Benedict’s Remarks on the “Vatileaks” Story

“Events in recent days regarding the Curia and my collaborators have brought sadness to my heart, though the firm conviction, that despite human weakness, despite difficulties and trials, the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit, and the Lord will never fail to give His aid in sustaining the Church on her journey. Nevertheless, some [Read More...]

Pope Benedict: Chicken Lover

PopeHens

This is making the rounds of teh Facebooks today, courtesy of the Humane Society: The quote comes from Peter Seewald’s second book-length interview with the Pope, God and the World. Our chickens have plenty of room and are treated like egg-laying royalty: lots of food and water and scratch, a nice coop with several laying [Read More...]

Gay Activist Attacks Pope Benedict UPDATED

Dan Savage really is a nasty little creep. After using his bully pulpit to call the Bible “bulls**t” and mock teenagers who quietly left his talk, he decided he liked all the extra attention he got for attacking religion. In his circumscribed little world, there is no good or bad press: just people paying attention [Read More...]

St. Hildegard of Bingen Named a Saint … Again

In some quarters, there’s this idea that Hildegard of Bingen is not really a saint, and that this is somehow PROOF! of the horrible awful sexism of the Church. Except that Hildegard IS a saint, and even has a feast day (September 17). The problem is that her cause was one of the earlier ones [Read More...]

The Nastiest LCWR Reaction Yet

This interview with Sister Brigid McDonald (no relation) of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet is a perfect snapshot of everything wrong with a certain strain of American religious life. The woman is alternately nasty, ignorant, arrogant, and contemptible. She’s a dissident, pro-abortion, pro-Occupy Wall Street shrew who spits venom at the Pope and [Read More...]

Anniversary of the Beatification of JP2

A year ago today, thousands lined up to pray before the remains of Pope John Paul II, whose coffin had been moved for his beatification. Later in the day, Pope Benedict XVI declared him to be among the blessed, saying: When Karol Wojtyła ascended to the throne of Peter, he brought with him a deep understanding [Read More...]

The Weekly Benedict eBooks

Jeff Miller–the Curt Jester–performs an excellent service for tech-lovin’ Catholics by compiling Pope Benedict’s various documents, speeches, and so on into both Kindle and standard epub format. You can find his archive here, and he usually updates them every week. For free! Cardinal Ratzinger’s writings were a key part of my return to the Church, [Read More...]

“God is dead, and we have killed him”

The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb by Holbein (Click to enlarge)

  “Descended into hell”—perhaps no other article of the Creed is as alien to our contemporary mode of thought as this one. And yet, does not this article, which, in the course of the Church year, is liturgically ordered to Holy Saturday and which is especially significant for us today, express in an eminent degree [Read More...]


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