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What Benedict’s new book is REALLY about

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“As I read Light of the World, I was continually struck by the way in which abandonment of the self to God’s will underlies so much of what Pope Benedict says. I think those puzzled by him, who try to […]

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Pope to journos: “Proclaim the Good News”

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Details: On Friday Pope Benedict XVI urged Catholic journalists to “courageously serve the truth, presenting the reasons for faith beyond ideological visions”. He was speaking to a group of editors and reporters from the Italian Federation Catholic Weeklies. In his […]

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“The pope smiled”

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“In the book’s German and English editions, the text cited the example of a male prostitute, implying homosexual sex, in which a condom would not be a form of contraception. The church opposes contraception on the grounds that every sexual […]

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Vatican spokesman: condom issue relates to heterosexuals, too — UPDATED

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The clarification has been clarified even further: The Pope’s landmark acknowledgement that the use of condoms is sometimes morally justifiable to stop Aids is valid not only for gay male prostitutes, but also for heterosexuals, according to the Vatican. The […]

On condoms: “Evolution, not revolution”

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That’s one reaction to the weekend’s headline-grabbing news. From the Christian Science Monitor: Vatican officials are insisting that Pope Benedict’s new remarks on condoms are not a change in church teaching on contraception. But initial reaction in Europe and among […]

Pope: “I am not opposed in principle to Communion in the hand…”

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Another nugget from the new book of interviews with Benedict: Pope Benedict has said in a new book that he is not opposed to the practice of receiving Communion in the hand. However he goes on to explain that he […]

As expected, here’s the “clarification” …

posted by jmcgee

… from Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, about the whole condom thingy: Pope Benedict states that AIDs cannot be solved only by the distribution of condoms, and, in fact, concentrating on condoms just trivializes sexuality, which loses its meaning as […]

Behind the condom controversy

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Over at America magazine’s blog, Austin Iverleigh has some intriguing background and analysis about the pope/condom story: The point argued by moral theologians was always this. The Church is opposed to artificial contraception, not condoms per se. Just as, in […]

In other pope news…

posted by jmcgee

Seems AP buried the lead.  Here’s the really interesting stuff.  From AP’s report on the new book about the pope, you’ll find this in the last two paragraphs: In the book, Benedict also offers insights into his private life, saying […]

Report: pope says condoms acceptable “in certain cases” — UPDATED

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Don’t be surprised if the Vatican begins “clarifying” these remarks soon. But here’s what’s being reported at this hour: Pope Benedict XVI says that condom use is acceptable “in certain cases”, notably “to reduce the risk of infection” with HIV, […]

Pope calls for health care for all

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This may raise a few eyebrows. Details: Pope Benedict XVI and other church leaders said it was the moral responsibility of nations to guarantee access to health care for all of their citizens, regardless of social and economic status or […]

Let’s play Pope-opoly!

posted by jmcgee

A board game based on a pope? Yep: Poles have a new way to remember the late Pope John Paul II: a board game that celebrates the Polish-born pontiff’s extensive travels. Marek Oczkowski, head of the Polish Board Games publisher, […]

“The history of salvation is not mythology, but history”

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The prolific pontiff has unexpectedly issued a lengthy, major document on scripture, which biblical scholars will certainly be poring over: Pope Benedict XVI has issued a lofty and impassioned plea for everyone in the Church to rediscover the Bible and […]

Pope to cardinals: let’s talk

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And they will have lots to talk about when they gather in Rome later this month: On the eve of the consistory to create 24 new cardinals, the princes of the Church will examine the entry of Anglicans into full […]

Duck!

posted by jmcgee

Amazing video below (h/t Rocco) of the famous giant thurible at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Top speed: a reported 42 mph. You gotta see this to believe it.

