I Explain, In My New ‘Next Pope’ Blog, Why Cardinal Robert Sarah Is Not & Never Was A Realistic Papabile.
I started this ‘Next Pope’ blog last week. Still working on it. So, far I have only managed three post, this post about ‘Robert Sarah‘ the third. I am NOT going to reproduce these posts on this blog too. I want you to get in the habit of going to that blog for future ‘Next Pope‘ posts. OK.
But, until you get into the hang of that. I do NOT want you to miss any of these ‘Next Pope’ posts.
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Given that they have been doing nativity scenes for so long, they, i.e., the Vatican, does like to experiment & try out new themes.
This one is ‘interesting’. Yes, kind of a time warp so to speak. An astronaut, in a spacesuit, at the birth of Jesus.
But I can see how this one could irk him more than most.
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“The Two Pope”, 2019 Movie, Pure Fiction — Rather Than Faction &, Moreover, Riddled With Technical Errors.
Beautifully crafted, well acted movie though the MAIN storyline is pure, unadulterated fiction.
Yes, in December 2011 ‘Francis’ (then Bergoglio) would have, per Canon Law, had to have tendered his RETIREMENT, by letter, to Benedict XVI. That was because he had turned 75. The retirement would have been from being the Archbishop of Buenos Aires. This is rote. All Bishops, irrespective of standing, must tender a letter of retirement upon turning 75. It is up to the pope to accept & there are instances when the pope might take 5-years to do so. The retirement would NOT have been a BIG deal. Bergoglio would NOT have disappeared from the Church. He could have still carried on his work in Argentina, albeit as a CARDINAL — a retired Archbishop. I think we have about 40 cardinals in this category as I write.
Plus, though it was rumored he was runner up in the 2005 conclave, Bergoglio, in 2012, was by no means the favorite to be the next Pope — especially not so in Benedict XVI’s eyes. All that was rubbish.
What disturbed me much was the rank technical errors to do with the conclaves. Those should not have occurred. Easy enough to have got right. They could have JUST checked one of my books. SMILE. (Yes, the “The Next Pope 2011” book was still good & accurate.)
Let me just list a few of the most egregious.
- They do NOT, let me REPEAT, do NOT, use ‘bingo balls’ to keep track of who has voted. That is so, so stupid. The cardinals vote per their precedence — which is also how they are seated. They get up, in a row, one-after-the-other, & go place their ballot. You don’t need bingo balls to keep track. All can see the cardinals voting in sequence. Where they got that was STUPID.
- The new pope does NOT appear on the balcony as the Habemus Papam is being announced. In 2013 there was a 30-minute gap between the Habemus Papam & Francis appearing on the balcony. In 2005 the gap was shorter BUT there is an interval, so that banners can be draped, before the new pope appears.
- The new pope CERTAINLY does not, causally, pick up his new white zucchetto from a shirt box in the Sistine sacristy as he is leaving it. There is a ceremony in which the white zucchetto is presented to the new pope by the Secretary of the Conclave! That was stupid.
- In 2013 Francis did NOT say “May God forgive you for what you have done in my regard” at the Conclave. He said it much later, in jest, over dinner. It was John Paul I, in 1978, who said it at the conclave. Jeez.
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And like Trump, at all White House public gatherings, the pope refused to wear a mask. He is a law unto himself — like Trump.
Trump has done irreparable damage to the U.S. Presidency; Pope Francis to the papacy.
Both are into promoting a cult of personality.
The pope won’t wear a mask for the same reason as Trump. He thinks it will harm his looks. He is the pope. He should not be so vain.
But, vain he is.
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Thoughts On The “Next Conclave” By U.K. Catholic Canon Anthony Churchill, STL — Latest Consistory, November 2020.
November 6, 2020
Implication of forthcoming consistory on conclave.
The decision of the Pope to create 13 new Cardinals will add to the unpredictability of the next Conclave. Nine of these will be electors while 4 are in effect ‘honorary’ Cardinals, being over the age of 80 (i.e., non-electors).
It seems unlikely that the Consistory set for November 28th can take place in the normal way. The COVID 19 pandemic and the restrictions on public events and on travel must make it inappropriate to ask elderly gentlemen to travel from all over the world at this time. Neither can it be wise to encourage the normal crowds of supporters to do the same.
I would hope that that the Pope will hold a brief ceremony in Rome with the Curial Cardinals in order to officially “create” the new Cardinals, and postpone the ceremonies until a later date.
Pope John Paul II started the custom of inviting the entire College of Cardinals to come to Rome for these consistories. It was the custom to hold a day-long meeting of the College to which the new men were invited. These meetings gave the Cardinals a chance to meet each other and to some extent at least to get to know each other. This practice continued under Pope Benedict XVI, but has been stopped by the present Pope. It is not clear why Pope Francis should have done this, but in my view,, it does not help the new Cardinals to integrate and become more aware of the wider Church.
To my mind it can only be a disadvantage if the Cardinals arrive for the eventual Conclave not knowing each other. Francis has chosen men from all over the world, many from remote parts. They may well be outstanding pastors and men of wide pastoral experience, but they will often be strangers to Rome, and unfamiliar with its ways and the Italian language.
On the one hand this very diverse College could allow for an original and perhaps surprising result. It might lead to a Pope from “the peripheries” with a very different perspective on the future of the Church. Such a Pope might reflect more closely the concerns of Catholics in a very diverse world.
