Posts Tagged With: Pope Benedict XVI

Preparing for the Next Great Schism

Divisions within the Catholic Church reached a fever pitch as Pope Francis met with his retired predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Their initial greeting was awkward at best, no doubt both parties felt the undeniable tensions mounting from their power struggle.

You can feel their rage.

You can feel their rage.

I don’t think those two even made eye contact. Pope Emeritus Benedict is currently staying at the papal summer residence while his new quarters within the Vatican are completed. Pope Francis has consented to allowing the retired pope to stay within the Vatican, and rightly so. Outside of the Vatican, he would have too much freedom to set up his own power center rivaling the authority of the new pope. Which is certainly what he’s up to.

This dual papacy is already proving to be a difficult road for Catholics who aren’t sure which pope’s teachings to follow. Shall we follow Pope Emeritus Benedict’s exhortation for us to practice acts of charity that are rooted in faith? Or shall we heed Pope Francis’s call to care for the poor in the name of Christ? These are very confusing times.

I wish they would at least try to get along.

I wish they would at least try to get along.

Seriously, though…

Am I the only one who is loving the pictures that are coming out of this informal lunch? More popery, please!

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We’ve Failed….FAILED!!!

As the black smoke emerged from the Sistine Chapel on Tuesday, I was frozen in horror.

We failed. Failed to come to an agreement on who would lead the Church in crisis into a more progressive ideology. The first day of deliberations yielded nothing. NOTHING!

555065_10151519449800498_52676707_nBlack smoke. No pope.

A fruitless first day.

Sunday, I’ll don dark sunglasses and a brightly colored scarf that attracts more attention than it dispels. Scott and I will drive down to the nearest mega church. Bigger crowds are better, after all. It will be easier for us to blend in. As we find our way to our seats, Scott will hiss in my ear, “Don’t genuflect!” but for a moment, my left hand will linger on the seat as my right knee longs to bend. I’ll wear something with a high collar for sure, so I can tuck my crucifix in where it cannot be seen. Perhaps someone will recognize me despite my best efforts. Perhaps someone will call out, “Hey, you there! Aren’t you one of those CATHOLICS? Didn’t I see you following around Pope Benedict XVI?”

Without hesitation, I’ll shout back, “NO! I’M TELLING YOU I NEVER KNEW THE GUY!”

After that, I’ll certainly run off to the ladies room, weeping and sobbing, “Oh, Benedict, oh Papa! Why did you leave us in disgrace and schism?!”

Or not. Probably not. However, based on reports from the media, this is pretty much the scene playing out across the globe. Allow me to reassure you; no one expects a new pope on the first two days. The first vote especially. Good grief, some of the stories I read yesterday made it sound like the black smoke was the absolute end of the papacy. If we had a 2/3 majority on day 1, we’d know it was either a miracle or a hostile takeover.

The same people who brought you Cafeteria Catechesis would certainly love to introduce Microwave Popery. Instant Pope! Just add holy water! Fortunately, the Catholic Church is still Catholic and continues to work at her own pace. Hopefully, we’ll have results within a week. It may take longer. We will have a new pope in exactly the amount of time it takes to elect a new pope. Real Catholics are waiting with bated breath, but we’re not wringing our hands by any means.

Don’t listen to the sensationalism. They’re just trying to get viewers. This morning’s offerings are hailing failure after 2 rounds of voting–there have been 3. Until the rest of the media gets their papal facts straight, I’ll keep on getting my news where people at least know what they’re talking about. 

 

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7 Quick Takes Friday, Vol 20


Yes, I’m running awfully late on this–it’s been a heck of a week!

1: Behind the Times

I use Chrome web browser at work because our work computers are currently still on Windows XP (nope, not joking). If you’re familiar with Chrome, you know that it gives you little mini screen-shots of your favorite pages so you can easily point to the one you want to visit next. What’s wrong with that. Well, the WordPress screen shot is from February 1, as evidenced by Simcha’s post in my feed. Pinterest updated yesterday, Facebook updated yesterday, based on the low number of digits on my checking account, I’d say that was week before last, around Tuesday, and Amazon offered to let me watch Downton Abbey for $Too.much about 2 or 3 weeks ago. OpenHouse OK and Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible don’t really update their home pages, so they’re all pretty current. Except Google. There in the upper left corner is Google, with a screen shot from HALLOWEEN!!! HALLOWEEN!!!! It was a haunted house interactive animation, and it was just as cute as it could be, but it’s LENT!!! Good grief, even Valentine’s has passed! HALLLOWEEN!!!! It’s been driving me crazy since the week before Thanksgiving!

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#firstworldproblems

2: Mmmmm, mmmmmm, LENT!

I was absolutely delighted to see this pop up on Pinterest a few days ago.

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Ever since we converted, my eyes have been opened to the “silent Lent” marketing campaigns that crop up everywhere this time of year. Well, either they’re catering to Catholics or they just happened to bring out a limited-time-only fish sandwich just in time for Lent. It’s nice to see an old ad where they just come out and say it: We want you to buy this because it’s Lent!

The pea soup is wonderful, by the by.

3: Andy is Dandy!

