Pope as Trump: He tells Slovak bishop, “You’re fired”

It doesn’t happen often, but it happened today, and NCR’s John Allen takes note: Pope Benedict XVI today added another name to the growing list of Catholic bishops fired on his watch, removing Archbishop Róbert Bezák of Trnava, Slovakia, from office. A 52-year-old member of the Redemptorist order, Bezák had served as archbishop of Trnava, [Read More...]

On SSPX: “The Pope is not going to give in…”

“The Pope hopes for reconciliation — that’s the Pope’s job. The ministry of Peter is above all to preserve the unity of the Church. So, apart from whatever personal interest Pope Benedict might have, he shares his concern with John Paul II. As you know, he has been involved in this from the beginning. The [Read More...]

Levada out, Muller in at CDF

Details: Anticipated for months, it’s finally official — at Roman Noon this Monday, the Pope named Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, accepting the retirement of Cardinal William Levada a year after the highest-ranking American in Vatican history reached the canonical age of 75. With the appointment of the [Read More...]

What, exactly, IS the magisterium?

If you think the magisterium is sitting for a class picture above, think again. Deacon Bill Ditewig returns to the blogosphere — yay! — with a new look for his blog, along with a fresh look at one of the most misunderstood terms in all Catholicism: If a quick survey of certain web sites is any [Read More...]

The next pope?

It’s a subject Vatican-watchers never tire of — and John Allen in NCR has another name to add to the list, Fernando Filoni, who now heads the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples but who also served as nuncio in Iraq as the 2003 war began : Filoni may not be a media star, but [Read More...]

Pope on Irish abuse crisis: “It remains a mystery”

“You are the heirs to a Church that has been a mighty force for good in the world, and which has given a profound and enduring love of Christ and his blessed Mother to many, many others. Your forebears in the Church in Ireland knew how to strive for holiness and constancy in their personal [Read More...]

Vatican proposes Personal Prelature for SSPX — UPDATED

The Holy See’s statement about yesterday’s meeting: “The purpose of the meeting was to present the Holy See’s evaluation of the text submitted in April by the Society of St. Pius X in response to the Doctrinal Preamble which the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith had presented to the Society on 14 September [Read More...]

Changes ahead for Vatican communications office

Time and technology are changing the way Rome communicates with the world — and this summer will see a radical shift. Details from CNS: Vatican Radio will end its short- and medium-wave broadcasts to Europe and North and South America July 1, and a month later the Vatican press office will close the Vatican Information [Read More...]

Benedict on loving your neighbor at the airport

“In airports, you have daily contact with a great many men and women who work in an environment marked by continuous mobility and constant technological development, both of which tend to obscure the centrality of the human person. Often more attention is paid to efficiency and productivity than to the love of neighbour and the [Read More...]

Benedict celebrates Corpus Christi

You can read his homily for the occasion here.  And see him in action below. [Read more...]


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