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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Searching for the Real Ratzinger

Dale Vree

January-February 1986

He is a man of extraordinary intellectual and spiritual depth, and when he says that the thing we need is more holiness he does not sound hollow or platitudinous.

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Is Benedict to Blame?
December 2015

Vatican II's vaunted reforms couldn't keep Catholics from being swept away from the Church. There wasn't much Pope Benedict XVI could do to stop this, and surely he can't be blamed for it.

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Great Refusals

CELESTINE'S REFUGE, BENEDICT'S INSPIRATION

Clara Sarrocco

November 2015

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The Heavyweight Prelate Debate
December 2014

The Synod was part of a larger struggle between two opposing camps, both of which are led by men who've dominated the post-Vatican II ecclesiastical landscape: Joseph Ratzinger and Walter Kasper.

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The American Bergoglio
November 2014

The National Catholic Reporter, the anti-Catholic Huffington Post, New Ways Ministry, and Call to Action are thrilled with Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich, Chicago's shepherd since 2014.

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Mysteries of Christ's Early Life

Stephen J. Kovacs

September 2013

A review of Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives

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Sex, Lies & Dossiers: The Vatican at the Crossroads
April 2013

The months leading up to the recent papal conclave saw abundant stories of Vatican intrigue, from last year's curious VatiLeaks scandal to a confidential dossier made available exclusively to the new pontiff.

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The Christocentric Shift

Arthur C. Sippo

October 2011

A review of The Theology of Benedict XVI: The Christocentric Shift

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The Pope's Problem

GUEST COLUMN

Andrew M. Seddon

April 2011

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We're Taking Our Ball & Going Home
March 2011

When Pope Benedict urged the governments of Muslim countries to take more effective measures to protect religious minorities within their borders, Egypt went apoplectic.

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Condom-mania, the Rerun
January-February 2011

Here we go again. It's been about sixteen months since the last outbreak, but papal condom-mania has resurfaced. This time the Pope is the hero.

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The Devil's Fingerprints
July-August 2010

At a time when the Church is poised to receive groups of Anglican converts, the global media's smearing of her reputation kicked into high gear.

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The 2010 Easter Offensive

OBJECTIVE: BENEDICT

Kenneth D. Whitehead

July-August 2010

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2002 Deja Vu
June 2010

Many have wondered in recent years if the priest sex abuse scandal is a uniquely American problem. This year we got our answer -- no!

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The Timing Is Just Too Perfect
May 2010

Have you noticed the wickedly impeccable timing of the world press's latest piling-on of Pope Benedict XVI?

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Enter the Belgian Ratzinger
March 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a new leader of the Church in Belgium — a man who appears to be his liberal predecessor's polar opposite.

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The Pope's Duck-Billed Platypus
September 2009

On Caritas in Veritate: There are times when praise and support for the Pope come from those who are perennial papal antagonists.

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Pope & Rabbi Square Off Over the Teachings of Jesus

CAN THE TORAH BE AMENDED?

Hurd Baruch

May 2009

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Death & Eternal Life According to Ratzinger

Arthur C. Sippo

December 2008

Review of Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life

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Definitely Not a Political Theorist
November 2007

Cardinal Ratzinger "has given some popular currency to the phrase 'the dictatorship of relativism.' The true relativist...would have nothing to dictate to anyone."

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'Nothing Positive Comes from Iraq,' Says Pope Benedict
July-August 2007

The figures are telling: two million Iraqis are displaced internally and two million others have already fled the country.

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Will the Secular Mass Media & Liberal Churchmen Try to Remove Benedict From Office?

POPE BENEDICT'S 80TH BIRTHDAY

Cathy Caridi

April 2007

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Restoring the Altar Rail & the Tabernacle

UPHOLDING THE SACRED

Lyn Frances Elledge

December 2006

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You Can Criticize Bad Bishops, But Don't You Dare Criticize the Pope Who Appointed Them
October 2006

George Kendall accuses New Oxford Review of becoming a Protestant publication -- a bizarre and crazy accusation!

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Another Neocon Is Pleased With the Document on Homosexuals In the Seminaries
May 2006

Robert Royal says, unlike some Catholics, he has faith in Pope Benedict -- but not when it comes to the Iraq War.

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"He Doesn't Want to Upset People"
April 2006

Father Joseph Fessio seems a little disappointed that his close friend Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Levada to an important Vatican post.

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What Does the Pope Know About World Affairs?
November 2005

Where hot wars are concerned, many of Ratzinger's most ardent admirers find themselves diametrically at odds with the Pope.

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Benedict the Moderate?
September 2005

Fr. Richard McBrien gets emotional over the jubilation of Catholics who hail the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

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A "Compassionate Conservative" Advises Pope Benedict XVI
September 2005

Bush's "faith-man" believes Ratzinger could be a good pontiff if only he will be "compassionate toward all God's children."

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The Man Who Was Ratzinger (Part II)

AD INTRA -- POPE BENEDICT XVI & THE CHURCH

Michael S. Rose

September 2005

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Reading Between the Lines
July/August 2005

Bishop Mulvee hopes that Benedict XVI will "unite the entire church."

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The Man Who Was Ratzinger

AD EXTRA -- POPE BENEDICT XVI & THE WORLD

Michael S. Rose

July/August 2005

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Three Cheers for the Panzerkardinal

EDITORIAL

Dale Vree

June 2005

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The Kasper-Ratzinger Debate & The State of the Church

WHEN CARDINALS CLASH IN PUBLIC, IT'S SERIOUS

Philip Blosser

April 2002

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Collegiality Means Responsibility
January 2002

Many bishops have been complaining that Rome treats them like children.

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Cardinal Ratzinger vs. St. Bozo’s Parish

Stephen Hand

January 2001

Review of Spirit of the Liturgy

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Would Wojtyla & Ratzinger Have Been "Weeded Out" of Sacred Heart Seminary?
November 2000

The Archbishop of Detroit will ordain only two men next year. Quelle surprise!

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Do the Pope & Cardinal Ratzinger "Have Their Backs to the Wall"?

EDITORIAL

Dale Vree

May 2000

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Those Misleading "Leading Theologians"

PRIDE & A PREJUDICE FOR THE FASHIONABLE

Kenneth D. Whitehead

May 1998

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Leonardo Boff, Harvey Cox & Liberation Theology

CHRIST & NEIGHBOR

John C.Cort

July-August 1989

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