Forbes names Pope the world’s 5th most powerful person

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Only 5th? Details: Pope Benedict XVI won the No. 5 spot in a list of the world’s most powerful people, one of only two religious leaders in Forbes magazine’s list of 68 influential men and women. Benedict was sandwiched between […]

Catholics and Anglicans may share churches

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Pope Benedict’s historic outreach to Anglicans continues to make history — and make waves: Anglicans who defect to Rome in protest at plans to ordain women bishops could be allowed to continue worshipping in their Church of England buildings, a […]

“I invite you to become saints…”

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“When I invite you to become saints, I am asking you not to be content with second best. I am asking you not to pursue one limited goal and ignore all the others. Having money makes it possible to be […]

Pope to youth: “Learn to love, truly to love, to learn the art of real love”

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The pope had some wise things to say to young people from Catholic Action during a question and answer session Saturday: After a question from a young woman of Catholic Action, Benedict XVI responded, “It is very important, I would […]

Pope Paul: “I am also a deacon…”

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“Last year when Pope Benedict XVI met with the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Rome, he recalled an incident that occurred at the Second Vatican Council. Each day when the council was in session, the Gospel was enthroned to […]

The UK’s “Benedict bounce”

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Nearly a month later, spiritual uplift in the country continues to bounce along.  From a British writer at Patheos: Since the pope’s mid-September visit here, there is a definite sense of English Catholics suddenly rediscovering their confidence (the Scots have […]

New Vatican evangelization office unveiled

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An important new Vatican office was announced today — but not without what might be considered an embarrassing hitch. Details: Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday outlined his most tangible initiative yet to try to revive Christianity, creating a Vatican office […]

“Your task, dear members of the Catholic press…”

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“My very dear brothers and sisters, whoever works in the media, if he does not wish to be “a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1) — as Saint Paul would say — must have well-rooted in himself […]

“These were a terrible four days for anti-Catholicism…”

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That’s just one of the sharp insights from this analysis of the papal UK trip from the Catholic Herald, courtesy Whispers: In Hyde Park, the Pope literally exposed the heart of the Catholic faith to crowds of thousands and a […]

It’s the ’60s, stupid

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Historian and theologian Fr. Mark Massa, S.J. has just written a new book called “The American Catholic Revolution: How the ’60s Changed the Church Forever,” and he gave an interview about it to the Religion News Service: Q: Why should […]

“Continuity has always been the papacy’s purpose…”

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This nails it: a sterling appreciation of the papal visit — and the papacy — from Ross Douthat: No doubt most of Britain’s five million Catholics do not believe exactly what Benedict believes and teaches. No doubt most of them […]

How did the pope play in Britain?

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The response appears to have been generally positive — but grudgingly so: British media Monday hailed Pope Benedict XVI for shedding his distant and authoritarian image on his historic state visit, but cautioned the Catholic Church still faced challenges in […]

“I express my deep sorrow…”

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“My thoughts go in a special way to all those who are spiritually united with this Eucharistic celebration, and in particular the sick, the elderly, the handicapped and those who suffer mentally and spiritually. Here too I think of the […]

“Religion is not a problem for legislators to solve…”

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“Religion, in other words, is not a problem for legislators to solve, but a vital contributor to the national conversation. In this light, I cannot but voice my concern at the increasing marginalization of religion, particularly of Christianity, that is […]

Benedict and Jesus: the official portrait

posted by jmcgee

H/T to Taylor Marshall, who posted the picture below, by Igor V. Babailov, entitled, “The Truth, the Way and the Life.” To my eye, this is a younger-looking Ratzinger than we’re accustomed to seeing in public. I haven’t been able […]

Benedict boost: mass attendance up in Isle of Man

posted by jmcgee

Some heartening news from across the pond: As Pope Benedict XVI begins his papal visit to the UK, Catholic congregations are reporting a rise in numbers in the Isle of Man. The increase is believed to coincide with both his […]

Did you miss the mass?

posted by jmcgee

Have no fear. Every night, the NET will offer a replay, along with special profiles, interviews and analysis — including some pithy insight from “Currents” contributor and uber blogger Rocco Palmo.  Visit this link and click on the tab on […]

