The Future Church According to Benedict

I’ve run these poetic and prophetic words from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger’s Faith and the Future before, but today yet another survey has people fretting about the future of the faith. Don’t. We’ve known this future was coming for decades. Now we just have to do the work of sustaining vibrant faith communities to see us through the coming trials [Read More...]

Pope Benedict, Creation, and Biblical Criticism

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My paper “The Word in Creation: The Ratzingerian Critique of the Historical-Critical Method and Its Application to the Creation Accounts” is up at Homiletic and Pastoral Review. Two of my preoccupations during my master’s studies were Creation (particularly the Augustinian understanding of Genesis) and the theology of Pope Benedict. This paper was where the two converged thanks to [Read More...]

Understanding the Washing of the Feet

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One of the most striking traditions of Holy Week is the washing of the feet at Holy Thursday mass. Once again, we are reenacting something Christ himself commanded us to do, and the somewhat awkward and uncomfortable way the tradition is performed at many modern masses does nothing to undercut the potent symbolism of the [Read More...]

The Three Pillars of Lent

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We meet again, Lent, my old foe. This time I will have you! I joke. I love Lent, at least since I’ve learned to meet it not as my Everest to be conquered, but as 40 days in the desert with Christ. That’s a pretty tall order to fill, and our forebears in the faith [Read More...]

Bobble Benny Joins the Team

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WonderPope powers activate! Form of: an encyclical! Maybe I’ll miss him a little less now that he’s standing vigil over my workspace with Padre Pio, Pope Innocent III, St. Dymphna, and the rest of the Superhero Wonder Team.   [Read more...]

Benedict: The Liturgy as a Game

Reading Ratzinger’s Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy, this passage from Spirit of the Liturgy struck me again as a fascinating analogy (re-paragraphed for ease of reading): What is the liturgy? What happens during the liturgy? What kind of reality do we encounter here? In the 1920s the suggestion was made that we should understand the liturgy [Read More...]

Look What I Got in The Mail!

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  It’s beautiful and big and mine mine mine! This is me: It leads with the complete text of his central work on the topic, Spirit of the Liturgy, and then collects all his papers and homilies on the liturgy in several sections: Typos–Mysterium–Sacramentum, Celebration of the Eucharist, Theology of Church Music, and Further Perspectives. [Read More...]

Huzzah! Ratzinger’s “Opera Omnia” Is Coming This Month!

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Well, the first volume, at least. The English translation is being published by Ignatius Press, and should be out by the end of April. The title is Collected Works: Theology of the Liturgy. Here’s the official line: This major volume is a collection of the writings of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) on the [Read More...]


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