Two Popes, One leader

From the National Catholic Register. Very well-worth reading.The new name fit John Paul’s larger-than-life presence. He was, in one iconic description, the "spark that flew forth from Poland to set fire to the whole world." He rallied huge crowds of people as a bishop in Poland, and as Pope. In the images we remember, he is often driving through a sea of people in his popemobile, or standing in front of an ocean of faces with his arms raised.Pope Benedict XVI’s name also fits his very dif … [Read more...]

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Darkness and Light and Who wins in the end

I like this post from Wittingshire, on darkness...and this little article about what Benedict XVI has to say about it. … [Read more...]

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The Papal Catch-22 and Women’s Ordination

I hardly ever post someone else's blogpost in its entirety, but this is too good not to. From Ignatius Insight. For those who don't quite understand why the pope can't just "change" things, read it all and get a load of that last graph.The Associated Press is running a story on Pope Benedict XVI's homily at St. John Lateran, where he was "installed as Bishop of Rome."The story reports that Benedict XVI "will stick to Pope John Paul II's unwavering stands against abortion and … [Read more...]

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Spinning the Jesuits and Benedict XVI

I like Jesuits - my husband was educated by them. I like America Magazine, even though it sometimes irks me when it seems to me to be dancing upon a thin wire of near-dissent.But this story is trying very hard to suggest that the editor of America Magazine, Rev. Reese, is being forced out of his job by the new pope. They can't quite pull it off, as they are bound to report that the impetus for his resignation has less to do with Rome and more to do with the fact that Bishops right here in … [Read more...]

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What if the liberal Catholics got what they wanted?

More on this subject which seems to be everywhere today. This is from Fr. James V. Schall, SJ:The first consequence would be that anyone with a half a mind will realize that the Church has contradicted its own solemnly sworn and defined principles. In other words, on its own grounds, it is not worth believing. It has rejected its one claim to credibility, that is, its adherence to the stated deposit of faith and the teachings that flowed from this. In fact, it now agrees that what was wrong … [Read more...]

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Tina Brown: Our Lady of the Air Kiss

I don't know when I have read a snottier, snobbier, more relentlessly superficial, arrogant and bigoted piece of dreck than Tina Brown's latest column in the Washington Post, Reverence Gone Up In Smoke.Sigh...what a disappointment for Tina and her pals - amid all of that glorious color and pomp of a papal funeral and a conclave, the solemn beauty of the chant, the whole mystical and mysterious sense of Other - they'd become attracted, mildly so, but attracted, nevertheless, to the whole … [Read more...]

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Benedict and the Death Penalty

Surprise!New Pope Benedict XVI was instrumental in revising Catholic Church teachings on death penaltyThe 1992 Catechism said that governments had the right to inflict penalties in keeping with crimes, including the death penalty, “in cases of extreme gravity.” But it added that if non-lethal methods of punishment “suffice to defend human lives against aggressors and protect public order and the security of people, authorities should use these means, because they better conform to the concr … [Read more...]

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To defeat the church, foment hatred of Benedict

Jonah Goldberg makes an excellent point:But my guess is that won't be happening any time soon, and not just because Ratzinger's the new pope. Some believe there is a radical left wing in the Catholic Church that seeks to unravel the teachings of John Paul II, but this is an exaggeration of the Western - particularly, the American - press. The notion that you could find any cardinal eager to change church policy on abortion, for example, is simply a fantasy concocted by liberal journalists. … [Read more...]

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Heartening homily of those willing to hear it

Benedict XVI's first homily as pope is a good opportunity for those who are certain the world is ending to take heart.He specified some of the top priorities of his papacy: the promotion of the unity of Christians and a commitment to ecumenism, the continued dialogue with other religions and the fulfillment of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.Speaking in Latin, as is customary, in the brightly frescoed Sistine Chapel, where he was elected only a day before, the former Cardinal … [Read more...]

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No Honeymoon for Benedict XVI

It seems a shame, really. The man hadn't been pope for two hours when the lefty blogs went (literally) profane and disgraceful (and - of course - adolescent) and the press was hardlining their memes and caricatures of him.Benedict XVI, it seems, is a relentless and remorseless hard-ass who takes-no-prisoners and wields a clumsy and undiplomatic sword, cutting a path of hard-hearted destruction no matter where he goes, and he will be a disaster for the church, and oppressor of women, gays, … [Read more...]

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