Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Why Benedict?

One commentor points out something that is so simple that I'm amazed no one else has picked up on it, but the Pope's birthday last Saturday is the feast of St. Benedict Joseph Labre, from which he gets his Christian name Joseph and now has taken a papal name Benedict.


  1. Much too simple a reason, Mike. We must look for conspiracy theories, don't you know?

  2. Is St. Benedict Joseph Labre truly his patron saint? That is very interesting. I read the entry on him in Bert Ghezi's Voices of the Saints, and I started to pray to St. Benedict Joseph for another intention. Little did I know that the answer (in part) is the election of Benedict XVI. Tremendous. (Note, I believe Fr. Groeschel is named after this saint.)