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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Poll: U.S. Catholics say church is out of touch; most approve of pope’s resignation

From the New York Times:  Roman Catholics in the United States say that their church and bishops are out of touch, and that the next pope should lead the church in a more modern direction on issues like birth control and ordaining women and married men as priests, according to the latest New York Times/CBS [Read More...]

Ready to hold history: the urns of the conclave

From VIS, some details behind the urns that will hold the votes for pope:  The function of the urns is described in Chapter V of the Constitution, which also speaks of a plate to be placed on top of the first urn. Every cardinal, in fact, must “place his ballot on the plate, with which [Read More...]

Meet “the most powerful woman in Rome”

Details:  If the leadership of American nuns is the vanguard of a progressive spirit up against the Vatican, Mother Tekla Famiglietti is a throwback to the past: an orthodox leader who learned the rules of the game and wields power in the all-male world of the Roman Curia. The 75-year-old head of an international order [Read More...]

“The church knows young Catholics are leaving; I don’t think it knows what to do about it”

From CentreDaily.com in suburban Washington: As the Catholic Church prepares to elect a new pope to guide it into the future, church leaders are struggling to keep young people from leaving the faith. Four out of five Catholics who have left the church – and have not joined another – did so before the age [Read More...]

Virginia school elects the new pope: Pope Sebastian I

Habemus papam! It happened yesterday at St. Louis School in Arlington, Virginia.  In a post, Fr. Z quotes an email:  These young men were largely from the corps of Altar Servers. The Parochial Adminstrator, Fr Zuberbueler, and the school principal, Dan Balliageron, pulled out all the stops. Check out more pictures at the link.   [Read More...]