Monthly Archives: February 2013

The latest about after the Pope’s resignation

The Vatican has released some more details about what happens after Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation is effective at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening Rome Time.

His title will be “Pontiff Emeritus” and he will be addressed as “His Holiness, Benedict XVI.”

He will wear a white cassock without mozetta (the arm length white cape), and will no longer wear the red papal shoes.

His “fisherman’s ring” and the lead seal of his papacy will be destroyed.

When the hour arrives for the “Sede Vacante” to begin, the Pope will be at Castel Gandolfo. At that time, the Swiss Guard will take their leave and return to the Vatican, since they are charged to protect only the Roman Pontiff. The Vatican Gendarmes will from that moment on be responsible for the safety and security of the Pontiff Emeritus.

The last public appearance as Pope Benedict will take place on Wednesday morning for a General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. Huge crowds are expected, and more than 50,000 tickets have already been issued. At the conclusion of the audience the Holy Father will circle around the crowd in the Popemobile in order to greet them more closely.

Thursday, the last day of his pontificate, he will meet with the Cardinals who are present in Rome, in order to greet each one personally. There will be no speeches at this event. He is scheduled to travel by helicopter to the Papal Residence at Castel Gandolfo at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, arriving at approximately 5:15 pm. He will greet the civil dignitaries upon his arrival, and then will bless the people of Castel Gandolfo from the balcony of the Apostolic Palace there.

On Friday, March 1, the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano, will send a letter to all  Cardinals summoning them to Rome. Since most will already be in Rome, it is possible that the first of the General Congregations of Cardinals may happen on Monday, March 4, but almost certainly sometime next week. At one of those meetings, the date for the Conclave will be set. Also, at one of those meetings, the Cardinals will receive their room assignments in Casa Santa Marta (St. Martha’s House), which will be drawn by lot.

Stayed tuned. There’s probably more coming!

The Concho Padre

Cathedral Lenten Mission continues

SECOND DAY OF THE CATHEDRAL LENTEN PARISH MISSION TONIGHT AT 7:00 P.M. BE THERE AND BRING A FRIEND IF AT ALL POSSIBLE!

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

 

Guard your Church,

we pray, O Lord,

in your unceasing mercy, and,

since without you mortal humanity is sure to fall,

may we be kept by your constant helps

from all harm and directed to all that brings salvation.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

– Amen.

 

 

Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

Gospel

MT 23:1-12

Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,

“The scribes and the Pharisees

have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.

Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,

but do not follow their example.

For they preach but they do not practice.

They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry

and lay them on people’s shoulders,

but they will not lift a finger to move them.

All their works are performed to be seen.

They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.

They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,

greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’

As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’

You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.

Call no one on earth your father;

you have but one Father in heaven.

Do not be called ‘Master’;

you have but one master, the Christ.

The greatest among you must be your servant.

Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;

but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Our Parish Lenten Mission has begun!

Great first night for our Parish Mission. If you missed it there is still time. Come out tomorrow night at 7 for Day 2. Bring a friend with you!

 

The Concho Padre

 

 

Mass for Pope Benedict XVI

Bishop Pfeifer will offer a Mass of Thanksgiving for Pope Benedict XVI at 12 noon tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Cathedral Church of the Sacred Heart. Everyone is encouraged and invited to attend.

The Concho Padre

Scotish cardinal resigns

Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Edinburgh, Scotland, has resigned, shortly after being accused of homosexual misconduct.

In a statement released on February 25, Cardinal O’Brien said that he was resigning because of age, although he has not yet reached the normative retirement age of 75. He said that he had already submitted his resignation because his 75th birthday will occur in March, and Pope Benedict has agreed to accept that resignation immediately.

The Scottish cardinal has disputed the charges of inappropriate behavior that were raised by three priests and one former priest, but has not directly denied them. In announcing his resignation he did not allude to the charges of misconduct. He did make a general statement: “For any failures, I apologise to all whom I have offended.”

Cardinal O’Brien said that he would not participate in the coming papal conclave, although he would remain an eligible cardinal-elector. He said: “I do not wish media attention in Rome to be focused on me–but rather on Pope Benedict XVI and on his successor.”

The withdrawal of Cardinal O’Brien means that there will be no British cardinal at the papal conclave. The number of cardinal-electors participating in the conclave has now been reduced to 115.

The Concho Padre

More on the motu proprio changing some Conclave rules

Vatican City, 25 February 2013 (VIS) – In an unofficial translation of the Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu Proprio by Holy Father Benedict XVI and dated 22 February, following are a few amendments concerning the election of the Roman Pontiff.

“With the Apostolic Letter ‘De aliquibus mutationibus in normis de electione Romani Ponteficis’ given as a Motu Proprio in Rome on 11 June 2007 in the third year of my pontificate, I established some norms that, rescinding those prescribed in no. 75 of the Apostolic Constitution ‘Universi Dominici Gregis’ promulgated by my predecessor Blessed John Paul II, have re-established the regulation, sanctioned by tradition, according to which a two thirds majority of the votes of the Cardinal electors present is always required for the valid election of the Roman Pontiff.”

