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.
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.
CELESTINE'S REFUGE, BENEDICT'S INSPIRATION
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.
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.
Stephen J. Kovacs
A review of Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
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.
Arthur C. Sippo
A review of The Theology of Benedict XVI: The Christocentric Shift
Andrew M. Seddon
When Pope Benedict urged the governments of Muslim countries to take more effective measures to protect religious minorities within their borders, Egypt went apoplectic.
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.
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.
Kenneth D. Whitehead
Many have wondered in recent years if the priest sex abuse scandal is a uniquely American problem. This year we got our answer -- no!
Have you noticed the wickedly impeccable timing of the world press's latest piling-on of Pope Benedict XVI?
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.
On Caritas in Veritate: There are times when praise and support for the Pope come from those who are perennial papal antagonists.
CAN THE TORAH BE AMENDED?
Review of Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life
Cardinal Ratzinger "has given some popular currency to the phrase 'the
dictatorship of relativism.' The true relativist...would have nothing to dictate to anyone."
The figures are telling: two million Iraqis are displaced internally and two million others have already fled the country.
POPE BENEDICT'S 80TH BIRTHDAY
UPHOLDING THE SACRED
Lyn Frances Elledge
George Kendall accuses New Oxford Review of becoming a Protestant publication -- a bizarre and crazy accusation!
Robert Royal says, unlike some Catholics, he has faith in Pope Benedict -- but not when it comes to the Iraq War.
Father Joseph Fessio seems a little disappointed that his close friend Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Levada to an important Vatican post.
Where hot wars are concerned, many of Ratzinger's most ardent admirers find themselves diametrically at odds with the Pope.
Fr. Richard McBrien gets emotional over the jubilation of Catholics who hail the election of Pope Benedict XVI.
Bush's "faith-man" believes Ratzinger could be a good pontiff if only he will be "compassionate toward all God's children."
AD INTRA -- POPE BENEDICT XVI & THE CHURCH
Michael S. Rose
Bishop Mulvee hopes that Benedict XVI will "unite the entire church."
AD EXTRA -- POPE BENEDICT XVI & THE WORLD
WHEN CARDINALS CLASH IN PUBLIC, IT'S SERIOUS
Many bishops have been complaining that Rome treats them like children.
Review of Spirit of the Liturgy
The Archbishop of Detroit will ordain only two men next year. Quelle surprise!
PRIDE & A PREJUDICE FOR THE FASHIONABLE
CHRIST & NEIGHBOR
- Karl Keating