Tag: "Pope Benedict XVI"

Dating the Last Supper: Excerpt from <em>Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2</em> by Joseph Ratzinger
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Dating the Last Supper: Excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth, Part 2 by Joseph Ratzinger

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An excerpt from An excerpt from Jesus of Nazareth PART TWO Holy Week From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection by Joseph Ratzinger Pope Benedict XVI The Dating of the Last Supper The problem of dating Jesus’ Last Supper arises from the contradiction on this point between the Synoptic Gospels, on the one hand, […]

Little Lies, Big Lies, and Narratives
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Little Lies, Big Lies, and Narratives

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Recently I read a collection of essays by various Catholic historians published in a book entitled Catholicism and Historical Narrative, edited by Kevin Schmiesing. As Schmiesing says in his introduction to the book, the fundamental job of historians is to “uncover the truth about the past.” “Yet,” he reminds us, “most historical debate occurs not […]

How a Parish Can Attract Traditionalists
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How a Parish Can Attract Traditionalists

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Dear William, When I shared your previous letter on Facebook, I referred to the contents as “interesting.”  In it, you expressed a desire that over time, the need for the Extraordinary Form would lessen, and that you hope traditionalists would begin to frequent a better done Ordinary Form liturgy.  This is a difficult discussion, but I’d like […]

Closing the Door on Vatican II
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Closing the Door on Vatican II

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“I praised the dead rather than the living, and I judged him happier than both that is not yet born, who has not seen the evils done under the sun.”  (Eccl 4:4)  In this statement, the Qoheleth offers much wisdom for todays Catholics, especially traditionalists.  While at face value his words are a lamentation of […]

Three Popes, Three Missions
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Three Popes, Three Missions

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The election of Pope Francis was generally an occasion of joy around the world, especially for Catholics in Latin America. His call for simplicity and authenticity in living the Christian life has been received with enthusiasm. His intended mission as Holy Father seems to be to model Christian living in the 21st century. He urges […]

Summary of the Encyclical <i>Lumen Fidei</i>
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Summary of the Encyclical Lumen Fidei

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Lumen fidei – The light of faith (LF) is the first Encyclical signed by Pope Francis. Divided into four chapters, plus an introduction and a conclusion, the Pontiff explains that the Letter supplements Benedict XVI’s Encyclicals on charity and hope, and takes up the “fine work” carried out by the Pope Emeritus, who had already […]

<em>The Real Vatican II</em>: A 10-part Television Series
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The Real Vatican II: A 10-part Television Series

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Recently, Pope Benedict XVI, now Pope Emeritus, criticized the media for it’s continued misrepresenting of Vatican II. In response, NET (New Evangelization Television) debuted a 10-part weekly series called Vatican II: Inside the Vatican Council, on Thursday, February 21 at 8:30 PM ET. CNA/EWTN reported that “Pope Benedict XVI said that many of the misinterpretations of the Second […]

A Brilliant Teacher Steps Down from the Papacy
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A Brilliant Teacher Steps Down from the Papacy

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I have hesitated to write a commentary on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI because I believed that the words he used when he made the announcement were sufficient. He did not suggest a secret illness or a conspiracy afoot or anything of the kind. He said quite plainly and most sincerely, “After having repeatedly […]

Pope Benedict XVI: Photo, 27 April 2005; Quotation, 17 July 2008
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Farewell, Pope Benedict XVI

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The Holy See – The Holy Father – Benedict XVI Jesus of Nazareth Volume I: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration Hardcover Paperback Audio CD Volume II: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection Hardcover Audio CD Volume III: The Infancy Narratives Hardcover Large Print Paperback Audio CD A […]

Papal Resignation Rates an A+
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Papal Resignation Rates an A+

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For the last several weeks I’ve been teaching an online course about the role of the Catholic laity. We’d just gotten to the subject of personal vocation when the startling news came through: Benedict XVI was stepping down as pope. Posting a question that Monday morning to get my students’ discussion rolling for the week, […]

A Catholic Third Way: Pope Benedict and the Crisis of Global Capitalism
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A Catholic Third Way: Pope Benedict and the Crisis of Global Capitalism

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Benedict’s vision for an alternative political economy resonates with people of all faiths and none.

