The Framing of Pius XII - From Skepticism to Belief

08/17/2012 Comments (21)

Portrait of Venerable Pope Pius XII

– Wikipedia

Professor Ronald J. Rychlak is an expert on the “Hitler’s Pope” controversy surrounding Venerable Pope Pius XII.

But despite being a defender of Pius XII’s wartime record in saving Jewish lives from the Holocaust, the American law professor at the University of Mississippi was initially skeptical of claims, first disclosed by former Romanian intelligence chief General Ion Mihai Pacepa in 2007, that efforts to blacken Pius’s name were driven by a Soviet plot.

Yet after two years of research and regular contact with Pacepa, his perception changed, and he is now convinced that the KGB played a key role in framing Pius XII by promoting The Deputy – Rolf Hochhuth’s 1963 play that gave...READ MORE

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Nuncio: Pope's German Critics Harm Themselves More than Benedict

08/16/2012 Comments (2)

Archbishop Jean-Claude Perisset

РBischöfliche Pressestelle Hildesheim

Pope Benedict XVI is pained by the closed attitude Germans sometimes show him, and views their critical stance as a particularly German phenomenon, the country’s apostolic nuncio has said.

"The Pope suffers from the sometimes closed attitude shown towards him in Germany," said Archbishop Jean-Claude Perisset, according to an interview in Die Zeit, Aug. 15th. But he added that their rejection harms the critics more than the Pope. "It's a great loss to the Catholic Church in Germany that they hear so little of him," he said.

Next month will mark the first anniversary since the Holy Father made his historic official visit to his homeland – a trip widely praised for his papal addresses in...READ MORE

Filed under angela merkel, benedict xvi, diplomacy, germany, nuncio, richard williamson, vatileaks

Benedict XVI Dreamed of Becoming Vatican's Librarian

08/10/2012 Comments (3)
Rome Reports

Benedict XVI locking a bookcase in the library at Castel Gandolfo in 2010.

– Rome Reports

Before becoming Pope, Benedict XVI once dreamed he would become the Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church, a prelate recently appointed to that post has revealed.

In an interview in today’s L’Osservatore Romano, Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, who was appointed as Librarian of the Apostolic Library and Archivist of the Vatican Secret Archives on June 26th, said the Pope made the disclosure to the archbishop when he entrusted him with the post.

“He told me that before he became Pope, he had a dream: it was to go to the Library as librarian and archivist,” the French Dominican archbishop recounted. “It was a dream, he told me, that he would now want to see realized through me....READ MORE

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Chief Vatican Astronomer Welcomes Landing of "Curiosity"

08/06/2012 Comments (7)

An artist's impression of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover.

– NASA/JPL-Caltech

The head of the Vatican Observatory has welcomed the successful landing of a roving science laboratory on the planet Mars.

“I think everybody should be happy with the success of [the start of] this mission,” Jesuit Father José Gabriel Funes told Vatican Radio today. “We now have to wait for results, to see if we can learn more about Mars and the possibility of organic elements on the surface of Mars.”

NASA’s new science rover “Curiosity” landed on the Martian surface shortly after 1.30 a.m. EST, following a delicate and highly sophisticated landing operation.  The $2.5 billion mobile laboratory will now begin a two-year mission examining the Red Planet, led by NASA scientists at the...READ MORE

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Papal Audience: Prayer Makes Salvation Secure

08/01/2012 Comments (1)

Pope Benedict XVI greeting pilgrims in the square outside the apostolic palace in Castel Gandolfo, Aug. 1st, 2012


At his weekly general audience today, Pope Benedict XVI praised the 18th century Italian St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, in particular his teaching on the importance of prayer as necessary for salvation.

The founder of the Redemptorist Order, the Holy Father recalled, describes prayer as "a means necessary to salvation and the graces we need to achieve it” – a sentence, the Pope added, that “synthesizes Alphonsian understanding of prayer.”

The 18th century saint “wanted us to understand that in every situation of life we need to pray, especially in times of trial and difficulty,” the Pope said, recalling the saint’s famous maxim:  “He who prays is certainly saved; he who does not pray...READ MORE

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Pope Updated on Investigation into "Vatileaks"

07/27/2012 Comments (1)

Pope Benedict XVI has been informed of conclusions reached by the commission of investigation into leaked Vatican documents and about the progress of current criminal procedures underway, according to the latest Vatican statement released today. 

The Pope, who is keen that this matter be resolved quickly, has also asked for magistrates to proceed "expeditiously."

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi told reporters that the Vatican's judiciary will decide, probably at the beginning of the week of August 6-12, whether to acquit or send to trial the Pope's former valet, Paolo Gabriele, on charges of aggravated theft of confidential documents.

The statement reads:

"Yesterday...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, paolo gabriele, vatileaks

Bishop Cordileone Appointed Archbishop of San Francisco

07/27/2012 Comments (36)
Diocese of Oakland

Archbishop-designate of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone.

– Diocese of Oakland

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland as the new Archbishop of San Francisco, the Vatican announced today.

The 56 year-old San Diego-native replaces Archbishop George Niederauer, 76, who has led the archdiocese since 2006.

In an archdiocese renowned for its same-sex marriage battles, the appointment is particularly noteworthy: Bishop Cordileone is a forthright defender of traditional marriage, known for his strong pro-life record and theological orthodoxy.

A fluent Spanish speaker and canon lawyer, he was one of the creators of Proposition 8 - the state referendum banning same-sex marriage - arguing that “only one idea of marriage can stand" and that...READ MORE

Filed under george niederauer, manhattan declaration, oakland, pro-life, proposition 8, salvatore cordileone, same-sex marriage, san francisco

Vatican's Latest Statement on Rome-SSPX Talks

07/19/2012 Comments (555)

The Vatican today released the following statement concerning the declaration which emerged from the General Chapter of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X:

Communique Concerning Priestly Society of St. Pius X

"The recently concluded General Chapter of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X has addressed a declaration regarding the possibility of a canonical normalisation in the relationship of the Society and the Holy See. While it has been made public, the declaration remains primarily an internal document for study and discussion among the members of the Society.

"The Holy See has taken note of this declaration, but awaits the forthcoming official communication of the Priestly...READ MORE

Filed under bishop fellay, ecclesia dei, holy see, society st. pius x, sspx, vatican

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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. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin