“Love alone makes us happy”

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Benedict on Love, from his Sunday, 7 June 2009 Angelus message, because I miss his voice: [Jesus] revealed to us that God is love “not in the oneness of a single Person, but in the Trinity of one substance” (Preface). He is the Creator and merciful Father; he is the Only-Begotten Son, eternal Wisdom incarnate, who [Read More...]

Francis and Benedict, Peter and John

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I’m fortunate to have read Pope Francis’ interview before reading any of the fooforaw. Reading him cold, I saw not a single thing out of line with the papacy of Benedict XVI, which is why I was surprised at all the gnashing of teeth going on about a few words taken out of context by the [Read More...]

Kindle Deal on Tracy Rowland’s Book on Ratzinger

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Just a quick post to point you at this: Ratzinger’s Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI by Tracy Rowland, which is on sale for $2, rather than the usual $15. I’m reading it for a class on the theology of Ratzinger/Benedict, and it’s very good, even though the Neo-Scholastics get beat up a bit. Here’s the [Read More...]

Benedict is Fading UPDATED Fr. Lombardi Denies

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Damian Thompson writes what we all suspected: our beloved Benedict XVI is fading fast. In the video with Francis, he appeared very frail and, in my opinion, nearly blind. Here’s what Thompson writes: I think all of us were distressed by the fragility of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when we saw him greet his successor, [Read More...]

Press F1 For Help: Thoughts on Francis

The Conclave Of Cardinals Have Elected A New Pope To Lead The World's Catholics

On a computer keyboard, the F1 key is used to get help. An F1 is also the fastest car on the race track: it holds the road tightly but corners quickly. (Memo to pedants: I know he won’t be “Pope Francis I” until there’s a Francis II. Duly noted. Now go bother someone who says [Read More...]

The Pope of Social Media

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Something I wrote for the March 10 issue of OSV. Dated now, but perhaps still interesting.   On December 12, 2012 (12/12/12) Pope Benedict XVI did what no other pope had ever done: he used Twitter. Not only that, but he mastered the medium on this first try with a Tweet that was exactly 140 [Read More...]

Benedict, Dante, and Chickens

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You cannot leave one place without entering another. Yesterday was a day of beginnings and endings. As I watched papa Bene recede from the balcony of Castelgandolfo, I realized it was possible I’d never see him again in this world. There’s sadness in that, but as some of my fellow Catholic bloggers and I kicked around our [Read More...]

The Ring of The Fisherman

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Today will be a day of “lasts.” Overnight, people held a candlelight vigil to mark Benedict’s last night sleeping in the papal quarters. This morning, he had an audience with the cardinals who would normally have gathered to pay their last respects and bury him. Instead, they each wished him well, and then will turn [Read More...]


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