Posts Tagged ‘Ratzinger’

The Law of Benedict XVI

Friday, April 1st, 2016

When describing the development of his theological interests in a short book of memoirs first published in 1997, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger underscored what he regarded as the arid state of the scholasticism he encountered during his seminary studies in post-war Germany. This makes it somewhat ironic that, during his pontificate, Benedict XVI found himself delivering Read more

Pope Emeritus Benedict’s vow of silence broken

Friday, November 21st, 2014

In modifying a 1972 essay on divorced and remarried Catholics, Pope Emeritus Benedict may be breaking his retirement vow to not the play an active role in Church affairs. In 1972, Fr Joseph Ratzinger originally wrote that marriage was indissoluble in the eyes of the Church, but if a “second marriage has proven to have Read more

Ten books that changed my world

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

This is my long delayed contribution to an occasional series in which MercatorNet contributors discuss some of the books which have changed the way they see the world. It is a mixed and somewhat arbitrary selection of reading that has formed my ideas about life and literature. Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I Read more

A third way backed for divorced and remarried to have Communion

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Jesuit theologian Professor Ladislas Orsy has proposed a way once promoted by Joseph Ratzinger for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion. In 1972, Professor Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, put forward an argument based on “oikonomia” – good spiritual housekeeping – a part of Eastern Church tradition. He argued that Communion could be given Read more

“Life of Brian” a tribute to Jesus says Ratzinger prize winner

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

One of Britain’s most respected theologians says the Church missed a real opportunity to use Monty Python’s Life of Brian as a way of reinforcing Jesus unique message. Reverend Prof Richard Burridge, Dean of King’s College London, said, once denounced as blasphemous and an insult to Christians, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, is in fact Read more

Pope Francis and the church’s new attitude

Friday, October 4th, 2013
Fr Thomas Reece SJ

“Five years ago, I would have been afraid of saying anything like what the pope said in his [recent] interview,” says the Rev. Tom Reese. “I’m ecstatic. I haven’t been this hopeful about the church in decades.” Father Reese had good reason to be afraid. One of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s last acts before becoming Pope Benedict Read more

Benedict XVI and the end of the ‘virtual Council’

Friday, April 26th, 2013

In one of the last acts of his pontificate, Benedict XVI gave an address to the clergy of the Diocese of Rome on the Second Vatican Council.  In the address he drew a distinction between what he termed the Virtual Council, or Council of the Media, and the Real Council or Council of those who actually produced Read more

Has the ‘real Ratzinger’ come out to play?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

ROME — When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected to the papacy in April 2005, the popular forecast called for stormy weather ahead. This was, after all, the Vatican enforcer who had been leading a “smack-down on heresy since 1981”, in the words of T-shirts and coffee mugs marketed by a Ratzinger fan club. His rise elicited Read more

Pope’s brother visits ahead of birthday

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI’s brother is spending the weekend at the Vatican ahead of the pontiff’s 85th birthday. The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano published photos of the two sitting side-by-side in prayer after Mass on Saturday in the Pope’s private chapel. It said Benedict on Friday night cut short an Easter week vacation at the papal Read more

Article based on diary says Ratzinger became pope with 84 votes

Friday, March 9th, 2012

On the fourth ballot of the April 18-19 conclave to elect a successor to Pope John Paul II, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger went from being five votes shy of election to having seven more than the 77 needed.

The count, along with a few details of the brief conclave leading to the election of Pope Benedict XVI, was published Sept. 23 in Limes, a respected Italian journal usually focused on geopolitics.

On each of the four ballots, the magazine said, the prelate receiving the second-highest number of votes was Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires.

Limes said its information came from the diary of an anonymous cardinal who, while acknowledging he was violating his oath of secrecy, felt the results of the conclave votes should be part of the historic record.

The journal said it confirmed the diary’s count with other cardinals.

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