Papacy & Catholic Hierarchy

First Words of our New Pope

March 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY, March 13, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Here is a translation of the brief greeting Pope Francis gave from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Square following his election as the Successor of St. Peter. * * * Brothers and sisters, good evening! You know that the duty of the Conclave was to give a [...]

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New Free Conclave App – (Link Fixed)

March 12, 2013

The app allows you to watch video from the Vatican, follow what is being said on Twitter, read news stories, as well as access all the important documents concerning the history and procedure of the conclave. It even has biographies of all the cardinal electors and ranks them according the “buzz” they are receiving on [...]

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What Will Happen Once the Pope Is Elected?

March 12, 2013

Proceedings From Election to 1st Apostolic Blessing VATICAN CITY, March 12, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Drawing from the booklet “Conclave” by Monsignor Charles Burns, the ecclesiastical adviser at the British Embassy to the Holy See, here is a summary of the proceedings that will occur once the cardinals choose a new pope. * * * As [...]

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Why You Don’t Have to Worry about Malachy’s Predictions on the New Pope and the End of Time

March 10, 2013

Al Kresta interviews Jimmy Akin about Malachy’s Predictions

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Are Popes Bound to Serve for Life? Popes Who Resigned (a new e-book)

February 26, 2013

E-mail I received from St. Benedict Press: “Dear Steve: “As you know, questions regarding the process, history and meaning of papal resignations are of burning interest to Catholics right now. Popular author Thomas Craughwell addresses these questions in Popes Who Resigned, a fascinating new ebook from TAN. Craughwell spans 20 centuries to unveil fourteen unique [...]

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Can You Wager or Bet on the Conclave?

February 26, 2013

New post on “In the Light of the Law“ Betting on the conclave? by Dr. Edward Peters According to the (Old) Catholic Encyclopedia , in his bullum Cogit nos (21 March 1591), Pope Gregory XIV forbade under pain of excommunication all bets concerning the election of a pope, the duration of a pontificate, or the [...]

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The Conclave: What the Pope Can Do, Can’t Do & Won’t Do

February 16, 2013

New post by Dr. Ed Peters: What the pope can do, can’t do, might do, won’t do… Benedict XVI’s startling decision to act under a canonical norm (c. 332 § 2) that has been invoked only twice in its 700+ year lifetime (once in 1296 by Celestine V who wrote the law, and apparently by [...]

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My Two Books to Help Understand the Papacy and the Process

February 12, 2013

Ray, a former Evangelical Protestant and Bible teacher, goes through the Scriptures and the first five centuries of the Church to demonstrate that the early Christians had a clear understanding of the primacy of Peter in the see of Rome. (Click on book image to learn more or to purchase) He tackles the tough issues [...]

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What Shall We Now Call Him? His Holiness, Joseph Ratzinger, Papa Emeritus and Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church?

February 11, 2013

Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer discusses the future of Pope Benedict. Papa Emeritus by Dr. Edward Peters The resignation of Benedict XVI portends no problems for Church governance. “We know exactly when the vacancy in the Apostolic See will occur (2 pm, Eastern time, Thursday, FEB 28) and we know what laws will govern the [...]

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Yad Vashem and “Hitler’s Pope”

January 16, 2013

Yad Vashem Controversy An inscription at Yad Vashem states that Pius XII‘s record during the Holocaust was controversial, and that he negotiated a concordat with the Nazis, maintained Vatican neutrality during the war and, formerly stated that he took no initiatives to save Jews. In 1985, Pietro Palazzini was honored by the museum, where he [...]

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Complete Quote on Martyrdom by Cardinal George of Chicago – and It’s Implications

December 14, 2012

This stunning quote is usually only presented in part. But there was more to the quote. It was considered reactionary by the liberal left (of course) but accurate by most Christians. In 2010, speaking to a group of priests, Cardinal George said, “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his [...]

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Did Eastern Church Father St. John Chrysostom’s Accept the Primacy of Peter?

November 27, 2012

Many non-Catholics like to argue that St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church, did not accept the Primacy of Peter. I have written much about this in my book Upon This Rock. I have written on it extensively on my website HERE (scroll down to 3rd section “My Books”) The Navarre Bible Commentary gets this [...]

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The Butler Did It, but Should the Pope Pardon

November 13, 2012

New post on In the Light of the Law by Dr. Ed Peters Some thoughts on a possible papal pardon for Paolo Gabriele by Dr. Edward Peters The ink was hardly dry on Paolo Gabriele’s conviction last month for stealing hundreds of confidential documents out of Pope Benedict XVI’s personal quarters when there was open [...]

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United States Bishops QUICKLY Refute VP Biden’s Comments

October 13, 2012

USCCB Responds To Inaccurate Statement Of Fact On HHS Mandate Made During Vice Presidential Debate October 12, 2012 WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued the following statement, October 12. Full text follows: Last night, the following statement was made during the Vice Presidential debate regarding the decision of the U.S. Department of Health [...]

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An Ecclesial Earthquake in San Francisco – Bravo Rome!

July 31, 2012

“Depending on how one looks at things, this Friday morning brings either the most courageously bold — or stunningly brazen — American appointment in the seven-year reign of Pope Benedict XVI. “For the better part of the last four months, the machinery of the archdiocese that — at least, under normal circumstances — many US bishops consider [...]

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Pope Restores Old Practice: Admonishing Sinners an Act of Mercy

March 13, 2012

Some call it judging or meddling, others say, “mind your own business” but the Pope calls it mercy. In a recent message for Lent the Holy Father said, “The Church’s tradition has included ‘admonishing sinners’ among the spiritual works of mercy. It is important to recover this dimension of Christian charity. We must not remain [...]

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