Category Archives: Benedict XVI

A Pope in hell? The curious case of St. Pope Peter Celestine V

Today is the feast of St. Peter Celestine, Pope Celestine V, who famously resigned the papacy. One of the fascinating people in our Catholic family history. Pietro da Morrone, born c. 1215, in the Molise area of central Italy, came … Continue reading

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Summorum Pontificum. It won’t be stopped.

Here is some news to cheer you in these otherwise chaotic and troubling times. From HPR: Seven Years after “Summorum Pontificum”: Nearly 500 North American Churches Offer the Traditional Latin Mass For those Catholics who are seeking even more regular … Continue reading

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NEW BOOK: Joseph Ratzinger’s collected works on theology of liturgy!

UPDATE: PRE-ORDER ends soon.  Release date 5 May! Ignatius Press has collected into one volume all of Joseph Ratzinger’s works on liturgy. It is available for PRE-ORDER at a reduced price.  Hardcover for $26.38 rather than $34.95 (25% off).  Click … Continue reading

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Canonizations: looking back and looking forward

I went back to my post last July and reread it. Yes. I am right about this. Wherein Fr. Z explains what is really going on with the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II Today, in addition to … Continue reading

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ADDIS: The MSM on Pope Francis

I found this via Pewsitter – they are doing a great job – from CatholicJournalUS: Francis and the Media: A Doomed Romance by Thomas Addis The Lenten season is an excellent time for confessions, so here goes: Bless me, Father, … Continue reading

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An anniversary

Today is the anniversary of the election of Pope Benedict XVI, in 2005.

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Francis’ Chrism Mass Sermon: priests are very small

Today His Holiness of our Lord preached a sermon on the occasion of the Chrism Mass of Holy Thursday.   He spoke with eloquence about the priest and priesthood.   He spoke especially about joy, departing from the “oil of … Continue reading

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Happy 87th Birthday, Benedict XVI!

Please, during the day today, say prayers for His Holiness Benedict XVI, who turns 87 today. Thank you, Your Holiness, for all that you did for us and Christ’s Church.

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Update on The Tablet Sourpusses, the Gänswein Interview

Over HERE I wrote about the sour reaction of the assistant editrix of The Pill (aka The Tablet, aka RU-486) to the interview given by Archbp. Georg Gänswein gave to German TV in which he spoke, inter alia, about Francis asking Benedict … Continue reading

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Happy Name Day, Holy Father!

Today is the name day of His Holiness, Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger. In your kindness, say a prayer or two for him today.

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Francis is shaping the role of Pope Emeritus

There is a 14 March ZDF video interview in German with Archbp. Georg Gänswein, the Prefect of the Pontifical Household and, simultaneously, particular secretary of Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus. The interview reinforces my view that Pope Francis wants Benedict XVI to … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Sermon for Archbishop Sample’s 1st Pontifical Mass – MUST SEE

“When Summorum Pontificum came out, and the Holy Father said this is one of the forms of the Latin Rite, the Extraordinary Form, I said ‘I’m a bishop of the Church, I must know this rite!’  And I encourage my … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI thinks your idea is “simply absurd”

Some people are suggesting that Benedict XVI’s resignation wasn’t legal and that he is still Pope.  I wrote about that HERE. From CNA: Benedict XVI affirms validity of his resignation Vatican City, Feb 26, 2014 / 03:47 am (CNA).- Today … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI public appearance, attends Consistory. Dress rehearsal for April.

His Holiness Benedict XVI made a public appearance during the consistory this morning, Feast of the Cathedra of St. Peter, when Francis gave the news Cardinals their new stuff. This is clearly the “dress rehearsal” for the canonization of John … Continue reading

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SOCCI: Did Pope Benedict really resign? Was it valid? Reeeeeally?

Italian journalist Antonio Socci has opined HERE that perhaps Benedict XVI’s resignation was not canonically valid. Kindly put, this is a stretch and a half. Let’s see what he has to say. The first part of his piece is mostly … Continue reading

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