Monday, March 11, 2013

Impression of Cardinals at their Masses celebrated on Sunday across Rome

Rome: Cardinals on priestly campaign in churches
Before the Conclave opens tomorrow, the Cardinals each celebrated yesterday their Mass . The opportunity for the public to get to know them.

Brazilians, Americans, Congolese, Filipinos ... Thousands of devotees from all continents acted yesterday as "fervent fan" in Rome participating in Masses celebrated by "their" cardinals in various Roman churches in congregations where the faithful rubbed shoulders with journalists.

Two days before the conclave to elect the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church these celebrations allowed one to approach the "papabili" most often cited, such as the Brazilian Odilo Scherer and Italian Angelo Scola, to get an idea on those who have a chance to succeed Benedict XVI during this week, to hear the last message they deliver through their homilies and examine the image they give to public opinion.

"If you are elected Pope ..."
It was also an opportunity to encourage some of their favorites "I hope this is the last time that you enter here as cardinal and I also hope that if you are elected pope, this is the first Church you visit, " said Father Stefano Guernelli, rector of the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria to the American Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
Cited among the possible "papabile", he relied on the parable of the Prodigal Son to discuss secularism that grows in western countries. "People leave the Father, the Church, for many reasons, ignorance, negative experiences, scandals, spiritual mediocrity," he said during his homily before inviting the audience to "pray for the Holy Spirit enables the Church to choose a new pope who will strengthen us in our faith and make more visible the love of the Lord ".

The perfect Italian of the Brazilian
In the homily of his Italian counterpart Angelo Scola, one of the favorites to the throne of St. Peter, who celebrated Mass in the Church of the Holy Apostles, in the heart of Rome, this prayer was to be heard: " Give us a holy pastor who builds the Church with the testimony of his life. "

Among the faithful present, opinions differed on the Cardinal Archbishop of Milan. Called "a good man [who] would be a good leader to help strengthen the Church" by Maria Bettini, 69 years old, he left in more doubt Giuseppina Fazzo, an employee of a hairdresser, aged 47 years who thought: "We need a radical change in the Church and I do not know if this is the man for the job."

Odilo Scherer set a different tone for another great favorite among the Papabili. The Cardinal Archbishop of Sao Paolo presided for his part over a multiethnic Mass in the Church of Sant'Andrea, on the Quirinal Hill. With a score of religious including an African, Brazilians and Italians, he refers to "hard times" which traverse the Church, but also to those more "joyful and full of hope."

In perfect Italian, he urged the faithful to "pray for the Conclave." "I had the impression of seeing the likeness of Pope Wojtyla, his spirit and the same force," enthused an Italian.

At a Colombian journalist who asked him if he knew who had the best chance of being elected Bishop Scherer soberly replied to fifty microphones and cameras : "The Mass was beautiful, is not it? '

Pride in housekeeping
In the Church of Santa Maria in Transpontina, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who also is favoured by commentators predicting the outcome , returned to the abdication of Benedict XVI saying, "I have no doubt that he made his decision according to the will of God and for the good of the Church, " he expressed his approval. Referring to the conclave, he invited people to pray "for the Holy Spirit to tell the cardinals whom God has chosen."

In the Basilica of Santa Pudenziana, where hundreds of them Filipinos prayed for their foals, is found Cardina Luis Antonio Tagle, Asia's most cited among the potential Popes . "We are all cleaners here, explained Meliros Gangani (53). We really hope he will win .... we would feel much better about our leaders." Her neighbour, Evelyn adds: "It would make me proud to be Filipino.

Hope for Congo
At a time when it is still allowed to dream of the first Papal representative from a developing country, the continent does not acknowledge defeat. The Archbishop of Kinshasa, Laurent Monsengwo, could be the first African pope. This is at least what the Father Justin Golo taking part in a Congolese Rite Mass (also known as the Zairian Rite) in the little church of the Nativity, near Piazza Navona
The same rite taking place in Congo

"He has everything- he worked for forty years in the Vatican, speaks 14 languages, is fluent in Latin and was President of the Synod for Africa," he pleads for his candidate. He does not exclude a political aspect: "If elected Pope, for the Congolese, it would be a liberation as was the case with Wojtyla of Poland."

For Father Justin, "Europe has much more to give. In Africa, the churches are filled. The Pope must come from a country where faith is still alive."


How Cardinal Mosengwo celebrates Mass- click on the label below for more examples of Cardinals celebrating Mass- some horrors! It is more revealing than much commentary on how they would form the Church.

