The Pope's Review of 2010

12/20/2010 Comments (36)

Pope Benedict XVI today reiterated the need for humility and repentance in the face of the clerical sex abuse crisis as he recalled the past year in his traditional Christmas greeting to heads of the Roman Curia.

He also shared some thoughts on how such crimes can be prevented in the future.

“We must accept this humiliation as an exhortation to truth and a call to renewal,” he said. “Only the truth saves. We must ask ourselves what we can do to repair as much as possible the injustice that has occurred. We must ask ourselves what was wrong in our proclamation, in our whole way of living the Christian life, to allow such a thing to happen. We must discover a new resoluteness in faith and...READ MORE

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Vatican, U.S. Embassy Respond to Wikileaks

12/11/2010 Comments (2)

Cables from the U.S. embassy to the Holy See are contained in the latest Wikileaks revelations.

They report on a wide range of issues, including the Holy See’s reaction to investigations into clerical sex abuse in Ireland, internal Vatican communications, British embassy concerns over the reaction to Anglicanorum coetibus, and the Holy See’s approach to: Venezuela, the Copenhagen accord on climate change, and Poland and the E.U.. The cables also contain the Pope’s approach to Turkey and how he helped release 15 British Royal Navy sailors captured by Iran in 2007.

Although quite sensational, none of the details actually come as any real surprise. On the Iranian story, I reported at the...READ MORE

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TAC Statement on Progress of Anglican Ordinariates

12/03/2010 Comments (2)

Archbishop John Hepworth, primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, has released a helpful pastoral statement on the progress of creating ordinariates under Anglicanorum Coetibus.

Some particular points of interest:

“It is expected that announcements about [two] countries initially involved in preparations for the Anglican Ordinariates (Canada and the United States) will soon be forthcoming.”

“It is also important that the rest of the Anglican world is quickly reassured that the Apostolic Constitution has a global reach. In our own Communion, four further Provinces have already passed resolutions seeking the formation of an Ordinariate.”

“Fifty-one priests of the TAC in the United...READ MORE

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Pope's Homily for Nascent Human Life Vigil

11/27/2010 Comments (11)

St. Peter’s Basilica was packed with worshippers this evening for the prayer vigil for nascent human life - the first of its kind, and an express wish of Benedict XVI for the universal Church. The vigil also took place in parishes around the world.

In his homily, Pope Benedict spoke of “cultural tendencies that seek to anaesthetize consciences with misleading motivations. With regard to the embryo in the womb, science itself highlights its autonomy capable of interaction with the mother, the coordination of biological processes, the continuity of development, the growing complexity of the organism. This is not an accumulation of biological material, but a new living being, dynamic and...READ MORE

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Book-Length Interview with Benedict XVI Published

11/23/2010 Comment

The book “Light of the World. The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times - a conversation of Benedict XVI with Peter Seewald” was launched today at the Vatican. It’s a fascinating and unprecedented series of interviews with a pope, recorded during six one hour sessions in the last week of July at the Holy Father’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

The Holy Father is asked many challenging questions, more of course than just the AIDS/condom controversy. What is particularly remarkable - though unsurprising to those who know the Pope - is that he spoke fluidly about almost every issue that was thrown at him (only a few were too complex to deal with in an interview) and that he...READ MORE

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Vatican Clarification on AIDS and Condoms

11/21/2010 Comments (22)

The Holy See Press Office has issued a clarification on the Pope’s comments on condoms and AIDS, according to Vatican Radio:

The head of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, has issued a statement clarifying passages of the book Light of the World, in which Pope Benedict discusses AIDS and condom use.

The statement says Pope Benedict states that AIDs cannot be solved only by the distribution of condoms, and, in fact, concentrating on condoms just trivializes sexuality, which loses its meaning as an expression of love and becomes like a drug.

At the same time, the Pope considered an exceptional situation in which the exercise of sexuality represents a real risk to the...READ MORE

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Vatican TV to go HD and even 3-D

11/16/2010 Comments (3)

A CTV (Vatican Television Center) cameraman stands near Pope Benedict XVI during the Pope's weekly general audience at the Vatican in this file photo. (CNS photo/Chris Helgren, Reuters) (Aug. 21, 2009)

Vatican television is about to go high definition and, later on, even 3-D, thanks to a new mobile unit unveiled today by the Vatican.

The director of Vatican Television Center (CTV), Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, said that switching to HD had been an “obligatory decision” given that CTV provides video coverage for leading international broadcasters throughout the world which have already switched over to HD TV.

In the future the unit will be able to record and transmit using 3-D technology, which broadcasts side-by-side images from slightly different viewpoints.

The new mobile unit, created by Sony, was funded with the help of the Knights of Columbus.

HD broadcasts will...READ MORE

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Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini - Full Text

11/11/2010 Comments (16)

The Holy Father today released his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Verbum Domini (The Word of the Lord) – a reflection on the 2008 Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which was devoted to “The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church.”

The full text of the document, which is being billed as the most important Church document on Holy Scripture since Dei Verbum, the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (1965), can be found here.

Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, told a Vatican press conference today that the purpose of the document is to communicate the results of the Synod;...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin