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Tag Archives: beatification
UPDATE 12 July 2017: I will not allow this post to be an occasion to bash Pope Francis or to call into question in the combox the processes of the Congregation. ___ Originally Published on: Jul 11, 2017 @ 09:33 The Pope … Read More
In related news see my post: REVIEW: Great book of documentary evidence about the Pontificate of Ven. Pius XII From CNA: Pope Francis thinking about declaring Pius XII a saint By Andrea Gagliarducci Vatican City, Jul 31, 2013 / 11:05 … Read More
From the Jesuit run America Magazine comes this with my emphases and comments. The Universal Call The Editors | SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 Ever since the Second Vatican Council spoke of the “universal call to holiness,” there has been a move … Read More
The Canonical Defender, Ed Peters, has comments on can. 915, a very important canon which has in the opinion of many been little observed. Go to Dr. Peters page for his bit about Robert Mugabe’s reception of Communion at the … Read More
From CNA: Three priest-martyrs of Nazis beatified in Germany Hamburg, Germany, Jun 25, 2011 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three Catholic martyrs executed under the Nazi regime were beatified in Germany today, June 25. The event was also noteworthy for … Read More
On the site of the American Spectator my friend the great Samuel Gregg, of Acton Institute, has a piece about Pope Benedict which I bring to your attention with my emphases and comments. Benedict XVI: In No One’s Shadow By … Read More
The NCFishwrap’s editor is advertising a hit piece in The Irish Times: Hans Kung’s reaction to the Beatification of Bl. John Paul II A sample with my emphases: […] In an interview last weekend with German daily the Frankfurter Rundschau … Read More
Benedict XVI’s sermon for the beatification: “turning back with the strength of a titan – a strength which came to him from God – a tide which appeared irreversible”
The Holy Father’s sermon for the beatification of Bl. John Paul II. Benedict XVI does not do many beatifications. He has delegated them to others, for the sake of underscoring that a beatification is not an infallible act. We join … Read More
Some time ago, the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Causes of Saints said that the beatification of Pope John Paul II was not a judgment about his pontificate. The UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, has some Q&A … Read More
I owe this to His Hermeneuticalness and John Paul II. Full disclosure. I was ordained by John Paul II: One of the themes of Pope John Paul II’s pontificate was his insistence on the necessity of the priesthood and his … Read More
I have a piece in the Washington Post today at their invitation. The typo, rather omission, in the second paragraph (as it appears in the online version as I write) is good for my humility. Many argue that John Paul … Read More
I have far too many emails in my box about several points. I hope with this I can put them to rest. The resignation of Amb. Kmiec. What do I think? I think what I wrote before about the poor … Read More
If you haven’t yet seen this, you will want to hop over and have a look at Sandro Magister‘s always useful place. In this case, Magister presents the back-to-back responses in the Vatican’s semi-official daily L’Osservatore Romano to two theologians … Read More
There is a very smart post over at The Sensible Bond. He deals with the beatification and the Assisi meeting and the important question of what ecumenism is. My usual treatment is applied. Blogging from the geopolitical epicentre of the … Read More
From CNA: Peoria diocese restarts Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s beatification cause Peoria, Ill., Jan 27, 2011 / 01:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Peoria has resumed its promotion of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s cause for beatification despite its dispute with the … Read More
The other day Rome Reports posted a video of a screen set up around the altar of Bl. Innocent XI in the Vatican Basilica. It was immediately assumed that that is where the body of Bl. John Paul II would … Read More
Concerning the 1 May Beatification of John Paul II. A reader sent the following: May 1st the prayers for Santo Subito will be rejoiced The Universal Church will lift up one of the greatest men of modern times. May 1 … Read More
In the combox of this blog some people are expressing confusion or dismay about the rapid beatification of Ven. John Paul II. As you know, it was announced that the Beatification will take place on 1 May. This is just … Read More