“Considering the importance of ensuring the best implementation of what is concerned, albeit with a different significance, regarding the election of the Roman Pontiff, in particular a more certain interpretation and execution of some provisions, I establish and prescribe that some norms of the Apostolic Constitution ‘Universi Dominici Gregis’, as well as what I myself set forth in the above-mentioned Apostolic Letter, be replaced with the following norms:

35. “No Cardinal elector can be excluded from active or passive voice in the election of the Supreme Pontiff, for any reason or pretext, with due regard for the provisions of No. 40 and No. 75 of this Constitution.”

37. “I furthermore decree that, from the moment when the Apostolic See is lawfully vacant, the Cardinal electors who are present must wait fifteen full days for those who are absent before beginning the Conclave; however, the College of Cardinals is also granted the faculty to anticipated the beginning of the Conclave if all the Cardinal electors are present as well as the faculty to defer, for serious reasons, the beginning of the election for a few days more. But when a maximum of twenty days have elapsed from the beginning of the vacancy of the See, all the Cardinal electors present are obliged to proceed to the election.”

43. “From the beginning of the electoral process until the public announcement that the election of the Supreme Pontiff has taken place, or in any case until the new Pope so disposes, the rooms of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, and in particular the Sistine Chapel and the areas reserved for liturgical celebrations are to be closed to unauthorized persons, by the authority of the Cardinal Camerlengo and with the outside assistance of the Vice Camerlengo and the Substitute of the Secretariat of State, in accordance with the provisions set forth in the following Numbers.”

“During this period, the entire territory of Vatican City and the ordinary activity of the offices located therein shall be regulated, for the period mentioned, in a way that ensures the confidentiality and the free development of all the undertakings connected with the election of the Supreme Pontiff. In particular, provision shall be made, with the help of the Cleric Prelates of the Chamber to ensure that no one approaches the Cardinal electors while they are being transported from the Domus Sanctae Marthae to the Apostolic Vatican Palace.”

46, 1. “In order to meet the personal and official needs connected with the election process, the following individuals must be available and therefore properly lodged in suitable areas within the confines mentioned in No. 43 of this Constitution: the Secretary of the College of Cardinals, who acts as Secretary of the electoral assembly; the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations with eight Masters of Ceremonies and two Religious attached to the Papal Sacristy; and an ecclesiastic chosen by the Cardinal Dean or by the Cardinal taking his place, in order to assist him in his duties.”

7. “All the persons listed in No. 46 and No. 55, 2 of this Constitution who in any way or at any time should come to learn anything from any source, directly or indirectly, regarding the election process, and in particular regarding the voting which took place in the election itself, are obliged to maintain strict secrecy with all persons extraneous to the College of Cardinal electors: accordingly, before the election begins, they shall take an oath in the form and using the formula indicated in No. 48.”

48. “The persons listed in No. 46 and No. 55, 2 of this Constitution, having been duly warned about the meaning and extent of the oath that they are to take, before the start of the election process, shall, in the presence of the Cardinal Camerlengo or another Cardinal delegated by him, and in the presence of two numerary participant Apostolic Protonotaries, in due course swear and sign the oath according to the following formula:”

“I, N.N., promise and swear that, unless I should receive a special faculty given expressly by the newly-elected Pontiff or by his successors, I will observe absolute and perpetual secrecy with all who are not part of the College of Cardinal electors concerning all matters directly or indirectly related to the ballots cast and their scrutiny for the election of the Supreme Pontiff.”

“I likewise promise and swear to refrain from using any audio or video equipment capable of recording anything which takes place during the period of the election within Vatican City, and in particular anything which in any way, directly or indirectly, is related to the process of the election itself.”

“I declare that I take this oath fully aware that an infraction thereof will make me subject to the penalty of excommunication ‘latae sententiae’, which is reserved to the Apostolic See.”

“So help me God and these Holy Gospels, which I touch with my hand.”

49. “When the funeral rites for the deceased Pope have been celebrated according to the prescribed ritual, and everything necessary for the regular functioning of the election has been prepared, on the appointed day of the beginning of the Conclave established in conformity with the provisions of No. 37 of the present Constitution, the Cardinal electors shall meet in the Basilica of Saint Peter’s in the Vatican, or elsewhere, should circumstances warrant it, in order to take part in a solemn Eucharistic celebration with the Votive Mass ‘Pro Eligendo Papa’. This celebration should preferably take place at a suitable hour in the morning, so that in the afternoon the prescriptions of the following Numbers of this Constitution can be carried out.”

50. From the Pauline Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, where they will assemble at a suitable hour in the afternoon, the Cardinal electors, in choir dress and invoking the assistance of the Holy Spirit with the chant of the ‘Veni Creator’, will solemnly process to the Sistine Chapel of the Apostolic Palace, where the election will be held. The Vice Camerlengo, the General Auditor of the Apostolic Camera, and two members of each of the colleges of numerary participant Apostolic Protonotaries, Prelate Auditors of the Roman Rota, and Cleric Prelates of the Chamber will participate in the procession.

