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Pope Benedict XVI

“The Conclave is very much a struggle for the institutional heart of the Church”

Wed 13 March 2013, 1:26pm

Tweet No white smoke yet White smoke from the papal conclave.  The successor to Benedict XVI will need the support of two thirds of the 115 cardinals present – the Guardian is live-blogging events.  And, as the BBC Europe editor Gavin Hewitt reminds us, the choice is not the one some might wish it to be.  […] more »

Pope Benedict XVI: “with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome”

Tue 12 February 2013, 10:57pm

Tweet For anyone seriously concerned with his “legacy”, the surprise announcement by Pope Benedict XVI, of his intention to renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome “as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours”, deserves a more considered approach.  For example, following on from his initial response, at the Telegraph Blogs Damian Thompson reproduces the […] more »

FMdFM: “It was important that we were there and right that we were there…”

Wed 22 September 2010, 7:21pm

Tweet The First and deputy First Ministers continue their evasive response to criticism of their failure to accept their invitation to attend Pope Benedict XVI’s official welcome on the first-ever papal state visit to the UK. One’s clinging to his political psychosis/comfort blanket, the other’s claiming they were double-booked.  That’s why you have junior ministers, guys. As for the […] more »

Pope’s visit and “historical ignorance—that great anaesthetic of all debate in England”

Mon 20 September 2010, 12:00pm

Tweet We’ve had a few emotive posts on the Pope’s – in the end – fairly quiet and unobtrusive visit to Britain. Ironically, his visit to the British parliament was shunned by both First and deputy First Ministers for different reasons. Brian says it’s because Britain is a civil nation. Well that depends on which way […] more »

OFMDFM’s dilemma

Thu 16 September 2010, 2:06pm

Tweet Nevermind the Presbyterian moderator, at least he’s going to be there.  Our own little Process™ might have got a special mention as Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Edinburgh today on his first ever state visit to the UK, but no-one from the Northern Ireland Executive was there to hear it - despite an invitation being sent to the Office of […] more »

“I wonder if he has been dropped because he is an embarrassment.”

Wed 15 September 2010, 10:58pm

Tweet The last minute substitution of one of Emperor Pope Benedict XVI’s team to visit the UK has been, officially, blamed on ill health.  The Telegraph’s “blood crazed ferret” Damian Thompson has welcomed the news that a moderate theologian, the 77-year-old Cardinal Walter Kasper, will not be part of the semi-state visit. But I doubt the reference to […] more »

Don’t go back to the bad old days

Mon 13 September 2010, 9:24pm

Tweet The question discussed by BBC NI religion presenter Will Crawley of whether the Irish Presbyterian moderator should attend on the Pope  reminds me of the stern warning issued  by the Skibbereen Eagle in west Cork in the 1850s, Skibereen  has its eye on the Czar.”  Not many outside Skib noticed until the headline  became a cute byword for […] more »

“verdict against Galileo was rational and just…”

Sun 27 June 2010, 11:00pm

Tweet Galileo Galilei didn’t invent the telescope.  But he was convicted of heresy by the Catholic Church.  I’ve mentioned his trial before.  And Pope Benedict XVI’s argument that the “verdict against Gaileo was rational and just, and revisionism can be legitimized solely for motives of political opportunism.” [Adds As tierney comments below, I should have noted […] more »

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