Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI Archives - Crux



  • Maverick image aside, sometimes Pope’s more evolution than revolution

    Maverick image aside, sometimes Pope’s more evolution than revolution

    Two stories about Pope Francis in the last few days have confirmed impressions of him as a maverick, break-the-mold kind of pope, one on the death penalty and the other on the Amazon. In both cases, however, there’s a good argument to be made that what the pope is up to represents not a revolution, but a natural evolution of where the Church was already moving.

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  • An Orthodox, a Lutheran, and a Catholic win the 2017 Ratzinger Prize

    An Orthodox, a Lutheran, and a Catholic win the 2017 Ratzinger Prize

    Estonian Orthodox composer Arvo Pärt, Lutheran Professor Theodor Dieter and Catholic Father Karl-Heinz Menke – both from Germany – were awarded the 2017 Ratzinger Prize for their contributions in the field of theology. For the first time an artist won the prize, in line with ““Benedict XVI’s appreciation for the art of music.”

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  • Despite wing-clipping, Sarah not going quiet in defense of tradition

    Although Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea arguably just had his wings clipped, as Pope Francis recently transferred a share of his Vatican department’s control over translating liturgical texts to local bishops, a major address he gave on Thursday suggests that if anyone expects Sarah to go quiet, they can forget it — and equally, if anyone expects him to go to war against the boss, they can forget that too.

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  • Netflix taps Game of Thrones star to play Pope Francis in upcoming drama

    Netflix taps Game of Thrones star to play Pope Francis in upcoming drama

    A new Netflix drama on the Vatican will see Jonathan Pryce, recently finished with his role in the internationally acclaimed HBO series ‘Game of Thrones,’ portraying Pope Francis and Anthony Hopkins in the role of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

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  • On popes and the problem with preemptive resignation

    On popes and the problem with preemptive resignation

    Following confirmation this week that Pope Paul VI wrote resignation letters in advance in case he was struck by a disabling condition, debate is likely to revive about whether such a preemptive resignation would be valid under Church law. Until that’s resolved, we’re sort of like people driving around without car insurance – gambling the worst won’t happen, but always knowing it could.

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  • On liturgy, ignore the Ultramontanists of both left and right

    On liturgy, ignore the Ultramontanists of both left and right

    Pope Francis this week delivered an important address on liturgy, which was pounced on by the emerging Ultramontanists of the left — among other things, because it doesn’t cite Benedict XVI. But to see it through the lens of one’s political biases misses the real point, which is a call to discernment about how successful the liturgical reform actually has been.

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