Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Papal Documents of Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (reigned, 19 April 2005- 28 February 2013)

On this last full day of the Pontificate of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI (reigned 2005-2013AD), it seems appropriate to call to mind some of the more notable or remarkable documents are remarks of his pontificate.  The following are a few of the many selections that could have been chosen -- of course, he has written volumes of excellent material, both prior to his election and since.

The Vatican website, of course, has a catalogue of his writings and speeches as pontiff:
as does, along with significant documents for certain Vatican Congregations during his pontificate:

Any pontificate will be rightly remembered for the Encyclical Letters promulgated.  Pope Benedict XVI promulgated three during his pontificate:
Deus Caritas Est -- On Christian Love, 2005

Spe Salvi -- On Christian Hope, 2007

Caritas in veritate -- On Human Development in Charity and Truth, 2009

Who could forget the momentous Apostolic Constitution that gave Anglo-Catholics a special place within the Church: Anglicanorum Coetibus, Providing Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans, 2009

In addition to these, a few Apostolic Letters stand out:

Certainly, first amongst these is the great Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum that has done so much to restore fitting and beautiful liturgy within the Latin Rites:
Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio" Summorum Pontificum -- On the Traditional Liturgy of the Latin Rite, 2007

Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio" Ecclesiae unitatem, On the Ecclesia Dei Commission, 2009

Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio" Omnium in Mentem, On a Revision of Canon Law, 2009

Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio" Porta Fidei -- On the Year of Faith, 2011

Apostolic Letter Naming St. John of Avila a Doctor of the Church, 2012

Apostolic Letter Naming St. Hildegarde of Bingen a Doctor of the Church, 2012

Apostolic Letter Latina Lingua -- Establishing the Pontifical Academy of Latin, 2012

Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio" On the Service of Charity, 2012

Most recently, and which I commented upon in my post yesterday:
Apostolic Letter "Motu Proprio" Normas nonnullas, On Modifications Concerning a Papal Conclave, 2013

Of course, a couple speeches given on the occasion of foreign trips were memorable, including:
Regensburg Address On Faith, Reason, and the University, 12 September 2006

Address in Westminster Hall, England, 17 September 2010

Finally, in a short series of addresses given to Bishops from the United States on their Ad limina visits to Rome, Pope Benedict XVI gave some rather timely commentary on some of the pressing issues of our day.  Americans, take note!

Address on 26 November 2011, On Evangelization

Address on 19 January 2012, On Freedom

Address on 9 March 2012, On Marriage

Address on 5 May 2012, On Education

Live well!

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