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  • Axios! He is Worthy!

    04/19/2005 1:35:49 PM PDT · by Teófilo · 3 replies · 297+ views
    ¡Habemus Papam!Folks, I knew he was "papabile," and knew he could make a great Pope, but wow! I am elated.¡Ad multos annos, Benedictus, PP XVI, Pontifex Maximus!It is a great and agreeable surprise that the former "Panzer" Cardinal is now the new Holy Father. What his election portents for the Church is continuity and consolidation of the work of Pope John Paul the Great. We can expect continued, strong doctrinal clarity, leadership, and discipline, as well as the continued authentic interpretation of Vatican II. All-in-all, steady as she goes for the Ship of Peter. The initial coverage from the mainstream...
  • Statement by The Lutheran World Federation upon the election of Pope Benedict XVI

    04/19/2005 12:59:14 PM PDT · by lightman · 9 replies · 417+ views
    Lutheran World Federation | 19 April A.D. 2005 | Mark S. Hanson
    Statement by The Lutheran World Federation – A Communion of Churches, upon the election of Pope Benedict XVI At the election of Pope Benedict XVI it is appropriate for Christians to be united in prayer that God may bless, strengthen and guide him as a heavy mantle of responsibility is now being put upon him. History has shown in so many ways the impact of the Roman Pontiff on the direction of events both in church and in society. At the present time we see especially the urgency of processes of reconciliation across religious, ethnic and economic divides. The main...
  • A question of downsizing the papacy

    04/17/2005 3:40:48 AM PDT · by Destro · 10 replies · 328+ views ^ | Sunday, Apr. 10, 2005 | MICHAEL McGOUGH
    <p>Never having been made a cardinal, retired Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco will not be participating in the conclave that will elect a successor to Pope John Paul II. But the 76-year-old Quinn thinks that some of the electors could literally take a page from his book in choosing the next pope.</p>
  • Baptist church 'fake pope' sign attracting attention, criticism (Pope Bound for Hell).

    04/14/2005 12:00:51 PM PDT · by Dean Baker · 1,466 replies · 22,498+ views
    Knoxville News-Sentinel Co. ^ | April 13, 2005 | JEANNINE F. HUNTER
    Baptist church 'fake pope' sign attracting attention, criticism By JEANNINE F. HUNTER, April 13, 2005 NEWPORT, Tenn. - Two days after being posted, a church marquee message that questions the purpose of the papacy is still attracting attention in this small community. "What I am trying to do is to let people know there's only one way to heaven through Jesus Christ," said the Rev. Cline Franklin, pastor of Hilltop Baptist Church. "There's no need for help. God sent his son, Jesus Christ. We're all priests if we're saved. I don't need to go to anybody else to pray."...
  • John Paul the Great (Statesman and prophet, he overcame the poverty of the possible)

    04/08/2005 4:45:33 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 606+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | April 18, 2005 | Joseph Bottum
     HISTORY LABORS--A WORN machine, sick with torsion, ill-meshed--and every repair of an old fault ruptures something new. Or so it seems, much of the time. Our historical choices are limited, constrained by the poverty of what appears possible at any given moment. To be a good leader is, for most figures who walk the world's stage, merely to pick the best among the available options--to push back where one can, to hold on to the good that remains, to resist a little the stream of history as it seems to flow toward its cataract.For the past decade and a half,...
  • New Litany of the Saints from the Pope's Funeral

    04/08/2005 9:36:06 AM PDT · by Siobhan · 45 replies · 15,817+ views
    EWTN ^ | J+M+J April A.D. 2005 | The Holy See
    'New' Litany of the Saints from the Papal Funeral Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro eo Sancta Maria, Mater Ecclesiæ, ora pro eo Sancta Maria, Salus populi Romani, ora pro eo Sancti Michael, Gabriel et Raphael, orate pro eo Omnes sancti Angeli, orate pro eo Sancte Ioseph, ora pro eo Sancte Ioannes Baptista, ora pro eo Omnes Sancti Patriarchæ et Prophetæ, orate pro eo Sancti Petre et Paule, orate pro eo Sancte Andrea, ora pro eo Sancti Ioannes et Iacobe, orate pro eo Sancte Thoma, ora pro eo Sancte Matthæe, ora pro eo Sancte Matthia, ora pro eo Sancte Luca,...
  • How a Pope is elected

