Thinking with the Church

After Seven Years,
The Secret of Pope Ratzinger

ROME, April 27, 2012 – Benedict XVI will be remembered more for his homilies than for his encyclicals. And for his audacious, unconventional actions. Like in Madrid, in front of a million young people and right in the middle of a violent storm...


NY Times Writer Defends
Church Teachings in Online Series
-- New York Times writer Ross Douthat has defended Catholic theological and moral teachings, in a series of articles explaining how the Church is not “fundamentalist” but simply “orthodox.”


Blessed Are the Persecuted:
Catechesis on Persecution
By the Successor of Peter

ROME, April 23, 2012 – Benedict XVI explains how to respond to the persecutions that are still hitting Christians today. In the same way as the apostles. Without fear, without revenge. With freedom, courage, prayer.


The Apostles' Response to Persecution
Wednesday Catechesis of Pope Benedict XVI


JPII Friend Defends Cardinal Schönborn in
Homosexual Parish Council Flap
-- An Italian politician and papal consultant has defended Viennese Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's choice to reinstate an Austrian parish council member living in a homosexual partnership.


Pope Benedict speaks to Cardinals at Consistory Chair of Peter "The Church does not exist for her own sake, but she has to point beyond herself, to the realms above..."

Pope Benedict: Faith Without Love
Would No Longer Be an Authentic Christian Faith
VATICAN, February 19, 2012 -- Pope's homily at mass in Vatican Basilica, with the newly-created cardinals, on the solemnity of the Chair of Saint Peter. "The Church does not exist for her own sake, but she has to point beyond herself, to the realms above..."


How to Win the Culture War
FEATURE ESSAY: To win any war, the three most necessary things to know are: (1) that you are at war, (2) who your enemy is, and (3) what weapons or strategies can defeat him. You cannot win a war (1) if you simply sew peace banners on a battlefield, (2) if you fight civil wars against your allies, or (3) if you use the wrong weapons.


Archbishop Chaput Challenges
Catholic Educators to 'Convert The Culture'
- Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput encouraged Catholic universities to rediscover the Church's intellectual tradition and use it to shape society's future.

The Commandment of Assisi:
"Purify your own faith"
ASSISI, ITALY, October, 26, 2011 -- This is the way "so that the true God becomes accessible." The speech of pope Joseph Ratzinger to the "pilgrims of truth" gathered in the city of Saint Francis.


Pope Benedict XVI, the new evangelization

Pope Believes Secularized Nations
Can Become Christian Again
VATICAN CITY, October 15, 2011-- Today Pope Benedict XVI told over 8,000 Catholics involved in the "new evangelization" that he has every confidence they can return their respective nations to Jesus Christ.


-- Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, recently addressed priests and seminarians in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Calif. He told them that the world urgently needs holy priests who avoid allowing their humanity to cast a shadow over the beauty of the Lord.


- With the campaign for the 2012 presidential race gaining speed, the U.S. Catholic bishops are saying that their 2007 statement on the political responsibilities of Catholics must not be misused or distorted to justify supporting candidates that do not adhere to Church teaching.


The Church's Evolving View on the Death Penalty
ATLANTA, GA, October 7, 2008--"The legitimate use of punishment to defend the order of justice should include remedies for both the victims and the perpetrators of crime," Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta said in a speech on the death penalty at Emory University Law School in Atlanta. Archbishop Gregory discussed the influence of Pope John Paul II on the Catholic Church's present stance on the death penalty, including revisions made to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the church's traditional view of the death penalty.


In Wealthy Germany,
the Church Should Become Poor!
A Message for Us
about the New Evangelization

ROME, September 27, 2011-- Never before his third voyage to his native land had Benedict XVI given such powerful emphasis to the ideal of a Church poor in structures, in possessions, in power. At the same time, however, he insisted on the need for a vigorous "public presence" of this same Church. Is it possible to have both at once?


Church in West Suffering Crisis of Faith, Says Pope- “The real crisis facing the Church in the western world is a crisis of faith,” Pope Benedict XVI told gathering of lay Catholics on Sept. 24, in Freiburg.




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