Easter 2010 was a particularly trying time for the Holy Father, as various news organizations set aside any pretense to objectivity in an attempt to tie him to scandals involving clergy sexual abuse—even though the Holy Father has done more than anyone else, both as pope and previously, to try to rid the Church of abusive priests.
Starting on April 11, and running through April 19, the fifth anniversary of the Holy Father's election as the 265th pope of the Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus asked Catholics worldwide (but especially in the United States) to join in a novena for Pope Benedict XVI.
On April 12, 2010, the Vatican posted on its website a "Guide to Understanding Basic CDF Procedures concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations," along with two dozen other documents concerning clerical sexual abuse, in a section entitled "Abuse of Minors: The Church's Response."
A reader raised an appropriate question for the Easter season: Why had the local Catholic radio station quit broadcasting the Angelus?
April 16, 2010, marked the 83rd anniversary of the birth of Joseph Ratzinger, better known to the world today as Pope Benedict XVI.
April 19, 2010, marked the fifth anniversary of the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI. Following Pope John Paul II, whose pontificate was the second-longest ever, Pope Benedict was expected by both friends and foes to be a "transitional pope." Nothing could have been further from the truth.
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- Photos From Pope Benedict's May 2009 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
- Summorum Pontificum
- The Latin Mass
- Differences Between the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo
- SSPX Excommunications Lifted
- The Prospects for Catholic Unity With the Orthodox
- What Is the Church? A Restatement of Catholic Tradition
Are there ever any circumstances under which a Saturday vigil Mass does not fulfill our Sunday obligation?
Starting on Saturday, April 24, 2010, the fifth anniversary of the coronation of Pope Benedict XVI, and running through May 2, the first Sunday of May, the Institute of Christ the King, one of the leading traditionalist societies in the Catholic Church, offered a novena and spiritual bouquet in honor of Pope Benedict. They asked all faithful Catholics to take part in this expression of "fidelity to the Vicar of Christ on earth in this hour when he is unjustly attacked."
April 25, 2010 marked the 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Falling in the last months of the Year for Priests and in the midst of unprecedented attacks on the Catholic Church and the priesthood, the 2010 World Day of Prayer for Vocations was particularly poignant.
On Sunday, April 25, 2010, exactly one month after the New York Times set off a firestorm with the front-page headline "Vatican Declined to Defrock U.S. Priest Who Abused Boys," the Times public editor, Clark Hoyt, responded to criticisms of that story and similar coverage in the Times of the clerical sexual-abuse scandal.
There were a few particularly glaring problems with Clark Hoyt's response. Only a few days later, however, we received answers to questions Hoyt didn't address—and they came from the New York Times itself.