Pope: “Have a care also for your deacons…”

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“Just as the Eucharist makes the Church, so the priesthood is central to the life of the Church. Engage yourselves personally in forming your priests as a body of men who inspire others to dedicate themselves completely to the service […]

“These revelations were a shock to me, a great sadness”

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Pope Benedict arrived in the United Kingdom — but not before making some news on the plane trip over (something that has almost become his custom): As Pope Benedict XVI arrived here Thursday for the first state visit to Britain […]

“Quite inexplicable”

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That’s how the Archbishop of Westminster is characterizing comments by Cardinal Walter Kasper, who earlier this week compared the UK to “Third World country.” (Perhaps not the best choice of words for the start of a papal trip…) From the […]

A prayer for the pope’s trip

posted by jmcgee

Heavenly Father, we give honor and praise to your name.  All power is from you and we thank you for the gift of your son, Jesus Christ, and for his sacrifice for us on Calvary. We humbly ask you to […]

Quran aftermath: Pope condemns violence against Christians

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He spoke about it at his general audience Wednesday…

Just what the world needed: the “Benedictaphone”

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Looking for a special way to remember the pope’s big trip to the United Kingdom this week? How about this little item: Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the Benedictaphone: a key ring/recording device to let you record the pontiff’s every word. […]

Pope trip: “Like going to Wembley to watch Bristol City play”

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The Beeb has a charming profile of one Catholic family eagerly awaiting the pope’s visit this week — all of them, converts: “It will be just like going to Wembley to watch Bristol City play, with the flags flying, but […]

Thanks for the tips! — UPDATED

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The chart above is raising eyebrows — and blood pressures — around the U.K. It’s supposed to make clear to secular event organizers just what is going on during the pope’s trip. But, as this article indicates, it’s causing a […]

Arrest the pope? Nope.

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A group that had planned to arrest Pope Benedict when he arrives on British soil has changed its mind: They met over tea and biscuits in a fifth-floor boardroom at New Scotland Yard, overlooked by portraits of the Queen and […]

Quote of the day II

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“The Catholic Church remains convinced that to encourage peace and understanding between peoples and people, it is urgently necessary that religions and their symbols be respected and that believers not be the object of provocations that wound their outlook and […]

Historic handshake: pope to meet a clergywoman for first time

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It will happen during his upcoming trip to the UK. From the Guardian: Pope Benedict’s arrival in Britain breaks new ground on many levels, with a state welcome from the Queen and the beatification of Cardinal Henry Newman. But buried […]

Trouble brewing over papal liturgies in UK?

posted by jmcgee

So says Brit blogger Damien Thompson: I don’t know what to make of persistent reports that the organisers of the papal Mass at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, have decided not decorate the altar with six candles. Can this really be true? […]

Pope may try to prevent stoning of Iranian woman

posted by jmcgee

This news broke mid-day and bears watching: Pope Benedict XVI is monitoring the case of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning and has not ruled out getting involved through diplomatic channels, the Vatican said Sunday. As he has […]

Stop the presses: is the pope’s media team ready for the UK?

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Pope Benedict will be wading into some choppy waters next month when he visits the UK. And The Guardian — printing an excerpt from The British Journalism Review — wonders if the pontiff’s media team is up to the challenge: […]

Out of Africa: the next pope?

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Anything is possible, with the Holy Spirit in charge. And a London paper takes a close look at one contender: When Pope Benedict XVI kicks off his four-day visit to the UK with a greeting from the Queen at Holyrood […]

Altar servers visit Rome — and most of them are girls

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John Allen has the scoop: According to an old Italian saying, only cani e americani move in Rome in August – dogs and Americans. The sweltering heat, however, did not deter an estimated 50,000 altar boys and girls, mostly but […]

Papal souvenirs go on sale in UK

posted by jmcgee

Looking for a little swag in advance of the pope’s trip to the United Kingdom? The store is open: Official memorabilia to mark Pope Benedict’s September visit to Britain went on sale this week with a Swarovski bracelet and baseball […]

