Tag Archives: Benedict XVI

A Personal Ramble – and Possible Movie of The Gentle Traditionalist!

Rambling on Catholic Ireland, the Legion of Mary, the Chesterbelloc and more …

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Father Dwight Longenecker, Joseph Ratzinger and the Mystery of the Liturgy

Benedict XVI: ‘The ecclesial crisis in which we find ourselves today depends in great part upon the collapse of the liturgy.’ The grave issue that Benedict XVI suffered, which Father Longenecker does not appear to suffer …

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Sexual Abuse and Evil in the Catholic Church

On Sexual Abuse and Evil in the Catholic Church – in Catholic Ireland and the world. An extract from my upcoming book, The Gentle Traditionalist.

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On the Meaning of Corpus Christi

On the origins and meaning of the Feast of Corpus Christi, still celebrated on the Thurdsday after Trinity Sunday in the traditional calendar of the Extraordinary Form.

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Meditations on the Tarot and the Vatican

An exploration of the surprising links between Valentin Tomberg’s Meditations on the Tarot and the Vatican of St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI. (And more, including the New Age movement.)

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Catholicism and Secularism: Two Different Creeds

Although cultural denial is rife, Catholicism and Secularism form two opposed creeds in our society. Seeing this clearly helps us better understand the Dictatorship of Relativism, as Benedict XVI has called it – as well as Anti-Catholicism.

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Christendom and the Dictatorship of Relativism

Benedict XVI saw how we are building a dictatorship of relativism, with a measure so very different to that of Christendom …

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Christendom and the ‘Integral Substance of the Eucharistic Mystery’

Benedict XVI saw the ‘Integral Substance of the Eucharistic Mystery’ at the heart of Christendom.

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The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI (an Overview by Charles A. Coulombe – Reviewed)

Charles A. Coulombe provides a stunning overview of the the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.

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Retraction and Apology – and Further Consideration on the Hope for the World

I must make an apology. I have inadvertently, if slightly, misquoted the Pope. In reference to climate change, I wrote that the Holy Father had said “[The Church] not only has a major responsibility; she is, I would say, the only hope.” In fact another word appears in the Pope’s thoughts. It is the word […]

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Christmas and the Fate of the Earth

January 2011 Amendment: The following entry was originally written under a slight misapprehension as to something the Holy Father had said. In a British print journal, I had read the Pope say that in terms of the global climate crisis: The Church is the only hope. The quote had been taken from Light of the […]

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The Pope on Ecological “Catastrophe … The Church is often the Only Hope”

January 2011 Amendment: The following entry was originally written under a slight misapprehension as to the Holy Father’s words. In a British print journal, I had read the Pope say that in terms of the global climate crisis: The Church is the only hope. The quote had been taken from Light of the World – […]

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Valentin Tomberg and the Holy Father on the Moral Energy of the Eucharist

Both the Holy Father Benedict XVI and Valentin Tomberg testify to the Moral Energy of the Eucharist

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Memory and Forgetting: From Liberal to Traditional

On the journey from liberal to traditional Catholic …

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The Rise of Benedict XVI by John L Allen Jr. (Review)

Review of the Rise of Benedict XVI – exceptional journalism from John L. Allen Jr to counter media stereotypes of Catholicism and Benedict XVI.

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The Ratzinger Report – Joseph Ratzinger, Vittorio Messori (Review)

Before becoming Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger gave a remarkable interview published as The Ratzinger Report. Therein he said some striking things of the crisis in the Church, some of which are featured here …

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Salt of the Earth by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Review)

Reviewed – Salt of the Earth: A Remarkable Book by a Remarkable Lover of Humanity – Joseph Ratzinger, now Benedict XVI

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