Benedict found out about gay lobby

His memoirs say he managed to “break up this power group”

The following comes from a July 1 story on Reuters. Former Pope Benedict says in his memoirs that no-one pressured him to resign but alleges that a "gay lobby" in the Vatican had tried to influence decisions, a leading Italian newspaper reported on Friday. The book, called The Last Conversations, is the first time in history that a former pope judges his own pontificate … [Read more...]

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Paul Ryan, Catholic

How the possible future Speaker of the House implements Catholic social teaching

The following comes from an October 21 Catholic Vote article by Tom Hoopes: Now that Paul Ryan is willing to run (reluctantly) for Speaker of the House, his record is being pored over. For my part, I looked over his visit to Benedictine College as commencement speaker two years ago, when he was fresh from his campaign for Vice President. Here is some of what he … [Read more...]

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Fish eaters no more

Animal rights activist says being Catholic means being vegetarian

The following comes from a July 10 LA Times article by Bruce Friedrich. Friedrich is director of policy for Farm Sanctuary, a national farm animal protection organization that runs two farm animal shelters in California. Does Catholicism require opposition to animal cruelty, including industrial farming? For two years I taught social studies at an inner-city high school; … [Read more...]

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Benedict XVI’s letter to atheist

The following comes from a Nov. 26, 2013 article in the National Catholic Register. It appeared as a link in the Feb. 12 California Catholic story, Benedict, a year on. Exclusive to the Register, we publish below the first English translation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s letter to the militant Italian atheist, Piergiorgio Odifreddi. In September, the Italian newspaper … [Read more...]

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Benedict, a year on

The following comes from a Feb. 11 posting on Whispers in the Loggia. Since stepping away, the now Pope-emeritus has broadly held to his plan for his retirement to be spent "hidden from the world." From his base in the former Mater Ecclesiae convent in the Vatican Gardens, Benedict – who'll be 87 in April – is said to spend his days with the books he once called his "old … [Read more...]

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AB Cordileone to introduce Benedict XVI Institute on Epiphany Sunday

The following comes from a Dec. 28 posting on the John Malloy blogspot. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will celebrate Epiphany Vespers and introduce the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship on Sunday January 5: Epiphany Vespers with Archbishop Cordileone January 5, 2014 (4PM) St Sebastian’s Catholic Church 373 Bon Air Rd, San Rafael, CA … [Read more...]

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Catholics see rise in number of seminarians

The following comes from a Sept. 24 story on Religion News Service. After decades of glum trends — fewer priests, fewer parishes — the Catholic Church in the United States has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate level seminaries, the main pipeline to the priesthood, than in nearly two decades. This year’s tally of 3,694 graduate theology … [Read more...]

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