This week, I have discovered that I love and adore Andy Warhol! After seeing that wonderful Lent ad for Campbell’s Soup, I started looking for more, and, of course, Andy’s paintings of soup cans came up. I’ve seen them a million times before, but never gave them much thought before. After looking at some of the paintings, I Googled something along the lines of “What was up with Andy Warhol and all the soup paintings?” and discovered that there are several different tales as to why he painted soup cans over and over again. The one I believe is the simplest: he ate soup for lunch every day and had the cans laying around, so he started sketching and then painting them. I love it!

One more word about this topic and I’ll move onto something more irrational: If you haven’t read Bad Catholic’s piece on Andy Warhol, you need to go read it right meow!

4: I Keep Getting Crazier

I’ve been seeing a lot of knitting stuff on Pinterest lately, and knitting in general does not bother me. It’s “arm knitting” that’s driving me crazy. Maybe it’s part of my claustrophobia, but the thought…*gasp*…..of tying yarn around my arms….*gasp*….and trying….*gasp*….no, no, no, no, NO!!!!!!! Don’t get me wrong, the finished products look great, but, but,….I just can’t.

5: How is Lent Going?23ksubb

BAD. I’m not freaking out about swapping my smartphone out for a flip phone. Really not at all. It’s such a minor inconvenience, I’m upset with myself for feeling like I need a smartphone to begin with. Other than that…well, I’ve been saying my rosary almost every night. However, I’ve hit some major interference, which is certainly to be expected. Ash Wednesday, I was flying high, and spent the entire evening in prayer and study. A week later, I was as low as the dust and spent the entire evening sobbing and crying and praying that God would send me to a hermitage, anything to take me away from the constant attacks that were suddenly coming at me from every angle.

I was ready to give up altogether, but then I remembered something from Sunday’s Gospel Reading:

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil.  

–Luke 4:1

Jesus was led into the desert to be tempted by the devil. Not to tie-dye Easter eggs or work on His novel. Not for quiet reflection and meditation. To be tempted, to struggle, and to overcome. The same thing happens to us. If I’m downtrodden, it’s time to get on my knees. That’s been hard to do when all I want to do is curl up in bed, for, oh, FOREVER, but quitting won’t get you anywhere.

I fully intend to dive much deeper into this topic in a later post. Stay tuned. Worried about the quality of such a post? Share your thoughts in the comments or email me at patronsaintofindecisiveness@gmail.com and give me a hand!

6: Pintastic!

I’ve gone a little pin crazy lately. I’ve cleaned our microfiber couches with rubbing alcohol (the slight odor that goes away in 15-20 minutes is suffocating and lasts at least 12 hours, but the couches look great), made homemade “febreze,” which I am obsessed with spraying on the couches, and cleaned all my jewelry with a homemade solution in a foil-lined bowl. Turns out, I don’t need a new crucifix after all! The old one was just covered in Rebecca grease–ew!

7: Vatican II, Actually

For my final take, I’m going to simply link up to Pope Benedict XVI’s intimate and unscripted talk about Vatican II. It’s much better than anything I could say!

If you haven’t made it over to Conversion Diary, please stop by for more (and more timely) quick takes!

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St. Michael, Defend Us in Battle

Saturday evening, my sister-in-law and I went to Walmart together, and while we were there, we rummaged through the prayer candles on display. We rolled our eyes at the “Lucky Lotto” candle, and gasped in joy when we found a Fatima candle–then rooted around until we found  another so we could each have one. I ended up with the Fatima candle (I’ve been researching and praying because of my long-time issues with disbelieving apparitions) and the St. Michael candle, just because. Monday, after Pope Benedict’s announcement, and the ensuing press storm, I felt myself praying, “St. Michael, defend us in battle” over and over again and wishing I knew the rest of the prayer by heart.

As part of my research into apparitions, I purchased a Lighthouse CD on Fatima by Fr. Jason Brooks, which I started listening to in the car on Saturday and finished up last night on my way home from the store. At the very end, Fr. Brooks recited the St. Michael prayer, which sent a chill up my spine and reaffirmed that this is a prayer that needs to be said right now!

 

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Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

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Pope Benedict’s Announcement

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This morning, when I woke up, I had a text message waiting from my sister asking why Pope Benedict XVI was resigning.  It was the first I had heard of it, and I was upset, but not horribly surprised. The last few years, Midnight Mass at the Vatican has been held a few hours early due to his poor health. Apparently, the last few months, his health has become considerably worse, and after much prayer, he feels he is no longer able to lead us as he should.

Scott and I converted to Catholicism April 7, 2007, about 2 years after Benedict became Pope. He’s truly the only Pope we’ve ever had as Catholics, and he’s led us through the most remarkable journey. A few months ago, Pope Benedict rang in the Year of Faith, a time for us to renew our Baptismal promises, to return to the sacraments, to reignite our faith. Though our leader may be changing, let’s stay on the path he started for us, and continue to immerse ourselves in our faith.

It’s no coincidence that this announcement was made for Lourdes day, which is also the World Day of the Sick. Let us pray for Pope Benedict and all those who are suffering in sickness.

The full text of Pope Benedict’s announcement:

Dear Brothers, I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.
Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

–February 10, 2013 BENEDICTUS PP XVI

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