Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pope Countdown Begins

Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the College of Cardinals, gave the homily at the Mass this morning before the Cardinals go into the conclave.  As expected, the focus seemed to be on wanting a pope that will focus on "promoting justice and peace".  Here are some excerpts from the homily:
“My brothers, let us pray that the Lord will grant us a pontiff who will embrace this noble mission (of charity) with a generous heart,” 
“Let us pray that the future Pope may continue this unceasing work on the world level,” [hinting at the possibility of a South American or African pope where the Church has been growing and expanding while Catholic Europe is on the decline?????]
(the last popes have been) “builders of so many good initiatives for people and for the international community, tirelessly promoting justice and peace.” 
“It is important, however, to remember that the greatest work of charity is evangelization, which is the “ministry of the word,” he stated, quoting Benedict XVI’s encyclical on charity.  [It is good to hear the Cardinal bring up evangelization here.  After all, this is the Year of Faith.]
My gut tells me that the Cardinals are going to look for a pope that is "pastoral", a good communicator that is well versed in Spanish, a promoter of "peace and justice", and someone devoted to "ecumenism".  These are all good things for sure, but I also hope that we get a pope that is liturgically minded, drives out liturgical abuse, reprimands or (if necessary) excommunicates dissenters that are leading flocks astray, and isn't afraid to proclaim the truths of the faith around the hot-button issues of the day (gay marriage, abortion, etc.) even if the so-called cultural catholics throw a hissy fit.  We have had a handful of "nice" popes going back to John XXIII.  I think it is about time we get a pope that is willing to crack the whip on the money changers in the Temple if you get my drift.  That is why I am going for the long shot.......Cardinal Burke. 

Cardinals Dolan and O'Malley are the Americans that seem to be getting most of the attention from the press (you can throw in Cardinal Ouellet if you are counting North America).  Maybe the lack of attention that Cardinal Burke is receiving may actually play into his favor......

Below are some of the reasons that I have come to love the good Cardinal from Wisconsin.  Check it out.









Another reason I like Cardinal Burke is because of his involvement with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (see my sidebar.....I am a big promoter of them.....).  See link below.

Finally, Cardinal Burke is not afraid to dress up!  Imagine what kind of get-up he would wear if he became pope?!?!?  Case in point......

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fr. Z's Blog - JUST TOO COOL! Catholic school children hold a CONCLAVE! PHOTOS!

Fr. Z's Blog � JUST TOO COOL! Catholic school children hold a CONCLAVE! PHOTOS!

This is great! 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Good bye Pope Benedict

Keep praying for our Cardinals as they prepare for the conclave. We have to remember that we have fallible men running the Church (which accounts for some of the bad popes throughout history). Therefore, they need our prayers more than ever. The mystery of the cooperation between God's providence and our human choices is a great mystery indeed, but let's not shirk our responsibility to pray for our Church leaders.

Since the media has gotten it wrong on why Pope Benedict abdicated, I thought I would unveil the truth. It's that darn wind at the Vatican....