Posts Tagged ‘Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’

Sexual freedom of 1960s to blame for abuse crisis says ex-pope Comments 0

Monday, April 15th, 2019

The Pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, has published a 6,000-word essay blaming clerical sex abuse on the “all-out sexual freedom” of the 1960s. Cultural and historical change have led to a “dissolution” of morality in Catholicism, he claims. As an example, he says despite allegations of clerical sex abuse of children dating back to decades before Read more

Vatican opening archives on Holocaust-era pope Comments 0

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Pope Francis says the Vatican archives on Holocaust-era Pope Pius XII will be opened next year. Pius’s role – helping or ignoring the plight of Jews during the holocaust – has been much debated. On the one hand, he has often been criticised by Jews for his apparent silence during the holocaust. On the other, Read more

Sacked cardinal’s Manifesto of Faith Comments 0

Monday, February 11th, 2019

A former cardinal sacked from a senior Vatican post by Pope Francis has written his own Manifesto of Faith. The Manifesto is the work of 71-year old German Gerhard Mueller who is a leading member of the Church’s conservative wing. It repeats basic Catholic teaching that Catholics must be free from sin before receiving Communion. Read more

Pope emeritus clarifies relationship between Jews and Christians Comments 0

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

The relationship between Jews and Christians is the subject of a correction Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has published in theological magazine “Communio.” He was responding to a newspaper article alleging he favoured missionising the Jews and called Jewish-Christian dialogue into question. Benedict’s correction affirms Christians are called to a “dialogue” with the Jews rather than a Read more

Francis and Benedict address rights symposium Comments 0

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Pope Francis and pope emeritus Benedict – have sent letters supporting the 2018 International Symposium “Fundamental rights and conflicts among rights” taking place in Rome this week. The symposium is being held by the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Vatican Foundation. Both Francis and Benedict’s letters were addressed to Vatican Foundation president Fr Federico Lombardi SJ and Read more

Chief Rabbi challenges emeritus Pope Benedict’s views Comments 0

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

The Chief Rabbi of Vienna, Arie Folger, has taken issue with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI over his treatment of the “substitution theory”. This theory coloured relations between Jews and Christians over many centuries, and was used to justify persecution of Jews by Christians. Read more Related Posts:Benedict XVI criticised for Jewish-Christian…Benedict, pope emeritus, “going home”Liturgy Read more

Leaked letters – Benedict rebukes critics Comments 0

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Leaked letters from Pope emeritus Benedict XVI have been published in Bild, a German magazine. In them, Benedict says the “anger” some of his staunchest allies express risks tarnishing his own pontificate. The New York Times says the letters were addressed to Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, one of the four ‘dubia’ cardinals, who recently criticised Benedict’s Read more

Benedict XVI does not confirm Viganò’s claims Comments 0

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Reports that Benedict XVI confirmed some of Archbishop Carlo Viganò’s claims about a cover-up of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s abuse of seminarians are “fake news.” Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who is the prefect of the papal household for Pope Francis, says Pope-emeritus Benedict “has not commented” on an 11-page letter from Viganò, which was released by the Read more

Pope dismisses accusations by ex-papal envoy Comments 0

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Pope Francis has dismissed the accusations of a former Vatican ambassador that he covered up for ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Francis says an 11-page document of claims released by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò “speaks for itself”. Asked about the letter from  in a press conference aboard the Aug. 26 flight back to Rome after his visit to Ireland, Francis Read more

Benedict XVI criticised for Jewish-Christian relations article Comments 0

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has been accused of anti-Semitism because of an article he has just written about Christians and Jews. In an essay for Communion on Jewish-Catholic relations, Benedict denied the Catholic Church ever adopted “supersessionism.” Supersessionism is the theological belief that God’s covenant through Christ replaced the covenant God made with the Jewish Read more