The post-Conciliar Springtime has failed

I do not believe in the myth of the Vatican springtime, nor in the springtime of the Catholic Church and the Papacy. The Church must sow as is done in autumn and not be pollinated like an April flower. The owners of international public opinion, even the Catholic one, are demanding a new embracing of the present world, that is, meeting it halfway, going along with the temperament of peoples and cultures, being skillful imitators, formalizing new rules of life in the Church which copy the criteria of the judgment of the world from the waves of modernity, from the 16th century onwards, thus abolishing old rules and cancelling old features.

If this is the case, it might be better [for the Church] to close up shop. The experiment of pollination has already been done. It was a highminded moment and it was certainly ambitious, but it has failed and it is not the fault of the Roman Curia if the way of treating old and new problems in the religion business has caused the numbing of souls, if hearts are not being warmed, and if faith and reason are not built upon that sovereign balance which was attempted by both John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

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Cathcon- the only philosophy which guarantees that Faith and reason will be kept in their proper balance, and that Faith is given primacy over reason is that of St Thomas Aquinas

Homosexual cult song used to promote Cardinal


How Cardinal Tagle celebrates Mass- for more examples of how Cardinals celebrate Mass- click on label below. Some have a less than refined liturgical sensitivity.
 See also posters for Cardinal Turson appear in Rome

Vatican keeps Vatileaks journalist well away from Conclave

Author of tell-all book is not allowed to report from the conclave.

The author of a revealing book on Pope Benedict XVI, Gianluigi Nuzzi cannot as hoped report on the election of his successor. The Vatican had rejected his application for accreditation for the conclave, the journalist wrote Monday on Twitter. The decision was "a far cry from transparency and freedom of the press," criticized Nuzzi. No reasons for the de-acreditation were given. Nuzzi wanted to report for the private Italian television channel La7 about the conclave, which begins on Tuesday.


Papal contender joins fight against Obama

A dark-horse papal contender is urging support for a bill that would vastly weaken the Obama administration's birth-control coverage mandate.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the Archbishop of Boston, wrote to members of Congress Friday touting an effort to exempt from the mandate any employer who objects to birth control.

The bill (H.R. 940) from Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) preserves the "vitally important traditions of religious freedom and the right of conscience," O'Malley wrote.

"Providers of healthcare, as well as those who offer or purchase insurance, should not face an unacceptable choice between preserving their religious and moral integrity and participating in our healthcare system," he wrote.

O'Malley is in Rome this week to participate in the election of the next pope. A leading Italian paper recently named him among the favorites to lead the Catholic Church.

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Cardinal O'Malley preaches at his titular church in Rome on Sunday.

How Cardinal O'Malley celebrates Mass

To see more videos of Cardinals celebrating Mass, click on the label below. There are some horrific videos.

Will the charismatic sympathizing runner up to Ratzinger finally become Pope?

As we approach the start of Conclave 2013, it’s instructive to take a look back on Conclave 2005 – especially given the possibility that a protagonist of that election could return as a papabile this time around.

The vote tallies in the 2005 conclave were leaked five months later in an anonymous cardinal’s diary, which formed the basis of an article published by the Italian journal Limes. The author, Lucio Brunelli, is a respected journalist who has covered the Vatican for decades, so his account – which has since been supported by others – deserves attention.

According to the diary, Cardinal Ratzinger led off the first ballot by obtaining 47 votes. Behind him were Argentine Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio with 10 votes, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini of Milan with 9 votes and a handful of other candidates with lower numbers.

Cardinal Bergoglio’s showing on the first ballot was a real surprise, and the next day his tally climbed to 35, compared to 65 for Cardinal Ratzinger. The third vote brought Cardinal Ratzinger to 72 (five shy of the needed two-thirds majority) and Cardinal Bergoglio to 40.

The cardinals took their lunch break at this crucial point

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The Cardinal is a sympathiser of the charismatic movement- and a Jesuit. Fortunately no Jesuit ever became Pope.
How Cardinal Bergoglio celebrates Mass

The Iron Cardinal among the Papabile

The Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet has even claimed that being Pope "would be a nightmare," but this staunch defender of orthodoxy, who lived many years in Colombia and heads the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, is considered one of the favorites to succeed Benedict XVI .

Ouellet, a theologian of prestige, 68, provoked strong controversy in Quebec, the French-speaking province of Canada in 2000 by defending the Vatican's position against gay marriage and against abortion, including in cases of rape, and criticized the "decay" of a society in which two out of every three children are born out of wedlock.

