Posts Tagged ‘Pope Benedict XVI’

Documentary says Benedict XVI’s secretary tried to convince him not to resign

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

A documentary being released on Benedict XVI’s 94th birthday states that his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, tried to dissuade him from abdicating the papacy. “Benedict XVI, the Pope Emeritus,” directed by Andrés Garrigó, will be released April 16 by Goya Productions. The film will focus on Benedict’s papacy, and his time as prefect of Read more

Former Medjugorje spiritual advisor excommunicated

Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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Tomislav Vlasic, a former Croatian Franciscan priest and Medjugorje spiritual advisor, has been excommunicated from the Catholic church. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) announced on 23 October they were throwing him out of the church. In 2009 Vlasic was accused of teaching false doctrine, manipulating consciences, disobeying ecclesiastical authority, and of Read more

Evangelistion: Ecology, economy, politics

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Ecology, economy and politics have everything to do with evangelisation. They are not an alternative to it, Pope Francis says. The topics will be discussed at next month’s Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. Francis’s mainly conservative, traditional Catholic critics say these topics distract from evangelisation. “What do ecology, economy, and politics have to do Read more

‘The fragile world’: Church teaching on ecology before and by Pope Francis

Monday, September 16th, 2019

How does Pope Francis’ thinking about ecology compare with that of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI? Catholic teaching on ecology prior to Pope Francis In 1971 the document Justice in the World, issued by the Synod of Bishops, represented a major step in the development of Catholic teaching on the environment; Barbara Ward-Jackson Read more

Pope victim of half-reported answers about McCarrick abuse

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

A transcript of Pope Francis’ comments about disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick only half-reported what he said, the Vatican Communications office says. The truncated transcript of Francis’s lengthy interview with Mexico’s Televisa reporter, Valentina Alazaraki, claimed Francis said he didn’t know anything about accusations of McCarrick’s sexual abuse before the accusations became public last year. What Read more

Why doesn’t Pope Francis want people to kiss his ring?

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
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Why do Catholics kiss the pope’s ring? And why doesn’t he want them to? Protocols evolve and changes can be confusing, especially when most people only meet a reigning monarch (or pope) once in their lives. As we have seen in the past few days, old habits die hard, even when the pope is trying Read more

Archbishop Scicluna appointed to top role

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Pope Francis has appointed Malta’s Archbishop Charles Jude Scicluna as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Congregation is the Vatican office that processes sex abuse cases globally and examines appeals (in matters of grave offence). The announcement came as the Vatican prepares for a summit meeting of the presidents Read more

McCarrick kept a robust public presence during years he was allegedly sanctioned

Monday, September 3rd, 2018
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While Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò makes a number of accusations against former and current Vatican officials in his 11-page letter, there is only one he aims at Pope Francis. Vigano alleges Pope Francis knew former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had “corrupted generations of seminarians and priests” but nonetheless decided to lift sanctions. Sanctions that included “a Read more

Italian nun martyred after Pope Benedict’s Regensburg lecture

Monday, November 13th, 2017

Sainthood causes Pope Francis advanced this week included that of Sister Leonella Sgorbati. Sgorbati was an Italian missionary nun shot to death in Somalia in 2006 along with her Muslim driver and bodyguard, Mohamed Osman Mahamud after Pope benedict XVI’s Regensburg lecture. Read more Related Posts:Retired Pope Benedict follows his brother’s funeral…Pope Francis recognizes miracle Read more

Medjugorje apparitions – yes, no says Pope

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Only some of the Medjugorje apparitions are likely to be authentic, Pope Francis said during an in-flight interview after canonising  Saints Jacinta and Francisco last weekend. He was referring to alleged apparitions of Our Lady who  is said to have appeared 35 years ago to six children in Medjugorje. Since then, three of the “children” Read more