Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Conclave- five of our cardinals are missing.

The Holy See Press Office confirmed today that, of the 115 Cardinal-Electors who will come to the Conclave, 5 have still not arrived to take part at the General Congregations: Cardinal Lehmann (Mainz), Cardinal Naguib (Alexandria Patriarch Emeritus), Cardinal Nycz (Warsaw), Cardinal Pham Minh Mân (Vietnam), Cardinal Tong Hon (Hong Kong).

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Someone should tell Cardinal Lehmann it is Lent- no more carnival. He was never late for carnival. Just as long his fellow actor, the Devil, stays away.

Cardinal Naguib is not well and is making heroic efforts to attend.

Cardinal Nycz wanted to be present at Mass of thanksgiving of the Polish Episcopate for the pontificate of Benedict XVI and the intentions of the new Pope, which will be on Tuesday night be celebrated in the Cathedral of Warsaw. After the Eucharist, Cardinal Nycz will go in the evening to Rome. Source

Cardinal Tong Hon is a busy man by all accounts, which was the reason he did not say goodbye to Pope Benedict. Hope he has booked his tickets by now.

 Cathcon is busy tracking down the fifth Cardinal.....

 See Vatican insists all Cardinals must attend.

Battle royal between Catholic and progressive journalists in the Swiss mountains

Hat tip Father Blake See Foul play of the German Bishops

More Cardinals demand more information about Vatileaks dossier

The "Vatileaks" affair should be one of the themes in the General Congregations prior to the conclave by the will of of several cardinals. "If we want to make a good decision, we certainly need to have more information about it" the South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier was quoted in the media on Monday. His French colleague Philippe Barbarin said: "We want to know what has happened in the Vatican which has so shaken it in the last few years." Even U.S. cardinals urged more information on the affair last year of the stolen and published Vatican secret documents. The Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis Eugene George, made it clear at a press conference in Rome that they wanted to ask the "relevant cardinals" some questions on the subject. Washington Archbishop Donald William Wuerl also concurred on this. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI ordered just before leaving office that a report on "Vatileaks", which the Cardinal's commision submitted after months of investigation, should remain under seal and shall be accessible only to his successor. About the content, there had been rumors in the Italian press that it discussed intrigue and cliques in the Curia.

Source Brasilian Cardinals demand access to Vatileaks dossier

 How Cardinal Barbarin celebrates Mass

  Cardinal Barbarin joins in Muslim prayer

 Solemn Te Deum with Cardinal George

 How Cardinal George celebrates Mass

 How Cardinal Wuerl celebrates Mass

Media ban reimposed on Archbishop dismissed by Vatican in mysterious circumstances

A day before the resignation of the Pope, the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, imposed a media ban on the popular Slovak ex-Archbishop Robert Bezak. Bezak, who was dismissed in June 2012 under still unexplained circumstances from the leadership of the Archdiocese of Trnava, should cease giving any statements to the media, including spiritual speeches, as Slovak media reported on Tuesday. Bezak has to stop hosting his religious TV program which he started doing two weeks ago.

The requirement of Cardinal Ouellets was given to Bezak who is a member of the Redemptorists, at a meeting with the Superior General of his Order, Father Michael Brehl, in Rome. Cardinal Ouellet comes from Canada like the Superior General Brehl .

In a statement for the Slovak news agency TASR, Bezak asked the media to "respect" his situation. He thanked all those who had been offered to him "goodwill, sympathy, help and support", staying united with them in prayer and including them in his "spiritual requests".

By 26 June 2012, the Apostolic Nuncio in the Slovak Republic, Archbishop Mario Giordana, via decision at the same time as dismissing Bezak, imposed a ban on residence in his diocese as well as a strict prohibition of contact with the media. The Archbishop had previously refused to resign on the grounds that the reasons for this request are not known. Then he was informed of his dismissal. That he announced his dismissal in July 2012 during a Mass, he justified with the fact that his words were relevant to the faithful, and not to the media.

After isolated short statements that were partially circulated by people close to him, Bezak broke the silence imposed on him in December 2012 with a massive number of short consecutive major television appearances, which put his case back on the table. On the first Sunday of Lent (February 17) finally, for the private television station TA3 Bezak presented the first series of meditations for the new broadcast format "word in time", with which he wanted to guide viewers towards Easter.


Vatican's chief investigator of sexual abuse cases defends Cardinal Mahony

The ex- Vatican prosecutor of the abuse cases tellsTgcom 24: "We are more aware than ever before. The hard line? That was decided by Ratzinger "

Cardinal Roger Mahony "again and again was asking advice on how to do well", said Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna, a former Promoter of Justice of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, interviewed by Tgcom24 for L'intervista della domenica-The interview on Sunday, by Alessandro Banfi, on the case of the former Cardinal Archbishop of Los Angeles accused of covering up cases of pedophilia. "It's easy for us to judge the decisions of those who I call the poor bishop that had to handle these cases 30 years ago. Of course, these cardinals in the conclave will have a greater awareness. "

Compared to the past "we are now more aware," "you make more laws to reply to certain phenomena," says Scicluna, by “which the criteria used today to judge these cases, shows in the past the right things were not done. Of course, these cardinals in the conclave have a great awareness. They can share their suffering but also what they have learned: their determination to do better and the need in the Church to do well, because this is a battle we cannot lose. "

Regarding the case of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, hit by allegations of "inappropriate behavior" towards some priests, who has announced that he will not participate in the conclave, "we respect his decision. I have already said that the Holy Spirit at the time of the conclave will speak to the hearts of all, "says Scicluna.

