Saturday, February 23, 2013

Vatican issues warning about the Conclave

The freedom of the College of Cardinals, which alone, under the law, is responsible for the election of the Roman Pontiff, has always been strongly defended by the Holy See, as a guarantee of a choice based on evaluations solely for the good of the Church.

Over the centuries, the Cardinals have faced multiple forms of pressure exerted on the individual voters and the same College, with the aim of conditioning decisions, to bend them to a political or worldly logic.
If in the past the it was the so-called superpowers, namely States, who sought to condition the election of the Pope in their favour, today there is an attempt to apply the weight of public opinion, often on the basis of assessments that fail to capture the spiritual aspect of this moment in the life of the Church.

It is regrettable that, as we draw near to the beginning of the Conclave when Cardinal electors shall be bound in conscience and before God, to freely express their choice, news reports abound which are often unverified or not verifiable, or even false, even subsequent damage to people and institutions.

It is in moments such as these, that Catholics are called to focus on what is essential: to pray for Pope Benedict, to pray that the Holy Spirit enlighten the College of Cardinals, to pray for the future Pope, trusting that the fate of the barque of St. Peter is in the hands of God

Secretary of State communiqué on Conclave:

'via Blog this'

Cardinals' pledge obedience at Papal inauguration restored

Pope Benedict XVI has ordered several changes to the Masses and liturgies that will mark the inauguration of the next pope’s pontificate.

Rites and gestures that are not strictly sacramental will take place either before a Mass or in a ceremony not involving Mass, Monsignor Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, told the Vatican newspaper Feb. 22.

One of the most visual changes, he said, would be the restoration of the public “act of obedience” in which each cardinal present at the pope’s inaugural Mass comes forward and offers his allegiance.

When Pope Benedict celebrated his inaugural Mass in 2005, 12 people were chosen to represent all Catholics: three cardinals, a bishop, a diocesan priest, a transitional deacon, a male religious, a female religious, a married couple and a young man and a young woman recently confirmed.

Full story

Cathcon- a clear indication of disloyal Cardinals during this pontificate.

Monsignor sent into exile after being cited in Vatileaks report

Surprising demotion of Monsignor Balestrero

In a surprise move on Friday Benedict dismissed Monsignor Balestrero, who played an influential role in the State Secretariat and was also involved in the relations of the Vatican Bank abroad. Balestrero will now be ambassador to Colombia, which is understood as a clear demotion. The name Balestrero according to "La Repubblica" was mentioned in the secret report of the three cardinals. The Vatican refused to comment on the speculation about possible new spectacular background to the decision of the Pope. The 85-year-old Benedict has resigned for age reasons.