The Priests set to sing for The Pope

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The Year for Priests may be over, but the melody lingers on: The Priests, a trio of clerics from Northern Ireland, are to headline a key event during Pope Benedict XVI’s state visit to the UK, performing in front of […]

Report: attempted ordination of women a “serious crime”

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While much attention has been focused on the Vatican’s new norms to cover clerical sex abuse — norms that are due out any day now — Catholic News Service reports that another item may also be covered: The Vatican is […]

Worth a thousand words, pallium edition

posted by jmcgee

Miami’s new archbishop, Thomas Wenski, fights back tears after receiving the pallium from Pope Benedict today at the Vatican. CNS has details. Also, Rome Reports has a video report, below.   

Curtain going up on new musical about John Paul

posted by jmcgee

Somehow, I don’t think we’ll be seeing this extravaganza on Broadway any time soon: Elvis Presley, Eva Peron, Buddy Holly have all had one. Now, so too, does Pope John Paul II: a musical dedicated to his life. Actually entitled […]

“We insistently beg forgiveness from God…”

posted by jmcgee

The big story of the day, out of the Vatican: Pope Benedict begged forgiveness from God and victims of child sexual abuse by priests on Friday and vowed that the Catholic Church would do everything in its power to ensure […]

Pope: celibacy stays

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The pontiff endorsed the discipline during the final hours of the Year for Priests. From Rome: Standing before more than 10,000 Roman Catholic priests, Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday strongly reaffirmed the Vatican’s commitment to priestly vows of celibacy, cutting […]

Quote of the day: “The church has a profound need to relearn penance…”

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“Attacks on the pope and the church come not only from outside the church, but the suffering of the church comes from inside the church, from sins that exist inside the church. This we have always known but today we […]

Report: Cardinal urges considering “quality” of gay relationships

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I can’t imagine this item will slip by without eliciting a lot of comment from the Vatican — and a few others: The head of the Austrian Church has launched an attack of one of the most senior cardinals in […]

Hanging out with the pope

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If you haven’t seen it yet, drop by my Beliefnet blog neighbor Rabbi Shumley and read his account of meeting Pope Benedict: Gary introduced me to the Pope warmly with my formal titles. I gave the Pope a special gift […]

Report: historic papal apology coming

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So says a leading newspaper in Great Britain. This, from The Independent: Pope Benedict XVI is planning to make the first general apology for the abuse of children and minors by Roman Catholic priests when he meets thousands of clergymen […]

SuBo to sing for B16?

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Reports indicate the Scottish singing sensation could well be warbling for the pontiff when he visits the U.K. later this year: The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland wants Susan Boyle to perform for Pope Benedict XVI during a visit to […]

For Earth Day: the pope on “God’s wondrous creation”

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“For some of us, it might seem like we have come to the end of the world! For people of your age, however, any flight is an exciting prospect. But for me, this one was somewhat daunting! Yet the views […]

The pope’s American lawyer

posted by jmcgee

With various legal cases pending against the pope and the Vatican in the United States, it would make sense for the pontiff to have his own lawyer in this country. Well, he does. From the Washington Post: This is a […]

Pope meets abuse victims in Malta — UPDATED

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Details are sketchy, but I expect we’ll learn more soon. From the BBC bulletin: Pope Benedict XVI has met alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests in Malta, saying the Church will do all in its power to punish abusers. […]

Benedict the Great?

posted by jmcgee

That idea may seem farfetched to some, especially now. But Ross Douthat argues that Benedict may be remembered by history for being a better pope than his celebrated predecessor: The last pope was a great man, but he was also […]

Benedict’s revenge?

posted by jmcgee

That’s how a London paper is characterizing his pick of Opus Dei bishop Jose Gomez to lead the Archdiocese of Los Angeles: Jose Gomez has been parachuted into the archdiocese of five million to try to lure the increasingly lapsing […]

