Pope Benedict’s first “Tweet”

benedictBenedict XVI ‏  @Pontifex

Welcome to the official Twitter page of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

“Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”

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Pope Benedict promotes his new book by making controversial statements about Christmas

Nothing at all about condoms, this time, thank God!

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Editor’s note: Has the pope declared his own “War on Christmas” merely to promote his latest book?  A complete lack of animals in the stable would logically require that the very pregnant Blessed Virgin Mary would have walked the 80 or so miles, from Nazareth to Bethlehem.  That’s roughly the equivalent of walking from Chicago to Milwaukee.

What to do when the “Good News” is regarded by much of the world as “old news”?

The Synod on the New Evangelization ended on Saturday in Rome. Something like 260 bishops (and 400 total participants) assembled from every continent. Their deliberations occasionally rose to real insight and eloquence. The pope himself seemed pleased – which should count for a lot in anyone’s book.

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Bishop Vasa: Faith no longer self-evident proposition even among Catholic volunteers.

In effect, the claim is that medical care, social services and education are not ‘religious’ in and of themselves and therefore are not worthy of ‘religious freedom’ protections. This societal separation of faith from the works which express that faith, unfortunately, has been preceded by a form of this separation in the minds and hearts of our Catholic people.

Not only is faith no longer a “self-evident presupposition” in society, it is even possible that it is no longer a “self-evident presupposition” in the hearts of the apostolic workers themselves.

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Vatican wisdom for our times: Render to God the things that are God’s … and let the United Nations have the rest.

by Doug Lawrence

The wacky “news” stories from the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, that we’ve been forced to endure for lo’ these many years are bad enough, but now we also have to deal with the “white paper” from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on the economy.

All this proves is that the communists and socialists still control large parts of the Vatican bureaucracy. And that’s nothing new.

One has to wonder if the pope decided to sleep-in today, or what? I’m betting that even the Muslims are laughing at this fiasco. A real embarrassment!

God bless good Pope Benedict. He’s going to need it!

Senior Anglicans: Pope’s Anglican Initiative “Insensitive”. (I Wonder How They Classify Henry VIII’s?)

Senior Church of England figures have attacked Pope Benedict XVI’s offer to disillusioned Anglicans to convert to Catholicism, describing it as “predatory” and “insensitive”.

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Editor’s note: These guys ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Some are not happy about announced beatification of the late Pope John Paul II

The Vatican has announced it will beatify Pope John Paul II in a ceremony on May 1.

The announcement is cause for consternation. This is a move to beatify the Pope who promoted a Masonic-styled pan-religious ecumenism, who effectively told the Jews they have their own Covenant independent from Christ, who kissed the Koran, who glorified in rock’n’roll and pagan inculturated liturgies, who appointed faithless and feckless bishops, whose official point-man for Protestants (Cardinal Kasper) publicly said Vatican II did away with the notion that non-Catholics need to convert, who presided over the worst clerical scandal in history, and whose consistent words and actions presented Vatican II as a radical discontinuity with Catholic Tradition.

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