On the new pope’s “to do” list: a few ideas

A few suggestions from veteran Vatican watcher John Thavis, in USA TODAY:  There’s an appetite for change even inside the Vatican, particularly when it comes to the way the pope manages his bureaucratic apparatus, the Roman Curia. Based on ideas that Vatican officials have floated in conversations over the last two weeks, here are seven [Read More…]

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What happens when the conclave starts? —UPDATED

Some guidance on what to expect on March 12, from Fr. Thomas Reese:  On the morning the conclave begins, the cardinal electors celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. In the afternoon they gather in the Pauline Chapel in the Apostolic Palace and solemnly process to the Sistine Chapel. The cardinals take an oath to observe [Read More…]

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What have the cardinals been doing? One of them explains.

From New York’s blogging cardinal archbishop, Timothy Dolan:  Every day we each begin with the most effective prayer of all, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  In our sessions we pray from the Divine Office, begin each meeting with the ancient prayer to the third Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, the Veni Sancte Spiritus, and we [Read More…]

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Dominican sisters to be featured on American Bible Challenge TV show

They were stars on Oprah, and now they’re headed to another hit TV show:  TEAM SISTERS OF MARY Hometown:  Ann Arbor, MI Charity:  Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.  Any winnings will be used to provide for the futures of the Sisters in the Order, and to ensure that they are provided for as they [Read More…]

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Here’s an idea for how to pick the pope…

How about a six-month time out? From today’s Letters to the Editor in the New York Times… To the Editor: My wish for the conclave is very practicable and would not require any adjustments to canon law. Have the cardinals declare a six-month interregnum and return home and ask their bishops to hold open diocesan [Read More…]

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Lest we forget: Christ left the church in the hands of ignorant humans, not angels

That’s one piece of wisdom from an interview by CNS with Nigeria’s Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan: If Jesus had wanted a church free of scandal or problems, he would have put it in the hands of angels, not a humanity he loved, said Nigeria’s newest cardinal elector. “If you say the church needs to reform and [Read More…]

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Catholic support for gay marriage growing

That, according to a new poll. From Politico: Among Catholics, 54 percent back same-sex marriage, while 38 percent oppose it, the Quinnipiac University poll found. That’s a jump from December, when Catholic support for same-sex marriage was 49 percent to 43 percent. “Catholic voters are leading American voters toward support for same-sex marriage,” said Peter A. Brown, [Read More…]

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Key bishops oppose Violence Against Women Act

From the Washington Post:  Five key Catholic bishops are opposing the newly authorized Violence Against Women Act for fear it will subvert traditional views of marriage and gender, and compromise the religious freedom of groups that aid victims of human trafficking. The act…signed into law by President Obama on Thursday (March 7), is intended to [Read More…]

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Just what we’ve been waiting for: nuns doing the “Harlem Shake”!

Courtesy Sister Rose.  Check it out below. [Read more…]

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Deacon baptizes man on death row before scheduled execution

From the Georgia Bulletin: Warren Hill received the sacraments of the Catholic Church on Feb. 14, in a confined area near his cell where he was awaiting his execution in five days. Deacon Richard Tolcher, who had been meeting regularly with the 52-year-old and teaching him about prayer, the sacraments and the Catholic faith, baptized [Read More…]

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Notre Dame’s next commencement speaker: Cardinal Dolan

I can’t think of a better choice for the Fighting Irish, can you? From the AP:  Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, considered a longshot to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, will be the principal commencement speaker at the University of Notre Dame in May. As head of the nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese and president [Read More…]

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Could “The American Pope” become the next pope?

In a profile a couple years ago, “60 Minutes” famously referred to Cardinal Timothy Dolan as the “American Pope”  Now, veteran Vatican observer Sandro Magister is taking a serious look at the possibility that Dolan might become THE pope: The mere hypothesis of the election of Dolan is fraught with terror. But Dolan as pope [Read More…]

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And now, a Village People jingle to back Cardinal Tagle for pope…

This has to be a first. Someone has cobbled together a version of “Y.M.C.A” endorsing the Philippines’ young Cardinal Luis Tagle for pope.   [Read more…]

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Making something beautiful in Brooklyn

A Brooklyn landmark is about to get an extreme—and much-needed—makeover. As a local website described it: A historic church in Windsor Terrace, the Holy Name of Jesus Church at 245 Prospect Park West, is receiving a big historical restoration. And as a tipster puts it, “This isn’t just any church overhaul: Holy Name was architecturally [Read More…]

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Great moments in journalism: a headline for the ages

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Church removes picture of Pope Benedict over his “hurtful statements about the LGBT community”

An interesting development in San Francisco (h/t Creative Minority Report). The pastor at Most Holy Redeemer parish writes in his bulletin: Two weeks ago, after Pope Benedict XVI had announced to the world that he would be resigning the office of Peter as of February 28th, I put the Pope’s picture, that usually hangs in [Read More…]

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Gag order imposed on cardinals

From the indispensable John Thavis:  U.S. cardinals abruptly canceled their planned briefing today, and no further briefings were scheduled. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, who had coordinated the U.S. press encounters, said in an email: “Concern was expressed in the General Congregation about leaks of confidential proceedings reportedin Italian newspapers. As a precaution, the cardinals have [Read More…]

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Cleveland bishop excommunicates priest

This doesn’t happen very often, but it happened yesterday in Ohio:  The Rev. Robert Marrone, who broke away from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland after Bishop Richard Lennon closed his downtown church in 2010, has been excommunicated, according to a statement issued by the diocese Tuesday. Lennon said in the statement that Marrone violated terms of a [Read More…]

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