Pope Benedict XVI

Francis vs. the Deep Church

BY MICHAEL WARREN DAVIS, MARCH 12, 2020 Does the Vatican have a General Directorate for Personnel? This is, perhaps, the most boring question ever posed by a writer in Crisis Magazine. And yet, as we fumble for an answer, we also come a little closer to understanding one of the most confounding... read more

Is the Pope Catholic?

What Francis hath wrought. by Robert Royal, Claremont Review of Books, Winter 2019 Even when, as at present, the Catholic Church exercises very little direct political or social power, its continued witness to the world after two millennia retains a compelling grandeur. Empires rise and... read more

Cardinal Sarah Calls For End to ‘Sterile Controversy’ Over Celibacy Book

The Vatican cardinal urges the faithful to cease discussing ‘ridiculous side issues’ over the book and to read the ‘essential question’ it covers instead. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, January 27, 2020 Cardinal Robert Sarah has given a robust defense of his and... read more

THE TWO POPES: BALONEY, BRILLIANTLY ACTED

by George Weigel, First Things, January 15, 2020 I first met Pope Emeritus Benedict in June 1988; over the next three decades, I’ve enjoyed many lengthy conversations and interviews with him, including a bracing discussion covering many topics last October 19. I first met Pope Francis in... read more

Cardinal Sarah letters prove Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI knowingly collaborated on celibacy book.

By Nicole Winfield, Crux, January 14, 2020 ROME - The Vatican cardinal who co-authored a bombshell book with Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI reaffirming priestly celibacy on Tuesday strongly denied he manipulated the retired pope into publishing. Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, who heads the... read more

In surprise, Benedict openly defends clerical celibacy as Francis considers married priests

By Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter, January 12, 2020VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI has coauthored a new book defending the Catholic Church's practice of a celibate priesthood, in a shocking move that comes as Pope Francis is considering the possibility of allowing older,... read more

Fundamental Transformation of a Nation, Culture: The Decade in Review

Fundamental Transformation of a Nation, Culture: The Decade in Review COMMENTARY: The 2010s, the Decade of the Dictatorship of Relativism By Paul Kengor, January 7, 2019 “We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” declared a confident Barack... read more
Mary, Mother of the Church

Fatima to Vatican II: Mary, ‘Mother of the Church’ and Our Loving Mother

Called to be the God-bearer, Mother to the Head of the Church, Mary was commissioned and called implicitly to be mother of every member born of the virginal womb of the Church in baptism. By Matthew Tsakanikas, Catholic World Reporter, December 21, 2019 The title of Mary, “Mother of the... read more

“The Spirit of the Liturgy” at Twenty

David G Bonagura, Jr., December 11, 2019 Of Joseph Ratzinger’s three great works – The Spirit of the Liturgy [1], Introduction to Christianity [2], and Jesus of Nazareth [3] – the first is by far the most influential. Now in its twentieth year, we can take measure of The Spirit of the... read more

MARRIED PRIESTS? YES, BUT IN PERFECT CONTINENCE. THE LESSON OF THE CHURCH’S FIRST CENTURIES

By Sandro Magister, 11/14/19 Thomas Michelet, a Dominican, teaches theology in Rome at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, “Angelicum.” He did not take part in the synod for the Amazon, but he followed its discussions, in particular on the ordination of married men to the... read more

Cardinal Sarah’s Guide to the New Counter-Reformation

Michael Warren Davis, Crisis Magazine, November 4, 2019 In 1577, St. John of the Cross was taken prisoner by a group of Carmelites from Toledo who were opposed to the reforms of the Order he was undertaking with St. Teresa of Ávila. For eight or nine months, he was held in a six-by-ten-foot... read more
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