Posts Tagged ‘Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI’

Benedict XVI had three COVID-19 vaccine doses ‘out of conviction’

Monday, December 6th, 2021

Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said that both he and Benedict XVI have received three COVID-19 vaccine doses “out of conviction.” The pope emeritus’ private secretary made the remark in a nine-page interview in the December edition of the German publication Vatican-magazin. The Vatican began administering doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine in January and confirmed in Read more

Pope Francis pulls off the Band-Aid

Monday, July 19th, 2021
Old Latin Mass

Pope Francis is a patient pastor. Until he isn’t. His new apostolic letter, Traditionis Custodes, in which Francis communicates “the firm decision to abrogate all the norms, instructions, permissions and customs that precede the present [document] and declare that the liturgical books promulgated by the saintly Pontiffs Paul VI and John Paul II … constitute Read more

Angry Benedict: There is only one Pope

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
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Thumping the armrest of his chair, Emeritis Pope, Benedict XVI smacked down conservative Catholics who failed to accept the legitimacy of Pope Francis. Benedict called the conservative Catholics “fanatics”. Some hardline conservatives Catholics are unhappy with Pope Francis and have often voiced doubts about whether Benedict stepped down willingly. “Some of my more fanatical friends Read more

US bishops ‘ethically unhelpful’ and ‘pastorally dangerous’

Thursday, March 4th, 2021
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“Pastorally dangerous” and “unhelpful” is how South African ethicist Anthony Egan SJ is labelling the Archdiocese of New Orleans claim the Johnson & Johnson Covid Vaccine is “morally compromised”. He made the claims in America Magazine. Egan’s irritation is that just one day before the US Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorisation to a Read more

Former pope reported as extremely frail

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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Emeritus Pope Benedict’s papal biographer, Peter Seewald says the former pope as “extremely frail”. Seewald’s comments are reported in the Monday edition of the German Passauer Neue Presse. He visited the former pope in Rome on Saturday to present him with his biography. Benedict, 93, reportedly became ill after visiting his sick brother in Germany Read more

Retired Pope Benedict follows his brother’s funeral virtually

Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Retired Pope Benedict XVI followed the funeral of his brother, Georg Ratzinger, via livestreaming, reported the German Catholic news agency KNA. Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg said Pope Benedict, 93, was connected to the Mass taking place for his older brother July 8 in the Regensburg Cathedral. Msgr. Georg Ratzinger died on July 1 at Read more

Emeritus Pope visits seriously ill brother in Germany

Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, 93, left the Vatican for the first time last week since his 2013 resignation. Benedict went to visit his older seriously ill brother, Msgr Georg Ratzinger who is being cared for in his home. The Vatican says the Emeritus Pope’s visit was “purely private” and he would stay in the Bavarian Read more

Benedict XVI said he would remain hidden from the world

Monday, May 11th, 2020
fragile benedict

Loud headlines in both the religious and secular press last week repeated a trope that has become familiar over the past few years: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was speaking out in dramatic ways. Benedict was quoted as saying that the church is threatened by “a worldwide dictatorship of seemingly humanist ideologies,” using same-sex marriage, abortion Read more

The shadow pontificate is drawing to a close

Monday, February 10th, 2020
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It was only a matter of time. Pope Francis has finally lost his patience and gotten rid of Archbishop Georg Ganswein as prefect of the Papal Household. According to the German weekly, Die Tagespost, the pope put the 63-year-old on “indefinite administrative leave.” He did so, the paper said, because of the German prefect’s involvement Read more

Archbishop Gänswein – change of duties downplayed at Vatican

Monday, February 10th, 2020

The Vatican is saying little about a change in duties for Archbishop Gänswein. The Holy See Press Office says the long-time secretary of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has had his duties as prefect of the papal household “reallocated to others”. It is downplaying 63-year-old Georg Gänswein’s absence from several papal audiences over the past few Read more