Category Archives: Reading Francis Through Benedict

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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Pope Francis shoots down bishops who want Summorum Pontificum overturned

Recently there was a news item about some Italian bishops griping (that’s not news) to Pope Francis (ditto) about Summorum Pontificum (as before). They think it should be extirpated (more of the same). Francis shot them down. That’s news.
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Reading Francis Through Benedict: the pastoral staves – modern Paul VI and traditional Benedict XVI

Small gestures, as they accumulate, point to something bigger.
I applied this principle to the use of certain liturgical vestments.  For example, when Benedict XVI revived the fanon (HERE), I took that as a signal.  In itself, the fanon isn’t much … Continue reading

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What does Fr. Z really say? A response to critics on the left and the right.

Back on 2 April – which in blog years is like a decade ago – I offered a brief manifesto about how I think we ought to approach Pope Francis.
In fact, there are any number of entries I have posted … Continue reading

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If Francis wants a leaner, humble liturgy… then we need sacred music to match. We already have it!

Some extol the new “humble” liturgical style of Pope Francis in the wrong way.  They oppose his style to a grand or solemn style, as if the one excludes the other.
The humble does NOT cancel out the grand.  Nor vice … Continue reading

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Reading Francis Through Benedict: clerical sexual abuse

We continue to…
Read Francis Through Benedict.
Here is a communiqué from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:
The Holy Father today received in audience Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. During the audience, … Continue reading

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Dippy coverage from Reuters on Pope Francis’ General Audience

It is hard to imagine how wrong newsies can be… and then you run into the abysmally twisted report from Reuters about what Pope Francis said today in his Wednesday audience about women.
Pope stresses “fundamental” value of women in Church
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Reading Francis Through Benedict… no… really… try it!

A clever reader caught this and posted about it in the combox elsewhere.
Compare a section of Pope Francis general audience today to Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth part II:
One initial difference is that in the confessional tradition only men are … Continue reading

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One look at Pope Francis’s first Holy Week. Fr. Z responds with brief manifesto.

Many people don’t know that Pope Francis planned to write his thesis on Romano Guardini, the distinguished theologian and liturgist who had a profound influence on Joseph Ratzinger.  Ratzinger even named one of his most important books with the same title … Continue reading

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