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Pope Benedict XVI

Pray for Pope Emeritus Benedict

Pope Benedict XVI

My heart is breaking. Damian Thompson: I think all of us were distressed by the fragility of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI when we saw him greet his successor, Pope Francis. The footage was almost too painful to watch. Now, according to the excellent Fr Ray Blake, a Spanish newspaper says he is suffering from something […]

It is Not Catholic to Say No To the Cross

Caravaggio, Crucifixion of St. Peter

Nothing pains me more than to see Catholics argue that it is right and good for Pope Benedict to say no to the Cross (his cross being infirmity due to age coupled with the duties of the papacy)…and even that the Holy Spirit has instructed him to do so. If the Holy Spirit has told […]

Bishop Paprocki Says We’ll All Get Used to Having Two Popes


I would have headlined this post with the plural form of “Habemus Papam” but I can’t seem to find the plural for “pope” in my Latin translator. Go figure. Words (quite literally) just cannot describe what I’m feeling upon reading this, via National Catholic Register: Bishop Paprocki then suggested that Catholics should view the word, […]

Vatican: Nothing Must Be Put Before Christ

Pope Benedict XVI

Today at the Vatican news website is an article explaining what must be learned from the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, including his resignation: New Paths. An excerpt: It was a surprise at his election when inspired by the father of western monasticism, he chose the name Benedict to revive the importance of his rule […]