- Jan 28, 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.”
When the media makes someone a star, they usually also make that person a one-dimensional cardboard cutout of themselves, popes very much included.
John Allen gives 5 possible uses for a former papal summer residence and invites you to submit some as well.
Pope Benedict XVI reportedly wanted Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, the future Pope Francis, to be his Secretary of State to help him clean up the Catholic Church’s central government, known as the “Roman Curia.”
Marking retired Pope Benedict XVI’s 92nd birthday, the editorial director of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication insisted what the retired pope wrote about facing the clerical sexual abuse crisis is essentially what Pope Francis has said, too.
Saturday’s decision by Pope Francis to suppress the Vatican’s “Ecclesia Dei” commission may not be the death of efforts at reconciliation with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X.