Caritas in Veritate 7

Just a bit of Pope Benedict XVI for a Monday morning palate cleanser: “Another important consideration is the common good. To love someone is to desire that person’s good and to take effective steps to secure it. Besides the good of the individual, there is a good that is linked to living in society: the [Read More…]

Benedict Hearts Francis

Yep. Love both these guys. In Benedict XVI’s own words, he sees “no breach anywhere” between his pontificate and that of his successor. “New accents yes, but no contradictions,” he told Seewald. “He is a man of practical reform. And that is the courage with which he addresses problems and searches for solutions. [Read more…]

All of Media History Re: the Church since 2005

With Benedict, the Right believed fantasies about him as the Great Rottweiler and the Left believed and feared the Right’s fantasies. With Francis, the Left believes fantasies about him as the Great Heretic Reformer and the Right believes and fears the Left’s fantasies. [Read more…]

Benedict on Creation

Christopher Dodson of the North Dakota Catholic Conference writes: After reading some of the attacks on Pope Francis for “straying” into the subject of climate change that his predecessor supposedly would not have touched, I recalled that I had once compiled a list of speeches and addresses about climate change made Pope Benedict and members [Read More…]

Benedict XVI on the Council

He is his typical insightful self: “There was the Council of the Fathers — the real Council — but there was also the Council of the media,” said Benedict in his valedictory to his priests. “It was almost a Council apart, and the world perceived the Council through the latter, through the media. Thus, the [Read More…]

More Proof of What a Liberal Disaster Pope Francis is

Here he is writing with naked approval of socialism: “Socialism took two main paths — the democratic and the totalitarian one. Democratic socialism became a healthy counterbalance to radically liberal positions in both existing models. It enriched and corrected them. It proved itself even when religious confessions took over. In England, it was the Catholic [Read More…]

Pope Benedict and the Logic of Gratuity

Here’s a nice little discussion of Pope  Benedict’s thinking from Fr. Barron: This touches, in an interesting way, on the discussions last week concerning libertarianism, as we well as on the two camps of Moral Theology, which tend to ask “What’s the least I have to do to make the cut?” vs. “How can I [Read More…]

Tod Worner Nails It

Loving Francis, Missing Benedict sums it up perfectly. I do not get the sort of mind that feels a perpetual itch to pit them against each other and demand we choose. The only sense I can make of it comes from Galatians: “Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, [Read More…]

Is Francis…

…building Benedict’s Church?  They certainly seem to be on the same page a lot. [Read more…]