“Knocked to our knees once again…”

posted by jmcgee

At mass this Palm Sunday, New York’s Archbishop had a few things to say about this week’s news — and was roundly applauded for it: Archbishop Timothy Dolan was greeted with applause after finishing Palm Sunday Mass by defending Pope […]

“I am truly sorry”

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“You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured. Your trust has been betrayed and your dignity has been violated. Many of you found that, when you were courageous […]

Bookmaker gives odds for papal resignation

posted by jmcgee

Yes, you read that right. Details: With the Catholic Church currently embroiled in a sex abuse scandal, leading online bookmaker PaddyPower.com has shortened its odds on Pope Benedict XVI resigning his papacy from 12/1 to 3/1. The Irish site stated […]

Vatican: DON’T blame it on celibacy

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Rome is using this day of rest to stir a debate that never seems to rest: The Vatican on Sunday denied that its celibacy requirement for priests was the root cause of the clerical sex abuse scandal convulsing the church […]

Meet one fan of Pius XII: “Just a Jewish kid from Queens”

posted by jmcgee

Pius XII has his boosters, and his critics. But he has at least one big fan from my own backyard — who also just happens to be Jewish: At home here on Long Island, he is Gary L. Krupp, medical […]

Petition protests papal visit to UK

posted by jmcgee

It seems some in Britain don’t want taxpayer money to pay for the pontiff’s upcoming trip to the UK: A petition protesting against Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain later this year is to be handed in to Downing Street […]

Fewer dioceses in Ireland?

posted by jmcgee

Evidently, that idea was floated during the recent meeting between the Irish bishops and the pope. From the BBC: Two of the Vatican’s most senior officials have raised the issue of reducing the number of dioceses in Ireland. The Bishop […]

Vatican will post war archives online

posted by jmcgee

This could make for some fascinating reading: The Vatican plans to make some of its World War II archives available on the Internet soon to calm down the controversy over Pope Pius XII’s actions during the Holocaust. The Vatican’s newspaper […]

Pope John Paul’s “instrument for perfecting himself”

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This has been reported before, but the details revealed today are raising a lot of eyebrows: Pope John Paul II always took penitence seriously, spending entire nights lying with his arms outstretched on the bare floor, fasting before ordaining priests […]

Agca goes free, declares “I am the Christ eternal”

posted by jmcgee

It happened this morning in Turkey: Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish man who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released from a Turkish prison on Monday proclaiming that he was “the Christ eternal” after serving jail […]

Here’s a pope quiz: how many are saints?

posted by jmcgee

Not as many as you may think — and David Gibson raises a few interesting issues in his New York Times piece: When Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree last month that nudged nearer to sainthood his controversial wartime predecessor, […]

“On this path, we can walk together…”

posted by jmcgee

” As Moses taught in the Shema (cf. Dt 6:5; Lev 19:34) – and as Jesus reaffirms in the Gospel (cf. Mk 12:19-31), all of the Commandments are summed up in the love of God and loving-kindness towards one’s neighbour. […]

The pope’s prayer for Haiti

posted by jmcgee

“God of all creation, as we weep with our family in Haiti, console us. In this time of crisis, open our eyes to look beyond the disaster to see Christ in our brothers and sisters in Haiti, as Christ sees […]

Over two million got a peek at the pope

posted by jmcgee

Benedict has what is probably the biggest pulpit in the world — and a lot of people reportedly got to see the pontiff in person: The Prefecture of the Pontifical House released statistics today detailing the estimated numbers of faithful […]

Defending Pius

posted by jmcgee

A Jewish writer and researcher is defending the now-venerable pope’s record on the Nazis: Growing up Jewish in Queens, I never dreamt I would be defending the man I once believed to be a Nazi sympathizer and an anti-Semite. But […]

Pope issues Motu Proprio on deacons — UPDATED

posted by jmcgee

The Vatican issued a Motu Proprio yesterday — and part of it dealt with the diaconate. From Catholic News Agency: According to J.D. Flynn, a canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of Denver, the new document clarifies the nature of a […]

