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Tag Archives: Joseph Ratzinger
Here is some essential reading about the Traditional Mass. The Traditional Mass: History, Form, and Theology of the Classical Roman Rite by Michael Fiedrowicz. US HERE – UK HERE Nothing Superfluous: An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory the Great by Fr. … Continue reading
It’s Friday in the 4th Week of Lent. The Roman Station is Sant’Eusebio. Joseph Ratzinger gives us a reality check in one of his meditations for the Stations of the Cross. Subscribe on SOUNDCLOUD. I provide these podcasts especially in … Continue reading
It’s Wednesday in the 4th Week of Lent and the Feast of the Annunciation. The Roman Station is Saint Paul’s outside-the-walls, where you find the tomb of the Apostle. Joseph Ratzinger explain how Mary is, in her person, the true … Continue reading
At National Catholic Register the intrepid Ed Pentin has posted at there is a 30 minute video documentary in German about Pope Benedict XVI’s life in the Vatican Gardens. It aired on German TV on 3 January. HERE It is … Continue reading
Here is CHRISTMASCAzT 25, for Christmas Day 2019! Merry Christmas! Today Joseph Ratzinger explains about the ox and the ass and the mystery of the manger. Fulton Sheen talks about the microcosm and macrocosm paradigm in the Crib and the … Continue reading
Here is ADVENTCAzT 10, for Tuesday in the 2nd Week of Advent. Today we hear part of a radio broadcast made my Joseph Ratzinger in 1980. He is speaking on St. Nicholas Day, which is past, but “light” is the … Continue reading
Here is ADVENTCAzT 09, for Monday in the 2nd Week of Advent, this year – in some places – the transferred Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We hear the Sunday Gospel today with a comment by Dom Prosper Guéranger in … Continue reading
Here also are my audio projects of the Way of the Cross. On 1st Fridays, do please pray the Act of Reparation. What we need right now is PRAYER, especially now. And remember to GO TO CONFESSION! For priests, especially, try The Way Of … Continue reading
And now a short excursion into common sense. “I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous … Continue reading
In 1986 the English edition of Joseph Ratzinger’s Feast of Faith was published by Ignatius Press. US HERE – UK HERE In that volume Benedict XVI reflected on the feast of Corpus Christi. His Holiness juxtaposed the sad decline of Eucharistic devotions … Continue reading
From a reader… QUAERITUR: At our Sunday Masses there is instantaneous applause at the end of the recessional hymn. Is this OK? I have sent many emails to the parish priest and he agreed that this is not correct but … Continue reading
UPDATE: Another reaction at NLM. UPDATE: Be sure to read a response posted at CWR by a priest who wrote his thesis on Universae Ecclesiae. HERE ___ Originally Published on: Feb 8, 2017 ___ When I was around the Pontifical Commission … Continue reading
I had an interesting email in my box today. What do you think? Hi Father, I’ve been reading through Ratzinger’s book “Behold the Pierced One“. [UK – HERE] In it, he addresses the issue of the prohibition of communion to the divorced … Continue reading
Over a Rorate there is something so good that it compels me to overcome even their animosity toward me, extend an olive branch again, and direct you there to read patiently and completely. Peter Kwasniewski of Wyoming Catholic College (where … Continue reading
Last November I posted HERE about getting a Masters in Ratzinger Studies at the Augustinianum in Rome. They do the program in both Italian and English and it has been a huge success. HERE Now saw on Crux 2.0 an interview … Continue reading
There are many images of the Lord’s Ascension to heaven. The one’s I like the most are the medieval depictions which show the Apostles and Mary looking up and all you see above are a pair of lordly Feet. There … Continue reading
The Congregation for Divine Worship in Rome received a new Prefect last November, His Eminence Robert Card. Sarah. He should be a good, solid Prefect. At the same time, however, there was a bit of a purge of, say, the … Continue reading
UPDATE 11 Aug pm: Okay… it looks as if Amazon found more copies of Turning Toward The Lord. Now they only cost $96 each! Thus I am removing it from the list. We shall have what we have and make … Continue reading
Joseph Card. Ratzinger – now Benedict XVI – wrote in his Spirit of the Liturgy: “Wherever applause breaks out in the liturgy because of some human achievement, it is a sure sign that the essence of liturgy has totally disappeared and been … Continue reading