Pope Benedict XVI Archives - Ethics & Public Policy Center

Hans Küng and the Perils of Fame

Hans Küng was one of the first Catholic intellectuals to figure out that the world press couldn’t resist the man-bites-dog storyline in which a Catholic thinker challenges Church doctrine—and does so in ways that confirm progressive cultural biases.

What the Magi Teach Us

The Magi, wrote Pope Benedict XVI, are not mythical figures in “a meditation presented under the guise of stories.” Rather, the Magi story helps us to “understand the mystery of Jesus more deeply.”

Books for the Summer of Our Discontent

EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel recommends several books that he lately has found reassuring, challenging, illuminating, and in some cases just plain fun: which is to say, apt reading in, and for, this troubled moment.

Games Intellectuals Play

The proponents of a confessionally Catholic state as the optimum form of government are small in number. But they’ve demonstrated an impressive ability to rile up the debate about the current American political situation, and about Catholic social doctrine generally, so a few questions are in order.

Joseph Ratzinger, Theological Reformer

In the War of the Conciliar Succession, there are true reformers, and then there are the forces of deconstruction. Joseph Ratzinger is emphatically a true Catholic reformer.

Embracing the Kind of Redeemer God Appointed

The Gospel readings of Lent remind us that opposition to Jesus and his mission frequently grew out of the desire for a redeemer who was more like what various characters in the drama thought a redeemer should be.

Transforming Quarantine Into Retreat

This bruising Lent, in which “fasting” has assumed unprecedented new forms, seems likely to be followed by an Eastertide of further spiritual disruption. At the very least, the dislocations we experience call us to a more profound realization of our dependence on the divine life given us in Baptism.

“Wittenberg” in Synodal Slow Motion

It is astonishing that, confronted by unmistakable empirical evidence that liberal Protestantism has collapsed around the world, German Catholic leaders, ordained and lay, seem determined to create a nominally Catholic form of liberal Protestantism through a slow-motion “Wittenberg.”

Beyond Amazonia

The reform of the priesthood, including a deepening of the Church’s commitment to the value of celibacy as a radical witness to the Kingdom, begins, as does all authentic Catholic reform, with deeper conversion to Jesus Christ and the gospel.

The Bullies and That Book

The partisans of openness and dialogue are now telling two of Catholicism’s most distinguished sons that their views are unwelcome; that the theological and pastoral defense of clerical celibacy is an act of disloyalty to Pope Francis; and that they should just shut up.