The generations whose story ends with the funeral and burial of Joseph Ratzinger were something quite special.
May he rest in peace, far from the caricatures and calumnies of lesser men.
The key to the true Joseph Ratzinger, and to his greatness, was the depth of his love for the Lord Jesus.
In remembering that conversation from a quarter-century ago, I cannot help but think that Ratzinger was allowing me a glimpse into his own deep interior life.
Bishop Heiner Wilmer, SCJ, the boyishly handsome bishop of Hildesheim in Lower Saxony, would likely not object to being counted among the most progressive bishops in a German episcopate dominated
Thus does Catholic Lite lead inexorably to Catholic Zero.
Thanks to the Franco-Prussian War, the First Vatican Council was suspended in October 1870 and never reconvened. Before its unanticipated end, Vatican I did important work: It defined the universal
The Council had been “an event of utmost importance” in the two millennia of Christian history.
Writing my new book, To Sanctify the World: The Vital Legacy of Vatican II (Basic Books), afforded me the welcome opportunity to dig into the Council’s sixteen texts and the many fine
Sixty years after its solemn opening on October 11, 1962, is there anything new to be said about the Second Vatican Council? I think there is. And I hope to