As for Pope Benedict, Scicluna said: "Ratzinger, in this modern era, faced with the beginning of this new wave of scandals took the decision to act. He had already met with victims on paper, reading what they had suffered. Then he wanted to be a shepherd near these wounded people. I think this is an act of great spiritual fatherhood, compassion and courage. "

"The greatest defense we can make - he added - is to assure people that we will not hide anything under the carpet, we have the courage to deal with sin where it is and to clean up where we can because we can do so '..


Vatican's chief investigator of sexual abuse admits it was like a 'tsunami'

Monsignor Scicluna, in October 2002, you were appointed by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to investigate allegations of clerical child sex abuse. Why were you chosen?

I was no newcomer to the Roman Curia. After studying civil and canon law, I began working in 1996 at the Roman Catholic Church’s highest court, the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. In one of the positions I held there, I served as secretary of a commission that produced the draft of an important document regarding the nullity-of-marriage process.

This document was released by the Holy See in 2002 under the title of “Dignitas connubii.” While I was working as secretary of this commission, I attracted the attention of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

What was someone versed in canon law doing in the congregation of faith, and as a “promotor iustitiae” at that?

The congregation was never just an administrative body. It was also a tribunal. It is charged with investigating the most serious crimes defined by canon law, matters that include the breach of the seal of the confessional and the sacramental absolution of accomplices in sexual misconduct. In such cases, a prosecutor known as the promoter of justice, “promotor iustitiae,” is appointed. This position had been vacant since 1995 and was filled in 2002.

In reaction to the child abuse scandal in the United States, which triggered a massive outcry around the world at the time?

Not directly. In April 2001, Pope John Paul II expanded the scope of the congregation’s authority to include “sexual abuse.” At that point, the church needed a lawyer who would investigate the material full time.

For this reason, the church gave me the position in the congregation on a trial basis in January 2002 and assigned me to investigate a special abuse case that had been gathering dust for several years because there were no personnel to look into it.

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And a remarkable admission about the failings of the 'spirit of Vatican II'.

Why was this indirect approach required?

One problem was that the Code of Canon Law promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1983 did not reserve competence on sexual abuse cases to Rome but rather, in the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, left these cases in the hands of the individual bishops. There was no requirement to report these cases to Rome.

Brazilian Cardinals demand access to the Vatileaks dossier before the Conclave begins

The Cardinal Dom Geraldo Majella Agnelo, one of five Brazilians who will participate in the conclave, said yesterday that he will seek access to the secret report delivered to Pope Benedict containing information about scandals in the church.

This week, the Holy See said the dossier on the so-called Vatileaks case, compiled by three cardinals at the request of the pope now emeritus, will only be known to the new pontiff.

Dom Geraldo, retired archbishop of Salvador, said he was against secrecy and argued that the conclusions of the report should be given to all 115 voting cardinals before the Conclave.

"I think it should be, if we have a large file, as reported. Which can be done by the three cardinals before the conclave," he argued. "If there was a Commission and they had an opinion, we want to know."

According to Italian magazine "Panorama" and the newspaper "La Repubblica", the dossier describes a network of corruption and homosexual prostitution in the Holy See and this was instrumental in the abdication of the Pope.

The Vatican confirmed the existence of the report, but declined to release it to the press.

Cardinal Dom Raymundo Damasceno Assis, CNBB (Brazilian Bishops Conference) President and member of the conclave, told Folha that he expected to receive at least a summary of the text before voting. "The Cardinals should be aware of what is needed for the future."

"The important thing is to have a sense of what is fundamental in this document. Meanwhile, I'm just reading the newspapers."

Cardinal Scherer
Constantly cited among the likely replacements Pope Benedict Archbishop of São Paulo, Dom Odilo Scherer, said it is "fantasy" to think that there are already candidates for Pope but rather that specific ideas could only start with meetings between the Cardinals.

"To saying that, before the conclave, the candidates are already ready, is part of the fantasy - that we understand very well, but is not the reality of significance, going forward with the work of the College of Cardinals," he told Radio Vatican.

"In a few days, the cardinals will begin to meet (...) in a great awareness of the situation of the church." "Of course, in the midst of all these considerations, we will be also putting a profile to the one who should assume the role of Peter's successor."

Dom Geraldo said he had five possible candidates in mind and that the Conclave, scheduled for early March, will begin with no favorites. "Now we have no one that stands out. They are all more or less at the same level."

How Cardinal Scherer celebrates Mass.

 How Cardinal Assis celebrates Mass (only to be seen by those with strong physical and spiritual