words

I, for one, want to know what he has to say. PRE-ORDER NOW! US Hardcover – HERE – Release 15 November 2016 $24.00 UK Hardcover – HERE – Release 15 November 2016 £16.99 US Paperback – HERE – Release 1 November 2016 – NB: by A & C … Continue reading

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Pope Francis blasts “gender” ideology, quotes Benedict XVI: “this is the age of sin against the Creator!”

Here’s something the Fishwrap (aka National Sodomitic Reporter) types will struggle with. On 27 July the Holy Father had a closed-door meeting with the bishops of Poland.  There was a brief Q&A.  Today Francis’ remarks were published. Here is an excerpt.  From … Continue reading

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Card. Sarah’s words to priests and bishops about “turning toward the Lord”

Card. Sarah’s appeal to priests and bishops on 5 July in London: […] I want to make an appeal to all priests. You may have read my article in L’Osservatore Romano one year ago (12 June 2015) or my interview … Continue reading

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Wherein Pope Francis wears a maniple and kisses the foot of his predecessor

From a reader… I have been watching the Holy Father offer Mass for the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. It appears that he is wearing a maniple! HERE I first notice it at 31:32. Okay… let’s have a look. … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI’s address for his 65th anniversay, Francis’ response

Benedict XVI, cent’anni, doesn’t appear in public very often.  He just gave his first public address since his resignation in the Sala Clementina (alas, not from the central, raised chair). Benedict appeared on the occasion of his 65th anniversary of ordination to … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI says he never told anyone the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima was incomplete

There has been a bit of a dust up in the last days about the Third Secret of Fatima.  Was the whole of the Third Secret truly released?  Some say that it wasn’t. One blog recently posted some claims about … Continue reading

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Reason #74 for Summorum Pontificum

This was sent by a priest friend. “OUCH!” doesn’t quite capture my reaction. Let me preface your viewing by saying that the older, traditional form of the Roman Rite is not susceptible to this sort of madness. BTW… the real … Continue reading

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