Luther’s Last Word

As mentioned earlier, there are [update: false] rumors about plans of the pope to try to rehabilitate Martin Luther. Anyone interested in this possibility should read the Smalcald Articles, what Martin Luther considered his last will and testament. He prepared it prior to what was to become the Council of Trent, wanting to make sure…

“Pope Benedict to Rehabilitate Martin Luther”

An Irish friend in the comments below links to an Irish blog, Clerical Whispers, which links to a Times article that says Pope Benedict XVI will be issuing a new evaluation of Martin Luther this September [Update: the story is bogus]. Pope Benedict XVI is to rehabilitate Martin Luther, arguing that he did not intend…

The Papal Visit

The scampering for tickets reminds one of a Miley Cyrus concert. Meanwhile, Rick Gaillardetz (a liberal theologian) imagines what he’d like to see.

Conviction or Compromise

The Sikhs are to be commended for standing firm and refusing to compromise the principles of their faith to satisfy the Secret Service to meet with the pope.  As I’ve mentioned before, the Catholic Church isn’t complaining about the SS’s  infringement of the Sikh’s religious freedom. Some people seem to be puzzled why the Sikhs…

Benedict XVI on Hope

On the eve of the season of Advent, Pope Benedict XVI has released his second encyclical: Spe salvi (“Saved by Hope”). The season of Advent is a season of hope, looking for and expecting the coming of Christ–celebrated in the context of anticipation of Christmas, but looking beyond to the second Advent of Christ, as…

Buying Your Own Gifts

My daughter went to the mall the other day with a friend; before she left, she asked me for money so that she could get me a birthday present. Nothing like having to pay for your own gifts. That’s what the cardinals experienced in Rome. They had to buy the biretta and zucchetto they received…

Aussie Public Stuck with $95,000,000+ Papal Bill

Protestant Aussies can’t be happy with the price their government is paying for the pope’s visit–$40 million of which is to pay off the gambling industry for disruption of horse races at a mass venue. NSW Greens say the church should pay its own way. Complained one trainer: “Nobody seems to understand the horses’ needs.”

Papal Power Tug-of-War

The tug-of-war between the pope and the bishops continues. Fr. John Zuhlsdorf posts another example of a bishop doing his best to reinterpret the recent papal document freeing the Latin mass (No surprise on this one–Donald W. Trautman). He also posts a “shot over the bow” from Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith, Secretary of the Congregation for…

Cognitive Dissonance

The Catholic Church has for centuries been seeking to influence the affairs of state in one way or another. It has excommunicated kings and emperors when they would not do its bidding (e.g., Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV, King of England Henry VIII). Cardinals like Wolsey and Richelieu were advisers to kings. In the 17th…

Official Announcement of the Upcoming MP

Zadok Romanus directs us to the official announcement on the Vatican webpage of the pope’s meeting yesterday discussing the upcoming publication of the Motu Proprio on the Tridentine mass. And now secular news services have picked up the scent: AP, New York Times. Last, but not least, Catholic News Service. For a refresher, see the…

F. Lucii Ferraris, Bibliotheca

I recently noticed a critique of medieval papal claims that cited as a source of those claims Ferraris’ Prompta Bibliotheca. I’d seen it in footnotes before, but was never moved to look into it, but the other day I had some free time on my hand, and access to the library of a Catholic seminary,…

Pope gets headlines

Pope gets contradictory headlines, as usual. From Google (April 11, 2007, 10:54 p.m. CDT). I’m not sure what the “orthodox line” is, even after reading the Scotsman.

Creation and Evolution

Rocco on the publication of the proceedings of the 2006 gathering of Herr Professor Doctor Ratzinger and his former students. Another article.

Papal Coronations

Wikipedia can be useless and frustrating. Wikipedia can also be a wonderful resource. Case of the latter, the article on Papal Coronation, which has links to YouTube clips of the coronations of Pius XII and John XXIII and to a description of the coronation of Leo XIII.

The Pope and the Press

The Times reports: Hell is a place where sinners really do burn in an everlasting fire, and not just a religious symbol designed to galvanise the faithful, the Pope has said. Addressing a parish gathering in a northern suburb of Rome, Benedict XVI said that in the modern world many people, including some believers, had…

Anger in England and Wales

British paper, The Catholic Herald, lodges complaint with Vatican over refusal of bishops of England and Wales to comment on the recent papal exhortation on the Eucharist. See Amy, who links to column by Damian Thompson. This was the week that the leadership of the Catholic Church in England and Wales disgraced itself. Pope Benedict…

Headlines

Pope upholds Communion, celibacy bans. Really? I didn’t know Catholics had a ban on celibacy! Pope issues rules on Eucharist, brings back Latin Mass. The “Latin Mass” never left; but in this document he has not brought back the Missal of St. Pius V. Pope: Gay marriage non-negotiable. Hmm. He said Marriage and the family…

When Popes speak

On December 3, 1839, Pope Gregory XVI issued a blistering condemnation of the slave trade, In supremo apostolatus. The abolitionist movement was in full swing. Eight years before, Garrison founded The Liberator. Six years before, Britain had outlawed slavery in its colonies. Just the year before the Maryland Jesuits had sold their own slaves (for…

Pope Benedict on Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

CNS report on Benedict’s audience remarks. The pope, speaking at his weekly general audience Jan. 17, said the road to Christian unity was a long and difficult one, but the important thing is not to become discouraged. Prayer is essential for ecumenical progress, he said. “Every Christian worthy of the name should unite with their…