The Canadian press dubbed him the "Iron Cardinal."

"He is the only cardinal who meets the Pope every week," said the retired Archbishop of Montreal Jean-Claude Turcotte, commenting on the trusting relationship between Ouellet and Benedict XVI, who officially abdicated the pontificate on Feb 13.

The polyglot Cardinal (who speaks French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Italian), bronzed by the sun of Italy, is discrete and has no media profile. He has a reputation as a man of action, who does not hide his beliefs to the point of trying to convince those who do not share them.

Third in a family of eight children, Marc Ouellet was born in June 1944 in an area of ​​northern Quebec which ar the time had only recently been inhabited. A region of lumberjacks and gold mines.

His father was a school principal. At 17, he read the "Introduction to the Devout Life" by St. Francis de Sales, and this young, strong and athletic, swimming and hockey fan, decided to become a priest.

Ouellet graduated in theology in Montreal at the time that Quebec society,guardian of French language and traditions after the British conquest in 1760, was beginning to turn their backs on the Catholic Church. In 1968 he was ordained priest.

Between the years 1970 and 1980, he spent long periods in Colombia, where he trained thousands of religious as dean and professor of seminaries in Manizales, Cali and Bogotá.

After his appointment as rector of the Grand Seminary of Montreal in 1990, his career made a dazzling ascent. In 2001 he was appointed bishop and archbishop a year later.

In 2003, John Paul II appointed him Cardinal and two years later when the Pope died, Ouellet first appears among the candidates with the potential of becoming Pope.

Benedict XVI appointed him in 2010 as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and President of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, a body of the Roman Curia (the Vatican administration).

At the end of that year, his ability and temperament shone forth at the international congress "Ecclesia in America", the event which opened the Year of Faith decreed by Pope Benedict XVI.

In 2011, when a Quebec newspaper asked him about the chances of becoming pope, Ouellet said: "It would be a nightmare ... an overwhelming responsibility."

However, this week he admitted in an interview with Radio Canada, that it is a position he should "be prepared" for in any eventuality.

"Should I go to the conclave thinking, 'and if it happens ...', '... and if it happens'. I confess that it makes me think, pray, and also generates a bit of fear," he said, before noting that the future Pope should address, among other major issues, new media, given their great influence on young people.

But a major obstacle may arise in the path of Ouellet to the Throne of Peter. Victims of clergy sexual abuse this week published a list of 12 papabile who have allegedly covered up such crimes, in which the Canadian appears alongside cardinals of Argentina, Australia, United States, Ghana, Honduras, Italy, Mexico and the Czech Republic.

"We want to encourage Catholic prelates to stop pretending that the worst is over regarding the clergy sexual abuse and to stop hiding the crisis," said David Clohessy, director of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), based in the USA.

"Tragically, the worst is almost certainly going to happen," he added.


Bishops apologise after new report on systematic abuse of girls in the Dutch Church

The bishops offer their apologies to the girls who have become victims of abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. "Where girls have experienced suffering and have become the victims, the Bishops and major superiors offer sincere apologies."

This was stated by the Conference of Dutch Religious (KNR) and the Dutch Bishops' Conference on Monday. They responded to the follow-up study of sexual, physical and mental abuse of girls within the church. The Deetman Committee presented the report Monday. "Damage to the physical and mental integrity of every human being, especially of children, is in all circumstances objectionable. It certainly cannot occur in the Church ', stated the organizations. The Superiors offer 'every effort to do justice to victims, recognise suffering and to help heal wounds as well they can be. The bishops and major superiors emphasize the importance of good care for children entrusted to the Roman Catholic Church . "It is painful to note that as a result of this report, it can be be seen to have failed to ensure this in specific cases, now very specifically for girls. "said the major superiors and bishops.


Deetman Commission press release

See also First Abused then Castrated- the worst case of abuse not just in Dutch Church but worldwide

Identity of Cardinal who will proclaim name of new Pope

The French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran that  have the honour of announcing the famous phrase "Habemus Papam" followed by the name of the new Pope.

The Catholic world will then be hanging on the words of the French cardinal, 70, who appears at the window of St. Peter's Basilica to announce in latin: "Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum: Habemus Papam!"

Previously having been head of the ministry for inter-religious dialogue, Jean-Louis Tauran was appointed in 1990 Secretary for Relations with States, becoming the youngest bishop ever to take over as head of the Vatican diplomatic core. In 2005, it fell to the Chilean Jorge Arturo Medina to announce the election of Joseph Ratzinger as the new Pope and in 1978 the Italian Pericle Felici announced to the world the election of Karol Wojtyla.


