Posts Tagged ‘Rocco Palmo’
The weekend’s big story was the Vatican’s response to the unprecedented police raid on the Belgian Church. Pope Benedict XVI described the police’s methods as “deplorable” and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said they were “unbelievable”. A lawyer for the Mechelen-Brussels archdiocese said the Church was considering legal action. But Belgian anti-paedophilia campaigner Fr Rik Devillè insisted the raids were “a good thing”. Rod Dreher says the Pope was wrong to speak out. And Fr Tim Finigan considers the state of the Belgian Church.
Archbishop Angelo Amato beatified the Maronite monk Estephan Nehmeh in Lebanon yesterday.
Pope Benedict urged the faithful to “contemplate the divine-human heart of the Lord Jesus” at his Angelus address yesterday (full text).
Cardinal Walter Kasper has confirmed his imminent retirement as president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
Ann Widdecombe will be the next British ambassador to the Holy See, the Sunday Telegraph reports.
The Pope has turned down an offer to appear on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day programme, the Telegraph suggests.
Rocco Palmo says the Vatican’s year is ending on a diplomatic high note.
Valle Adurni wonders what will happen to church buildings if Anglicans accept the Pope’s offer.
John Coleman SJ hails an “almost perfect” film.
And James Preece predicts that the Pope will beatify Cardinal Newman in a red telephone box.
Rocco Palmo publishes the liturgical texts for the feast of John Henry Newman, rumoured to be October 9.
The Pope received some 20,000 text messages of support after the general audience.
Bishop Walter Mixa has reportedly agreed to stand by his decision to resign.
Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark has said he hopes the Lautsi case will not force “all European countries to conform to a model of secularism that is antagonistic to any manifestation of religion in the public sphere”.
The registered number of Catholics in Japan has fallen by half a per cent in a year.
John Allen discusses Christian-Muslim relations with Cardinal Angelo Scola, Patriarch of Venice.
William Van Ornum asks if the Church is losing good potential priests because of psychological testing.
The Saint Barnabus’ Blog says it is now too late for Anglo-Catholicism to survive.
Fr Dwight Longenecker reflects on the “brilliantly annoying style” of GK Chesterton.
Patrick Madrid says Marcial Maciel is to the Legion of Christ what the Deepwater Horizon rig is to the Gulf of Mexico.
And Rome Reports showcases the worst-dressed priests in the world (video).
The Pope is expected to name Archbishop Velasio DePaolis the Apostolic Delegate to the Legion of Christ.
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York are reportedly preparing to make a last-ditch effort to prevent thousands of traditionalists leaving the Church of England.
A Vatican spokesman has denied reports that the disgraced former Archbishop of Poznań, Juliusz Paetz, is to be “rehabilitated”.
Zenit publishes the final part of Pope Benedict’s question-and-answer session with priests.
Fr Edward Daly welcomes the Saville report into Bloody Sunday.
Commonweal responds to criticism by the US bishops of its stance on the healthcare bill.
John Allen points out the “elephants in the room” of the Catholic debate on healthcare reform.
Kevin O’Rourke looks at “the complicated reasons behind an abortion at a Catholic hospital” in Phoenix.
George Weigel describes the alternative to “Catholic Lite”.
Karl Giberson urges Christians not to vilify the New Atheists.
Joanna Bogle profiles Catholic Voices, which aims to transform the media image of Catholicism during the Pope’s visit to Britain.
Austen Ivereigh applauds Archbishop Vincent Nichols’s efforts to promote the papal visit.
Rocco Palmo reports on the remarkable success of the iBreviary app for the iPhone.
And Fr Z wonders if the iPad will replace the altar missal.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has publicly criticised Cardinal Angelo Sodano’s comments about the abuse crisis on Easter Sunday.
Cardinal Walter Kasper says the talks between the SSPX and the Holy See are “not easy”.
The Pope has appointed Mgr Liam MacDaid as the new Bishop of Clogher.
Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec has told a group of physicians that no one is the “ultimate arbiter of life“.
Fr Federico Lombardi says Benedict XVI’s trip to Portugal next week will have a strong Marian dimension.
The Catholic Truth Society is organising a spiritual bouquet to be presented to the Pope when he visits Britain.
Comedy Central is planning a new cartoon featuring Jesus living in New York City to escape his “powerful but apathetic father”.
Sandro Magister and Fr Joseph Komonchak discuss how the Church can be holy when its members are sinners.
Hubert Wolf at Foreign Policy asks how much the wartime Church knew about the Holocaust.
Russell Shaw argues that Pope Benedict is an innovative social thinker.
John Zogby crunches the numbers of a recent poll of American Catholics about the abuse crisis.
Russell Moore wonders why the Catholic novelist Walker Percy didn’t kill himself.
Rome Reports asks people on the streets of the Eternal City how to encourage people to go to church.
And Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo will receive an honorary doctorate from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St Louis today.
There was a torrent of comment on Pope Benedict XVI and the sex abuse crisis at the weekend. Here is a selection: John Allen, Fr Raymond de Souza, Fr Federico Lombardi, Richard Dawkins, Andrew M Brown, Ross Douthat, Maureen Dowd, Tim Rutton, Andrew Sullivan, India Knight, Rod Dreher, George Weigel, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Matt Taibbi, Conrad Black, Elizabeth Lev, John Hooper, Catherine Pepinster, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, Rocco Palmo, Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Michael McCarthy.
“About three dozen demonstrators” held a protest outside Westminster Cathedral yesterday.
Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has given a rare television interview (video).
And Mark Oppenheimer gives the thumbs down to a new computer game based on Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster described Oscar Romero as “a preacher of astonishing clarity and power” during a Mass marking the 30th anniversary of his murder yesterday.
More resignations are expected to follow that of Bishop John Magee of Cloyne.
President Barack Obama signed a controversial executive order on abortion yesterday.
Ross Douthat expresses sympathy for the much-criticised pro-life Democrat Bart Stupak.
Archbishop Bernard Longley has formally welcomed the Pope’s visit to the Archdiocese of Birmingham in September.
Forbes reports on billionaire Catholic Albert Gubay’s “pact with God“.
And Rocco Palmo of Whispers in the Loggia will be contributing regularly to Brooklyn diocese’s cable station.