Our green pope

posted by jmcgee

With world leaders talking climate change in Copenhagen, Pope Benedict is weighing in on the subject: Pope Benedict XVI called for urgent action to protect the environment, saying Tuesday that climate change and natural catastrophes threaten the rights to life, […]

I wonder if he visits Beliefnet

posted by jmcgee

Seems the Holy Father is web savvy: The president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, shared this week that the Holy Father has an appreciation for new developments in technology and is comfortable surfing the […]

Behind the music: making the pope’s new CD

posted by jmcgee

You’ve read the review. Now see how it was put together. Below, a brief promotional video for Pope Benedict’s new CD, Alma Mater.

Vatican Idol: the pope sings!

posted by jmcgee

The reviews are trickling in for Pope Benedict’s new CD, Alma Mater — the first album to feature a pontiff singing. The Holy Father may want to keep his day job. From the Times of London: The result is not […]

ET, phone Rome

posted by jmcgee

Because it looks like the Vatican is seriously pondering the possibility of life on other planets: If finding extraterrestrial life is like “a detective chase, a crime to be solved, we’re getting very close to the answer,” said Chris Impey, […]

On the new document about “Groups of Anglicans”

posted by jmcgee

More details are emerging on the Apostolic Constitution — and what it may mean for the celibate priesthood (not much, frankly): Former Anglicans entering the Catholic Church can preserve their liturgical traditions, married priests in some circumstances and even a […]

Anglican watch: Kung criticizes pope for “piracy of priests”

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One of the most famous — and infamous — Catholic theologians is not impressed with Pope Benedict’s overture to the Anglicans: Dissident theologian Father Hans Kung criticized Pope Benedict XVI for his recent opening to discontented Anglicans, charging the pope […]

Is Pope Benedict a closet liberal?

posted by jmcgee

That’s the question posed by my friend and former Beliefnetizen David Gibson in today’s Washington Post:  Thus far, Benedict’s papacy has been one of constant movement and change, the sort of dynamic that liberal Catholics — or Protestants — are […]

Pope to make first visit to Rome’s synagogue

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Benedict will become only the second pope to visit the synagogue — and the timing is more than mere coincidence:  Pope Benedict will make his first visit to Rome’s Jewish synagogue in January, the Vatican said Tuesday. Benedict, leader of the world’s 1.1 […]

“We know from our own broken marriage that hope is possible”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The pope has appointed a married couple — who admit they almost got divorced — to a high-ranking Vatican council.  Their unusual and inspiring story, from CNA: A married couple recently appointed by Pope Benedict to be consultors for the […]

Vatican greets Obama’s Nobel Prize “with appreciation”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The Vatican had warm words for the Nobel committee’s decision:  News that U.S. President Barack Obama had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was met with high hopes from the Vatican spokesman. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi told journalists Oct. 9 […]

Miguel Diaz meets the press

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The new U.S. envoy to the Vatican, Miguel Diaz, had his first sit-down with reporters on Monday, and stressed dialogue and “collaboration”: Stressing the priorities that he said the Obama administration has in common with the Vatican, Diaz sketched out […]

Welcome, Miguel

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

The pope greeted the new U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican today:   Welcoming the new U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI outlined wide areas of potential cooperation with the administration of President Barack Obama, but drew a sharp […]

“He was just a simple priest”: remembering the papal visit to Iowa in 1979

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

Incredibly, it’s been almost exactly 30 years since Pope John Paul II made his historic trip to America’s heartland, celebrating mass at a farm in Iowa.  (“We are all farmers,” he said at one point.)   Well, the spirit of […]

“Let love shine forth”

posted by Deacon Greg Kandra

“Love for Christ and for one’s fellow men and women must be the hallmark of every Christian and every community. In the Acts of the Apostles we read that “the company of those who believed were of one heart and […]

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