Posts Tagged ‘Massimo Faggioli’

Benedict XVI: Penitential letter and the “question of guilt”

Thursday, February 17th, 2022
Benedict XVI

In the history of the papacy, Benedict XVI marks a caesura or a break, something quite ironic, given the fact that many traditionalist Catholics identify his pontificate with the “hermeneutics of continuity”. This caesura is not only tied to his decision in 2013 to voluntarily resign the papal office but even more so to the Read more

Church as field hospital or battlefield

Thursday, November 18th, 2021
Benedict XVI

Throughout history, there have been Church debates — either locally or with the powers at the Vatican — that have had far-reaching and long-term consequences on the lived and intellectual history of Catholicism. One of them, for instance, was the “Chinese rites” controversy in the 17thand 18thcenturies. This would influence the way the Church approached Read more

Devotionalism and ignorance threatens Church

Thursday, October 21st, 2021
Benedict XVI

The worldwide Catholic Church has now officially embarked on the “synodal process 2021-2023”. Pope Francis launched the project at the Vatican on October 10 with a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and bishops around the globe (though not all of them) inaugurated the process at the diocesan level the following Sunday with celebrations in their Read more

A Catholic battle not for the faint of heart

Thursday, October 14th, 2021
Benedict XVI

Pope Francis knows how to cause a stir with his statements. But even when the current Bishop of Rome says things that should not be newsworthy, they are objectively relevant in the context of the embattled Catholic Church of today. One example: the pope recently said that the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) shaped his theological Read more

The “synodal process” begins next month: is anything happening?

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

The Synod of Bishops’ secretariat has published and presented to the press the “Preparatory document” and “Vademecum” for the synodal process of 2021-2023 that Pope Francis has called for the universal Church. It is perhaps the most audacious project of his pontificate. The official launch of the synodal process will take place October 9-10 in Read more

Synodality and papal primacy

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
charismatic celebrities

“There’s a short path that is long, and a long path that is short”. In the third seasons of the Netflix series “Shtisel,” an eminent ultra-Orthodox rabbi who heads a yeshiva in Jerusalem offers that bit of sage advice to a star student who is dealing with a life-and-death decision. Short paths tend to become Read more

Mass myopia and coronavirus

Monday, March 23rd, 2020
charismatic celebrities

“Instead of watching Mass on the computer, why don’t we read from the Bible together?” That’s how our eight-year old daughter reacted last Sunday when we gathered to watch the celebration of Mass at home, where we’ve been self-quarantined since last week. From the mouths of babes… Our daughter is used to seeing me as Read more

Bishops Chaput, Cordileone and Strickland are ‘devout schismatics’

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Three US bishops are “devout schismatics” who try to diminish the authority of Pope Francis, says a Church historian. “They are devout in the sense that they publicly display their preference for a traditionalist Church and its devotions, such as the rosary. “They are schismatics because they openly promote the undermining of the bishop of Read more

Flirting with schism

Thursday, September 13th, 2018
charismatic celebrities

The publication of the “testimony” of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Vatican nuncio to the United States, is an unprecedented moment in modern church history—and not just because of his demand that Pope Francis resign. The eleven-page document, crafted and published by Viganò with the help of sympathetic Catholic journalists while the pope was Read more