Benedict XVI to break his silence

New book is "nearest to an autobiography" ever written by the pope emeritus

The following comes from an August 16 The Sacred Page post by Michael Barber: Indeed, it's official. Bloomsbury is announcing that Pope Benedict has a new book coming in November 2016, entitled, The Last Testament. The book is said to be the "nearest to an autobiography from the shy and private man who has remained 'hidden to the world' in a former convent in the Vatican … [Read more...]

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The age of sin against the Creator

Pope Francis tells Polish bishops Benedict XVI is right about gender ideology

The following comes from an August 2 La Stampa article by Domenico Agasso Jr.: The contents of Francis’ address to Polish bishops during World Youth Day in Krakow were released today. The closed-door meeting took place on 27 July in Krakow cathedral and the now former director of the Holy See press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi (he left his post two days ago), had described … [Read more...]

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Francis promotes Benedict

Lenten homilies from the past

Eight days ago Pope Francis promulgated a Homiletic Directory to reeducate the clergy of the whole world in preaching: Homiletic Directory And on Thursday February 19 he will dedicate precisely to the art of preaching the traditional meeting at the beginning of Lent with the priests of his diocese of Rome. Pope Francis cares deeply about the homily. In the agenda-setting … [Read more...]

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Sign of peace in current place maims Catholic teaching

Pomp, whistles, vocal affirmation, clapping, music

The following comes from a Dec. posting on Crisis magazine. At the request of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, a requisite inquiry into the timely appropriateness of the Latin Rite’s gesture of peace shared amongst the people during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass commenced almost a decade ago. The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments … [Read more...]

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The elusive Pope

Why I can’t get too upset

The following comes from an Oct. 5 posting by Father Mark Pilon of the Arlington (VA) diocese on LittlemoreTracts.com. The standard take on the new Pope seems to be that he is determined to shake up the Church  and create a new openness to the world.  He is, in his own subtle way, quite critical of the lack of openness in the Church as governed by his predecessors and seems … [Read more...]

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“Making space for silence”

Bombarded by words, images and sounds, we should not forget the need to be quiet sometimes, says Benedict XVI VATICAN CITY, 24 JAN 2012 (VIS) -- Today's Feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of journalists, marks the World Day of Social Communications, and the Holy Father's Message for the Day, entitled: "Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization" was made public this … [Read more...]

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“Grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness”

In remarks to US bishops, Pope Benedict warns of growing menace, underscores ‘need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laity’ VATICAN CITY, 19 JAN 2012 (VIS) -- Today in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received a group of prelates from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (Regions 4 and 6) at the end of their "ad limina" visit. Extracts from his … [Read more...]

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