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Ratzinger on Morality and Christology

“Morality retains its seriousness only where there is forgiveness – real forgiveness ensured by authority; otherwise it lapses back into the pure empty conditional. But true forgiveness exists only when the “price”, the “equivalent value”, is paid, when guilt is atoned by suffering, when there is expiation. 206 more words

Joseph Ratzinger

The Incredible Transformation of Roman Catholic Pope Benedict XVI

Who is Pope Benedict XVI?

Who is Pope Benedict XVI? Does he factor into Scriptural prophecy? What has been his role in the last days? Research into this man turns up some intriguing facts that are no less relevant since his resignation. 5,138 more words

Reflection on Called to Communion

Of all of Joseph Ratzinger’s works, Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today reads the most as a work of apologetics. Published while Ratzinger was a Cardinal, … 680 more words

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Ratzinger on the Bible as the Word of God

While Joseph Ratzinger was still a Cardinal, he published a book called Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today (Ignatius Press, 1996). I will post a proper reflection on the book tomorrow. 198 more words

Quotidian (VIII) - St Stanislaus Day

S. Stanislai Episcopi et Martyris

I have two essay-like ideas in the works:

1) The Francis Option: how families with usually one income, one parent staying at home, and often with many children can themselves be a witness to Christ by showing familial love, reliance on parochial-networks of support, and patience, the gift of poverty will afford them great missionary/evangelizing opportunities in a culture that struggles with avarice, sex without consequence, divorce, and careerism. 258 more words


The Badass who Became Pope

I had to share this picture with you my dear readers. The picture speaks for itself: with a stern gaze like that, it is no wonder that Joseph Ratzinger (better known as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) was Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. 22 more words


New Camera Angles For Papal General Audiences?

I went to RomeReports yesterday to watch Pope Francis’ Wednesday General Audience.  The video is nearly an hour.  It begins as usual with the pope circulating through the gathered crowd, stopping periodically to kiss a child held up to him, trying on skull caps handed to him, waving and I assume blessing people. 406 more words

Pope Francis The Muddle-Headed?

S. Armaticus reblogged this on The Deus Ex Machina Blog and commented:

FOR THE RECORD. Ed. Note: This blog has tracked attendance information pertaining to numbers of people coming to see Francis, whether they were pedestrians during his Strasbourg visit (see here and here) or pilgrims attending the General Audiences and coming out for feast days in St. Peter's Square (see here). To this information, I need to add this post from the excellent blog EX MAGNA SILENTIUM or EX MAGNO SILENTIO FOR THE RECORD. (see here) What I find even more interesting is a comment submitted by stevephoenix72. I will reproduce it here at the top of this re-blog and WITHOUT COMMENT:

stevephoenix72 says: April 24, 2015 at 2:22 pm

I had not had the occasion to share this fact with you and your readers, Steve e.: but, recently, a “New Church” (my phraseology) religious sister returned from a visit to Rome at Easter: she and her congregation are very pro-Bergoglio, and she commented that she had attended one of the Easter papal general audiences.

She also commented how sad it was that people seemed not to be supporting Pope Francis: she added that she and others who went to attend the audience on her particular day were actually paid, I repeat, paid, to attend the audience. I was so astounded that I didn’t think quickly enough at the time to ask how many Euros–just as well, because I didn’t want to seem too interested. I said it was indeed sad to hear.

Now, those who know Rome also know that very often, esp. under P. John Paul II and P. Benedict XVI that tickets were needed in advance for certain occasions—but they were free, and obtained either from one of the religious orders or congregations, if you knew whom to ask, or usually from the Vatican office at the Port of the Clock. No one, ever, received payment for attending!

So, even the Bergoglio-istas are aware of the lens image of unpopularity.

It is really bad.

If this is true...