Category Archives: Benedict XVI

What on earth is Pope Francis up to and why?

One of my go-to guys for commentary on things Vatican is now Andrea Gagliarducci at his weekly Monday Vatican post. This week Andrea tackles the questions (my wording): What on earth is Pope Francis up to and why? Let’s see … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick: Another parish implements Summorum Pontificum. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

For your Brick by Brick file. A reader sent me a link to a story in the St. Louis Review (a publication of the Archdiocese of St. Louis) about a parish which as started up a Traditional Latin Mass. ‘Mysterium tremendum’ … Continue reading

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If you want peace, DEFEND LIFE!

There are rumors floating around about a restructuring of the Roman Curia, and a document which would replace Pastor bonus (will it be called”Mercenarius malus“?). Something in an article in CNA (HERE) that caught, and disturbed, my eye. The draft … Continue reading

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Samuel Gregg on Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Address and Islamic Jihadism

At NRO be sure to take in every word of Samuel Gregg’s exceptional answers in a short interview on questions that have to be asked about Islam. Gregg brings us back in particular to Benedict XVI’s insightful Regensburg Address. Here … Continue reading

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Fanon of Christmas Past

Exactly two years ago, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the First Holy Mass of Christmas and he wore the fanon, hated by liberals and the ungodly HERE. I turned on the Mass from St. Peter’s Basilica for a little … Continue reading

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Discontinuity and coverage of pontificates of Popes Francis and Benedict

At Monday Vatican Andrea Galiarducci, has an interesting piece.  It is worth reading, but be prepared for a clunky translation, some rambling, and a buried lead.  To be sure this writer is smart, well-informed, and solid.  He could benefit from … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI reviews his life’s work. He changed his mind about something important.

It is important that you know about this.  I first touched on this HERE Given the orchestrations of the last, controversial Synod of Bishops which met to discuss issues concerning the family, and given the hot issues raised, when the … Continue reading

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Wherein Benedict XVI is now channeling his inner Augustine

You probably know that Benedict XVI’s life’s works as a theologian are being edited and released in different volumes.   Ignatius Press has the publishing rights for English.  His volume on Liturgy is available.  HERE In German another volume has … Continue reading

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Card. Sarah: Worst discrimination against poor is not to give them God

His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum addressed a conference of Catholic charitable organizations, having a special reference to the encyclicals of Benedict XVI, Deus caritas est and Caritas in veritate. Here is a CNA account: Vatican … Continue reading

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“There was the Council of the Fathers – the real Council – but there was also the Council of the media.”

I was recently sent a link to a video of one of the last appearances of Benedict XVI during his pontificate. This is the famous audience during which he spoke about the “Council of the media”. [wp_youtube]CfTWC5lPshM[/wp_youtube] I think it … Continue reading

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Pondering Francis: Part II

A while back I posted an entry entitled “Pondering Francis“.  I am trying to get my head around this enigmatic man who is now the Vicar of Christ.  He sends mixed signals.  Surely there is a way to decode some … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI to Juventutem for Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage

During the Mass last night at Ss. Trinità and today at San Pietro, a little bit of Benedict XVI’s message was read to the pilgrims.  The message was more or less complete depending on the language of translation. However, no … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 5: Procession, Pontifical Mass at St Peter’s #SumPont2014

The Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage continues today with the procession to San Pietro from San Lorenzo in Damaso. Follow on Twitter #SumPont2014 Some images.   Card. Burke did show, today.  He did not have even the slightest hint of flu, Argentinian … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI sent text of talk to University: relativistic dialogue and “lethal ideas”

From CNS: Retired pope says interreligious dialogue no substitute for mission VATICAN CITY – Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious … Continue reading

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“Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism….”

At First Things George Weigel has a short piece about how Benedict XVI was right in his memorable, controversial Regensburg Lecture in 2006.  He has prompted me to go back to review what Benedict said.  Weigel gives a précis: Eight … Continue reading

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