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Pope's personal secretary: Popes Benedict XVI & Francis form an 'expanded' papal office

To call this confusing is an understatement.

In a recent speech, the personal secretary of Pope Benedict XXVI, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, said that Benedict and his successor, Pope Francis, are not two popes “in competition” with one another, but represent one “expanded” Petrine Office with “an active member” and a “contemplative member.” 884 more words


Contradicting You and Contradicting Myself

Perhaps the most blatant form of confusing the mode of knowing and the mode of being  is to argue, “I think that X is true. Therefore X is actually true.” It would be rare, of course, that anyone would argue this way so explicitly. 3,242 more words

Aristotle, the Cross, and Gothic Art

The Cathedral of Barcelona, known in Catalan as Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia. Photograph is mine.

What made the Church’s art distinctive in the West during the Middle Ages? 1,215 more words


Why Are 2 Different Popes Telling Us to Read "Lord of the World"?

It’s a somewhat obscure apocalyptic novel, much overlooked since its publication in 1907, and yet it comes with a recommendation that just about any best-selling author would covet: the spiritual leader of the whole world says it’s a good read. 748 more words

Pope Francis

The abuse of faith has to be resisted precisely. – Joseph Ratzinger http://ift.tt/1RA5qO2

Joseph Ratzinger

Only Sanctity

As Joseph Ratzinger put it, shortly before becoming Benedixt XVI: “The only really effective apologia for Christianity comes down to two arguments, namely, the saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb.” 134 more words