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Pope Francis, the Consistory as a test for the Conclave?

by Andrea Gagliarducci As far as we know, there will be no speeches, planned interventions, or reports in the extraordinary Consistory that Pope Francis has convened for 29 and 30 August. Instead, there will be a report by Bishop Marco Mellino, secretary of the Council of Cardinals, already submitted. It is the text based on a conference at…


From Priests of Sacrifice to Presidents Over Assemblies

Editor’s Note: we continue with Part 4 of José A. Ureta’s five-part critique of Desiderio Desideravi. For earlier parts, see here: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3. The Unique Role of the Priest in the Mass In Mediator Dei, Pius XII explicitly teaches: “Only to the apostles, and thenceforth to those on whom their successors have imposed hands, is granted the…


From Sacrifice of Calvary to Memorial of Presence

Editor’s Note: We continue with part three of José A. Ureta’s five-part critique of Desiderio Desideravi. For Part 1, see here. For Part 2, see here. The Holy Mass as a True and Proper Sacrifice When dealing with the Eucharistic sacrifice, Mediator Dei reiterates the teaching of the Council of Trent that the Holy Mass is a proper and true sacrifice…


26 ex presidentes piden al Vaticano una defensa más enérgica de Nicaragua

26 expresidentes de América Latina y España publicaron una carta abierta pidiendo a la Santa Sede que realice una defensa más enérgica frente a la persecución de la dictadura de Daniel Ortega y su esposa y vicepresidenta, Rosario Murillo, contra la Iglesia Católica en Nicaragua. La carta, difundida por la Iniciativa Democrática de España y las…


Removing the Centrality of the Redemptive Passion

Editor’s Note: We continue with part two of José A. Ureta’s five-part critique of Desiderio Desideravi, which began with yesterday’s installment. The Paschal Mystery as the Center of the Celebration In the encyclical Mediator Dei, Pius XII underlines the centrality of the Passion in the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ and in our Redemption (hereinafter, all highlights in…


The Primacy of Adoration

Critique of Desiderio Desideravi, pt. 1 Editor’s Introduction: We begin the publication, in five successive articles, of an important study by José Antonio Ureta about the theological foundations on which the recent apostolic exhortation Desiderio Desideravi rests. The author argues that these foundations manifestly differ from those of Pius XII’s encyclical Mediator Dei to the extent that they place all…


Benedict contra Benevacantism

I’ve been reading the second volume of Peter Seewald’s Benedict XVI: A Life  There is much of interest in it, including a new interview with Benedict at the very end.  Some of what he says is relevant to the controversy over Benevacantism (also called “Beneplenism” and the “Benedict is pope (BiP)” thesis), which holds that Benedict never validly resigned…


Pourquoi cette année a mis l’Église en crise?

(Jean-Marie Guénois, Le Figaro – Newsletter) C’est la pire année pour l’Église catholique de France. Et depuis longtemps. Même l’an 2019 et l’incendie de Notre-Dame-de-Paris ne fut pas aussi rude. « Annus horibilis » dirait-on pour les douze mois écoulés. L’expression latine est inquiétante et rassurante à la fois. Elle montre, comme un vieux vestige, qu’une…


Another assault on John Paul II

A new book released by the Vatican Publishing House, titled Theological Ethics and Life: Scripture, Tradition, and Practical Challenges, proposes nothing less than a radical change in the way the Church teaches about the moral life. On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II had lunch in the papal apartment with Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the renowned French…

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