Benedict’s Last Papal Audience: What is the Church?

Pope Benedict gave his last Audience today. As you can see, Piazza San Pietro was packed. In his address, he gave a quick discussion about the nature of the Church when he described the response to his resignation.At this point I would like to offer heartfelt thanks to all the many people throughout the whole world, who, in recent weeks have sent me moving tokens of concern, friendship and prayer. Yes, the Pope is never alone: now I experience this [truth] again in a way so great as to touch … [Read more...]

B16: No more church of what’s-happenin’-now.

I continue in my belief that Benedict's decision to resign is a momentous time of reform and readying the Church for the modern age. Last week, B16 addressed the Roman clergy and gave informal remarks reflecting on Vatican II. They were in many ways a reiteration of his 2005 Address to the Roman Curia...which most of us didn't notice.The fact that he chose now to hit the same theme suggests that it's important and tied to the legacy of his papacy. I've got an article on it here at National … [Read more...]

Benedict’s Resignation – Bringing the Church into the Modern Age

So, here's my two cents about B16's resignation. In a piece in the Washington Times today, I maintain that this is part of John Paul II and Benedict's vision for the future of the Church. You can read the piece here.Additionally, I think it's important to note that Benedict will be remembered for influencing two consistories conclaves. The last with his homily on the dictatorship of relativism and this with his extremely clear signals as to what the leadership of the Church should look … [Read more...]