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Pope Issues Conclave Motu Proprio (6070)

The papal document allows the College of Cardinals to move forward the date of the upcoming conclave.

02/25/2013 Comments (1)
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Journalists read the 'motu proprio' document in a press conference in the Holy See Press Room on Feb. 25 in Vatican City.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI issued a motu proprio today, allowing the College of Cardinals to bring forward the date of the upcoming conclave as long as all voting cardinals are present.

The document, presented this afternoon at a Vatican press conference by the vice camerlengo, Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, also introduces a series of modifications to the laws governing the interregnum period and the election of a new bishop of Rome.

The motu proprio (a papal document issued on the pope’s personal initiative) replaces certain numbered parts of the text in the governing apostolic constitution, Universi Dominici Gregis (On the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and the Election of the...READ MORE

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Pew Poll Finds Strong Approval for Pope Benedict (3230)

Most Catholics who were surveyed are in favor of keeping strong Catholic traditions.

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A woman displays her admiration for Pope Benedict Feb. 24 in St. Peter’s Square.

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WASHINGTON — As the Feb. 28 resignation of Pope Benedict XVI approaches, the vast majority of U.S. Catholics have a favorable view of the Pope, and the majority support traditional Catholic teaching as well.

According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 74% of U.S. Catholics “express a favorable view of the Pope.”

This rating is similar to the March 2008 poll, when about three in four Catholics held a “very” or “mostly” favorable opinion of the Pope shortly before his visit to the United States.

Pope Benedict has been regarded favorably throughout his entire papacy, with approval ratings among U.S. Catholics ranging from 67%-83%.

Pope Benedict’s predecessor, Pope John...READ MORE

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Five Reasons to Kill Christian Music, Beauty is the Seal of Truth, Fat Body of Christ and Much More! (4333)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/25/2013 Comment

Five Reasons to Kill Christian Music. Follow the link by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog to read more of this most important liturgical musical topic of our time.

Five Reasons to Kill Christian Music by Marc Barnes of the Bad Catholic blog – Big Pulpit

Beauty is the Seal of Truth – Beauty in Education

Fat Body of Christ? – Burke Ingraffia, Ignitum Today

More than 100,000 Rally to Protect Marriage in Puerto Rico – Ben Johnson, LifeSiteNews

Giving Up the Power Struggle in Marriage – Leticia Adams, Catholic Stand

G. K. Chesterton: It’s Not Gay and Not It's Not Marriage – Dale Ahlquist MA, Crisis Magazine

Dom Guéranger: A Prophet – Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, Vultus Christi

Same-Sex "Marriage": Our Agreements Solve Our Disagreement – Trent Horn, Catholic Answers

The Papacy of Pope Benedict XVI (recent roundup of the best links) - Big Pulpit


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Conclave Expected to Begin Between March 9-11 (5524)

According to a Vatican official, Pope Benedict XVI likely will change the conclave start date tomorrow by a papal declaration.

02/24/2013 Comments (5)

The Sistine Chapel, site of the papal conclave.

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VATICAN CITY — The conclave to choose the next pope will likely begin between March 9 and 11.

A Vatican official speaking on background to Catholic News Agency said Feb. 24 that the dates being discussed for the start of the conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor are somewhere between March 9 and 11.

The possibility of foregoing the normal 15-day waiting period for opening a conclave was raised because Pope Benedict announced Feb. 11 that he would resign on Feb. 28, giving everyone 17 days' advanced notice of his intention.

Consequently, the cardinals who will meet in conclave were given additional time to prepare, compared to the usual situation, where a papal successor is...READ MORE

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Pope Benedict Says He Is Not 'Abandoning the Church' (3431)

During his last Sunday Angelus, Benedict XVI speaks of nearness and dedication to the Church in prayer after retirement.

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The crowd in St. Peter's Square during Pope Benedict XVI's Angelus address Feb. 17, 2013.

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VATICAN — Around 120,000 pilgrims heard Pope Benedict XVI deliver his last Angelus address in which he said that “the Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation,” a change that does not mean he is “abandoning the Church.”

“Dear brothers and sisters,” the Pope said as he dwelt on the Sunday Gospel on the Transfiguration, “the word of God feels particularly directed at me, at this point in my life. The Lord called me to ‘climb the mountain,’ to devote myself even more to prayer and meditation.”

“But this does not mean abandoning the Church,” he qualified. “Indeed, if God asks me this it is just so that I can continue to serve with the...READ MORE

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Benedict’s Resignation and the Road Ahead (4812)

The pontiff leaves a great theological legacy while the next pope faces a Church in continuous need of conversion toward a more faithful living out of Catholic belief.

02/24/2013 Comments (7)
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Archbishop Charles Chaput

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This commentary was originally published Feb. 24 in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Since the lava flow of press commentaries about Pope Benedict’s resignation began nearly two weeks ago, dozens of people have asked me why the Holy Father “really” resigned and who the next pope is likely to be. 

Given the extraordinary nature of the event, both questions are inevitable. Happily, Benedict’s reasoning has been simple and clear. The Church faces serious challenges worldwide. At 85, his declining health and energy impede his ability to serve the Church as effectively as she needs. 

Resignation is an act of unusual humility, as well as careful judgment. These qualities, along with his...READ MORE

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Recipe for a Pope: A Christlike Man Who Can Govern and Unite (3071)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Church leaders say reform of the Curia is a top item for the next pope, whoever he may be.

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Statue of St. Peter in front of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

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VATICAN CITY — Ask any Vatican official or leading Church figure in Rome what one of the most important characteristics of the new pope should be, and, chances are, they’ll say he must have an ability to govern.

Amid the many tributes being paid to Pope Benedict XVI, among the few criticisms is the observation that governance wasn’t the Holy Father’s strong point.

Although he has been widely praised for certain aspects of governance — namely his episcopal appointments, his efforts to crack down on clerical sex abuse and measures to make the Vatican’s finances more transparent — running the Roman Curia was his Achilles heel, made harder by his infirmity and old age.

He appeared to...READ MORE

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That's Not in the Bible: Contemporary Dilemmas with Sola Scriptura; Is Christ Ugly and More! (4618)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

02/23/2013 Comment

That’s Not in the Bible: Contemporary Dilemmas with Sola Scriptura. Follow the link by Two Catholic Men and a Blog (TCMAAB) to read more.

That’s Not in the Bible: Contemporary Dilemmas with Sola Scriptura by Two Catholic Men and a Blog (TCMAAB) - Big Pulpit

Is Christ Ugly? – Edmund Mitchell, Ignitum Today

Nine Reasons True Christians Follow the Pope – H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

The Saint Who Would Interrupt Mass with a Public Confession of Her Wickedness - The Spiritual Life, Catholic Herald

The Edmund Campion Missal – Jeffrey A. Tucker, The Chant Café

Ten Tips for Fine Tuning Your Media Antennas – Anabelle Hazard JD, Catholic Stand

Pope Leo’s Guilds a Far Cry from Today’s Unions – Anthony M. Esolen PhD, Crisis Magazine

What’s So Good About Diversity? – David Clayton MA, The Way of Beauty

Interregnum,...READ MORE

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