Cardinal Bertone is power crazy says Vatileaks journalist

Among the cardinals gathered in Rome for the conclave, according to the Italian investigative journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi, there is a high demand for information "Vatileaks" scandal. "The need for clarification is enormous," Nuzzi said in an interview to the Bonn based "General-Anzeiger" (Monday). The journalist had with his publications set rolling the scandal involving the theft of confidential documents from the papal office
Especially those cardinals who came from abroad and are not working at the Curia had wanted to know the contents of the dossier, which the Cardinal's Commission investigating the affair had prepared.
At the same time the journalist said, the prevailing conditions in the Papal Curia had been unhelpful to the investigation of the events. "Nowhere is the anxiety about letting the truth come to light so large as in the Vatican."

On the upcoming Papal election, according to Nuzzi, influential clerics play a special role in various camps. The journalist described Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as one of the "strongest poles" . "For him, power is an end in itself, it is his only goal. Significant also are the ranks of diplomats who gather around Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the Sacred College.

Then, for example, exists also a "Genoa-Connection," to which belongs Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, who is being discussed as Bertone's successor. All groups have "different conceptions of politics, of Catholic doctrine, and they compete for influence," according to Nuzzi. Of importance are groups like Opus Dei, the Legionaries of Christ or the lay movement "Communion and Liberation" were. He personally would like to see that neither the Pope nor his future Cardinal Secretary of State were Italians concluded Nuzzi. «The Italian cardinals are all far too caught up in the swamp."


Serious liturgical abuse- leading Papabile shows no reverence for Our Lord


On Sunday, the Papal electors celebrated the Mass in their titular churches in Rome and the surroundings. Each cardinal receives at his elevation to the Cardinalate an assigned Church in Rome, in which he is the official priest. Each cardinal has thus to share in the pastoral care of the diocese of Rome, which expresses at the same time his close bond with the Pope.

Among the celebrants were two cardinals who enter as candidates in the conclave: Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan in his 6th Century titular church of Santi XII Apostoli in Rione Trevi and Cardinal Odilo Scherer of Sao Paulo in his titular church planned by Bernini in 1678 of Sant'Andrea al Quirinale, which served from 1870-1946 as the Court Chapel of the Italian Royal Family. Thus, a situation could be recalled just as at the two conclaves of 1978 , in which Cardinals Benelli (Florence) and Siri (Genoa) faced eachother and represented opposing models for the Church. The contrast in 2013 between the two camps is not as accentuated as it was , yet there are significant differences.

Cardinal Scherer's "Eucharistic understanding"
Messa in Latino published some comments on the liturgies of the two. Cardinal Scherer  is the "candidate of the progressive camp and the smooth operator in the Roman Curia." One could describe Scherer's "modus celebrandi only as careless and at the canonical limit of abuse." "For example, without the Communion paten, although this would also be prescribed in the rubrics of the Novus Ordo. There is no reason to give it up, at least when a Prince of the church is celebrating, because there is a lack of acolytes. "

Failure to follow the Church's rules "has consequences: a consecrated host slipped from the Cardinal's hand and fell on the floor for lack of the paten". The fall could happen to any priest. The consequences were  the negligent implementation of the liturgical rules, were however serious.  Our Lord falls into the dust and lies on the ground.  How the celebrant reacts to this situation is, in turn revealing regarding of his Eucharistic understanding. "Cardinal Scherer lifted the consecrated Host back and finished. He did this, despite in such cases the normal practice is to pick up particles of the Host and the floor should be cleaned in a special manner in the case the particles of the Body of Our Lord which inevitably lie on the floor should be allowed to be walked on which should be simply stepped over.

Cardinal Scola: Next Pope should follow the last 150 (not 50) years of great Popes
The celebration of Cardinal Scola was, however, "always  for the Novus Ordo, very solemn and dignified." Only, "the celebrant only was negligent in one pardonable matter: Is it possible that in a church in Rome a pink chasuble could not be found,  even though it was Laetare Sunday?  "   Movingly  "perfect", however, was the celebration of the "extremely sympathetic" American Cardinal Dolan.