    04/07/2005 10:53:20 AM PDT · by sinkspur · 27 replies · 1,161+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/7/2005 | John L. Allen
    Conclave veterans say most 'electioneering' happens out of public view When it comes to electing a pope, there are no Iowa caucuses, no candidate debates, no conventions or platforms. The "campaign" is more analogous to the 2003 California gubernatorial recall than a presidential primary -- a quick sprint that flares up unexpectedly and is over before it even seems to begin. Conclave veterans say most of the heavy lifting involved in electing a pope happens out of public view. Cardinal Franz König of Vienna, in a July 2001 NCR interview, said the real work is done in behind-the-scenes meetings of...
  • Name That Pope

    04/05/2005 2:58:49 PM PDT · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 187 replies · 3,186+ views
    2005-04-05 | Me
    What papal name do you think the next pope will take? As I search the list there have never been 3 popes taking the same name in a row. Bookies are giving 7-4 that the next pope will take John Paul III. There was never a double name before John Paul I. Not interested in this thread who will become Pope, just what name do you think he will take? Is there some Pope that the next Pope will want to pattern after besides John Paul II that any new Pope would see the Church in need of? If it...

    04/04/2005 10:01:53 AM PDT · by annalex · 218 replies · 2,395+ views
    Novosti ^ | April 4, 2005 | Pyotr Romanov
    MOSCOW, April 4. (RIA Novosti political commentator Pyotr Romanov) - It seems the only place the pope wanted but could not visit was Moscow. His patience was boundless, but he did not live long enough to see changes in the Russian Orthodox Church. He, however, was open to the whole world, including Russians. It turned out that establishing contacts with the secular authorities of the new Russia was much easier than with the hierarchs of the Russian Church. The pontiff received Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin, the latter of whom has sent the Vatican an unusual letter of condolences. More...
  • Papacy: Numbers Favour Latin American Successor (Lets hope that no marxists get the job)

    04/04/2005 8:59:38 AM PDT · by CitadelArmyJag · 8 replies · 641+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 3 2005 12:29 | Richard Lapper, Latin America editor
    Numbers favour Latin American successor By Richard Lapper, Latin America editor Published: April 3 2005 12:29 | Last updated: April 3 2005 12:29 History and tradition may favour an Italian, but the strength of the Catholic church in Latin America means that the next Pope could come from the region that boasts the largest number of Catholics in the world. Certainly that is what bookmakers believe. Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Honduras, Claudio Hummes, of Brazil,. Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina, Jaime Ortega from Cuba and Dario Castrillion Hoyos, from Colombia have frequently featured among the favourites detailed by Paddy Power...
  • An Epic Tale of One Man's Life (Pope John Paul II)

    04/03/2005 7:40:52 PM PDT · by Lando Lincoln · 2 replies · 436+ views
    Newsday ^ | 03 April 2005 | Bob Keeler
    For all his erudition and mysticism, Pope John Paul II was a gloriously human pope, not pale and other-worldly from years in a Vatican bureaucracy, but fully rounded and robust from toiling in the harsh light of the real world. This pope felt the sting of his parents' deaths at an early age, worked with his hands, heard the rock-hard cacophony of a quarry and the boom of Nazi bombs, enjoyed belting out a good song. He lived an outsized, epic life -- so full of novelistic, even cinematic, twists of plot that it might well have been written by...
  • Israel expresses 'deep sorrow' upon Pope's passing

    04/02/2005 9:20:07 PM PST · by veronica · 7 replies · 545+ views
    JPost ^ | 04-02-05 | HERB KEINON
    Israel expressed "deep sorrow" at the passing of Pope John Paul II, who in 1986 referred to the Jewish people as "our elder brothers." Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom issued a statement saying that "Israel, the Jewish people and the entire world, lost today a great champion of reconciliation and brotherhood between the faiths." "On behalf of the government and people of Israel, we extend our condolences to the Catholic Church and the flock of Pope John Paul II," Shalom said. "This is a great loss, first and foremost for the Catholic Church and its hundreds of millions of believers, but...
  • John Paul's final gift: to share his last hours with the world

    04/02/2005 8:30:17 PM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 12 replies · 787+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | 02 April 2005 | Mary Kinney
    I WAS SITTING at Cork airport yesterday morning next to some talkative young Corkmen. “The Pope is near dett,” says one, reading a text from his mobile phone. “Ah, sure,” says another, “tis the best for him now. Won’t he be better off? He’ll be safe enough anyway — Jeez, if he doesn’t go straight up, what hope is there for the rest of us?” Laughter. “Oh he’ll go straight up all right,” said a third. “I wonder will the schools have a day off? For mourning, like.” The young Corkonians were articulating, in their cheerful vernacular, something about the...
  • Billy Graham: Pope Was 'Evangelist'

