Feb 282013
 

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by Anura Guruge


shutdoorI got the ‘subject’ question from ‘Fitz’ (of Boston) this afternoon.

The short answer: Nothing!

In theory they would not hear about or be told. Yes, those are the rules. In reality it would really be no different to if the Dean of the College, who is not an elector, were to die — or any other cardinal or prelate. The conclave must proceed without interference or interruptions. [Yes, today the Vatican, to my amusement, was coy whether the cardinal electors would be permitted ‘iPhones/iPads’ etc. during the conclave. The rules are crystal clear — or used to be until the ex-pope threw everything into disarray.

The pope emeritus will not be the Bishop of Rome. So you could argue that no bells need to be rung in Rome — which the cardinals could hear. There are some loopholes in the rules. The cardinal electors are permitted to walk from the Domus to the Sistine — rather than taking the supplied buses. Nobody is permitted to approach the electors and communicate with them. But, the electors can see and hear what is happening around them, beyond the walls. So, if they were smart enough, their aides to convey messages to them, in code, using lights, smoke signals or sounds. Nothing to stop somebody flying a plane dragging a sign — that was in code. In the same way the electors could convey information to those outside via pre-arranged ‘signals’. It could be very simple. Where they place their hands. Whether they swing their arms. If two of them are walking, how they line up: which one to the left of the other. So, message can be sent.

So, in theory, if pope emeritus Ratzinger were to die during the conclave, the conclave will proceed — oblivious (as it must). The cardinal non-electors will handle the funeral, if they had to … using one of the other Papal Basilicas in Rome.



What is more interesting is what would happen if an elector were to die during the conclave.

I am amazed. We haven’t had this happen since the 1774 to 1775 conclave that elected Pius VI (#251). That is 238 years ago — given that the conclave ended February 15, 1775. Two cardinals died at that conclave: Giovanni Francesco Stoppani (79 years old) died on November 18, 1774 [44 days into the conclave] and Ferdinando Maria de’ Rossi (79 years old) died on February 4, 1775 [122 days in, and 11 days from the end].

The conclave still has to go on. Yes, before Celestine V (#193) nailed down Ubi Periculum in 1294 cardinals would take a break to attend funerals. No more. The body will be passed out of the conclave, in ”silence’.

Feb 282013
 

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by Anura Guruge


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No sign of Msgr. Guido Marini, Master of Apostolic Ceremonies, Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff.

It was so conspicuous. Like a sore thumb.

I guess he couldn’t do anything since there is no precedence, and his office only excels at doing thing they know.



Click to access Amazon for this the 3rd eBook.

Click to access Amazon for this the 3rd eBook.





Feb 282013
 

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by Anura Guruge


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Interesting that only 144 cardinals showed up for the farewell.

If we take the College as being at 207 post the death this morning of 92-Year Old French Cardinal Priest Jean Honoré,
that is 69.5%, call it 70%, of the College of Cardinals.

89.6% of the College attended John Paul II’s funeral.

Something worth noting.







Feb 272013
 

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by Anura Guruge


Click to access at 'CNN'.

Click to access at ‘CNN’.

It is fairly cute. Highlights the obvious and the tourist attractions.

The new digs of Pope Emeritus Ratzinger, the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, is shown northwest of St. Peter’s.

But, they don’t show the Domus Sanctae Marthæ, probably they don’t know its rule. That is OK.



Here is a more conclave-centric map, which alas is not interactive.

It is in ‘The Next Pope 2011‘ and ‘The Election of the 2013 Pope‘ books.

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Feb 272013
 

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by Anura Guruge


Prior related posts:
>>
Pope: “when the Lord seemed to be sleeping” — Feb. 27, 2013.
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Ex-Pope To Be ‘Pope Emeritus’, “His Holiness, Benedict XVI”
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Feb. 26, 2013.
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> Start of sede vacante. Bl. Lombardi was wrong — Feb. 26, 2013.
>> Benedict XVI’s Resignation, Sede Vacante, Conclave, Next Pope …
>>Feb. 11, 2013.



It is good to be pope. Leo X (#218), who proved to be quite a decent pope, summed it up quite nicely: ‘Since God has given us the Papacy, let us enjoy it.

Well, obviously, this pope, Benedict XVI, is clearly having a ball.

He doesn’t even appear to be grateful to God for giving him the papacy. Just said: when the Lord seemed to be sleeping‘. Poor God. He can’t now even take a well deserved nap without his Vicar making fun of it.

Well, I do know a few things, which like the laws of physics, that even this pope can’t violate.

