Five reforms ideas for the Vatican Press Office

The recent media storm over Pope Benedict’s comments on condoms has exposed shortcomings in the way that the Vatican’s Press Office deals with the mainstream news media. Let me be clear: I’m not second-guessing the character or the intentions of people who serve the Holy Father. And unlike dissidents who agitate the Church to change her teachings, I fully support Pope Benedict XVI and the Ma... More

Pope Benedict XVI calls for worldwide prayer against abortion

The Pope wants your prayers to end abortion. Pope Benedict XVI has issued what Catholic pro-life advocates are calling “an unprecedented request” for prayers worldwide from all pro-life people against abortion. The Holy Father will begin Advent by celebrating a solemn “Vigil for all nascent human life” at St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday, November 27. And he’s not... More

Pope Benedict and the Sex Abuse Crisis: A History

While we have been busy debating the Health Care Reform, another outbreak of clerical sexual abuse scandals has come to light. While the scandals have rocked the Irish and German Church they have also swirled around the Vatican. The great John Allen has published a must read article detailing Pope Benedict’s history of dealing with the sexual abuse scandal. While Cardinal Ratzinger may have... More
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Truth AND Charity

I wanted to clarify something that I alluded to in my recent post on the American Life League. I want to draw a distinction between raising legitimate questions about Church organization like CCHD and other questions of Catholic identity and the way these questions are raised. If we have learned anything from the liberal wing of Catholicism we would know that the Church is not a democratic organiz... More

Sunday: Benedict in Brazil (Fifth & Final Day)

Today is Pope Benedict’s fifth and final day in Brazil, during which he will celebrate Mass at the famous shrine of Aparecida and inaugurate the fifth general conferences of Latin American and Caribbean bishops, before departing and flying back to the Vatican in the evening. Once again, this post will be updated and expanded throughout the day, so keep visiting. Thanks! NB: Complete roundup ... More

Saturday: Benedict in Brazil (Day Four)

Today, Pope Benedict continues his apostolic journey to Brazil for a fourth day, visiting a center for drug rehabilitation and then praying the rosary at the famous Shrine of Aparecida. Once again, this post will be updated and expanded throughout the day, so keep visiting! NB: Complete roundup of my coverage here, the best photos from the trip here. Highlights of Saturday’s papal itinerary ... More

Friday: Benedict in Brazil (Day Three)

Today, Pope Benedict continues his apostolic journey to Brazil for a third day, celebrating the canonization Mass of Brazil’s first native-born saint (Bl. Fr. Antonio Galvao) and then spending the night near the famous Shrine of Aparecida. Once again, this post will be updated and expanded throughout the day, so keep visiting! NB: Complete roundup of my coverage here, the best photos from th... More

Day Two: Benedict in Brazil

*Day Three Coverage HERE* Pope Benedict continues his sixth apostolic journey for the second day today. This is his first papal trip outside of Europe (excluding Turkey), traveling in the most populous Catholic country in the world, Brazil. Please stay tuned for complete coverage. NB: Complete roundup of coverage here, top photos of the trip here. Thursday’s papal itinerary (all times EST)... More

Day One: Benedict in Brazil

*Day Two Coverage HERE* Pope Benedict begins his sixth apostolic journey today, his first papal trip outside of Europe (excluding Turkey), to the most populous Catholic country in the world, Brazil. Please stay tuned for complete coverage. Today’s papal itinerary (all times EST):4:30 – Arrival at the International Airport of S?lt;/span> Paulo/Guarulhos.Welcome ceremony at the Internati... More

What to expect in Brazil (ongoing post including photos & video)

(this post is an alalgam of content gleaned from the PapaRatzingerForum for those especially interested in learning more about Pope Benedict’s trip to Brazil.) A few highlights of Pope Benedict’s trip to Brazil: Pope Benedict will pray in Portuguese during his visit Mass attendance of up to two million persons Two pope mobiles and three helicopters on-call 3200 journalists will be cov... More

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