On the other hand , it seems to me that a large number of recently created Cardinals who are strangers to the Vatican and to each other could be at risk of being manipulated by those who are sometimes known as the “grand electors”. Groups who are well known to each other and are well versed in Vatican affairs could exercise undue influence in these circumstances.
It remains to be seen how this will all “play out”, but it certainly does not make it any easier to predict what might happen at the Conclave when it comes.
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Just 3 things to consider right now:
- He is meeting folks, in Trump like gatherings, without a MASK! Not cool, not wise.
- This totally against the grain endorsement of ‘gay union‘ has roiled & divided the Church. Uncalled for right now.
- But, what really got my GOAT. He is again going to WAY EXCEED the 120 cardinal elector limit when he creates his latest batch of cardinals. Barring deaths we will be 6 to 8 cardinals electors ABOVE the 120 limit THROUGHOUT 2021. That is beyond crazy. Unless he changes the 120 limit, which he can easily do with just a simple memo, he is playing with fire. If there were to be a conclave all hell will break loose! Not cool. Uncalled for.
No reason for any of this.
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Last month, September 10, 2020.
Well, we know how that worked out. Tens of thousands have DIED since then.
So, why is Pope Francis now blaming a SYSTEM … rather than God.
He is so disingenuous. Another Donald Trump. Shameless.
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August 25th 2020
I can see the obvious similarities between “Trump versus Biden” and “Francis versus whoever” . I think there is a lot truth in that, but the conclave will be rather more complex than that. As in U.S. politics, so in the Church, there is a deep division between those who are enthusiastic supporters of Francis and those who, for a variety of reasons, oppose him.
In my view that only describes part of the story. Many Catholics do not so easily fit into one camp or the other. Right wing American Catholics are inclined to see their Republican Party ideals and values as part and parcel of their Catholic Faith.
They look at the Gospel through Republican filters,
For them Francis seems to be a dangerous socialist and radical after the style of Bernie Sanders. Whereas in Europe many take a much more nuanced view.
Certainly there are many Catholics in Europe and Australia who more or less share the American “Right’s” analysis and hostility, but as I see it, these people tend to communicate only with those of a like mind. They do not represent as many ordinary Catholics as they might think.
Francis’ concern for the poor is shared by very large numbers of Catholics who cannot so easily be classified as liberals or conservatives. Quite a number of Cardinals share that concern. It will become apparent that a good number of Cardinals from the “Global South” have very different priorities, which will govern their attitudes going into the Conclave.
Edward Pentin’s book is a very useful analysis of the views of his 19 candidates, but the analysis clearly reflects his own views. It can be very helpful toto read what he has discovered of their views on a range of subjects. It does not follow that what he sees as a negative will be seen in that light by the Cardinals who will certainly study it with interest.
I think that it might take a little time for a consensus to emerge as it has to for a Cardinal to achieve the necessary two thirds of the votes, but I suspect that unlike the American November election the Conclave will be altogether more subtle.
If I can risk a prediction, I cannot see the “Anti-Francis” Cardinals having enough support to elect Cardinal Sarah, or even Raymond Burke ( utterly impossible surely).
Equally I cannot see the strongly “Pro Francis” crowd being sufficiently numerous to elect Cardinal Tagle.
The group of Cardinals who don’t really belong in either camp will be crucial in obtaining the requisite two thirds. I suspect we need to know much more about their concerns.
I certainly see parallels with Trump versus Biden, but that will only be part of the story.
These are my initial thoughts bearing in mind that, as always, so much will depend on when the Conclave happens. We could yet see one or two more consistories with new candidates, and many of the ones mentioned in Pentin’s book will soon reach 80 years old. I cannot see the election of an octogenarian Pope.
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Image from yesterday’s post.
The timing could NOT have been any worse for the pope. Day after he was carousing with the faithful NOT WEARING a mask — & saying “COVID will be beaten by God’s love” — his pet cardinal, Tagle, tests positive. Ooops!
Kind of embarrassing. But, we all know God loves his little pranks.
Cardinal Tagle is NOT the first cardinal to catch COVID. He is at least the 3rd.
On March 30, 2020, Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, the Vicar of Rome, was hospitalized with COVID. A few days later Cardinal Philippe Ouédraogo, Archbishop of Ouagadougou, of Burkina Faso, came down with it. There might have been others. So Catholic cardinals, despite being the supposed Princes of the Church, are not immune or spared.
Pope Francis MIGHT want to rethink his line & belief on COVID.
You got to hand it to Francis. He got it RIGHT.
He had admitted to having a girlfriend when he was a teenager. I guess we NOW KNOW that he isn’t a virgin. Thank GOD for that.
This raises a number of questions though.
UNLIKE the pope, many Catholic priests CLAIM to be virgins. YES, they do. No jokes (especially about little boys). So, does this mean that these poor priests have missed out on DIVINE PLEASURE. How cruel on the part of God.
Does divine pleasure ONLY apply to married, hetrosexual sex? I hope to GOD it does NOT include little boys! I am not joking. And I won’t even mention sheep.
I assume that homosexual sex does NOT qualify — with or without boys.
The pope also goes onto say: “and guarantee the perpetuation of the species“.
That cracks me up — coming from a celibate.
So, God is OK with celibate clergy though that means that the clergy plays no role in perpetuation of the species. I don’t need to mention boys — THANK GOD.
As for pleasure of food. The pope is walking proof.