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The Southern Cross, the weekly South African Catholic newspaper, has a letter and an article hoping for something that will not happen. ... Abandon the Sign of the Cross? ... Deus avertat! Hopefully they will recognise that we need another Pope Benedict. We need orthodoxy.
Pope Benedict XVI is a cat lover. He even started an encyclical on cats, which he unfortunately never got round to finishing - it was to be his 25th encyclical.
A controversy arise, initiated by me, disputing his claims. The Gregorian University initially disputed all of the above. Later they were shown to be wrong on some important points, but several matters still remain unresolved, and unfortunately are perpetuated in Adventist / Sabbatarian circles, and in copies of his book.
The Catholic Church consists, currently, of 23 different Churches sui iuris. "Sui iuris" means autonomous, although all are united under the leadership of the Pope. Each Church is known as a particular Church, and the Pope, in addition to being leader of all 23, also has the authority over the Latin Church that the Patriarchs have over their sui iuris Churches. All except the Latin Church are Eastern Churches. Not all Churches have Patriarchs - some have Major Archbishops, some Metropolitans, and the rest have…
I remember exactly where I was on the evening of Tuesday April 19 2005. I was in Parow, in a Pick 'n Pay grocery store, near the frozen meat isle, and got a call from my mother. I was absolutely thrilled. The cardinal I had been inspired by for several years, and respected tremendously, and whom I hoped would be pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
I’m not a woman who has suffered abuse, but I have an opinion on domestic abuse. I’m not a man, but I have an opinion on funding for prostate cancer research. I’m not a slave, but I have an opinion on human trafficking. I’m not a soldier or live in a war zone, but I have an opinion on Canadian military engagement. I’m not an Aboriginal person, but I have an opinion on the Idle No More movement.
Though I'd read work by other Christians who laid out compelling cases for their beliefs, there was something about Pope Benedict's particular style that reminded me of the people I knew growing up. Many times I thought that if my father and his scientist friends were to become believers and explain why they believed, this is what it would look like. When I read the Holy Father's encyclicals, speeches, and books, I didn't feel so lost in the Christian world anymore. I learned what it…
Arthur and Teresa Beem are ex-Adventists who became Catholic. They have a book, which I blogged on previously and I will eventually move that post to this new blog. Very, very good and insightful book. They have two blogs which I highly recommend.
On 28 April 2009, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI left his pallium lying on the tomb of Pope St Celestine V. At the time there was speculation that this indicated that Pope Benedict XVI would follow in the footsteps of Pope St Celestine V. Pope St Celestine V resigned on 13 December 1294. He had been pope for 5 months. There was no pope for two years prior to that - the election that resulted in him becoming pope took 27 months. 11 Cardinals participated…
This is a very sad day for the Catholic Church, but it was inevitable that his reign come to an end. He has been a tremendous force in bringing the Church back in line, and turning people back to God. I don't think he will lose his status as my favourite pope. He is my 4th pope - I was born in the reign of Pope Paul VI, who was followed by Pope John Paul I, and then Pope John Paul II.
This blog is the new home for my website. Website articles have moved here. Old blog entries will move across slowly. Comments for old articles imported here have been turned off.
As I move my essays and old blog posts onto this forum, I will not be activating comments on the old material. Posts dated Feb 2013 onwards will have comments open, unless there is no point in doing so.
One common dispute against the Catholic Church by well meaning but misinformed Protestants is the assertion that the Catholic Church “added” books to the Bible. As it is commonly known, Protestant Bibles only contain 66 books, as they do not include Sirach, Baruch, Judith, Tobit, Wisdom, 1 and 2 Maccabees, as well as parts of Esther and Daniel. In this two part series, with part two coming out next week, I hope to provide some guidance on defending the original 73 book canon of the…