From AsiaNews.it, news from outside of Asia–it’s more pope news. From Federico Lombardi, SJ:
The Constitution says that the Conclave begins between 15 and 20 days after the death of the pope, to give the Cardinals time to get to Rome, but in this case with the communication of his resignation and the start of Vacant see made in advance, if they are already here, there’s nobody to wait for.
Anybody for sealing up the bunch in the Sistine Chapel at 8:01 local time on the 28th? If they make quick work of the conclave, the cardinals will only miss a scrutiny or two. If the big red hat meet goes long, what do you think they will do for Holy Week? Allow the import of palms? Wash twelve pairs of feet, or everybody’s?
Why B16’s retirement home isn’t a big deal:
I believe that actually having Pope Benedict close by, spiritually, in prayer, will be a source of great enrichment, of communion for his successor, and for all of us. I believe fears of interference are irrelevant.
He is 86 years old and used to living in this kind of environment, to think about moving to a completely new environment would have required a manifestation of will, which obviously was not there. He will continue to be the place where he has served the Church. I find it absolutely normal and I think that an alternative was not even considered.
I’m not impressed with the pope’s parting shot at Vatican II. The press to blame? Really?
Our job in this ‘Year of Faith’ is to work so that the true council, with the strength of the Holy Spirit, is truly realized and that the church is truly renovated.
I believe the true council will eventually be truly realized. If that involves either 5 percent or 95 percent of the Holy Father’s expectations, then so be it. I’m thinking it’s more one digit, than two. Joseph Ratzinger is one man, with one man’s opinion. Vatican II is quite real, quite a break from the past. In that break, the Catholic Church is entirely at home within the traditions of Christian spirituality. Francis did not ease himself into divestiture of clothing or the embrace of lepers. Paul did not ease off the persecution of Christians by just sending them to jail instead of stoning them. Abram didn’t keep his home in Ur as a vacation residence. How many other examples from the Judeo-Christian tradition do we need?
God invites us to break from our former lives. Especially when those lives lead us in circles and don’t move us closer to Christ or with Christ. The principle may well apply to the universal community of the Church. Really: ever wonder why believers across the board today are so frustrated, especially on the Barque? I suspect the unrest is part of a greater sense of the people of God being thwarted in their journey to God. The Holy Father points fingers at the media. I wonder about our leadership. I think the pope, curia, and bishops honestly have their best interests and that of the Church at heart. No doubt many of them think these congruent.
I really hope the Holy Spirit moves well in the coming conclave. The Church needs a break. In more ways than one.