Cardinal Scola "persuaded" especially through his preaching. In it he said: "Let us pray that the Holy Spirit gives His Church the man who leads them in the ways shown by the great Popes of the past 150 years."
"150 years and not 50 years, which is remarkable," said Messa in Latino. The Cardinal gave thus a wide contexy, in which the post-conciliar period accounts for only one-third and also the papacy of Pius IX is included. "A cautiously formulated, but solid commitment to the hermeneutic of continuity, which Pope Benedict XVI taught as the way to church renewal ".


Cardinal- Vatican needs a clear chain of command

Archbishop of Washington: "The conclave will not be short."  There is not yet a  clear candidate list.

The Roman Curia has in the view of the U.S. Cardinal Donald Wuerl (72) to improve internal coordination of its agencies. A "clear chain of command," was needed said the Archbishop of Washington to the Italian newspaper "La Stampa" (Friday).

"It is very important that all Vatican authorities have a shared vision." Wuerl does not anticipate that the Cardinals gathered in the Vatican will quickly agree on a new Pope. "The conclave will not be short," he said. There is not yet a clear candidate list. Much would depend on the first few days of the election meeting, for as yet there is not a start date (Cathcon- date was announced a few hours later) Strengthening collegiality between the Vatican and the local church is one of the most important tasks in Wuerls vision of the future Pope. Connecting the world's Catholics needed should be done not only by the Papal letter, but also by the support of all the bishops in each country. He hoped for a Pope with a "spiritual and modern vision to lead the Church into the future", stressed the American. It'll also be important to use the new media and communications for the Propagation of the Faith. 

Pope is not elected to be the Vatican Bank manager

The new pope, according to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, should especially, religious qualities, administrative talent is less important. "We choose the leader of a religious community and not the board of a bank."

The new head of the church would have accept "almost inhuman burdens," he must not "take to himself the whole burden of the Church alone". "The challenges he has to face are enormous," says the Austrian Cardinal.

Never before have there been a time when Christians were persecuted so much as today. "Christians are the most persecuted community in the world," said the Archbishop. However, the new Pope  will "not alone bear the burden of the Church", as  God comes "before us with his assisting grace." Of course, you would have to examine how the future pope "has led a diocese, how he treats his employees," the Cardinal added to reporters in Rome.  (Cathcon- the Cardinal sacked his Vicar General with a note under the door)

"Man of the Gospel" is sought
"The more the necessary qualities he has, all the better. But everything means nothing if he is not a man of the Gospel, "Schönborn said describing the successor to Benedict XVI . This would be "seen through the Holy Spirit" by the Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel.

For the Sistine Chapel is not a courtroom, but a chapel, where prayers will take first place. We make the decision with the knowledge that we will make one of the most important decisions in general, "the Cardinal rejected notions of power struggles within the church.

The 67-year-old Schoenborn is on the most extensive lists to be the pope's successor.  Indirectly related to this speculation is the answer to the question whether he already had a return ticket from Rome to Vienna, "No, but I'll buy one as soon as the Conclave is over."

Schönborn currently sees great freedom
The decision of Benedict XVI to renounce the Holy See, Schönborn assessed as "extraordinary act of freedom." It was his decision that made it clear to the outside world that the Pope could live in freedom. The center of the universal Church has "probably never been as free as at present."  He had had no contact with Benedict during the General Congregations on Tuesday in preparation for the beginning of the conclave. "His spirit, however, was always present," said Schonborn.

Expected short conclave
The election of the new Pope starting tomorrow could soon produce a result. Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told the ANSA news agency, the choice could be "quickly" made as a consensus would emerge after the first rounds of voting.


Pope Emeritus depending on your point of view


“Pope Emeritus” is not a licit title for Pope Benedict the Great Renunciator

“Pope Emeritus” or “Emeritus Roman Pontiff”: these are the titles Benedict XVI chose for himself at the end of his pontificate. This is according to Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, who reported Benedict XVI’s decision communicated to him by the former Pope’s personal secretary, Georg Gänswein. But in an article published in Civiltà Cattolica, one of Italy’s oldest Catholic periodicals, Canonist Gianfranco Ghirlanda suggested a more suitable title would be “Bishop Emeritus of Rome”. Other Canonists preferred the term “former Pope”, added to the name Joseph Ratzinger, scrapping the papal name Benedict XVI which is linked to the papal acts of his eight years as leader of the Catholic Church.

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Cathcon- more unfinished business left by this Papacy. Will now have to be clarified by the new Pope. Maybe Pope Benedict the Great Renunciator is the best title to be recorded in the history books, who having been Vicar of Christ on earth, retired to become Bishop Emeritus of Rome.

Dante called the abdication of Pope St Celestine V, "The Great Renunciation".