HABEMUS PAPAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Can you believe it?! We have a pope right away!And the people rejoiced! Now we wait for Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran will walk out onto the balcony at St. Peters and say:“Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum; Habemus Papam.” (“I announce to you a great joy; We have a Pope.”)“Eminentissimum ac reverndissiumum Dominum, Dominum [First Name].” (“The most eminent and most reverend Lord, Lord [First Name].”)When you hear that first name, click here. … [Read more...]

Gonna Have To Do It The Old Fashioned Way – How To Make The Best of Your Pope Watch Coverage…


... spending hours staring at a smoke stack. If you were relying on Pope Alarm to alert you of the appearance of white smoke, I am sad to report you may get the news as much as eight hours after the fact. My Pope Alarm text message was received at 10:34 PM EST. No pope, it said. Ya think? In all fairness, their servers might be overwhelmed.So it's back to staring at a chimney. It's ok, though. This way is preferable. The sense of anticipation and hopeful longing as the Catholic community … [Read more...]

Retaining the Mystery of the Conclave…


Marc Barnes says it beautifully...I love being Catholic, not only for the vast horizons the Church opens before my searching eyes and thirsting heart, but also for the mighty, wooden doors she closes in front of my inquiring nose. That the Church dares — in a world nauseous with false egalitarianism — to declare things too holy to be dressed in anything but a finery I cannot afford, a secrecy I cannot know, and a reverence I can only hope to attain — all this convinces me that she alone is th … [Read more...]

An American Pope, blah blah blah…

... And you just made the Holy Spirit laugh. An American pope? I'm against it, as Terry Nelson is so fond of saying. Mr. Nelson - who if you don't already, should be reading his blog daily - explains why he has such an aversion to the idea of an American pope. An aversion we share. He writes;It seems to me we Americans get ourselves caught up in cheering 'candidates' on as if it were a competition or a campaign for political office - which is precisely why I would never want an American as … [Read more...]

Conclave Coverage, The Holy Spirit Is Not Impressed …


... Everything about this papal conclave has me completely fascinated. I can't recall, but was there this much internet coverage in 2005? I distinctly remember dragging an old black and white television from our office kitchen to watch at my desk while I worked. My boss is such a patient man. I also recall cursing that old thing because all smoke looks white on a little black and white tv screen. That was about as technical as things got, for me anyway, the last time the conclave met. My how … [Read more...]

BREAKING NEWS: Conclave Begins Tuesday March 12, 2013…


... This just in! Set your phones and news feed to notify you immediately of the following keywords "white smoke" and "Habemus Papam". For liberal media sources use keywords "still no women's ordination" and "back to the dark ages".Image source; Zenit News AgencyGot Conclave? Yes, there's an app for that. … [Read more...]

I Can’t Stand It…


My decision to forgo the exercise of active ministry, does not revoke this. I do not return to private life, to a life of travel, meetings, receptions, conferences and so on. I do not abandon the cross, but remain in a new way near to the Crucified Lord. I no longer wield the power of the office for the government of the Church, but in the service of prayer I remain, so to speak, within St. Peter’s bounds. St. Benedict, whose name I bear as Pope, shall be a great example in this for me. He s … [Read more...]

So You Want To Be Pope…


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That Awkward Moment When You Realize You’re A Lot Like Javert…


... Having seen Les Misérables no less than three times I am now ready to write a little something about the movie. Not a review, more like personal reflections, since the movie is a personal experience. First experiencing Les Miserables on Broadway as a little girl poor Éponine broke my heart and Javert terrified me. In the raging teenage years of my youth I felt every pang of unrequited love Éponine had for Marius. I disliked Cosette out of jealousy. The adult Cosette, even now, leaves me with … [Read more...]