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Morning Catholic must-reads: 15/02/13

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

By on Friday, 15 February 2013

The Vatican bank's headquarters in the Bastion of Nicholas V at the Vatican (CNS)

The Vatican bank's headquarters in the Bastion of Nicholas V at the Vatican (CNS)

Benedict XVI has appointed the German lawyer Ernst von Freyberg as the new president of the Institute for Works of Religion, or Vatican bank.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St Pius X, has said he hoped the Pope would make “one last gesture” towards the SSPX as he announced his resignation (report in French).

Cardinal Roger Mahony has said he is “asking for the grace to endure the level of humiliation at the moment” after he was reprimanded for his handling of abuse cases.

Archbishop José Gomez says Benedict XVI’s announcement was “the act of a saint“.

Dylan Parry explains why he feels “angry and abandoned” by Pope Benedict’s decision.

Barbie Latza Nadeau rounds up the conspiracy theories surrounding Benedict XVI’s abdication.

And Italian journalist Giovanna Chirri explains how she overcame an attack of the shakes to break the papal story of the century (video).

Follow me on Twitter @lukecoppen for updates throughout the day.

  • Nat_ons

    ‘Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St Pius X, has said he hoped the Pope would make “one last gesture” towards the SSPX as he announced his resignation (report in French).’

    This has been the problem with the SSPX recently (if not from the start); it requires Rome to bend in subjugation to its will, not rejoice in suppliant hope toward the kindness of the Holy Father. One can only pray that the next pope will spend as much time, consideration and energy in seeking out and restoring the SSPX to full communion as the awesome Benedict XVI has done (I suspect other matters will press rather more keening on him from day one .. let alone engage in more fruitless negotiations with a small, petulant, ego-filled group; I mean the Curial Offices, of course). Rather than waiting for the Holy Father to go on bended knee and implore that the SSPX deign to correct the errors it (so often rightly) associates with the pastoral guidance of the Second Vatican Council, the Society out to make all haste to kiss papal toe (and accept his commission to set right what can be set right, in a spirit of continuity – and assist in rebuking what might need rebuking .. if anything); or, failing that unlikely event (before the 28th of this month), those members and leaders who genuinely desire communion (without reserve, dissent or obfuscation) should publicly affirm it .. the rest might be best suited humbly seeking communal/ episcopal support from the SSPV or a more orthodox part of the Old Catholic Union (with the Anglican Body Worldwide) i.e. set up their own Catholic sic Church .. without God’s beloved called to be saints at Rome (and get done with it).

  • Paulinesr

    POPE BENDICT XV1 HAS BEEN A TRUE AMBASSADOR FOR GOD. I HOPE OUR NEXT POPE
    FOLLOWS IN HE’S SHOES.