Without a Script: The Professor Pope from the Heart on Vat.II and the Church
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Without a Script: The Professor Pope from the Heart on Vat.II and the Church

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“Only a permanent formation of the heart and mind can actually create intelligibility and participation which is more than one external activity, which is an entering of the person, of his or her being into communion with the Church and thus in fellowship with Christ.”—Pope Benedict XVI this morning, in his annual address to the […]

Benedict's Unfolding Spiritual Testament
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Benedict’s Unfolding Spiritual Testament

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“While the Lord continues to raise up examples of radical conversion, like Pavel Florensky, Etty Hillesum and Dorothy Day, he also constantly challenges those who have been raised in the faith to deeper conversion.”—Pope Benedict XVI, at his next-to-last General Audience, this morning in the Paul VI Audience Hall in Vatican City Benedict Reaches Out […]

Media Waste No Time to Display Ignorance
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Media Waste No Time to Display Ignorance

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Monday’s announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will resign the papacy at the end of this month because of his increasingly frail health has revealed what we practicing Catholics in America have long understood: Our faith remains a mystery. No time has been wasted stirring up a frenzy of speculation about what will happen […]

Vatican and Global Financial Contexts of Pope's Resignation
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Vatican and Global Financial Contexts of Pope’s Resignation

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Today the Vatican announced that its ability to process credit card transactions, interrupted since January 1 by a decision of the Bank of Italy, had been restored. The renewed access to international financial networks comes one day after Pope Benedict announced that he will step down from his office as successor of Peter on February […]

Pope Benedict XVI to Resign February 28
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Pope Benedict XVI to Resign February 28

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In a surprise announcement, Pope Benedict XVI said today that he will resign at the end of the month. The pope said that due to the increased weakness accompanying his advanced age – he is 85 – he feels that he is unable to carry out the duties of his office. “After having repeatedly examined […]

The Supreme Court Looks at Marriage and Gender
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The Supreme Court Looks at Marriage and Gender

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Defenders of traditional marriage may not believe it, but the Supreme Court’s apparent intention to decide two important same-sex marriage cases by midyear may be a stroke of good fortune for their side. This timing means the Supreme Court’s first head-on tangle with this issue almost certainly will come before President Obama gets an opportunity […]

Top Ten People of 2012 and One "Man of the Year"
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Top Ten People of 2012 and One “Man of the Year”

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Each year, Inside the Vatican magazine chooses 10 people we believe are examples of great courage, fidelity to the Church and heroic Christian charity. Our choice for “Person of the Year”: Pope Benedict XVI. He passed through the crucible of the “Vatileaks” scandal and continued to preach the Gospel, in season and out of season… […]

Adventures with Twitter
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Adventures with Twitter

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One day, my 17 year-old strolled into the kitchen after a long day at school, leaned against the kitchen counter and, between mouthfuls of food to appease his growling stomach, said, “Hey mom, did you know that the Pope has Twitter?” “So, I hear,” I replied absentmindedly while chopping vegetables for dinner. “Do you have […]

Christmas is a Time for Christians to Engage with the World
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Christmas is a Time for Christians to Engage with the World

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Render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God,’ was the response of Jesus when asked about paying taxes. His questioners, of course, were laying a trap for him. They wanted to force Him to take sides in the highly-charged political debate about Roman rule in the land of Israel. […]

The Sistine Chapel: A Liturgical Classroom
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The Sistine Chapel: A Liturgical Classroom

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On October 31, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI observed the 500th anniversary of the Sistine Chapel by offering a prayer—celebrating Vespers beneath Michelangelo’s famed frescoes of biblical stories including, most famously, the Creation of Adam. The Holy Father called the chapel a “liturgical classroom,” explaining that “It is as if during the liturgical action, the entire […]

Saints are Back in Style
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Saints are Back in Style

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This month is a momentous one for saints in the Catholic Church. After naming two new doctors of the church this past Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI will canonize seven new saints on Oct. 21. Among them are Marianne Cope, a Franciscan sister who founded hospitals in New York before nursing lepers in Hawaii, and Kateri […]

Making a Mystic a Doctor of the Church
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Making a Mystic a Doctor of the Church

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With the October 7th announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will pronounce that 12th century German mystic St. Hildegard of Bingen is a doctor of the church—as well as announcing that same honor being bestowed upon St. John of Avila—there is a renewed interest in the understanding of “mysticism” with our church. The church’s history with mystics actually […]

Through the Year of Faith with the Catechism of the Catholic Church
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Through the Year of Faith with the Catechism of the Catholic Church

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The Year of Faith — Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 through Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013 — begins this week. Thursday will be the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council and the twentieth anniversary of the promulgation of the original Latin version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The Year of […]

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