Pope Benedict

The Conclave: What the Pope Can Do, Can’t Do & Won’t Do

February 16, 2013

New post by Dr. Ed Peters: What the pope can do, can’t do, might do, won’t do… Benedict XVI’s startling decision to act under a canonical norm (c. 332 § 2) that has been invoked only twice in its 700+ year lifetime (once in 1296 by Celestine V who wrote the law, and apparently by […]

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Phil Lawler Reveals the REAL Reason the Pope Resigned

February 15, 2013

And I agree with him. Read his article HERE.

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My Two Books to Help Understand the Papacy and the Process

February 12, 2013

Ray, a former Evangelical Protestant and Bible teacher, goes through the Scriptures and the first five centuries of the Church to demonstrate that the early Christians had a clear understanding of the primacy of Peter in the see of Rome. (Click on book image to learn more or to purchase) He tackles the tough issues […]

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What Shall We Now Call Him? His Holiness, Joseph Ratzinger, Papa Emeritus and Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church?

February 11, 2013

Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer discusses the future of Pope Benedict. Papa Emeritus by Dr. Edward Peters The resignation of Benedict XVI portends no problems for Church governance. “We know exactly when the vacancy in the Apostolic See will occur (2 pm, Eastern time, Thursday, FEB 28) and we know what laws will govern the […]

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Pope to Resign February 28

February 11, 2013

This comes as a huge surprise. Major news sources have passed on the Vatican’s announcement. The Vatican announcement is here. I am not going to speculate about “deeper motives” for his resignation. We should take him at his words since he is an honest man. I watched my father decline in his later years. His […]

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Some of my favorite pictures of Benedict XVI

February 11, 2013

Some of my favorite pictures of Cardinal Ratzinger right before he became Pope :-)

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Excellent Summary and Explanation of the Pope’s New Book on The Infancy Narratives of Jesus

December 27, 2012

Not only a good summary of “The Infancy Narratives of Jesus of Nazareth” but also of the Pope’s thought in general. A short, crisp enjoyable read – especially over Christmas. Click here for the article in Catholic World Report.

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The Butler Did It, but Should the Pope Pardon

November 13, 2012

New post on In the Light of the Law by Dr. Ed Peters Some thoughts on a possible papal pardon for Paolo Gabriele by Dr. Edward Peters The ink was hardly dry on Paolo Gabriele’s conviction last month for stealing hundreds of confidential documents out of Pope Benedict XVI’s personal quarters when there was open […]

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Pope Grants Plenary Indulgence for Year of Faith

October 9, 2012

Apostolic Penitentiary Issues Decree on Occasion of the Year of Faith VATICAN CITY, OCT. 5, 2012 (Zenit.org) By Junno Arocho. In a decree signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, Penitentiary Major and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, the Holy Father has granted the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the occasion of the […]

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Pope Restores Old Practice: Admonishing Sinners an Act of Mercy

March 13, 2012

Some call it judging or meddling, others say, “mind your own business” but the Pope calls it mercy. In a recent message for Lent the Holy Father said, “The Church’s tradition has included ‘admonishing sinners’ among the spiritual works of mercy. It is important to recover this dimension of Christian charity. We must not remain […]

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Pope Benedict Restored Tradition of Proclaiming Birth of Christ Chanting the “Kalenda”

December 26, 2011

VATICAN CITY, DEC. 25, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI has restored the tradition of proclaiming the birth of Christ with the chanting of the “Kalenda.” The chant culminated the prayer vigil in St. Peter’s Square on Christmas Eve, which was accompanied by the unveiling of the life-size Nativity Scene. THE PROCLAMATION OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST […]

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Pray for the Pope – Update on his Age and Health

December 17, 2011

I just read a good article on the health of our aging Pope and the grueling schedule he keeps. (Link below) He is now 84 years old and does more than most younger men could bear. Fr. Fessio, one-time student of Joseph Ratzinger and his publisher is quoted in this article. I remember jumping up […]

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Pope Calls for “Central World Bank”?

October 25, 2011

Read the full article HERE to see why the Vatican has not done what the media is trying to tell us it did. The media loves to twist the Vatican’s words to suit their own purposes and to be sensational. First, the matter came from a Vatican congregation – not the Pope. Second, there was […]

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Day 7; What an Exciting Day!

May 4, 2011

This was a moving and intense day. No one got through the day untouched! There will be three parts. Here is Part I. Part I: Audience with the Pope; Blessed John Paul II Museum (and tears). Part II: The Main Churches in Rome — St. John Lateran, St. Mary Major & St. Paul Outside the […]

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Pope Benedict on Pilgrimage

April 2, 2011

“To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art or history. “To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendour and produced rich fruits of conversion […]

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What About the Pope’s Comments on the Jews and the Death of Christ

March 3, 2011

I was asked: I would like to ask you to please comment on the Popes recent statement that there is no scriptural basis that the Jews killed Jesus. http://www.examiner.com/jesus-christ-in-national/jesus-christ-not-killed-by-jews-says-pope-benedict-xvi My answer: It is not time to comment yet. Experience tells that when we read a media review of the Pope’s words it is usually twisted […]

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