Concrete gestures that enter hearts and stir consciences are essential, inspiring in everyone that inner conversion that is the prerequisite for all ecumenical progress. — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI
Impromptu Address of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the Members of the Pontifical “Sistine” Choir
When we come to church, there should be no question whether we are in a church or in a coffeehouse or in a multipurpose gym.
The catastrophic scandals in our Church, especially those perpetrated by members of the hierarchy, are an opportunity for us to place all of our trust in God.
May the Archbishop’s reflections & exhortations bear fruit in practical renewal!
Love of liturgy—and, specifically, employment of its traditional forms—is not clericalism.
Beginning with Liturgy
Unmasking the Media’s Mythical Divide Between Popes
Yes, the house is on fire. Yes, liturgy is important. Seriously? Yes.
“If the right is given to African tribes to include their pagan traditions in the liturgy, I think the same should also be given to the rite of a thousand year-old Christian Church, based on a much older Roman tradition.” — László Dobszay
“Have mercy on your church,” Cardinal Ratzinger prayed in 2005. “When we fall, we drag you down to earth, and Satan laughs, for he hopes that you will not be able to rise from that fall; he hopes that being dragged down in the fall of your church, you will remain prostrate and overpowered.”
Msgr. Georg Ratzinger talks about his vocation, his brother’s vocation, and many other things.
The Pope Emeritus “prays, reads, listens to music, dedicates himself to his correspondence, which is a lot, and receives visitors. Every day we walk together in the woods behind the monastery, reciting the rosary.” — Archbishop Ganswein (10/22/13)
Consider these lines from GIA’s newest hymnal (Worship IV): “Who is this who eats with sinners, calling luckless losers winners?” Did they really just use the phrase “luckless losers” in a Catholic hymn book?
Human beings are “geared” toward annual events. Our minds, emotions, and memories simply aren’t programmed to work in 3-year cycles.