Sunday, March 03, 2013

Dark horse candidate for Papacy

Knowing what is at stake, will the Cardinals play it safe or make a bold change? I predict the latter, and have a premonition Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi will be the next pope.

Tettamanzi is a 71-year-old Cardinal with ties to Opus Dei, a controversial Catholic group. He is viewed as socially liberal with strong political views, such as anti-globalization.

Could a "dark horse" win? It's more possible now than in recent years because the Cardinals realize a major change is needed, and a strong leader. Tettamanzi would be both. He could pull the church back from the brink, and more. If elected, he could even begin to restore power and prestige to the Vatican.

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Cardinal O'Brien confesses guilt

Statement from Cardinal O'Brien

"In recent days certain allegations which have been made against me have become public. Initially, their anonymous and non-specific nature led me to contest them.

However, I wish to take this opportunity to admit that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal.

To those I have offended, I apologise and ask forgiveness.

To the Catholic Church and people of Scotland, I also apologise.

I will now spend the rest of my life in retirement. I will play no further part in the public life of the Catholic Church in Scotland."


Cardinals set a big problem by the Pope Emeritus


The less than perfect Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus tells us who would be the Perfect Pope to succeed the Pope Emeritus

Among some of the musings--we need a Pope who: speaks at least six languages fluently; who has served as a pastoral priest and bishop for many decades; who has extensive administrative and financial experience; who is an intellectual and scholar; who is an ordinary person who can relate to people; who can relate to college graduates and to migrant farm workers; who can proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that attracts hundreds of millions of new followers; who spends hours each day in prayer, while appearing on numerous television programs; who can understand Latin, and be on Facebook and Twitter at the same time; who can engage young people while consoling the elderly; who can speak clearly about Angola in one moment, and Tibet in the next; who can overnight increase vocations to the priesthood and to religious life. And that's just the beginning of the list!

Source: The official blog of the Archbishop Emeritus of L.A.

Cardinal De Paolis thinks Cardinal Mahony should have been advised to stay away


Velasio De Paolis, an Italian cardinal and Curial official, has responded to calls for the former archbishop of Los Angeles, Roger Mahony, to decline to attend the upcoming conclave, saying, “The common practice is to use persuasion. There is no more that can be done.”

“He could be advised not to take part only through a private intervention by someone with great authority,” the curial cardinal said, adding that ultimately “it will be up to his conscience to decide whether to take part or not."

De Paolis is one of the 117 cardinal electors and president emeritus of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See. More pertinently to the issue, he is also Pontifical Delegate for the Congregation of the scandal-ridden Legionaries of Christ.

De Paolis insisted that he was not suggesting that Mahony not attend, or even that someone should try to persuade him. He told La Repubblica daily that under the laws of the Church, Cardinal Mahony “has the right and duty to take part.”

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Cardinal O'Brien says goodbye to the Conclave


"Dear God protect your church, if you want to make Cardinal Meisner Pope"

When the new Pope is elected in Rome, the Cologne Cardinal Meisner (79) also has a vote. He himself had no aspirations to the highest office in the Catholic Church, he told the ARD children's magazine "neuneinhalf." In an interview with reporter John Büchs he explains. "Dear God protect your church, if you want to make Meisner Pope" He had two favorites to succeed Pope Benedict, the cardinal said. Moreover, he could imagine well that even someone - relatively young - 45 years could be suitable for the high office.


Surely, the Cardinal does not have in mind the youngest Cardinal of the Church, Cardinal Woelki.

Cardinal Woekli last year equated homosexual and heterosexual loving relationships. The Rhine would indeed have flowed into the Tiber if he was made Pope.