Category Archives: Pope Benedict XVI

Making Room

From Pope Benedict XVI’s 2012 Christmas homily: I am also repeatedly struck by the Gospel writer’s almost casual remark that there was no room for them at the inn. Inevitably the question arises, what would happen if Mary and Joseph … Continue reading

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A Love Supreme

As Dr Esolen remarks, Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives is a short volume but for that very reason may be the ideal introduction to Pope Benedict XVI’s writings. In this Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Esolen writes:  Imagine touring the … Continue reading

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On Marriage Equality

Speaking of equality in marriage, the Church holds that marriage is a sacrament and hence indissoluble both by men and by women, indissoluble both by commoners and by kings. In this regard, an article from 1972 by Joseph Ratzinger on … Continue reading

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On Erik Peterson

In 2011, Stanford University Press published Michael J. Hollerich’s English translation: Theological Tractates, by Erik Peterson. I think the best short introduction to the work of Erik Peterson is via the translation of an introduction which Pope Benedict XVI gave, … Continue reading

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Christmas Homily

Nothing miraculous, nothing extraordinary, nothing magnificent is given to the shepherds as a sign. All they will see is a child wrapped in swaddling clothes, one who, like all children, needs a mother’s care; a child born in a stable, … Continue reading

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Silence

“Dear Brothers and Sisters! In every age, men and women who have consecrated their lives to God in prayer – like monks and nuns – have established their communities in particularly beautiful places: in the countryside, on hilltops, in valleys, … Continue reading

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Prayer for the unborn

Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer, at the Papal Vigil for all Nascent Life on Nov 27th, translated into English by Vatican Radio: Lord Jesus, You who faithfully visit and fulfill with your Presence the Church and the history of men; You … Continue reading

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