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All of the posts under the "Conclave" category.

My Thoughts on Pope Francis’ Election

My initial reaction when I heard that the new Pope was from Argentina, was, I will admit, shocked and not necessarily happy. I have heard from a lot of people that Latin America has some difficulty with the way the Archbishops are down there. I’ve never really heard anything exceptional down there, though I do not deny that anything exceptional does occur.

However, things completely changed when I saw him step out. After seeing him step out as Pope Francis, I was floored. He looked incredibly Papable and looked like he belonged there. I was impressed with the humility that he displayed, asking for prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and then asking for prayers for himself. On top of that, the reserved nature of just the friendly wave as opposed to the full out embrace seemed incredibly humble. I liked that a lot.

I think he is an excellent choice in all aspects of the Church, except potentially liturgically. However, the Holy Spirit knows what He is doing, and I trust that Pope Francis will not undo anything that Benedict XVI has already done. I have not heard nearly as many bad things with Pope Francis’ election than I did with Benedict, so I think this may be a good sign? One thing that bothers me is that the entire “Pope Francis is Argentinian…” is getting on my nerves as both of his parents were Italian Immigrants. Thus, by birthright and his ethnic make up, are Italian. I noticed this because, in my opinion, he doesn’t seem very “latino”. The way he was with his election makes me happy. He is incredibly humble, and I already see Sainthood in his being since being elected Pope, than John Paul II or Benedict XVI has (and I think they both were incredibly saintly). This man exudes sanctity, which I think will be attractive.

I’m not worried about the direction of the Church, but imagine that liturgically, the strides the TLM has made in the past will probably slow down at first, but eventually pick up. Fr. Z mentioned he was tearful with joy, which I can imagine must be good. Michael Voris seems to be happy as well. I take these as good signs.

I also think that Pope Francis looks a lot like Pope Pius XII.

Please, also, in your kindness and your generosity, please continue to pray for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Jeff March 19, 2013 2 Comments Permalink

Let’s Do All The Cardinals a Favor

The other day, I posted on how there were a couple of fun cardinal websites. Boom. One was a Fantasy Conclave in which YOU get to predict who you think will become the next Pope, on what day he’ll be selected and what name he’ll choose. The other was a website that randomly gives you a Cardinal to pray for during the Conclave.

Now, if you remember, I predicted Cardinal Burke. Currently, he’s in the background, no one thinks he’ll get it, no one is talking about him, and when it comes to selecting a Pope, that is usually a good thing as he who becomes Pope generally wasn’t talked about much.

Lately, I’ve seen the blogosphere literally blow up with a multitude of reasons as to why Cardinal Burke has what it takes to be Pope as well as why he might even get the nod…which is all speculation at this point.

To be honest, I got sucked into this. It was exciting to read. Who could blame me, right? The guy I’m predicting is getting a lot of rave reviews! But, really, haven’t we learned anything over the last decade as to how the blogosphere HAS an impact?

I’m worried that if we keep blogging and blogging as to why a potential “nobody” (really Cardinal Burke isn’t a nobody, but, when compared to all the “front-runners” he is), he will eventually become a “somebody”. Looking again at how generally the Pope is elected that nobody expects, it seems that we are doing a huge disservice to ALL the Cardinals when it comes to blogging on and on about why so and so will be good and why so and so will be bad.

Really, what we members of the Church are called to do, is to do one thing only. Pray. We need to be praying for the Cardinals who are at Conclave. We need to pray that the Holy Spirit choose a successor of Peter who is what the Church NEEDS.

Its easy to get caught up in all the fun and speculation of who the next Pope will be, after all, it doesn’t occur that often. But, the danger that can occur is starting allegiances to Cardinals who may not be Pope, becoming severely disappointed when our “choices” don’t get picked, or, potentially, someone we don’t like becoming the next Pope. Not to mention, this will look incredibly bad if you have bad mouthed the Pope, before he was even Pope.

As Catholics, we are all called to obey the Pope. So, I reiterate. Please, please, PLEASE pray for the Cardinals, and promise that no matter who gets elected, that you will honor the new Pope.

Fun Cardinal Websites

So, here’s something different. One of my friends posted a “Fantasy Conclave” link on Facebook. Basically, the rules are:

1. You predict who you think will be elected the next Pope.
2. You predict which day they will be elected.
3. You predict what name they will take.

Its free to register and if you are the lucky winner, you get money. Score! You win if you are the only person to get part 1 right, if multiple people get part 1, then they go to part 2, if multiple people get part 2, then part 3, and if multiple people get part 3 then they go to a tie breaker. That tie breaker would be who submitted their guess first. Check out to sign up for that. My guess was Cardinal Burke, on Day 5 and he’ll take Leo. Go ahead. Steal it. I’ll still win the ultimate tie breaker.

Another thing I saw on the Twitter feed was “Adopt a Cardinal”. This way we can pray for the Cardinals in the upcoming conclave. You are randomly assigned a Cardinal to pray for. I was assigned…

Timothy Cardinal Dolan of New York

He looks pretty happy to know that I am praying for him. You can sign up to adopt your own Cardinal at

Since these items were all found using social media, I suppose now would be  good time to mention that I do have a Facebook page for the blog. I’m debating getting an email address just for this blog, in case people have questions, want to point something out to me, etc, etc. I’m not sure what would be a good name for the account, so maybe we can have a contest? I don’t know. Leave a comment down below with your thoughts!

Jeff February 26, 2013 3 Comments Permalink

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