Benedict XVI: I knew during his life that John Paul II was a saint

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Rome, Italy, Apr 23, 2014 / 12:47 pm (CNA).- In a rare interview, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recalled his close friendship with Blessed John Paul II, saying that the pontiff’s sanctity and deep spirituality were apparent during his life.

“In the years in which I collaborated with him, it was ever clearer to me that John Paul II was a saint,” said Benedict XVI during an interview with Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch, which was published April 20 in the Spanish newspaper “La Razon.”

“Naturally, his intense relationship with God, being immersed in communion with the Lord, needs to be taken into account above all,” the former Pope said of his predecessor.

Benedict XVI, who served under Pope John Paul II as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said the Polish pontiff courageously “embraced his task in a truly difficult time.”

“John Paul II did not ask for applause nor did he look around worried about how his decisions were going to be received. He acted based on his faith and his convictions, and he was also willing to take hits,” Benedict recounted. “The courage for truth is, in my view, a primary measure of holiness. Only by looking first at his relationship with God is it possible to also understand his unfailing pastoral determination.”

In this sense, he recalled the decision of the future saint to confront head on the spread of liberation theology in Latin America.

“Both in Europe and in North America, the common view was that it was about supporting the poor and that therefore it was a cause that ought to be approved outright. But that was an error. Poverty and the poor were undoubtedly addressed by Liberation Theology but from a very specific perspective,” Benedict XVI explained.

Liberation Theology used the Christian faith and transformed it “into a kind of political force. The religious traditions of the faith were placed at the service of political action. In this way, the faith was profoundly alienated from itself and true love for the poor was thus weakened as well. It was necessary to oppose such a falsification of the Christian faith precisely out of love for the poor and service to them,” he continued.

The situation in John Paul II’s native Poland – ruled at that time by Communism – “had showed him that the Church should truly act for freedom and liberation not in a political way but by awakening in men, through the faith, the forces of authentic liberation,” Benedict XVI said.

During the interview, the Pope Emeritus underscored that his collaboration with John Paul II “was always marked by friendship and affection,” on both an official and personal level. “The Pope was very versed in contemporary German literature and it was very beautiful (for both of us) to seek out the right decision together on these things,” he said.
Benedict XVI recalled that each Tuesday, the two would discuss the catechesis for the Wednesday audience. “Through the catechesis, the Pope decided to offer over time a catechism. He chose the themes and had us prepare brief preliminary considerations to be developed later (…). Here also the theological competence of the Pope became apparent. But at the same time I admired his willingness to learn.”

The retired pontiff also noted “three encyclicals of particular importance” issued by John Paul II. The first is “Redemptor hominis,” in which he offered his personal synthesis of the Christian faith. The second is “Redemptoris mission,” in which he examined “the relationship between inter-religious dialogue and the missionary task.” The third is “Veritatis splendor,” in which he addressed moral problems in a way that continues to be relevant today.

“The encyclical ‘Fides et ratio’ was also very significant, in which the Pope strived to offer a new vision of the relationship between the Christian faith and philosophical reason. And lastly, it is absolutely necessary to mention ‘Evangelium vitae,’ which developed one of the most fundamental themes of the entire pontificate of John Paul II: the intangible dignity of human life, from the moment of conception,” Benedict XVI added.

The retired Pope also said the spirituality of his predecessor was characterized “by the intensity of his prayer, which was profoundly rooted in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.”  

“All of us were aware of his great love for the Mother of God. To give everything to Mary meant being, with her, totally for the Lord. Just as Mary did not live for herself but for Him, so also he learned from her and from being with her a complete and rapid devotion to Christ.”

“My memory of John Paul II is filled with gratitude. I couldn’t and shouldn’t try to imitate him, but I have tried to carry forward his legacy and his work the best that I could,” Benedict XVI said.


The illiterate abortion activists of the Maritimes

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by Jonathon van Maren The closing of a private abortion clinic in Fredericton, New Brunswick has caused hysterics among Canada’s abortion activists usually reserved for Parliamentary pro-life motions. Columns full of rhetorical questions that prove devastatingly stupid as soon as they’re answered have been filling… (2)

Canadian aborted babies incinerated in Oregon waste-to-energy facility to provide electricity

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by Peter Baklinski VICTORIA, British Columbia, April 23, 2014 ( – The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitted that the remains of babies destroyed by abortion in B.C. facilities are ending up in a waste-to-power facility in the United States, providing electricity for residents of Oregon. The… (2)

10-year-old boy raped male classmate after watching porn, now on trial

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by Thaddeus Baklinski MOLD, Wales, April 23,2014 ( – The crown prosecutor in the trial of a young boy accused of raping a male classmate in the washroom of their Colwyn Bay school told the jury at Mold Crown Court that the defendant viewed online pornography and was “acting out” scenes he had seen.… (2)

A little more care with the Blessed Sacrament

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There is an aspect of the Communion-in-the-hand discussion that I feel has been overlooked and so I would like to address it.

One of the results of the increase in Communion in the hand has been a proportional decrease in the use of patens that catch Communion particles during distribution. It is very easy, in the transfer of hosts to the communicant’s hand or mouth, for a small piece of Communion to fall, and it is the minister’s responsibility to make sure It is caught.

When I’ve acted as an Extraodinary minister of Holy Communion, without a server and paten, I’ve tried to use the ciborium as a kind of paten itself. It isn’t at all difficult to make sure that the ciborium is constantly underneath the host as it is transferred to the communicant, held under my hand and also under the chin or hands of the communicant, but I’m somewhat amazed at how many times this easy precaution is not taken.

Nought the precious gift divideth.
Breaking but the sign betideth.
Jesus still the same abideth,
Still unbroken doth remain.
(Corpus Christi Sequence)


Susan B. Anthony List defends free speech at Supreme Court over Obamacare election ads

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by Dustin Siggins WASHINGTON, D.C., April 23, 2014 ( — One of the nation's largest pro-life groups has defended free speech before America's highest court, arguing that their liberty was inhibited in the 2010 race by an Ohio law restricting speech in election ads. In 2010, the Susan B. Anthony… (4)

Shakespeare at 450: Slaying the Anti-Catholic Dragons

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By JOSEPH PEARCE | Today is St. George’s Day. It is also Shakespeare’s birthday and, believe it or not, it is the day on which Shakespeare died. Apart from the astonishing coincidence that Shakespeare died on his own birthday, it is also singularly… (1)

Yale pro-life student group denied membership in ‘social justice’ network

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by Dustin Siggins NEW HAVEN, CT, April 23, 2014 ( — Yale's student-based pro-life group has been denied membership in the social justice arm of a non-profit group on campus. According to Christian Hernandez, immediate past-president of Choose Life at Yale (CLAY), “this is the first rejection of Dwight… (3)

Coordinator of Religious Education – Catholic Church (Mercer County, NJ)

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Religious Education, FT Employee
Catholic Church (Mercer County, NJ)

Catholic Church in Mercer County, NJ is seeking a Coordinator of Religious Education .

Responsibilities include but not limited to: Responsible for coordinating the parish religious education program, utilizing a variety of resources to complement the Coordinator’s background and skills, which include a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies or related field and parish experience. Typically manages the Religious Education Office; supervises staff; recruits and trains volunteers; plans programs for adults teen or children; and evaluates program curricula. Knowledge of the Spanish language would be helpful but not a requirement.

Religious Requirement: Must be a practicing Catholic who upholds the teaching and traditions of the Church and who possesses a sound working knowledge of the Catholic faith and Church hierarchy.

To apply, forward your resume and salary requirements to: [email protected] (3)

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