Joseph, Yesterday and Benedict, Today

Yesterday, Cardinal Ratzinger closed his very Christ-centered homily thusly:We live out our ministry in this way, as a gift of Christ to humanity! But at this time, above all, we pray with insistence to the Lord, so that after the great gift of Pope John Paul II, he again gives us a pastor according to his own heart, a pastor who guides us to knowledge in Christ, to his love and to true joy. Amen.Today, Pope Benedict XVI opened his papacy thusly:"I am consoled by the fact that the Lord … [Read more...]

I like this very much

From John Allen's 1999 profile.Ratzinger is also, by most accounts, genuinely pious. Those who have traveled with him tell stories of watching him steal away to pray the breviary. The liturgy is an abiding concern for him. Ratzinger raised eyebrows when he said in 1997 that the way Paul VI imposed the new Mass after Vatican II created a “tragic breach” in the tradition.“I am convinced that the crisis in the church that we are experiencing today is to a large extent due to the disintegration o … [Read more...]

Thoughts about the choice of name

All caged from NRO:BENEDICT [Peter Robinson] "Benedict," of course, comes from the Latin words for (loosely) "speaking well" and "speaking good to others." The new Holy Father, announcing that he cherishes words.ALASDAIR MCINTYRE [K. J. Lopez] said we needed a new St. Benedict. Maybe the new pope read After Virtue.I'll have to look into the Benedict line, and read more about it.An NRO reader sends this along, helpfully: Per your reader who asked about the significance of Benedict XV … [Read more...]

Benedict XVI – “To Work in the Fields of the Lord”

On the feastday of St. Leo IX, a German pope, another German pope.I like the name.The press is unhappy - Benedict indicates a more conservative bent, and folks in the press are speaking through their teeth as they bemoan the fact that the progressive agenda will not be moved on.John Allen is suggesting that Ratzinger took the name Benedict to indicate that his reign would not be a long one.I respect Allen enormously, but I think he's being a bit silly with that. There were too many … [Read more...]


After 1000 years, another German pope. And the next World Youth Day will be held in 116 days.In GERMANY.That Holy Spirit! What a prankster! :-) … [Read more...]

Ratzinger’s homily is impressive

I still don't think he's the next to wear the Shoes of the Fisherman, but it's an impressive homily. Hugh Hewitt has the whole thing here, you just have to scroll down abit.UPDATE: Mr. Hewitt starts off with a bang, today, discussing this sermon in more detail and linking to some related columns and articles. You'll want to stop off there. He is so particularly insightful while ruminating on the columns of EJ Dionne and Richard Cohen, that you really don't need to read anyone else. I don't … [Read more...]

Jaw-droppingly stupid and offensive

Dana over at North Shore Politics writes "although I am not even a practicing Catholic, I was offended by it."By what? This statement made this morning on ABC news:What our viewers will notice is that, among these 115 cardinals, who are wearing what looks like women's garb, that there are no women. That is something the next pope is going to have to address.Says Dana: I was disgusted by that. How disrespectful for one (thing) and pompous for another.I thought it was a stupid, … [Read more...]