Friday, December 16, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI’s peace message calls for wealth redistribution - The Washington Post:

By Francis X. Rocca, Religion News Service, Friday, December 16

VATICAN CITY — Noting a “rising sense of frustration” at the worldwide economic recession, Pope Benedict XVI said that a more just and peaceful world requires “adequate mechanisms for the redistribution of wealth." 
The pope’s words appeared in his message for the World Day of Peace 2012, released on Friday (Dec. 16) at the Vatican.
The message laments that “some currents of modern culture, built upon rationalist and individualist economic principles, have cut off the concept of justice from its transcendent roots, detaching it from charity and solidarity.”
Authentic education, Benedict writes, teaches the proper use of freedom with “respect for oneself and others, including those whose way of being and living differs greatly from one’s own.”
Peace-making requires education not only in the values of compassion and solidarity, but in the importance of wealth redistribution, the “promotion of growth, cooperation for development and conflict resolution,” Benedict writes.
The pope also calls on political leaders to “ensure that no one is ever denied access to education.”
The message was presented on Friday by officials of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace. The same body published a controversial document in October blaming the world’s economic and financial crisis on an “economic liberalism that spurns rules and controls,” and calling for global regulation of the financial industry and the international money supply.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

L.A. Archbishop blasts "nativism"

Ouch. Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles minces no words here:

Unfortunately, today we hear ideas like Huntington’s being repeated on cable TV and talk radio — and sometimes even by some of our political leaders.
There is no denying significant differences between Hispanic-Catholic and Anglo-Protestant cultural assumptions.
But my point is that this kind of bigoted thinking stems from an incomplete understanding of American history. Historically, both cultures have a rightful claim to a place in our national “story” — and in the formation of an authentic American identity and national character. 

(Via RCL)

Friday, June 17, 2011


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Friday, June 3, 2011

Croatia-bound (cont'd)

The Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, whom Pope Benedict will honor in Zagreb on Sunday, certainly has his defenders, who say that he saved Jews and protested the persecution of Serbs during World War II.

But if this report from 1998 is any indication, Benedict should expect his weekend visit to stir up some Balkan tensions.

UPDATE: The Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej said in April that Benedict's visit to Stepinac's tomb could "cast a shadow" over Catholic-Orthodox relations. Considering Benedict's zeal for reconciling East and West, that would seem to make it even more likely that he will address the historical controversies surrounding Stepinac and the Ustashi.

Thursday, June 2, 2011


Pope Benedict goes to Croatia this weekend, where it's possible that he will somehow refer to the Ustashi, the local brand of fascists, who under the Nazis did their bit to kill Jews, Muslims and Serbs.

Given that a fanatical Catholicism was a basic component of the Ustashi ideology, and given the pope's own tangles with Nazism, it might seem odd if he doesn't address this ugly part of the country's history in some way.

On Sunday afternoon, Benedict will pray before the tomb of the Blessed Alojzije Stepinac, the WWII-era archbishop of Zagreb, who was beatified by Pope John Paul II as a martyr to the Communists, but whom Orthodox Serbs accuse of having been an Ustashi sympathizer.

According to the Tablet, a Croatian Catholic bishop has told a German radio station that Serbian Orthodox bishops have written to the pope protesting his visit to Zagreb.