The Archdiocese of Washington DC…

has created for the parishes, schools and families of the Archdiocese of Washington resources on the papacy and upcoming conclave. [Read more...]

John Allen on Benedict XVI on Conclaves

Just in case you were wondering whether conclaves were exercises in infallibility, Benedict brings the refreshing sound of common sense: Perhaps the classic expression of this idea belongs to none other than the outgoing pope, Benedict XVI, who as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was asked on Bavarian television in 1997 if the Holy Spirit is responsible [Read More...]

The Case for an African Pontiff

…according to Fr. Dwight Longenecker. I sort of regard speculation about papal elections the way I do talking about the weather. My views will have no impact whatsoever on the outcome and it’s basically all up to the Holy Spirit. I can give God input via my prayers, I s’pose. But mostly those are of [Read More...]

So How Do They Pick a Pope Anyway?

An explanation in nifty graphic form. [Read more...]

The Eminently Sensible Daniel McCarthy

…argues for the eminent sensibility of Benedict’s decision to resign. It’s impossible to predict the future, of course, but I think it’s quite on the cards other Pope’s in my lifetime will do the same rather than live past the age where they can fulfill their ministry. We’ll see, I guess. [Read more...]

The Troll Explains the Hidden History of our Time

If you want to know the *real* reason Papa Benedict resigned, look no further. Don’t forget to vote for Troll as Sexiest Catholic Blogger Alive. [Read more...]

Benedict and Gregory the Great

Michael Barber notes the rather clear and obvious influence Gregory has had on Benedict’s thinking in approach the question of his decision to leave the papacy. What a beautiful, clear-headed, humble, good man.  What a gift. [Read more...]

Various responses to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

including from Yr Obedient Svt. Very simply: I love the man and think him a great Pope, a great man, and a great saint. I hav nothing but gratitude to him and to God for giving him to us. I bless him on his way and I pray God give us a Holy Father far [Read More...]

In a dramatic moment for the Church, one man stepped up to keep the focus where it belongs:

On himself:  Mahony says he looks forward to voting on Pope Benedict’s successor The chutzpah of the Master Narcissist reminds us of the truth discovered by Balaam:  that the Holy Spirit still speaks through the mouth of jackasses.  He will, alas, be part of the next conclave, unless of course, somebody puts him in jail or [Read More...]

I only start worrying…

…if the new pope takes the name “Joan II”. Okay, if Mahony is elected and takes the name Judas I, I also worry. Update: Will the new Pope take the name “Jude”? Vatican insiders denied the possibility, saying, “Nah Nah Nah Nahnananaaah.” Others speculate that, in a bid for a commanding share of the soft [Read More...]

Haters gonna hate

I’m grateful to the Holy Father both for his clear-headed, calm, gentle, and much-better-man-than-I-am approach to presenting the Church’s teaching to a world (and often Church) full of screaming crazies, but in a primal way, for his appreciation of his role as father. The Church has been in short supply of fathers, what with so [Read More...]

In wake of B16 resignation…

…world media assumes heavy burden of a) gossiping about why a humble and weak old man is turning his office over to somebody stronger and better able to do it and b) telling the Church who that needs to be–because they are so qualified to do that. This is the hour when having a heirarchy [Read More...]


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