Pope Benedict XVI

We Are Not Our Own: Childhood in a Technological Age

By |2018-12-26T14:20:57-05:00April 12th, 2016|Categories: Abortion, Christianity, Communio, Culture, David L. Schindler, Family, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Pope Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II, Technology|

Liberal culture’s anti-child practices are bound up with a logic of childlessness most basically defined in terms of a forgetfulness of being and its Origin and expressed by the marginalization of philosophy, leisure, and liturgy as ways of being and acting. We can adequately address either these practices or this logic only by addressing [...]

Out of the Liquid City

By |2019-08-15T11:49:41-05:00February 14th, 2016|Categories: Beauty, Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Culture, Featured, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion, Secularism, Stratford Caldecott, Timeless Essays|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Stratford Caldecott in coming out of the liquid city, and embracing the order of love and beauty.  —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher During the infamous Brixton Riots of 1981—clashes between the police and the African-Caribbean community in south London—I was driving back [...]

The Balrog’s Whip: Secular Modernists and the Church

By |2018-12-26T15:05:03-05:00January 31st, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Dwight Longenecker, Featured, J.R.R. Tolkien, Modernity, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion, Secularism|

In a recent post, English priest-blogger Fr. Ed Tomlinson likened the threat of secular modernism in the church to Tolkien’s Balrog. You may remember the great demon pursues the members of the Fellowship as they are fleeing the mines of Moria. The final confrontation is at the Bridge of Khazad-dum. Gandalf defies the Balrog [...]

Benedict XVI: Feminist

By |2018-11-14T17:50:17-05:00September 14th, 2014|Categories: Communio, Feminism, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Pope Benedict XVI|

One of the greatest lies propagated by Western liberal media is that Pope Benedict XVI was a crusty old miser and “patriarchal” figure who upheld ideas and practices demeaning to women. This lie is, of course, most harmful to women, who—in Benedict XVI—had an advocate unlike any Pope in recent history. Nothing could be [...]

Regensburg, Truth & Appeasement: Benedict XVI as Prophet

By |2016-02-16T14:32:49-05:00September 13th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Pope Benedict XVI, World War II|Tags: |

There is a warm spot in my heart for Sir Cecil Spring-Rice because he loved Theodore Roosevelt and disdained Woodrow Wilson. He also wrote the hymn “I Vow to Thee My Country” which some progressivists have forbidden their shrunken congregations to sing because it speaks of a real heaven, and a life of sacrifice. [...]

When Reagan and Ratzinger Teamed Up on Faith and Hope

By |2016-02-16T14:32:49-05:00September 7th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Communio, Faith, G.K. Chesterton, Hope, Pope Benedict XVI, Ronald Reagan|

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI almost a year after the June 2004 death of Ronald Reagan. I don’t know if Ratzinger and Reagan ever met, though there’s a chance they did during one of Reagan’s visits to the Vatican to meet with Pope John Paul II, especially his first and most prominent [...]

Adventures in the Liturgy with Benedict XVI

By |2016-02-16T14:32:49-05:00July 27th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Communio, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Pope Benedict XVI|

“Adventure.”1 This is the word Benedict XVI uses to describe the Incarnation in his amazing book, The Spirit of the Liturgy. “Adventure” is also the perfect word to summarize the entire book itself. From beginning to end, the book reads like an amazing detective novel as it uncovers and brings to life not only [...]

The Arabic Writing on the Wall: Europe Learns the Hard Way

By |2018-12-03T08:15:37-05:00July 18th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Culture, Islam, Joseph Pearce, Pope Benedict XVI|

It takes courage to speak out against the threatening presence of Islam in today’s world. And it takes courage to defend those who have the courage to speak out. Eight years ago, after Benedict XVI gave his controversial Regensburg address, most European commentators were shamefully timid in their response. Most refused to raise their [...]

Conservatism & Pope Francis: A Culture Warrior’s Ideology?

By |2017-07-31T12:37:57-05:00May 4th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Communio, Culture, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis|

Sir, You are an American whom I have always admired, and for whose Presidential campaign I had the good fortune of working thirteen years ago. Rarely have I come upon a book, essay or thought of yours with which I could flatly disagree, though of course there is much over which to polemicize. However, [...]

Out of the Liquid City

By |2016-02-17T14:02:10-05:00December 28th, 2013|Categories: Beauty, Christianity, Communio, Pope Benedict XVI, Religion, Secularism, Stratford Caldecott|

During the infamous Brixton Riots of 1981—clashes between the police and the African-Caribbean community in south London—I was driving back to my parents’ house at night and got lost in the fog. I found myself faced with a dramatic scene: the fog illuminated by fire, as the rioters overturned cars and set them alight. [...]

The Political Teaching of Benedict XVI’s “Jesus of Nazareth”

By |2016-02-16T14:32:49-05:00August 18th, 2013|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Peter Strzelecki Rieth, Pope Benedict XVI|

The first book of Benedict XVI’s formidable oeuvre on the life of Jesus of Nazareth deals explicitly with the political life of Christ, or what Benedict in the preface modestly terms His “public activity.” Although not explicitly terming Christ’s activity as political, Benedict XVI does tell us that he regards this “public activity” as [...]

The Three Kinds of Hope: The Radiance of Being

By |2019-07-13T08:12:38-05:00May 5th, 2013|Categories: Books, Caritas in Veritate, Christianity, Communio, Featured, Pope Benedict XVI, Stratford Caldecott|Tags: , , |

The Radiance of Being: Dimensions of Cosmic Christianity (Angelico Press, 2013) Probably the majority in the environmental movement do not see the relevance of mysticism, or personal virtue and morality, to the great issues of our day. To them it is merely a technological or political challenge. They will try to get their hands on [...]

A Response to Garry Wills on Pope Benedict’s Resignation

By |2016-02-16T14:32:49-05:00February 20th, 2013|Categories: Books, Catholicism, Communio, Pope Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II|Tags: |

Garry Wills has continued to serve as the “go-to” guy for secular media types who need some spleen to pour on the Catholic Church. This past week, he admitted to NY Times readers that he finally had given up hope that the pope would stop being Catholic. (One wonders if he’s still trying to [...]

Beauty: A Necessity, Not a Luxury

By |2019-02-14T13:39:52-05:00January 22nd, 2013|Categories: Architecture, Art, Beauty, Books, Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Language, Pope Benedict XVI, St. John Paul II|

Just when I am about to succumb to the sadness and living death of nihilism, some piercing ray of beauty breaks open my heart, and the breath of possibility returns. I recently visited the Botanical Garden in St Louis. Amid the sights and smells, the colors and creatures, the sun, the architecture, and the [...]