Yesterday, while perusing my RSS feeds, I came across a video on Fr. Z's site that I found to be hysterical called Chose Your Pope! It is produced by the Lutherans but they got it right. The big problem is that it is not only funny, but true. How is it that some Lutherans get the Catholic Church more than some Catholics do? Anyway, enjoy the VIDEO.
Just about an hour ago, the Vatican Information Service (VIS) released the comments of Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See Press Office who said that Pope Benedict XVI will be “Pontiff emeritus” or “Pope emeritus”. So now we call him "Pope Emeritus, His Holiness, Benedict XVI"? Wow! There are some canon lawyers I know who are consuming large amounts of Tums with their blood pressure medication this morning. But I digress... The Vatican went on to release details about the Pope's final days in office and how he will transition out. you can read the full press release HERE. It is short, but VERY interesting. Some excerpts:
Let us continue to pray for Pope Benedict XVI in these, his final days of his pontificate.
Earlier this morning Pope Benedict XVI released the Motu Proprio Datae we have been waiting for over the last few weeks. Entitled Normas Nonnullas, it gives the College of Cardinals the ability to derogate from the prior 15-day waiting period to begin the next Conclave, but only on the condition that all of the cardinal-electors are present and a majority consent to proceeding on an expedited timetable. The Holy See has only issued the document in Latin and Italian and it is available on the Vatican website.
One of my favorite sites Whispers in the Loggia has several articles on the documents worth reading. His most recent post on the document can be found HERE.
I am always pleased when Bishop Sheridan speaks out on a topic and I get to brag that he is "my" bishop. I am blessed to be studying for the diocese of Colorado Springs under his guidance. His most recent comments are no exception. Below is an article where he calls (and rightly so!) the National Catholic Reporter "an embarrassment to the Catholic Church". You can see the complete article HERE.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Feb. 22, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Colorado bishop is supporting the local bishop in his call for the National Catholic Reporter to drop the name "Catholic."
A lift of my glass to my Brothers in Arms the United States Marine Corps. Thank you for all you do.
On this day in 1945, Marines from 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment, 5th Division of the United States Marines Corps raised the American flag on the summit of the 500′ high Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
A second flag was later raised and photographed.
22,000 Japanese defended Iwo Jimo and only 200 were taken alive. In the battle of Iwo Jimo 6000 Marines died and 17000 were wounded.
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I came across an excellent little blog from a canon lawyer earlier today. He had a short article on the upcoming conclave that I found enlightening as to what Canon Law says. His blog can be found HERE. His article is set out below.
UPDATE: I have had several questions about UDG referenced in the article below. UDG stands for Universi Dominici Gregis an Apostolic Constitution promulgated by JPII on February 22, 1996. the complete constitution can be found HERE.
This morning’s post was about what the pope might do in regard to the next conclave. Apparently, we now have to ask what the Curia might do in regard to the next conclave.
GO TO CONFESSION
Here are some interesting facts:
For one year in the United States according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control):
GO TO CONFESSION
Why do I care you say. Note the heart disease number. This translates into heart attacks most of which are sudden and unexpected. Note the accident numbers which are unexpected. Note the stroke numbers which, like the heart attacks, are sudden and unexpected. That’s 6,762.84 people dying each day, 281.78 each hour and 4.69 each minute. So slightly less that 5 people in the United States are being called before the Judgment Seat of God every minute of every hour of every day.
GO TO CONFESSION
Are you ready to go? Is your soul ready to meet your maker? We will all receive God’s judgment whether we want it or not, but His MERCY is there for the ASKING. Why risk eternal damnation when all you have to do is GO TO CONFESSION!!!
As Lent begins there is much talk about penance and what people are giving up for Lent. This is of course a wonderful thing. The Church teaches us about the three wonderful practices of penance, fasting and almsgiving. But I find it interesting that people always talk about penance in the negative way, that is to say what I give up for Lent, what I can’t have. I would like to propose a new way of thinking. What can I add!
What can you add to your life that will improve your spiritual life and your relationship with God? After all, isn’t that the idea of Lent, to prepare the way for the Lord? To change what we do for 40 days so that it becomes a habit? If your struggling for some ideas here are some suggestions:
These are just a few suggestions of ways to ADD something during Lent. They don’t take a lot of time and the rewards are immense. Try it, it’s only 40 days!
What other things can you think of? I would love to hear your suggestions!
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