Tag Archives: Pope Benedict XVI

Why Did Ratzinger REALLY Resign?

Boff has some ideas– summarized: I have a serious suspicion that …  the collapse of his theological structure took away his “necessary vigor of body and spirit” to the point, as he confesses, of “feeling incapable of exercising his ministry”. … Continue reading

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That ‘Vatican Owns Beretta’ Thing? Yeah, That, it Turns Out, is a Hoax

From Beretta (in comments on the previous post) «In relazione a notizie diffuse nei giorni scorsi circa la composizione dell’azionariato di Beretta Holding, la società smentisce nella maniera più ferma che IOR o società ad esso riconducibilisiano parte della compagine … Continue reading

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Did Pope Benedict Hint That He Was Going to Resign?

Candida Moss relates on FB that Scott Hahn reports- Back on April 29, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI did something rather striking, but which went largely unnoticed. He stopped off in Aquila, Italy, and visited the tomb of an obscure medieval … Continue reading

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The Pope Sounds Very Much Like Emil Brunner

“The defence of the family is about man himself. And it becomes clear that when God is denied, human dignity also disappears. Whoever defends God is defending man”, said Pope Benedict XVI Friday in his Christmas address to members of … Continue reading

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Jesus Was Born Before Jesus Was Born, Says Ratzinger

The entire Christian calendar is based on a miscalculation, the Pope has declared, as he claims in a new book that Jesus was born several years earlier than commonly believed. Jesus was born between 6 and 4 BC. So what’s … Continue reading

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Rahner and Ratzinger: Heretics

Supporters of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, founder of Society of St Pius X, branded the future Pope Benedict XVI and the late Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner “heretics” during the Second Vatican Council. A previously undiscovered letter written by Karl Rahner to … Continue reading

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Need an Indulgence For Your Sins from the Pope?

No need to hop in your time machine and go back to 1517.  Ratzinger is granting indulgences… again… Catholics who participate in events connected with the 2012-2013 Year of Faith can receive a special indulgence, the Vatican said.  Pope Benedict … Continue reading

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The Icky Bishop: Monsignor Bargallo

The Pope has accepted the resignation of an Argentine bishop after the publication of pictures showing him embracing a woman on a Mexican beach.  Bishop Fernando Bargallo, 57, was photographed in the sea, hugging a woman in a bikini.  He … Continue reading

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The Vatican Is As Corrupt as it Was in the 16th Century

We just haven’t known the depths of corruption until the floodgates opened from the inside- Pope Benedict XVI may have been hoping for some respite from the scandal which has engulfed his papacy, with a visit this weekend to Milan, … Continue reading

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Thirst for Power

The Pope will appoint 22 new cardinals in a lavish ceremony at the Vatican on Saturday, against a backdrop of leaks, back-stabbing and jostling for power in the Holy See. Apparently the wish-to-be-Cardinals haven’t read a little verse from the … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

From Archbishop Cranmer on the twitter (I’m fairly sure it isn’t the REAL Cranmer but who knows these days…) Rick Santorum is just a traditionalist Roman Catholic who happens to practise what Pope Benedict XVI preaches. Completely correct isn’t it? … Continue reading

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The Pope/Imam Fraud

Come on, be honest, you wouldn’t like it if some stupid clothing company wanted to make a point (a political point), regardless of its merits, by using a fake photo of you smacking on some total stranger.  Be fair.  It’s … Continue reading

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Kudos to the Pope For Putting the Smack Down on China’s Intolerance

Pope Benedict XVI urged loyal Catholics in China and Iraq to have courage in the face of persecution and limits on their religious freedom, as the largest number of pilgrims in a decade flocked to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem. Bombings … Continue reading

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Catholics, Condoms are Cool… Now…

I thought by the time I was 90 the Vatican would allow Catholics to use condoms to control unwanted pregnancies. Alas, I’m 50 and the Vatican is allowing Catholics to use condoms for the prevention of HIV – even among … Continue reading

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The Pope Has Reversed Longstanding Church Opinion

And now suggests that the use of condoms can be justified in some situations. Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that condoms can be justified for male prostitutes seeking to stop HIV, a stunning turnaround for a church … Continue reading

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The Pope: The Internet has Numbed Young People

Maybe.  Maybe not. The Vatican has had a mixed relationship with the Web.  Last year, executives from Google, Wikipedia, and Facebook coached Catholic bishops about Internet culture. Pope Benedict XVI also launched a YouTube channel, has encouraged priests to blog, and has … Continue reading

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The Gays in Spain Stay Mainly on the Protest Plane

Pope Benedict XVI strongly defended traditional families and the rights of the unborn Sunday, directly attacking Spanish laws that allow gay marriage, fast-track divorce and easier abortions as he dedicated Barcelona’s iconic church, the Sagrada Familia. It was the second … Continue reading

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Cardinal, You’re Wrong- London Isn’t The Third World

London’s fantastic! Landing at London’s Heathrow Airport is like arriving in a Third World country, a close confidant of Pope Benedict XVI said on the eve of a high-profile papal visit to Britain. Cardinal Walter Kasper also disparaged the Church … Continue reading

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