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Ratzinger writes at such length as to obscure the point, in my opinion. If you read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 283 (2nd ed.), the reasoning is spelled out in a brief and clear form: The question about the origins of the world and of man has been the object of many scientific studies which have splendidly enriched our knowledge of the age ...


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No. The Pope did not permit or condone artificial birth control. There's a full critique of a number of statements from Light of the World, together with statements from the Vatican which provide a gloss, on the website of the Holy Family Monastery, although it appears they consider that the Pope has erred simply because his statements will be used to ...


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While it's not one of our usual sources for Christian views, CNN did an article discussing this, and given that this is the first retired Pope in 600 years, and the occurrence is extremely rare, their answer is actually pretty good... His needs will still be seen to. There is no dictate as to what he should do, per Catholic doctrine, but he has indicated ...


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No, a retired pope is not infallible because that guarantee is not a personal quality; it is attached to the office that he no longer holds. This is true in terms of the pope’s extraordinary teaching authority, which Pope Pius XII used in his 1950 definition of Mary’s assumption into heaven. He acknowledged consulting the world’s bishops prior to that ...


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My mother-in-law has that book you link to (she's a very traditional minded Catholic and would be aghast if the Pope invalidated the Genesis account). I read a little of it and it's more or less a collection of meditations written by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, it has no official doctrinal significance and is little more than his opinion. Frankly, I'm ...


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Hmmm. Thanks for this question. First, it prompted me to read the relevant section in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraphs 1776-1802). In brief, the Catechism says this- Man must obey his conscience. Man must recognize that his conscience can be erroneous and seek to inform it. Conscience can remain in ignorance, and such ignorance can often ...


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The faithful may recite the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel freely. The prohibition from Pope Leo XIII is against the faithful’s use of the rite of exorcism—in other words, the pope is prohibiting the faithful from attempting an exorcism themselves, as only a priest or bishop may do this. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1673, explains, ...


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What was the hour of the Annunciation? There is nothing in Holy Scriptures that will be of any help here. But perhaps we could start with Dom Guéranger and tradition: A tradition, which has come down from the apostolic ages, tells us that the great mystery of the Incarnation was achieved on the twenty-fifth day of March. [St. Augustine, De Trinitate. ...


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Benedict XVI said that Genesis is based on a myth Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, in his 1995 book, "In the Beginning ...: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall" (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, $13), has expressed well the view I am espousing here. He writes: "It has become clear that the biblical creation ...


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This might give you a deeper understanding of Ratzinger's development of thought on conscience. He gave a keynote address to Bishops in 1991 titled 'Conscience and Truth'. There is also a book 'On Conscience' Which contains both this address and an address he gave to in 1984 titled 'Bishops, Theologians and Morality'. He makes some very interesting points ...


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Scripture is inerrant. Man is not. The Bible needs to be interpreted. Even a translation is an interpretation, because the translator needs to decide what a passage means in order to put it into another language to be read at a different point in history. It is also necessary to determine whether transcription errors have crept in over time. The Catholic ...


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I suggest you can ask Pope Benedikt XVI directly. You can write to the "Emeritus Pope Benedikt XVI, Secretariat of State, the Apostolic Palace, Vatican State". They DO read and answer all letters, one by one, and will forward it to him. Ratzinger grew up in the National Socialism (Nazi) environment of his home country when he was a teenager (he was born in ...


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The following occurs in Joseph Ratzinger: Collected Works Vol 11, Theology of the Liturgy, p.568, quoting a paper given by the then Cardinal which is cited as "Translated by Henry Taylor. From Alcuin Reid OSB, ed., Looking Again at the Question of the Liturgy with Cardinal Ratzinger: Proceedings of the July 2001 Fontgombault Liturgical Conference (...


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St. John Paul II once stated that we are now nearing the final confrontation. “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church ...


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I also think that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has lost supernatural assistance and related "infallibility" about his possible formal declarations concerning faith and moral as Pope when he abdicated this role. This is on the basis that the infallibility has given by Holy Spirit to the Pope (other than to the apostolic collegium) when he officially speaks as ...


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Once we understand the context, we'll be able to work out an answer. Notice three things: In this letter, pronouns are not capitalized when referring to God. There are numerous clear examples where "he" or "his" or "him" must refer to God, but they are not capitalized. So these words in the sentence in question may apply to men or God, depending on ...


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The following, represents the Roman Catholic Church, not the context of a document taken out of time condemning active heretics, those who rebelled as Satan did, but those who fell victim to that rebellion. The affirmation "outside the Church there is no salvation" is explained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (§846-848) as follows:How are we to ...


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More recently, Pope Francis has made a statement that more than confirms Cardinal Ratzinger's position. Francis said it was easy to misinterpret the creation story as recounted in the book of Genesis, according to which God created heaven and Earth in six days and rested on the seventh, saying, “When we read the creation story in Genesis we run the risk of ...


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