Saturday, March 9, 2013
Edit: much has been bandied about in recent times about Benedict XVI’s daring move. Encouragingly, a few of the German journalists have been very sympathetic to him. Not only does this journalist see the potential for a long-term gain, but he cites an unnamed Prelate from Lebanon who, like us, believes that the Pope could and should be re-elected again. Here’s the article which was captured by Kath.net.
A high prelate from Lebanon has proposed recently that the cardinals in the conclave should best of Benedict XVI. but simply choose again. - By Paul Badde / The World
Vatican (kath.net / DieWelt) Rain in Rome. The conclave will commence on the 12th of March, according to the latest leak in the Vatican. 115  Cardinals from around the world will then begin to choose the successor to Benedict XVI.. Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman had promised the message only for Friday evening at 19.00 clock. On Thursday, the last Cardinal had arrived from Vietnam. The rest of the international college had been in the days before in intensive regular plenary sessions in the Nervi Hall and in numerous meetings in the palaces and in the corridors of the Vatican, as in many places around St. Peter's the profile of a successor is exchanged - and the tasks that will fall upon the poor man.
The Cardinals themselves can not say a word, since they all had to swear before the plenum individually to strict secrecy. No wonder since the rumor mill has not churned this much in years. What became known before the imposition of the embargo on information was this: all the guests from the five continents in Rome will finally find out exactly what has happened in the last few months at the Vatican. The Cardinal Julián Herranz (82) from Spain, Jozef Tomko (89) from Slovakia and southern Italian Salvatore De Giorgi (82) who meticulously investigated the background of the vanished documents, which disappeared from the Pope’s table, on behalf of Pope Benedict, are therefore now already considered as the secret kingmakers.
Certainly, the three have, in any case, run more than one cardinal from the race. Since they meet in individual meetings with their brothers, their findings are by all means, no secret. The 300-page dossier, in which they have recorded the findings and results of their investigations is true only available to the next pope. However, many details of their investigations have obviously long since made themselves known already in the corridors of the Vatican - where many initiates don’t need their own investigations, to see the conditions in the image, which normally do not penetrate through the walls of the Vatican to the outside.
"The Curia has killed Benedict XVI.” is therefore not an unusual assessment these days in the alleys and streets surrounding St. Peter's. The future Pope must “clean from the ground up” in the Curia, confided the American Archbishop Charles Chaput (66) on Thursday for the Roman newspaper "Il Messaggero". This “pressing task" requires an energy that Benedict XVI. obviously could have managed, and therefore logically waived his office. He's made a mark on many by diverse calculations and plans toward this last step of his official resignation, although this was not only a personal option for himself, by an opportunity, which he saw bound in principle with this office for a long time.
"If the pope can see that he is absolutely unable, then surely he would resign," Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger has entrusted the chief editor, John Schießl, since 11 March 2002 of the Munich church newspaper. His step on 11 February sprang not only from his own personal well-being, but his understanding of the ministry of the Petrine ministry as a whole. Not all in the Catholic Church agree with this understanding of office, not even among the cardinals.
As opposed to the conclave of 2005, in which Joseph Ratzinger had been by far the best-known face, there're no clear favorites for the succession and also no clear camp between conservatives and progressives. This time the Cardinals from around the world are united and separated, especially on the question of how much they agree on this spectacular last step of Benedict XVI - or how much they reject it. Only after the election of a successor can the complex meaning of the resignation be therefore ascertained.
With his last step the pope was also playing his game va banque with the Holy Spirit. For his successor could again thwart all decrees, for which he has staked his future - or else he could connect him to an unprecedented double pontificate, as long as "Benedictus XVI. Emeritus” is still alive. Until this election but now especially the pundits and Pope-ologists like David Berger [likes to bathe in urine] have the floor, which claims to offer currently much sought after interviewees for "gay cliques and networks pink" in the Vatican. The network and server to Saint Peter then crash every few minutes, with the incredible amounts of data that are in beamed these days around the world to and from Rome. Meanwhile, journalists are already more numerous here than in the death of John Paul II. Its own media center had to be set up because the Sala Stampa’s emergency requirements are nowhere near enough.
The Sistine Chapel was already closed on Tuesday to begin the technical preparation for the conclave. With the seats, setting up the furnace in which the ballots are burned, the careful search for possible bugs and the like. The room must also be made electronically completely sterile, so not a cardinal can’t be tweeting the news about the new pope before the rise of white smoke outside.
A high prelate from Lebanon has recently proposed, it would be best if the cardinals in the conclave should elect Benedict XVI. again. Then there would be in the church a few less problems. This election of Benedict, he would necessarily accept and return immediately from Castel Gandolfo to Rome - as Peter when he was on the run from the burning of Rome, he met Jesus on the Via Appia, who only asked him: "Quo vadis?" Where are you going? After his return Benedict XVI. could immediately clamp down like never before. With such a mandate of the election of the frail old man would be the most powerful Pope of the history of the Church.
Link to kath.net...