    04/02/2005 6:53:28 PM PST · by wagglebee · 47 replies · 3,261+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 4/2/05 | Carl Limbacher
    The Reverend Billy Graham issued the following statement Saturday: "Pope John Paul II was unquestionably the most influential voice for morality and peace in the world during the last 100 years. His extraordinary gifts, his strong Catholic faith, and his experience of human tyranny and suffering in his native Poland all shaped him, and yet he was respected by men and women from every conceivable background across the world. He was truly one of those rare individuals whose legacy will endure long after he has gone. "It was my privilege to meet with him at the Vatican on various occasions,...
  • Papal Power - What no one else will say about John Paul II (Christopher Hitchens)

    04/02/2005 3:17:28 PM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 259 replies · 5,736+ views
    Slate ^ | 01 April 2005 | Christopher Hitchens
    The papacy is not, in theory, a man-made office at all. Its holder is chosen for life, by God himself, to hold the keys of Peter and to be the vicar of Christ on earth. This is yet another of the self-imposed tortures that faith inflicts upon itself. It means that you have to believe that the pope before last, who held on to the job for a matter of weeks before dying (or, according to some, before being murdered) was either unchosen by God in some fit of celestial pique, or left unprotected by heaven against his assassins. And...
  • Stay with us, Lord! (cf. Lk 24:29) - URBI ET ORBI MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II

    04/02/2005 3:05:04 PM PST · by Siobhan · 16 replies · 435+ views
    The Holy See ^ | Easter Sunday, 27 March 2005 | Pope John Paul the Great
    1. Mane nobiscum, Domine! Stay with us, Lord! (cf. Lk 24:29) With these words, the disciples on the road to Emmaus invited the mysterious Wayfarer to stay with them, as the sun was setting on that first day of the week when the incredible had occurred. According to his promise, Christ had risen; but they did not yet know this. Nevertheless, the words spoken by the Wayfarer along the road made their hearts burn within them. So they said to him: "Stay with us". Seated around the supper table, they recognized him in the "breaking of bread" - and...
  • Papal Transition (what happens between one pope and the next)

    04/01/2005 10:29:57 AM PST · by NYer · 57 replies · 3,968+ views
    America Magazine ^ | March 31, 2005 | Rev. Thomas J. Reese, S.J
    What happens when the pope gets sick? If the pope becomes sick, he can delegate some of his authority to the cardinal secretary of state or to any other person. In the long history of the papacy, popes have formally or informally delegated authority to Vatican officials, cardinal nephews and other members of their families. But today the logical person to run the church while the pope is sick would be Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the secretary of state, who is more like a prime minister than a U.S. secretary of state. Such delegation presumes that the pope is still capable...
  • In the arms of the angels (Pope John Paul II)

    04/01/2005 5:45:56 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 5 replies · 834+ views
    CFP ^ | April 1, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    How typical of the heroic Pope John Paul II that he would hold on long enough to see us through Holy Week; that he would use such strong words in his defense of a dying Terri Schiavo. How like this "Pope of the People" that even in failing strength he kept coming to the window of his Vatican apartment to bless the pilgrims. The life of Pope John Paul II has been a courageous one that made a difference for so many. Frail as he was back in 2002 when he came to Toronto for Youth Day, the Holy Father...
  • Pope's Condition Reported Stable (Antibiotics working)

    03/31/2005 6:38:00 PM PST · by wagglebee · 7 replies · 650+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/31/05 | AP
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II developed a high fever Thursday because of a urinary tract infection and was being treated with antibiotics at the Vatican, his spokesman said. The latest health setback for the 84-year-old pontiff came one day after he began receiving nutrition through a feeding tube. There were reports that the pope received the sacrament of the anointing of the sick — what used to be called the last rites. But the Italian news agency Apcom, without citing any sources, reported that John Paul's condition was "stable" early Friday, several hours after he started receiving antibiotics....
  • Donning the mitre with "less pope-y duties"

    03/28/2005 9:59:49 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 16 replies · 895+ views
    CFP ^ | March 28, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    Now off the launching pad and in the running to replace Pope Paul John II, Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, shoots from the lip. A drawn-looking John Paul II, unable to preside over last Sunday’s Palm Sunday for the first time in his 26-year papacy, and reportedly not responding well to his medication, and was unable to speak during the traditional Easter Sunday blessing. Among the ranks of potential papal replacement cardinals, Maradiaga is restive. The long on charisma Maradiaga, who hails from Honduras, is ready to rock the Vatican boat. The difference between the Polish pontiff and the would-be...
  • Next pope: 'We are going to be surprised,' says Allen

