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  • Who can be elected pope?

    02/14/2013 2:28:15 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | February 13, 2012 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    It’s been more than 500 years since a non-cardinal was elected pope, but then, it’s been more than 500 years since a pope resigned, so, one moves cautiously to our question, who is eligible to be elected pope?Turns out, lots of people.Canon 332 § 1 of the 1983 Code simply states that one already a bishop (nb: not necessarily a cardinal) who accepts legitimate papal election becomes pope immediately. One who is not yet a bishop (and the Church has elected several non-bishops to the papacy) can accept election, but must be immediately consecrated bishop. By implication, that would seem...
  • The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI: A commentary by Fr. Barron

    02/14/2013 12:52:14 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.wordonfire.com ^ | Februyary 14, 2013 | Robert Barron
    Watch Fr. Robert Barron's new video on Pope Benedict's Legacy. Please share this with friends and family and be on the lookout for a very exciting announcement from Word On Fire in the next few days!
  • More details on papal resignation, conclave (Vatican Press Office)

    02/14/2013 12:37:29 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 14, 2012 | Diogenes
    Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, held a briefing for reporters on February 14, providing more information about plans for the retirement of Pope Benedict and the election of his successor. He revealed: Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who has served for years as the private secretary to Benedict XVI, will continue to live with the Pontiff after his retirement. However the archbishop, who was recently appointed as prefect of the pontifical household, will continue to serve in that role as well. The new Pontiff could, if he wished, select a replacement.The Vatican will continue to provide security...
  • Can a Baby be Baptized Against the Parents' Wishes?

    02/14/2013 12:14:09 PM PST · by Weiss White · 95 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | February 14, 2013 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Some Jewish people in my city complained to the local Catholic hospital, saying they were afraid to bring their sick children to the emergency room, because the hospital staff might baptize them. The hospital staff publicly agreed never to do this. I had always assumed that you cant baptize a baby without at least one parents consent, so I thought the hospital would simply say, Dont worry, were not allowed to do that anyway! But the wording of the hospital administrators response seemed to suggest that they really could baptize a sick baby if they wanted to. Can a...
  • Church doesnt bend, but endures

    02/14/2013 11:48:35 AM PST · by massmike · 7 replies
    http://bostonherald.com ^ | 02/14/2013 | Jennifer C. Braceras
    The press is outraged.Why? Because the Roman Catholic Church might (once again) select as its pope someone who is actually Catholic,and who does not share the political sensibilities of The New York Times editorial board. The resignation of Benedict provides a hostile press the opportunity to rehash any problem that may have arisen in the hundreds of thousands of Catholic churches around the world and to blame the Vatican for them all. The medias current focus on abuse perpetrated by priests, the bulk of which occurred long before Benedict was pope, reveals a deep obsession with scandal and an...
  • Faith, firearms and the gun control debate

    02/14/2013 11:45:30 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 1 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 2/13/13 | David Briggs
    During the 1940s, "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" was a popular song of patriotism. Today's gun debate has stirred religious passions, too. You can learn a few things about religion and politics listening to flea market dealers in Indiana. For starters, sociologist Arthur Farnsley writes in his new book Flea Market Jesus, it is a political mistake of biblical proportions to write off all Christian fundamentalists as red-state, moral values Republicans. In in-depth interviews, Farnsley found among this fiercely independent group on the fringes of evangelical Protestantism an adherence to rugged individualism and distrust of institutions that left...
  • 12 Catholic colleges to host obscene play The Vagina Monologues this year

    02/14/2013 11:28:35 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    lsn ^ | Tim Drake
    (CNS) - The Cardinal Newman Society has confirmed that at least 12 Catholic colleges and universities will be hosting on-campus productions of the play The Vagina Monologues in 2013. That number is up from nine last year. Proceeds from performances at the University of San Francisco will support a group that advocates reproductive justice and homosexual rights. The V-Day organization reports that students at Marquette have plans for a performance benefiting Planned Parenthood. Catholic bishops and college presidents have pointed out that The V-Monologues distorts human sexuality and celebrates sinful behaviors, including lesbian activity and masturbation. One scene even declares...
  • Who Will Take Up the Keys of Peter (This is a MUST READ!)

    02/14/2013 11:10:54 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Chiesa ^ | February 14, 2012 | Sandro Magister
    ROME, February 14, 2013 – On the evening of an unremarkable Thursday in Lent, at 8 p.m. on February 28, Joseph Ratzinger will take the step that none of his predecessors had dared to take. He will place upon the throne of Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Which another will be called to take up. There is the power of a revolution in this action that has no equal even in centuries long ago. From that point on, the Church enters into unknown territory. It will have to elect a new pope while his predecessor is...
  • English cardinals advice to new pope: dont condemn in realm of sexual morality

    02/14/2013 10:34:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    lsn ^ | staff
    ROME, February 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – With the eyes of the world fixed on the 125 cardinal electors who will be voting in the upcoming conclave, the former Archbishop of Westminster has advised the next pope not to “condemn” anything in the realm of sexual morality, but to focus instead on the positive. “I think that the Church would be wise actually to focus on that in her teaching, rather than saying ‘we condemn this, we condemn that, or the other’. No – focus on what’s good and what’s true,” Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor told the BBC today. “I think...
  • Archdiocesese, St. Stanislaus resolve legal dispute [St Stanislaw parish is no longer Catholic]

