Tag Archives: Benedict XVI

“Who am I to judge?”, thrown in your face? Fr. Z says, “Don’t let them get away with it!”

Mention the Pope’s interview “on the airplane” and we all know immediately what phrase is going to pop up.  The rafters are still rattling.
“Who am I to judge?”
What did the Pope really say? (Italian HERE)
Remember the context: he was asked … Continue reading

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One Year Ago

One year ago today, Pope Benedict announced his resignation.
It has been a crazy ride ever since!
Remember what happened later that day?
The photo from Agence France-Presse:

The Holy Father: ipsissimis verbis…

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Are the aging-hippies burying Benedict’s legacy?

I have written a few times about the priest in the Diocese of Brentwood, UK, a man of a certain age who – inexplicably – was in charge of the diocesan liturgy office, who sent a letter to The Tablet … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Benedict XVI and Msgr. Ratzinger

Here is a video which has some recent views and sound of Benedict XVI in his residence in the Vatican Gardens.  Most of the video is dedicated to an interview with His Holiness’ brother Msgr. George Ratzinger, the retired Kapellmeister … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI “defrocked” 384 clerics in 2 years. Liberal praise to follow…. maybe?

According to AP, and this was also clarified by the papal spokesman Fr. Lombardi, Pope Benedict XVI “defrocked” almost 400 priests for the crime of sexual abuse of children – in a little more than 2 years.
We are talking here … Continue reading

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Archbp. Cordileone establishes “Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship”

For your Brick by Brick file, I was sent a link to an entry at Catholic San Francisco about a new liturgical institute established by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.
Archbishop explains goal of new liturgical institute
On the eve of the feast of … Continue reading

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VIDEO: A bishop publicly dumps Pope Benedict

I was sent a link to a video with some of an interview by Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, who is presently rector of my old school, the Pontifical Lateran University.  dal Covolo, an SDB (aka Socio di Bertone aka Salesian) … Continue reading

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BEGONE SATAN! Epiphany Blessings, The Devil, and You

Epiphany is coming, Reverend Fathers.  We have special blessings we can use.
You will find actual blessings in the Rituale Romanum (not in the dreadful “Book of Blessings”).
First, we have the famous blessing of chalk, then used to mark the doors of … Continue reading

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Die Brüder “Spry”… The Spry Brothers… Benedict and Georg

Yesterday Benedict XVI went to Gemelli Hospital in Rome to visit his elder brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who had been admitted.
All things considered, they both look pretty spry. And we wish Msgr. Georg a swift recovery.  He will be 90 … Continue reading

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ADVENT: Ideas for your season of preparation

I have decided to reread Benedict XVI’s third volume of Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives.  It is shorter than the other two volumes, but there are riches within.
The Holy Father’s book presents a real defense of the historicity of … Continue reading

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