- Jan 17, 2020
The current fracas surrounding Benedict XVI and a new book on priestly celibacy is eerily reminiscent of the tempest that erupted in 2003/2004 around St. John Paul II’s alleged endorsement of Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of the Christ,” expressed in the infamous soundbite, “It is as it was.”
As the anniversary of Benedict XVI’s historic resignation approaches, the retired pontiff has given new, brief comments to a Bavarian television station, offering a peek into what his life and condition are like seven years later.
Both Pope Francis and the closest aide to Pope emertitus Benedict XVI were in a pensive mood abut the clerical abuse scandals on Tuesday’s 9/11 anniversary.
A top Vatican official said Tuesday the clerical sex abuse scandal is such a game-changing catastrophe for the Catholic Church that he called it the Church’s “own 9/11” on the 17th anniversary of the attacks in the United States.
Both Focolare, a lay movement emphasizing unity which claims a global following of roughly 120,000, and the Community of the Arab World in Italy expressed support for Pope Francis.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s personal secretary said Tuesday that the former pope has not commented on a testimony released Saturday by a former Vatican ambassador, and that he has no plans to do so.