Tag Archives: Benedict XVI

In and out of the cafeteria

Father Dwight Longenecker writes some very sharp commentaries. His most recent is not one of them. It is, alas, pretty stupid. Fr. Longenecker says that “with Pope Francis the cafeteria Catholics are the conservatives,” but the equivalence is entirely false. Let’s start by understanding what we mean by “cafeteria catholic.” That term is an established […]

The foothills of sedevacantism

Elsewhere, it was suggested that priests ordained in the postconciliar Rite of Ordination might need be “conditionally [re-]ordained (ordained in the Traditional Rite), taking the Oath against modernism … Were they ordained in the true Traditional Rite or the new rite? It makes a world of difference as the form (words) were completely changed in […]

Vere habuimus papam: Benedictus XVI, MMV-MMXIII

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace:Quia viderunt oculi mei salutare tuumQuod parasti ante faciem omnium populorum:Lumen ad revelationem gentium, et gloriam plebis tuae Israel.

Still no red hat for +Nichols

This is just fascinating. The Holy Father will create six new cardinals in a consistory to be held in a month. This will be the third consistory in which Westminster’s Archbishop, Vincent Nichols, has been passed over. Interesting. +Nichols has now been in the post for three and a half years; to give some context, Nichols’ precedessor, […]

The place of the Curia

John Allen reports that the Vatican is being rocked by another bout of administrative turmoil. Calls for change in NCR’s comment section are less “dog bites man” than “man breathes air,” but in this case, as I’ve argued before, I think that the calls are well-taken, although I suspect that I and they have quite […]

An open letter to Prof. Swidler

Dear Len, I may call you Len, right? (Since you addressed the Holy Father by a familiar diminutive of his birth name in a public letter, I shall consider formality to be ceded ground.) Anyway, your letter has some problems. I’m just going to get out The Red Pen—as a professor, I’m sure you’re familiar […]

Milestones

The Holy Father turns 85 today; three days hence, on April 19th, he will begin the eighth year of his pontificate. ℣. Oremus pro pontifice nostro Benedicto XVI, qui hodie LXXXV est! ℟. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. ℣. Fiat […]

Chrism Mass homily

Pope Benedict’s homily from the  Holy Thursday Chrism Mass is especially worth reading.

The Holy Father’s Epiphany homily

It’s well worth a read. He paints an image of the Mass as a participation of a great journey, a procession, a pilgrimage, one that was begun by the Magi and which continues throughout history: The journey of the wise men from the East is, for the liturgy, just the beginning of a great procession […]

Teaching and governing

On the one hand, I think Hatcave prefect Marc Cardinal Ouellet is right that we need bishops not just apostolic administrators (to misappropriate the latter term)—shepherds who will be evangelists in the public square, theologians and apologists not merely canon lawyers hiding in (or, worse yet, behind) their chanceries. On the other hand, however, I found myself […]