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Helmut Schüller on God’s Mysterious Ways

Helmut Schüller on God’s Mysterious Ways

“God moves in a mysterious way, his wonders to perform!” my grandmother would tell me, quoting the poet William Cowper, in moments when my curiosity had stretched too far. She liked to retreat into literature to avoid unpleasantness and keep ‘unmentionables’ where they belong. I have wondered what she would have had to say about […]

Argentina’s cardinal elected Pope Francis

Benedict XVI, born Joseph Ratzinger, shocked the Catholic world when he announced his resignation on 28 February. The last Pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII in 1415 to end the Great Western Schism (1414–1418) during which there were rival claims to the papal throne. Benedict’s successor, Pope Francis, now ushers in a new era. […]

Priests’ revolt: Pope speaks

Priests’ revolt: Pope speaks

Pope Benedict XVI publicly condemned the “call to disobedience” (Aufruf zum Ungehorsam) issued by Austrian priests last summer, and re-affirmed the ban on women in the priesthood. Speaking to 3,000 Vatican priests in a sermon on Holy Thursday (5 April) before the Easter weekend, Benedict insisted that Jesus had called for “true obedience”, and that […]

Book Review: Donna Woolfolk Cross’ Pope Joan

Mother of The Church The improbable tale of a 9th-century woman who became head of the Catholic Church has been a legend long told and long believed. Still there is little to go on and no irrefutable evidence to back up the existence of Johanna of Ingelheim, also known as Pope Johannes Anglicus. Whether true […]

Church Trouble

The Catholic Church has a problem, and it’s not just rapists in the clergy. It has become increasingly apparent in the last few decades that the Church is out of touch – an anachronism of a bygone era, which has done more harm to humanity than any good. There is plenty of evidence to support […]

Austrian Catholics Opt Out

The Austrian Catholic Church has fallen on hard times, facing a declining membership that mirrors a similar phenomenon around the world. In September 2007, Austrian Catholic leaders were hopeful that Pope Benedict XIV’s visit to the Alpine republic would inspire the membership and bring in new energy. However, according to the Catholic press agency Kathpress, […]

The Pontiff, John Lennon and Me

“Prague, the city of a hundred spires” – that’s how the Czech capital was advertised to me in an e-mail from a friend, insisting I spend a free weekend to visit. Sure, why not? 4.1 million international tourists per year can’t be wrong, after all. One cursory Wikipedia search and a five-hour train ride later, […]

Denial Of Love

Denial Of Love

Austria’s Roman Catholic Church is in trouble again. And, once more, the issue is sex. But while past scandals have sprung from allegations of carrying on among priests and priests-to-be – including the revelations in the mid 1990s that the Vienna Archbishop Cardinal Hans Hermann Groër himself may have been a pedophile – the focus […]

Letters to the Editor: November 2007

To the Editor, (In response to “Benedict in Vienna, Prodigal Priesthood,” Oct. 2007) In response to the commentary article, “Prodigal Priesthood,” it is fairly obvious that the author has some deep personal disagreements with the Catholic Church, and though I completely disagree, I do not want to get into an emotional exchange over opinions that […]

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