51, 2. “It will therefore be the responsibility of the College of Cardinals, operating under the authority and responsibility of the Camerlengo, assisted by the Particular Congregation mentioned in No. 7 of the present Constitution, and with the outside assistance of the Vice Camerlengo and the Substitute of the Secretariat of State, to make all prior arrangements for the interior of the Sistine Chapel and adjacent areas to be prepared, so that an orderly election and its privacy will be ensured.”

55, 3. “Should any infraction whatsoever of this norm occur, those responsible should know that they will be subject to the penalty of excommunication ‘latae sententiae’, which is reserved to the Apostolic See.”

62. “Since the forms of election known as ‘per acclamationem seu inspirationem’ and ‘per compromissum’ are abolished, the form of electing the Roman Pontiff shall henceforth be ‘per scrutinium’ alone.”

“I therefore decree that, for the valid election of the Roman Pontiff, at least two thirds of the votes are required, calculated on the basis of the total number of electors present and voting.”

64. “The voting process is carried out in three phases. The first phase, which can be called the pre-scrutiny, comprises: 1) the preparation and distribution of the ballot papers by the Masters of Ceremonies—called meanwhile into the Hall together with the Secretary of the College of Cardinals and with the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations—who give at least two or three to each Cardinal elector; 2) the drawing by lot, from among all the Cardinal electors, of three Scrutineers, of three persons charged with collecting the votes of the sick, called for the sake of brevity ‘Infirmarii’, and of three Revisers; this drawing is carried out in public by the junior Cardinal Deacon, who draws out nine names, one after another, of those who shall carry out these tasks; 3) if, in the drawing of lots for the Scrutineers, ‘Infirmarii’ and Revisers, there should come out the names of Cardinal electors who because of infirmity or other reasons are unable to carry out these tasks, the names of others who are not impeded are to be drawn in their place. The first three drawn will act as Scrutineers, the second three as ‘Infirmarii’, and the last three as Revisers.”

70, 2. “The Scrutineers add up all the votes that each individual has received, and if no one has obtained at least two thirds of the votes on that ballot, the Pope has not been elected; if however it turns out that someone has obtained at least two thirds of the votes, the canonically valid election of the Roman Pontiff has taken place.”

75. “If the votes referred to in Nos. 72, 73, and 74 of the above-mentioned Constitution do not result in an election, a day will be dedicated to prayer, reflection, and discussion. In subsequent votes, in accordance with the procedure established in No. 74 of this same Constitution, only the two whose names have received the greatest number of votes in the immediately preceding ballot will have the passive electoral right. There can be no waiving of the requirement that a valid election takes place only by a qualified majority of at least two thirds of the votes of the cardinals who are present and voting. Moreover, in these ballots, the two persons who enjoy the passive electoral right lose their active electoral right.”

“When the election has canonically taken place, the junior Cardinal Deacon summons into the Hall of election the Secretary of the College of Cardinals, the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, and two Masters of Ceremonies. The Cardinal Dean, or the Cardinal who is first in order and seniority, in the name of the whole College of electors, then asks the consent of the one elected in the following words: ‘Do you accept your canonical election as Supreme Pontiff?’ And, as soon as he has received the consent, he asks him: ‘By what name do you wish to be called?’ Then the Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, acting as notary and having as witnesses the two Masters of Ceremonies, draws up a document certifying acceptance by the new Pope and the name taken by him.”

“This document will enter into force immediately upon its publication in the Osservatore Romano.”

“This I do decree and establish, notwithstanding any instruction to the contrary.”

“Given in Rome, at Saint Peter’s, on 22 February in the year 2013, the eighth of my Pontificate.”

Vatican Information Service

PARISH MISSION TONIGHT!

Don’t forget the Parish Lenten Mission which begins this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral.

Father John Kuehner is the preacher.

Please come and bring some friends with you!

Cookies and punch will be served after the Mission Service in the school cafeteria.

I hope to see lots of you at the Mission!

The Concho Padre

Pope Benedict amends rules for Conclaves

In a motu propio released this morning, Pope Benedict XVI amended the rules regarding the beginning of a conclave. Up until today, the cardinal-electors had to wait 15 days before beginning the ancient meeting in which the new Pope will be elected. Now they can move the start date up, so long as all of the cardinal-electors are present and vote to do so. He also gave them the authority to actually add a few days to the waiting period, but the conclave must begin no more than 20 days after the start of the “sede vacante.”

Since Pope Benedict’s resignation will not be effective until Thursday, February 28, at 8:00 p.m. Rome time, the earliest possible General Congregation of the College of Cardinals could not take place before Friday, March 1. Beginning with that date, the Cardinals will be able to set the date for the beginning of the conclave.

The Pope also set out new rules about who and how many non-Cardinals can be present in the Conclave as support staff.

Additionally, all the non-Cardinals present must take a solemn oath of secrecy. Should they violate that oath, the penalty is automatic excommunication from the Catholic Church. This now gives a prescribed penalty for this offense. Prior to this, the punishment was left up to the new Pope. Now the excommunication is automatic, so that the new Pontiff will not have to deal with it.

Stay tuned, folks. Rummor has it that there’s a lot more to come!

The Concho Padre