    03/06/2005 6:01:42 AM PST · by NYer · 81 replies · 3,197+ views
    Tidings ^ | March 4, 2005 | Paula Doyle
    As far as the next pope is concerned, expect the unexpected. That's the message National Catholic Reporter Vatican correspondent John Allen, Jr. stressed in his 2005 Religious Education Congress Feb. 20 workshop, "Four papacies, four futures for the church" highlighting four differing points of view among the 118 Cardinals under age 80 who will elect the future pope. Although Pope John Paul II has appointed all but three of the cardinals who will elect his successor, Allen said it is a misconception that the next pope will be similar to the current one. "It doesn't work like that," declared...
  • Dozens of Episcopalians Follow Leader into Catholic Church

    02/25/2005 10:22:56 AM PST · by NYer · 34 replies · 2,536+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 16, 2005 | CARLOS BRICEÑO
    SCRANTON, Pa. — Eric Bergman gave up friendships, his home and his priesthood in the Episcopal Church for his beliefs. The 34-year-old renounced his priesthood Dec. 31 and now wants to win souls as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church.Joining him in the move to Catholicism are his wife, Kristina, and his three children, all under the age of 3. Bergman also brings with him some 60 parishioners from his former congregation, the Church of the Good Shepherd in Scranton, Pa., where he served as rector for five years, and 10 Episcopalians from a nearby parish.Bergman is petitioning the...
  • Pope John Paul II Hospitalized

    02/24/2005 2:53:23 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 164 replies · 6,437+ views
    CNN ^ | February 24, 2005
    Pope John Paul II, recently hospitalized with the flu, is being returned to the hospital, wire services report. Details soon.
  • Eye on Eurasia: A Siberian Pope?

    02/08/2005 9:22:30 AM PST · by Destro · 5 replies · 299+ views ^ | February 07, 2005 | Paul Goble
    February 07, 2005 Eye on Eurasia: A Siberian Pope?Eye on Eurasia: A Siberian Pope? By Paul Goble UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL Tartu, Estonia, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- At the height of the Cold War, Morris West published a novel titled "The Shoes of the Fisherman," which tells how a Russian Catholic priest long imprisoned in the Soviet Gulag concentration camp system becomes by a strange twist of fate the pope of Rome and helps the world's major powers to overcome their divisions. Five years later, that book became the basis for a popular motion picture of the same name starring Anthony...
  • The Pope's Disgraceful Tribute to Arafat

    11/13/2004 11:17:37 AM PST · by CHARLITE · 32 replies · 1,323+ views
    The pope's disgraceful tribute to Arafat Posted: November 13, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern From the way world leaders reacted to the death of Yasser Arafat, you could be forgiven if you had mistakenly believed that Mother Theresa had died. Kofi Annan, a man whose diplomatic career has been dedicated to friendship with tyrants and contempt for their victims, declared himself "deeply moved" by Arafat's death and ordered the U.N. flag flown at half-mast. This is not all that surprising given that Annan is the same man who overruled U.N. Gen. Romeo Dallaire in April 1994 and ordered him not to...
  • Vatican Sets Up Sports Department

    08/03/2004 2:53:03 PM PDT · by topcat54 · 67 replies · 683+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 3, 2004, 1:52 PM EDT | FRANCES D'EMILIO
    Vatican Sets Up Sports Department By FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press Writer August 3, 2004, 1:52 PM EDT VATICAN CITY -- He made saves as a soccer goalkeeper in his high school years in Poland, skied and kayaked in Europe and swam laps in the papal pool. Now Pope John Paul II has set up a sports department to give the Vatican a kind of new playing field in its drive to spread Christian values around the world. The Vatican announced the initiative Tuesday, pointing to the millions of people who will follow the Olympics in Athens this month as proof...
  • Cum ex Apostolatus Officio - Apostolic Constitution of Pope Paul IV

