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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Papal election may be brought forward

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The choice of a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. could possibly be brought forward, according to Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi. The official rules foresee a delay of between 15 and 20 days after the beginning of the interregnum to allow all the Cardinals to make the journey. "But if they are all meeting together, it is also possible to bring it forward," admitted Lombard.

It must be checked whether under the current rules - which themselves cannot be changed – this interpretation is possible, according to Lombardi. Such considerations must be studied by the Apostolic Camera, who during the interregnum in the office, coordinates the ongoing business of the church and the preparation for the conclave. The Apostolic Chamberlain ("Camerlengo") is currently tbe Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Pope transfers for two months to Castel Gandolfo

Furthermore, Lombardi said that the Pope after his departure on February 28 for two months - would be retiring to Castel Gandolfo – the expectation being "until end of April". It is "unlikely" that Benedict XVI would appear in public during the time of the papal election, or as his successor enters office.

In the papal summer residence, Benedict XVI would use the apartments which he had also once inhabited, the spokesman said. At times, there has been speculation that Benedict XVI would use the Palazzo Barberini within the estate in Castel Gandolfo. The permanent retirement home of the former Pope will be the monastery "Mater Ecclesiae" in the Vatican Gardens. The complex will be rebuilt just for his needs.


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Archdiocese sells Catholic church on ebay

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The Church of St Bernard is offered for sale on ebay on other similar online portals.

The years of plenty are over. Lack of "sheep" oblige the Catholic Church to make a savings drive. This is curiously illustrated by a real estate listing on eBay : praise The Archdiocese and the Church of the Holy Trinity give a price for the Church of St. Bernard in Brandenburg / Havel. It can be bought for 120,000 euros.

The nearly 80-year-old church has been placed on the colourful pages of the web portal. A place of silence seeks a new owner under the slogan "Church in popular housing area". In estate agent German is written: "Whether meeting rooms, clinic, office or meeting place, everything is feasible with the agreement of the local planning authority."

The true vendors, the Berlin archdiocese and the church remains unclear. A company acts as an intermediary. The Kurier finally found St. Bernard, however, on the diocese's website - under "real estate". There is also currently offered for sale the Chapel of Maria Goretti in Loitz .

Not for the first time a church in the Archdiocese changes owner. Thus St. Agnes in Kreuzberg went last year to the gallery owner, Johann König. He wants to restructure the church for three million euros and make it into a "Temple of the Muses" .
New Temple of Muses was Old Temple of Modernism 

 Back in 2005, St. Raphael in Gatow was sold to a supermarket chain and the village church of Milow turned into a bank. A free church even provides premises to Islamic associations.

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Horror in Cardinal Schönborn's diocese

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"If the Cardinals choose Bertone, it is a suicide note"

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The Catholic Church has over 1.2 billion followers and with all their human failings, the faith and intellect of the last two Popes have made their pontificates a success. Both of them, though, left the Vatican unchecked.

There’s only a slim hope that – as the noses of the cardinal electors sniff the stench of corruption and power politics that pervades the Vatican – they take a risk on a good man with the instincts of a radical reformer. If they choose Bertone, it’s a suicide note.

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Cathcon comment- Italians have the advantage of flexibility, which is an advantage in government but they can become rather too flexible when it comes to commercial dealings.

Cardinal criticizes Pope for weak government of the Church

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Archbishop of Bogota, Salazar Gomez: But he leaves behind rich teaching and was exemplary in sorting out abuse scandal


Bogota (kath.net / KAP) "Benedict XVI was. An excellent theologian. He will leave us with a tremendous wealth in the field of the magisterium. But from the perspective of government, it was not a strong papacy," said the Colombian Cardinal Ruben Salazar Gomez (70), Archbishop of Bogota, according to a report by the German Catholic news agency KNA (Friday) in a radio interview. The last years of John Paul II had "gone on without a solution".

However the South American cardinal,seen in the upcoming papal election as an underdog, praised the activities of Benedict XVI to resolve the scandals involving sexual abuse as exemplary. The German Pope had prepared clear procedures. Salazar is also Vice President of the Latin American Episcopal Council CELAM