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Tag: Pope Benedict XVI

The Word of God

October 18, 2017 4 Comments
The Word of God

We continue to read from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans in daily Mass. In today’s reading, we learn that we are justified by faith apart from the Law. The debates about faith and works are often the result of varied interpretations of today’s text. One of the sources of confusion is a failure to […]

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How the Liturgy is Healing Medicine for Strident Times

July 13, 2017
How the Liturgy is Healing Medicine for Strident Times

One of the most concise and cogent descriptions of these often strident times came from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 1986. It is contained in, of all places, his treatise on the theology of sacred music in a book called The Feast of Faith (Ignatius Press, 1986). His comments have been republished in a larger compendium […]

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Pope Benedict Shares Sober Remarks on American Culture with Local Bishops and Issues a Call to the Laity

February 13, 2012 64 Comments

On January 19,  Pope Benedict addressed bishops from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, and the Virgin Islands. These U.S. bishops were in Rome for their periodic “ad limina” visits, which included meetings with the pope and Vatican officials, covering a wide range of pastoral […]

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Picturesque and Pilgrim Papa – Two Lighthearted Videos on Pope Benedict

May 27, 2011 10 Comments

I don’t know why, but it’s funny to see the Pope on the phone. I am not sure where I got this photo. It has just been in my collection since shortly after Pope Benedict became Pope. But again I say, that it strikes me as odd to see him on the phone, and I […]

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The Pope’s View of the Historical-Critical Method of Biblical Interpretation

December 17, 2010 47 Comments
The Pope’s View of the Historical-Critical Method of Biblical Interpretation

I must that I was never all that enamored by the historical critical method of interpreting Scripture. I’ll say more of why in a moment. But some of you may be wondering what the historical critical method is. (If you want to skip my little lesson and some personal reflections of mine and go right […]

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On the Synergy of Sacred Scripture – A Reflection on the Pope’s Teaching in the Post Synodal Exhortation Verbum Domini

December 3, 2010 18 Comments

In the past few days we have reviewed how a humanist group has misused Scripture in an Ad campaign designed to ridicule faith in God. In their human kindness they have chosen the Christmas season to do this. Their misuse of Scripture centers on pulling individual verses from the Bible and posting them out of […]

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The Word of God is More than a Book – A Reflection from the Post Synodal Exhortation Verbum Domini

November 16, 2010 6 Comments

When I ask most people, even Catholics what is meant by Divine revelation, they usually get around to equating revelation with the Bible. Now that is not wholly wrong. But Divine revelation is far more than a book, more than ink spots on paper. Post Benedict has just issued the Post Synodal Exhortation, Verbum Domini: […]

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"I want a laity…"

September 15, 2010 7 Comments
"I want a laity…"

So, if a member of the family (Body of Christ) is going to be canonized, will I still be accused on jumping on the bandwagon by writing about him just like every other Catholic blog, newspaper, and news outlet. I’ve decided not to write much, there is so much you can read. See The Catholic […]

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