Skip to comments.What have the cardinals been doing? One of them explains.
Posted on 03/09/2013 6:37:32 AM PST by NYer
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 break at lunch with the beautiful words of the Angelus. Wednesday, we cardinals made a Holy Hour of adoration before Jesus, really and truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, at the Altar of the Chair in Saint Peters Basilica.
Were praying a lot; and, from what I hear, so are you. Thanks!
Actually, we are back in that Upper Room with Our Lady and the apostles, and the challenges we and the new Saint Peter will face are, surprisingly, similar to those the first Pope, Saint Peter, confronted that first Pentecost: how most effectively to present the Person, message, and invitation of Jesus to a world that, while searching for salvation and eternal truth, are also at times doubting, skeptical, too busy, or frustrated.
So, you may be astonished to hear, we spend most of our times discussing issues such as preaching; teaching the faith; celebrating the seven sacraments; inviting back those believers who have left; serving the sick and poor, the least of these; sustaining our splendid schools, hospitals, and agencies of charity; encouraging our brother priests, bishops, deacons, and consecrated women and men religious; supporting our pastors and getting more of them! and our parishes; forming future priests well; loving our married couples and our families, and defending the dignity of marriage; protecting life where it is most in danger because of war, poverty, or abortion; and reinforcing the universal call to holiness given all in the Church.
Those are the big issues. You may find that hard to believe, since the word on the street is that all we talk about is corruption in the Vatican, sexual abuse, money. Do these topics come up? Yes! Do they dominate? No!
A journalist and, by the way, the reporters from home have been mostly amazingly patient, attentive, and thoughtfully curious asked if the new Pope would bring radical change to the Church. She seemed surprised when I replied, yes! At least I had her full attention! I then went on to clarify that the Church was big-time into change; namely, a change in the human heart, which Jesus called repentance or conversion. The job description of the Bishop of Rome is to conserve the faith, the truths of which have been revealed to us by God, especially through His Son, Jesus, faithfully passed on by His Church these past 2000 years, and to renew the invitation of Jesus to a change of heart.
So these days in Rome are hardly about the board of governors meeting to discuss changes to Church policy, but about how to present timeless beliefs more effectively.
Do names come up? Sure. But the name most spoken about is the Most Holy Name of Jesus!
Would you say His Holy Name and ask Him to send us His grace and mercy? Thanks!
But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
Just like Samuel, following The Lord.
Don’t be misled, there is plenty of “sausage making” going on, and it’s not necessarily the work of the Holy Spirit. Same in all organized denominations, including mine. The Roman Catholic Church, like most, best be about shutting off the flood of pedophile/homosexual/lesbian clergy and laity into its ranks, and restoring moral order. Otherwise all else is just continuing decay and Death.
Well, the Conclave begins on Tuesday. Could be by this time next week, we will have a new Pope.
I’m not Catholic, but I do pray that God provides wisdom and direction and the Catholic Church gets just the man that God wants there.
(Personally, I’m just a fan of ‘big world events’, and the election of a Pope is one of them. I can hardly wait for the shouts of “Fumare blanca!” and the cardinal standing on the balcony intoning “Habemus papam!”.)
Dolan is the guy who got very chummy with the muzzie antichrist Baby Killer Hussein 0bama before the election. I pray for the sake of the World, he isn’t elected.
And how do you know this? Personal experience as a cardinal?
Dolan is a conservative Catholic’s worst nightmare. He would be a disaster.
Dolan is the guy who got very chummy with the muzzie antichrist Baby Killer Hussein 0bama before the election. I pray for the sake of the World, he isnt elected.This video is disconcerting as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQEmO07DpaI
About as narcissistic as the president. I wish this guy would shut up with his miserable self-deceptive self-aggrandizement.
I assume the Cardinals are playing spring ball, preparing for the regular season.
You got this wrong. This is an annual event and regardless of who the President is, its a convivial occasion to raise monies for a charitable purpose.
The interval between the election of a new pope and his installation has varied between 3 and 11 days in the years since 1800:
Pius VII--7 days
Leo XII--7 days
Pius VIII--5 days
Gregory XVI--4 days
Pius IX--5 days
Leo XIII--11 days
Pius X--5 days
Benedict XV--3 days
Pius XI--6 days
Pius XII--10 days
John XXIII--7 days
Paul VI--9 days
John Paul I--8 days
John Paul II--7 days
Benedict XVI--5 days
And there's also this gem, complete with LGBT presenters and dancing pagan priestesses.
Dolan's bad, bad news.
I meant to add that the more recent conclaves (since 1831) have been short, usually 2 or 3 days. So there would seem to be a good chance that the next pope will be announced in time for his installation to take place before March 24 (Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week).
The new Pope will be able to say that he is familiar with the problem of Evil.
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Dolan's bad, bad news.He wouldn't be my pick either. What do you think about Cardinal Sarah? (From his Address to ordinands of the Community of St. Martin, June 25, 2011.)
Celebrate the Eucharist with dignity, fervor, and faith. He who does not struggle to preach the Gospel, convert, protect, nourish, and lead the People of God down the road of truth and of life that is Jesus Christ himself, he who is silent in the face of the grave deviations of this world, enchanted by its technology and its scientific successes, exposes himself to one or another to the forms of slavery that can enchain your poor hearts: the slavery to an exclusively human vision of things, the slavery of ardently desiring temporal power or prestige, the slavery of vanity, the slavery of money, the servitude to sensuality.
And there is only way that can liberate us from these forms of slavery and bring us to fully assume our ministry of pastors and of shepherds, and that is the way of love. Love, agapé, is the key for understanding Christ. And it is for that reason, he who exercises the pastoral ministry in the Church, cannot put his energies in anything but a supreme love of Christ... --Cardinal Sarah