    04/01/2004 2:44:25 PM PST · by Viva Christo Rey · 187 replies · 678+ views
    Roman Bullarium Vol. IV. Sec. I, pp. 354-357 ^ | 15th February 1559 | Pope Paul IV
    "We are bound to be diligently watchful after the manner of a vigilant Shepherd and to ensure most carefully that certain people who consider the study of the truth beneath them should be driven out of the sheepfold of Christ and no longer continue to disseminate error from positions of authority." "6. In addition, [by this Our Constitution, which is to remain valid in perpetuity We enact, determine, decree and define:-] that if ever at any time it shall appear that any Bishop, even if he be acting as an Archbishop, Patriarch or Primate; or any Cardinal of the aforesaid...
  • Another Milestone Near, John Paul Is Still Redefining Papacy

    03/06/2004 6:29:41 PM PST · by yonif · 6 replies · 106+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 7, 2004 | FRANK BRUNI
    ROME, March 6 — Although no gilded ceremonies have been planned or grand tributes penned, Pope John Paul II is edging up on yet another milestone. As of Sunday, March 14, he would move a notch higher on the list of the longest-reigning leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, according to the Vatican's official tabulation. John Paul would pass Leo XIII, who served from 1878 to 1903, to become No. 2 or 3, depending on the count. Many Catholic leaders put St. Peter in the top position, attributing 35 years to him, while many scholars say that there is no...
  • A look at the future of the papacy

    12/23/2003 5:40:34 AM PST · by ultima ratio · 7 replies · 54+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 23, 2003 | Roger A. McCaffrey
    <p>Pope John Paul II does not have long in this world. No medically savvy observer of the man can deny the signs of anemia and hints of organ failure. With fresh press reports about kidney dialysis and spreading cancer, it is hardly shocking to hear cardinals talk openly of his demise and the subsequent conclave to elect a successor. Some outspoken Church liberals suggest the pope should resign, a move that was unthinkable before the liberalizing Second Vatican Council of 1962-65. Today, politicking for the chair of St. Peter is less hidden than ever before.</p>
  • Soloviev's Amen: A Russian Orthodox Argument for the Papacy

    11/24/2003 1:32:51 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 12 replies · 220+ views
    Crisis Magazine | November 2003 | Rev. Ray Ryland
    Soloviev's AmenA Russian Orthodox Argument for the Papacyby Rev. Ray Ryland During the past six or seven centuries, succeeding pontiffs have repeatedly invited the separated Eastern Churches to return to communion with Rome. The few responses from the East have been negative - with only one exception, as far as I can determine. One member of an Eastern Orthodox Church responded positively in print... a Russian Orthodox layman named Vladimir Soloviev (1853-1900). Soloviev was a philosopher, a theologian, a poet, a mystic, a political thinker, and a literary cricit. In The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics, Hans Urs...
  • Freep This Poll! (Do you think the papacy has too much power?)

    10/20/2003 9:03:05 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 58 replies · 128+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | October 20, 2003 | Globe and Mail
    Freep this poll question! Do you think the papacy has too much power? Current result: Yes 76% No 24%. How is anyone supposed to answer this question absent any basic knowledge about the Church? As well ask if the laws of mathematics should be repealed! Click on this link to the Toronto Globe and Mail and freep the bien-pensants who know jack about the Church!

    08/10/2003 7:08:04 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 43 replies · 920+ views
    NRO - Corner ^ | 08/10/03 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    To people who are not interested in the above topics, or in the history of the Catholic Church: This is a long post, and you may want to skip it. Andrew Sullivan recently wrote two items about the Catholic church’s historical record on slavery on his site. He suggests (in a post that seems to be unlinkable, but is on the page he has up now) that the Vatican weighed in on the pro-slavery side of the American debate even after the Civil War. He quotes an 1866 statement by the Vatican: “Slavery itself. . . is not at all...
  • Is the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) in Schism?

    06/15/2003 6:49:25 AM PDT · by Class of 78 · 5 replies · 150+ views
    Envoy Magazine ^ | Patrick Madrid
    The official website of the Society of St. Pius X contains this odd assertion: “The Society of Saint Pius X professes filial devotion and loyalty to Pope John Paul II, the Successor of Saint Peter and the Vicar of Christ. . . .” It’s odd because it clashes so dramatically with their actions and rhetoric. While it’s good to know that the pope and the bishops in communion with him are being prayed for at SSPX Masses, it’s disturbing to see the strange disconnect that exists in the minds of the SSPX adherents. On one hand they profess “filial devotion...
  • Blinded by the Light of the East?