One is that of regnal name. Regnal = reign.

Benedict XVI is his regnal name.

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Well whether he likes it or not, his reign ends, Thank God, at 8pm, Rome time, on Thursday, February 28, 2013.

With that so does his undistinguished, troubled reign. Thank God.

Well, he can call himself, whatever, but he will not be ‘Benedict XVI’ — until that is used posthumously. His reign, whether he likes it or not, has ended, Thank God.

The prior popes that quit, understood that. They did NOT, ever, try to use their regnal names.

This is crazy. He is creating a schism.

He, supposedly a great believer in tradition, is violating traditions left, right and center.

1/ He resigned.

2/ He claims that he will NOT lead a private life as ex-pope.

3/ He is trying to retain his regnal name, after his reign has ended.

4/ He claims he is not climbing down from the cross.

Not good. Was this the ‘Peter the Roman’ pope?




Feb 272013
 

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by Anura Guruge


Prior related posts:
>>
Ex-Pope To Be ‘Pope Emeritus’, “His Holiness, Benedict XVI”
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Feb. 26, 2013.
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> Start of sede vacante. Bl. Lombardi was wrong — Feb. 26, 2013.
>> Benedict XVI’s Resignation, Sede Vacante, Conclave, Next Pope …
>>Feb. 11, 2013.


Pope Benedict’s Final General Audience speech …
To read entire why I am quitting speech ... at 'VIS'.

To read entire why I am quitting speech … at ‘VIS’.


How it was reported by the U.K. 'The Telegraph'. The 'Tellie' is not a tabloid (even though there is nothing wrong about being a U.K. tabloid). It is the 2nd most respected newspaper in the UK after the 'ol' thunderer'. Some might contend that it is #1, especially if you are a ultra refined Brit and feel that cricket and horse-racing trumps everything else in life ...

How it was reported by the U.K. ‘The Telegraph’. The ‘Tellie’ is not a tabloid (even though there is nothing wrong about being a U.K. tabloid). It is the 2nd most respected newspaper in the UK after the ‘ol’ thunderer’. Some might contend that it is #1, especially if you are a ultra refined Brit and feel that cricket and horse-racing trumps everything else in life …


While we will get the usual hand wringing apologists saying he didn’t mean it, or this is what he really meant, there is NO wriggle room here.

Whichever way you cut it, saying that your boss ‘seemed to be sleeping‘ CANNOT be interpreted, by any sane, logical, sober, semi-educated adult, who has held a paying job (in the public sector) for more than 2 weeks, as being complimentary.

I was a people manager for a long time (longer than I ever wanted) at: ITT, Northern Telecom, Data Connections, CASE and Wang. If any of those that worked for me said that: ‘there were times that Anu seemed to be asleep (at the wheel)‘, I would not have been too happy — though in my case, especially when I was at CASE and slept at least 1 night every week, in the 1st Class Cabin of an AA plane flying back from the West Coast, people, especially MY BOSS, would have understood. [The nicest thing that was said to me, by a group I manged, was at Nortern Telecom, when I quit, and it was: ‘Anu, we are going to miss you. You gave us so many laughs. Every day, though you didn’t know this, we ran a book (i.e., took bets), whether you will be wearing the same tie after lunch as you did in the morning‘. Cracked me up. They weren’t saying I was taking a nap at lunch … But.]

Not good.

He also took a crack about ‘not coming down from the cross’. Pull the other one, it has bells on it.

Most IMPORTANTLY, he said that he does NOT intend to lead a Private Life as ‘Pope Emeritus‘.

Schism here we come.

Well, history tells us what happened to the genuinely saintly, never harmed a fly, Celestine V — and he was also a couple of orders of magnitude cleverer than Benedict. You really should read his 3 bulls — the last one to do with proper sede vacante behavior if a pope resigns. Masterful. Benedict’s Normas nonnullas Motu Proprio of Monday, in stark comparison, looks like it was written by my 12 year old daughter — and she writes well.

Not good. Not good. Not good.

This is going from bad to worse.

I had once said this in jest, BUT it really could be true. It is not the next pope that will be ‘Peter the Roman‘.
It is THIS POPE.

In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit.

Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus:

quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur,

et Iudex tremendus iudicabit populum suum.

Finis.

Upon extreme persecution, the seat of the Holy Roman Church (Sancta Romana Ecclesia (S.R.E.)) will be occupied by

Peter the Roman, who will feed the sheep through many tribulations:

at the conclusion of which the city of seven hills will be destroyed,

and the formidable Judge will judge his people.

THE END.




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