And I really can’t be doing with all this “emeritus” stuff. He’s still simply Pope Benedict to me
I knew I was going to have trouble with two popes; when we pray for the ‘Holy Father’, it’s still Benedict I think of. Fathers don’t resign: they just get old
Some think it ironic that pugnacious Mrs Thatcher should pray for harmony. But she was closer to St Francis than you may think.
She believed also in truth, in faith, and in hope where there was despair; and she prayed for these things, too.
Michael Philpott did evil things because of the benefits system, says AN Wilson. That’s surely a perfect example of the folly of moral relativism.
Without the welfare state, he says, Philpott would have been ‘decently employed’. Maybe it’s more likely he would still have been a criminal?
Washing a woman’s feet on Maundy Thursday didn’t mean that the Pope will ordain women: but it was unsettling and it does mean something
The adventure begins: and it’s going to be a bumpy ride
How, when we read of Islamist atrocities against Christians, are we to contain and overcome the temptation to turn against Muslims?
It’s not always easy or even possible. But hatred of the sinner rather than of the sin is always unChristian
Should Pope Francis sell off the Vatican’s art collection and give the money to the poor? The answer is an emphatic ‘No’
There are some irreversible changes which cause lasting damage: others which bring real spiritual growth. Pope Francis will know the difference
Is Pope Francis indeed a member of the Argentinian Chesterton Society? Maybe: but he has surely been inspired by Chesterton’s great work on St Francis
Much will no doubt emerge over the months ahead about the new Pope’s intellectual formation. But if Chesterton were not part of it, I would be astonished
I thought that having a new Pope at last would bring some relief from hostile media attention: how wrong can you be?
They can’t get Pope Francis over paedophilia: but they were always going to find something
Now the conclave is about to begin, we can look forward with relief, not only to having a pope again, but to the secular media’s sudden loss of interest
Then we can all get back to the business of completing the work of the pontificate so unexpectedly ended
We are right to feel compassion for Cardinal O’Brien: all the same, let there be no facile excuses for what he has done and what he has been
He should never have been given his red hat. He had made it clear that he did not support the teaching authority of the Church