Benedict Leaves More to Build On

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Ross Douthat writes in the New York Times : On Saturday, Benedict addressed Britain’s politicians in the very hall where Sir Thomas More, the great Catholic martyr, was condemned to death for opposing the reformation of Henry VIII. It was an extraordinary moment, and a reminder of the . . . . Continue Reading »

A Pope for All Seasons

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I saw the pope in Fatima this past spring. I wound up with a decent spot for Mass there, and couldn’t help but watch the Holy Father’s face throughout the Mass and subsequent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The man was being renewed there. He was taking energy from the crowd and the . . . . Continue Reading »

Benedict Busts Stereotypes

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Leonie Caldecott is a Catholic writer living with her family in Oxford. She and her husband run the Centre for Faith and Culture and work with Thomas More College New Hampshire on a journal of faith and culture, Second Spring , as well as a regular summer school. They are also the U.K. editors of . . . . Continue Reading »

Benedict, Longtime JHN Fan

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No papal anything is complete without reading John Allen. As the chattering class that cares complains about Benedict XVI making Newman in his own image, for some kind of political win, Allen points out that Benedict is no newcomer to Newman: Ratzinger is no Johnny-come-lately to his fondness for . . . . Continue Reading »

Dusting Off the Blessed Cardinal

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The Cardinal Newman Society in America is probably known best for protesting morally questionable speakers at Catholic colleges and universities. But they also serve as a support for orthodox educators and administrators and students. And they also are playing a role in the preservation of Cardinal . . . . Continue Reading »

B16: Britain, Come Home

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This had to be annoying to more than a few people in the Church of England (again to the bishops): The other matter I touched upon in February with the Bishops of England and Wales, when I asked you to be generous in implementing the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus . This should be . . . . Continue Reading »

How Do We Increase Vocations?

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We have the courage—we pray for the courage—to be Catholic, as our friend George Weigel might paraphrase it. More from the Holy Father today in his bishops’ meeting : As we reflect on the human frailty that these tragic events so starkly reveal, we are reminded that, if we are to be . . . . Continue Reading »

An Always Timely Pope

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The pope really doesn’t miss a beat. In his meeting with the bishops Sunday he said : Since your visit to Rome, political changes in the United Kingdom have focused attention on the consequences of the financial crisis, which has caused so much hardship to countless individuals and families. . . . . Continue Reading »

B16 in the U.K., In Sum

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Not to be too simplistic about it, but this trip can be can be summed up in three words from today, in my mind: “integrity, humility, and holiness.” These three things, lived in and through prayer, could change the face of the earth. Even Britain. Kathryn Jean Lopez is editor-at-large of . . . . Continue Reading »