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...]

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...]

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...]


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