Tagged: Benedict XVI

To be a Disciple of Christ

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, October 10, 2021 — The Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time Imagine a young person who is aspiring to be a professional athlete suddenly spots a famous sports star down the street. Chances are that the...

To be a Disciple of Christ

Confessions of a former Pope Francis opponent

I am a convert to the Catholic faith, having been raised in a non-denominational Christian home and subsequently drifting between various stages of belief and doubt, though always claiming to believe in Jesus even if I didn’t live for Him....

Confessions of a former Pope Francis opponent

The Church Will Become Peripheral

During these first eight years of Pope Francis’s time on the Chair of Peter, one theme that has come up again and again is the periphery. Francis made “going to the peripheries” a priority—perhaps even the priority—of his pontificate very...

The Church Will Become Peripheral

I was not an ultramontanist then

When we publish articles defending Pope Francis, some of our critics accuse us of being “ultramontanists.” Another line we frequently hear is, “Where were these guys during the papacies of Benedict XVI and John Paul II?” I can only speak...

I was not an ultramontanist then

Repent and Believe in the Gospel

In a homily given to the College of Cardinals before he was elected pope, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger famously coined the phrase, “the dictatorship of relativism.” Commenting on St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, the future pope spoke about how we...

Repent and Believe in the Gospel

Catholics Are Losers

American Catholics should embrace losing.  It’s not as if we haven’t had ample opportunity over the last several years. We should know by now that U.S. Catholics often find ourselves among the least respected groups in modern society, particularly for...

Catholics Are Losers

Benedict XVI: Longest-living pope on record

“I am simply a pilgrim beginning the last leg of his pilgrimage on this earth. ” – Pope Benedict XVI Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has now lived to an older age than any previous pope on record! Born April 16,...

Benedict XVI: Longest-living pope on record