Cardinal Ratzinger

Media Distractions

  As the Mysterious Get Benedict Society campaign to destroy Pope Benedict XVI continues shooting itself in the foot with various false starts, half-baked stories, and tales told by mainstream media idiots, the thing that continues to impress me is the sheer self-contradictory irony of the thing. It's really quite crushing.   We are instructed [...]

Milwaukee priest sets the record straight on NYT article

Challenges to the New York Times piece on the abuse scandal in Milwaukee keep on coming, and they damage is piling up. The latest comes from a priest who directly oversaw the case against Father Lawrence Murphy, though he was never contacted by the Times for comment. Now, he says, he wants to set the [...]

Defending Pope Benedict

The recent attacks on Pope Benedict and the Church have brought forth some excellent responses. First, over at National Review Online, Fr. Raymond J. de Souza says that the New York Times' Friday expose' of the pope's alleged intervention into a Milwaukee abuse case is undercut by the very evidence the reporters cite. The documents [...]

Liberating Theology from Politics

A friend recently sent me a remark by one Msgr. Alfred Gilbey, a onetime chaplain at Cambridge's Fisher House who was often called "eccentric" (but that mostly meant that he was a believing and practicing Catholic priest in a chaotic time). I'm sure his words will come as news to many. In an article in [...]

The Supremacy of Classical Music

Over the past few days, three of our writers have offered lighter reflections on why they prefer a given genre of music -- Rock, Showtunes, and Classical. We conclude with Classical Music. ♦ ♦ ♦ Classical music is the greatest music. This assertion is not based upon my preference or opinion; it is as much [...]

The Curran Controversy: A Crisis Editorial

The exercise of discipline is often a painful experience — not only for the one disciplined, but for the one who disciplines him as well. Although the Vatican did not intend to cause Father Curran distress (indeed, the Sacred Congregation made every effort to find a mutually acceptable solution), no one can deny that his [...]

Quodlibets: A Form of Infidelity of the Day

Talking on the phone with a woman whose name is one of those that dangle from my family tree, I asked her how she spelled it. The answer was an orthographic surprise, but there was an explanation. Her husband's family changed the spelling when they left the Church so they wouldn't be confused with their [...]

Curran, Dissent, & Rome: A Symposium

Fading the material contained in Cardinal Ratzinger's communication of September 25, 1985, bearing the protocol number 48/66 of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reminded me of a noble effort made by the late Cardinal Cooke to deal with dissent from Church teaching especially as this concerned the enterprise of religious education. [...]

USCC Watch: Cherchez le Secretaire

As regular readers know, USCC Watch believes that the USCC staff exercises an enormous influence over the bishops' public statements. So when a controversial statement appears, USCC Watch shouts "Cherchez le secretaire," and compares the statement with the known sympathies of the relevant staff member(s). Approaching the USCC from that angle, I have often wondered [...]