    02/14/2013 10:28:19 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    St Louis Review ^ | 2/14/2013 | Joseph Kenny
    The Archdiocese of St. Louis and St. Stanislaus Corporation have resolved a legal dispute over the status of St. Stanislaus Church. According to a joint statement issued Jan. 13, the archdiocese will dismiss its appeal in the case, and the judgment of the trial court is now final. "St. Stanislaus has agreed that it will not hold itself out as affiliated in any way with the Archdiocese of St. Louis or the Roman Catholic Church," the statement noted. "Neither side made any payments to the other as part of this resolution. All other terms of the resolution are confidential. By...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: JUSTIFYING GRACE, 02-14-13

    02/14/2013 8:35:10 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 02-14-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):JUSTIFYING GRACE The grace by which a person is restored to God's friendship, either for the first time, as in baptism, or after baptism, as in the sacrament of penance. See Also: SUFFICIENT GRACE,See Also: EFFICACIOUS GRACE,See Also: GRACE,See Also: GRATUITOUS GRACE,See Also: HABITUAL GRACE,See Also: SACRAMENTAL GRACE,See Also: SANATING GRACE,See Also: SANCTIFYING GRACE,See Also: ACTUAL GRACE All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • The Atheists' Pope

    02/14/2013 7:12:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/13/13 | Jennifer Fulwiler
    The beginning of my religious conversion was a lonely time for me. I'd spent my whole life as an outsider to Christian circles, and it was hard to imagine that I could ever be comfortable being one of them, the Christians, the people whom I had firmly categorized in my mind as "Other." I'd come to believe in God on an intellectual level, yet I felt stuck, unable to move forward from there. Years of looking down on the entire concept of religion left me with a lingering impression that Christians and Christian culture were different from anything I'd ever...
  • Pope to Rome's Priests: The Second Vatican Council, as I Saw It

    02/14/2013 7:01:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2/14/13
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Benedict XVI has met parish priests and clergy of the Diocese of Rome in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. Led by Cardinal Vicar Agostino Vallini and auxiliary bishops, they greeted Benedict XVI with great affection and prolonged applause"It is a special and providential gift of - began the Pope - that, before leaving the Petrine ministry, I can once again meet my clergy, the clergy of Rome. It' s always a great joy to see how the Church lives, and how in Rome, the Church is alive: there are pastors who in the spirit of...
  • Catholic Health Association: Administrations New HHS Mandate Compromise is Substantial Progress

    02/14/2013 6:51:39 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    A week after Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, stated that the Obama administrations most recent compromise on the HHS mandate fails to preserve the religious liberty of Catholic individuals and Catholic institutions, the president of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) stated that the proposal represents substantial progress. The structures that HHS intends to use to provide contraceptive services to employees of non-profit religious organizations have yet to be finalized, especially for those who are self-insured, said Sister Carol Keehan, who revealed that we have been asked by HHS to evaluate three possible...
  • Message from Jesus the Redeemer, as given to by Anne the lay apostle.

    02/14/2013 6:40:25 AM PST · by mgist · 26 replies
    Direction for Our Time ^ | 5/3/1004 | Anne the lay apostles
    May 3, 2004 Jesus the Redeemer My children experience many fears with regard to their worldly existence and their physical safety. Children, at this time I would like to remind you that your body is only the temporary dwelling place of your soul. Your soul is the eternal part of you. You will not need your body for very long in comparison to how long you will exist without it. Concentrate and prepare your soul. If you were preparing to travel to a foreign land, you would prepare in many ways. You would learn some of the language, assuming that...
  • American Nuns Hope For Sister-Friendly New Pope

    02/14/2013 6:16:05 AM PST · by NYer · 42 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 13, 2012 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    Of all the scandals that have been pinned to Benedict XVIs papacy, perhaps none has been more divisive than the so-called clampdown on American nuns last April. Its no wonder, then, that sisters across America are hoping that the next pope gives them a fairer shake. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, the head of the largest group of American nuns shares what she is looking for in a new leader. Sister Florence Deacon. (Seth Perlman/AP) The American nun scandal came to a head last spring when the Vaticans Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued...
  • Conclave & The Media: The Silly Season

    02/14/2013 6:03:38 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | February 13, 2012 | Patrick Archbold
    Nothing brings the kooks out like a conclave. The Catholic Church is unique in so many ways. In the the silly season that is the weeks leading into a conclave, the Catholic Church is a unique target for its detractors and their cohorts in a willing media. Barely 48 hours after the announcement of Pope Benedict's retirement and the approach of a new conclave, the progressive kooks have come out of the woodwork. In 2005, after a generation of John Paul II and watching their 70s progressive dreams stall and slowly lose favor, aging dissident Catholics had hope that finally...
  • Anyone ever heard of the "Book of Jasher", and if so what did everyone think of it?

    02/14/2013 5:59:36 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 55 replies
    14 Feb 2013 | US Navy Vet
    I have been reading it, was kinda impressed.
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - February 14, 2013 [Devotional]

    02/14/2013 4:47:18 AM PST · by Vision · 1 replies
    Email ^ | 2/14/13 | Joel Osteen
    Put Your Love into Action Today's Scripture If anyone has this worlds goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him? Let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:1718, AMP) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Ive heard it said that you can give without loving, but you cant love without giving. Notice this verse tells us that love isnt just about our words...
  • Daily Reflections with Oswald Chambers [February 14, 2013]

    02/14/2013 4:45:53 AM PST · by Vision · 4 replies
    The Discipline of Hearing "Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops" —Matthew 10:27 Sometimes God puts us through the experience and discipline of darkness to teach us to hear and obey Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and God puts us into “the shadow of His hand” until we learn to hear Him (Isaiah 49:2). “Whatever I tell you in the dark. . .”— pay attention when God puts you into darkness, and keep your mouth closed while you are...