    06/14/2003 3:01:28 PM PDT · by Class of 78 · 41 replies · 337+ views
    Envoy Magazine ^ | 06/14/2003 | class of 1978
    [Catholic author Patrick Madrid, Publisher of Envoy Magazine, writes:] In a recent issue of San Diego News Notes there appeared an interview with Paul O'Callaghan, a former cradle Catholic who abandonded the Church to become an Orthodox priest. I found his rationale for leaving the Church in an attempt to find Tradition to be theologically naive. His sometimes inaccurate perceptions about the Catholic Church and its teachings were also problematic. But the biggest dissapointment was his distorted understanding of how the early Church viewed the function and authority of the Bishop of Rome: "The Orthodox view the role of the...
  • The Future and the Popes  

    03/29/2003 4:45:31 AM PST · by NYer · 85 replies · 9,362+ views
    Catholic Planet ^ | September 2002 | Ronald L. Conte Jr.
    About the year A.D. 1139, Saint Malachy O'Morgair, Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland, wrote down a list of Popes. He listed 112 future Popes, each described by a phrase in Latin. [1] There has been increasing interest in this list among Roman Catholics, for two reasons. First, the descriptions of Popes #109 and #110 match the pontificates of Popes John Paul I and John Paul II to a tee. Second, there are only two more Popes on the list, and the last Pope on the list is given a long apocalyptic description, instead of a quaint and cryptic phrase. Pope #109...
  • QUESTION #57

    02/18/2003 5:35:49 PM PST · by Commander8 · 192+ views
    The Answer Book ^ | 1989 | Dr. Samuel C Gipp
    QUESTION: Was Erasmus, the editor of the Textus Receptus, a "good" Roman Catholic? ANSWER: Erasmus, who edited the Greek text which was later to be known as the Textus Receptus, was an embarassment to the pope and a poor example of a "good" Roman Catholic.
  • The Unity of the Orthodox Church

    11/07/2002 10:32:05 AM PST · by MarMema · 46 replies · 140+ views
    orthodox america ^ | Priest Andrew Phillips
    Who is the head of the Orthodox Church? This is a question often asked, especially by Roman Catholics. No doubt they expect to find in the Orthodox Church an equivalent to the papacy. For Orthodox, however, the very existence of a visible head of the Roman Catholic Church indicates that, whatever its merits, the Roman Catholic Church is structurally a secular insti-tution. Visible heads are the symbols of secular corporations, companies or governments. Orthodox would argue that, ultimately, the Pope is the descendent of the pagan Roman Emperors: historically, when the Imperial Power disappeared from Rome, its authority and prestige...
  • Blaming the Pope

    08/29/2002 3:21:54 AM PDT · by Dajjal · 101 replies · 191+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | Sept. 1-7, 2002 | Editorial
    National Catholic Register Sept. 1-7, 2002 EditorialBLAMING THE POPE A crescendo of voices of concern from faithful, devout Catholics say Pope John Paul II, despite all his good points, has a style of governance that is deeply flawed. The argument most recently is being made about the scandal of sex-abuse cover-up by bishops. Why hasn't the Pope used his authority more forcefully against those who caused - or enabled - the scandals? For one thing, the argument is based on a false premise. John Paul greatly toughened canon law's treatment of child abuse by priests, for example, and other strong...
  • Pope Pledges to See Out His Papal Mission

    08/19/2002 11:37:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 59+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 19, 2002 | Philip Pullella
    KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) - Pope John Paul , wrapping up an emotional homecoming that has revived him and his fellow Poles, asked Monday for the physical and spiritual strength to continue his Pontificate "to the end." Once again dismissing speculation that he has any intention of resigning, the 82-year-old Pope, visiting his native Poland for perhaps the last time, said it was in God's hands how long his life and his pontifical ministry lasted. "Most Holy Mother, Our Lady of Calvary, obtain also for me strength in body and spirit that I may carry out to the end the...
  • Allen's "Conclave" views politics behind the pomp

    04/06/2002 1:41:31 PM PST · by sinkspur · 6 replies · 111+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/5/2002 | Chester Gillis
    CONCLAVE: THE POLITICS, PERSONALITIES AND PROCESS OF THE NEXT PAPAL ELECTIONBy John L. Allen Jr. Image Books, 223 pages, $12.95 REVIEWED By CHESTER GILLIS Conclave offers something for everyone. Insiders who are knowledgeable about Vatican politics will relish the detail that John Allen, NCR Rome correspondent, delves into when describing the process and the personalities that will elect the next pope. Those who are baffled by the arcane traditions of Roman Catholicism will understand better how this ancient institution functions. The curious will have a context within which to understand why the cardinals choose a pope with a certain theological...