Category Archives: Reading Francis Through Benedict

Must read post about Pope Francis and the “phoney war” being waged over him

Over at The Sensible Bond there is a must read post.  Here is a sample with my emphases:
The phoney war in the Church: five linguistic thoughts on THAT interview
Like speed, language is also war. It’s the stuff of propaganda. It’s the … Continue reading

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Reading Francis Through Benedict: a workshop on misunderstanding Francis

We now have in Francis the most wonderfulest and fluffliest Pope ehvur.  Liberals are crowing that the bestest Pope of all is against rules.  He’s chill about abortion and women’s ordination and, like, stuff.  No other Pope has ever kissed … Continue reading

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Francis on the “Vetus Ordo”, Traditional Roman Rite. Wherein Fr. Z analyzes… and then rants.

In the Big Interview, Francis said in response to a question about the Second Vatican Council something about the Vetus Ordo, the older Mass, the Extraordinary Form.
I’ll cut to the chase for those of you who only read the title … Continue reading

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First thoughts about the Francis Interview

Pope Francis, formerly a Jesuit, gave a series of interviews to the Jesuits.  The interviews have been edited together, with parenthetical commentary and descriptions of the setting and so forth, and translated by lay people and Jesuits for publication in … Continue reading

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Card. Burke: liturgical abuses “strictly correlated with a lot of moral corruption”

Around here we say:
Save The Liturgy – Save The World
A preamble:
The Eucharist, its celebration and itself as the extraordinary Sacrament, is the “source and summit of Christian life”.
If we really believe that, then we must also hold that what we do in church, what … Continue reading

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Francis on Benedict: “Today I was with ‘el viejo’… ‘the old man’…”

I have kept the banner image of Benedict and Francis with that phrase “Reading Francis through Benedict” at the top of the blog, to remind people that we don’t pit Popes against each other.  There will be differences in interests … Continue reading

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Reading Benedict Through Francis: Exploring ‘Lumen fidei 13′

Pope Benedict/Francis’ new encyclical, Lumen fidei (download PDF HERE), has some rich paragraphs.
One in particular rang a deep bell for me.
I think Benedict wove in an argument in favor of a particular style of liturgical worship.  See what you think. … Continue reading

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Lumen fidei – New Encyclical from Pope Francis

I am reading Lumen fidei, the new, first encyclical from Pope Francis.
From what I can tell, it is nearly entirely Benedict.
If, as Pope, you have to have a ghost writer, why not another Pope?  Talk about “Reading Francis through Benedict”!
Nay … Continue reading

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Document ready for close of Year of Faith

From Vatican Radio:
Pope Francis: post-Synodal exhortation ready for Year of Faith’s close (full text)
(Vatican Radio) The post-Synodal Exhortation on the new evangelization will be ready in time for the close of the Year of Faith. This was just one of … Continue reading

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Archbishop on the TLM: “you must try to get as many people as possible to walk down this path of yours”

Here is some great news.
I was sent a translation of a sermon given by the new Archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio, His Excellency Most Rev. Luigi Negri, on Pentecost at the Marian Shrine of Poggetto.  The occasion was a celebration of Holy … Continue reading

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