Tag: Pope Benedict XVI

Fake News from the Vatican: The Benedict Letter

 

There has been quite some hubbub this past week over a letter written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. It is a sad case of what happens when the truth is withheld. And yet, apparently, even our good friends at the Vatican Secretariat for Communications spread fake news. Sad. Particularly sad when Pope Francis, in his message for the World Day of Social Communications, condemned fake news.

The story is like a turducken, composed of various parts hidden inside one another, that came to see the light of day only through the work of a press seeking the truth. As they say, the cover-up is usually worse than the scandal.

The Turkey

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Pope Benedict XVI was a man in love with liturgy. He was a true believer in the Latin phrase lex orandi lex credendi. Lex orandi, lex credendi has become something of a tenet of liturgical theology, especially in the years since the reforms of the Second Vatican Council. Literally translated, it means “the law of prayer […]

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Those words were spoken 5 years ago today, 11 February 2013, by Pope Benedict XVI. I was stunned, crushed. For though I came into full communion with the Church in October 2014 during the pontificate of John Paul II, I grew to really love the Church under Pope Benedict XVI. He was not only my […]

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Add this to the list of how contemporary leaders continue to appease Islam. From the online Catholic magazine, Aleteia. Pope Francis received Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand imam of the Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, in the Vatican on Tuesday, according to a report from the Holy See. This was the third meeting between the two men, […]

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Today’s Gospel for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time comes from Matthew 14:22-33, wherein Jesus sent his disciples out in a boat while he went up the mountain to pray. It is a lesson in trusting in Jesus. I love turning to Pope Benedict XVI for a greater understanding of the Scriptures. In his Angelus address from […]

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The secular world loves Pope Francis and has a tendency to gush over what he says and does (at least when it deals with “social and economic justice” issues such as climate change, immigration, wealth redistribution, etc., etc.). This happened as early as the release of the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG). The Wikipedia article proclaims that […]

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On Christmas Eve, the Church offers us in the Divine Office, this beautiful sermon on the meaning of Christmas, from St. Augustine. I have also included Pope Benedict XVI’s first Christmas address to the Roman Curia in which he reflects on this sermon, Pope John Paul II, and the “hermeneutics” of the Second Vatican Council. […]

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