Category Archives: Pope Benedict

Popes Clearly Say Who Can and Can’t Receive Communion

Reading the comments to John’s excellent post about Bishop Paprocki, I sense a kind of amnesia. So, for the record: There is already lots of clarity about communion and pro-abortion politicians. And, lest we let ourselves off the hook while  scorning those awful no-good pro-aborts, there is also lot of clarity about how maybe many of [...]

CV EXCLUSIVE: Pope Francis to Celebrate Clown Mass

THE VATICAN, April 1 — EXCLUSIVE to Catholic Vote, sources in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments have revealed that Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict will concelebrate a “clown Mass” this coming Easter Sunday. In a surprise move, Cardinal Burke has been tapped to serve as the archdeacon for [...]

Vatican II: A Great Gift to the Church

  I’m not a Vatican II scholar (I know, you’re shocked) but I’ve always had the notion that the Second Vatican Council was, all in all, a good thing. And I still do, but I don’t articulate why it was a good thing nearly as well as some other people do. I missed this article by George [...]

Pope Benedict’s Legacy

Father Thomas Reese, S.J., has an interesting and worthwhile article at the National Catholic Reporter on the legacy of Pope Benedict.  The piece is characterized first by an admirable generosity of spirit.  Fr. Reese explains that he had a rather serious and understandably distressing run in with the pope before he became pope: one of [...]

A 12 Days of Christmas Year in Review

What’s the best answer to Christmas sentimentality? The Christmas season liturgy. In the days that follow Christmas, the Church brings us the slaughter of innocents, the first martyr, and more. Christmas isn’t just sugarplum fairies and Santa Claus after all. It is good that the Church does this, because if you compare each day from [...]

The Pope Emeritus Responds to an Atheist

The National Catholic Register’s website has the full text of Pope emeritus Benedict’s letter in response to the Italian atheist, Piergiorgio Odifreddi.  Odifreddi had written a book –Dear Pope, I am Writing to You–which dealt critically with some of Benedict’s own writings, such as Jesus of Nazareth and Introduction to Christianity.  Odifreddi’s book came out in [...]

Mass in Middle Earth

I love my parish. Among other things, the liturgy is reverent and its music is truly beautiful. But I don’t usually appreciate these local blessings until I travel. Last weekend I visited Colorado. Since I needed to fly back home early Sunday morning, my friend and I caught a Saturday vigil Mass. The priest was [...]

Old, Good News

Usually, when Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The Daily Beast are giddy with excitement over something the Pope said about abortion, gay-marriage, or contraception, there’s either been a serious misunderstanding or the eschaton is near. For those who haven’t yet heard, America Magazine (and several other Jesuit publications worldwide) has just published a [...]

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Here are a couple of aids to reflection on this aspect of Catholic devotion to the mother of Our Lord. The Vatican website (which is a treasury of great materials) includes the text of Pope Benedict’s general audience on the Queenship of Mary [...]


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