Monthly Archives: February 2013

Benedict’s Last Official Speech – a summary of his vision

I am sure an official translation will come out soon, if not already, but I wanted to savor the last official words of Pope Benedict XVI.  I did my own, below.  The last off-the-cuff remarks at the window at Castel … Continue reading

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Apostolica Sedes Vacans…

We are now in the state of the Catholic Church called “sede vacante“… describing the fact that the See (of Rome) is empty.  The Latin “sede vacante” is ablative, describing existing circumstances in a larger context.  Otherwise we refer to … Continue reading

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Images of the Pope’s departure

The Holy Father is leaving the Apostolic Palace to go to Castel Gandolfo. Some images… Our final view of Pope Benedict XVI as Roman Pontiff. UPDATE:  The doors are closed.    

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Bp. Vasa (D. Santa Rosa) under fire for requiring Catholic school teachers to live according to the Faith

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat has an interseting story about an initiative in the local Diocese of Santa Rosa where Most Rev. Robert Vasa is bishop. It occurred to me as I read this that people who make a push … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: What will the former Pope’s coat-of-arms look like?

From a reader in the combox under another entry: I propose that for Benedict’s new coat of arms, he should keep the keys but remove the mitre and pallium, replacing them with a white galero with 21 tassels. I have … Continue reading

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V. Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Benedict.

A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a spirit of filial devotion, devoutly recite any duly approved prayer for the Supreme Pontiff (e.g., the Oremus pro Pontifice): V. Let us pray for our Pontiff, Pope Benedict. R. May the Lord preserve … Continue reading

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Candlelight vigil beneath Pope Benedict’s window

There is a small candlelight vigil being held in St. Peter’s Square beneath the Holy Father’s window. Some webcam shots:

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RECENT POSTS and THANKS TO YOU and BLOG REGISTRATION/COMMENTING (v. spammers)

First and foremost, help each other out! Your Urgent Prayer Requests And, because they scroll off quickly… QUAERITUR: Can we obtain indulgences and pray for Holy Father’s intentions if there is no Holy Father? WaPo and lefty, pro-homosexual advocacy “journalism” … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Can we obtain indulgences and pray for Holy Father’s intentions if there is no Holy Father?

Please use the sharing buttons!  Thanks! Many people have sent email asking about obtaining indulgences during the time when the See of Peter is empty, as will happen from 8 p.m. Rome time on 28 February until a new Bishop … Continue reading

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WaPo and lefty, pro-homosexual advocacy “journalism”

There is an interesting piece at The American Conservative which illustrates an obvious problem in the mainstream media.  Rod Dreher nailed this one. Dreher looks into WaPo‘s commentary an exchange between an editor, a journalist, and a concerned reader.  The point made … Continue reading

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Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father for 2014

Prayer Intentions of the Holy Father entrusted to the Apostleship of Prayer for the Year 2014 2013-02-27 L’Osservatore Romano January Universal: That all may promote authentic economic development that respects the dignity of all peoples. For Evangelization: That Christians of … Continue reading

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Coarse and duplicitous anti-Catholic piece in The Washington Times

The other day there was a particularly tasteless and mendacious article in the Washington Times (I thought better of them) entitled “Is ‘bad Catholic’ the new Catholic?” written by Nicole Pandolfo. This piece is so bad that she does not … Continue reading

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Your Excellencies! Fathers! Plans for 28 February? Masses for the Pope? For the Election? Bells? Processions? Prayers?

To all bishops and priests out there…. Do you have any special plans for 28 February?  After? His Holiness ceases to be Pope, Bishop of Rome, and becomes “Pontiff Emeritus” at exactly 20:00 Central European Time on 28 February.  Have … Continue reading

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A woman’s report on wearing a veil in church for the first time – Fr. Z POLL!

The subject of chapel veils, mantillas, whatever, comes up occasionally.  It always excites conversation. My view is that this custom should be revived.  According to the Church’s present law, women are not obliged to cover their heads in church.  I … Continue reading

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Benedict XVI to be called “Pontiff Emeritus” or “Pope Emeritus” and some other end-of-Pontificate details

From VIS: BENEDICT XVI WILL BE POPE EMERITUS Vatican City, 26 February 2013 (VIS) – Benedict XVI will be “Pontiff emeritus” [would that be “Roman Pontiff Emeritus”?] or “Pope emeritus”, as Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., director of the Holy See … Continue reading

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