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Fathers and Marriage: What’s a Synod

A number of individuals have asked what is the history behind the Synod of Bishops. The TV news agency, Rome Reports, has put together a short video with an explanation. Take a look!

Encourage & Teach: Led to Victory by Mary and the Holy Rosary

OurLadyRosaryMy paternal grandmother converted from Buddhism to Catholicism at the young age of 13. As the story is told, she was passing by St. Theresa’s Church in Honolulu one day and heard the music from within the Church. She walked in, talked to the priest, and was received into the Church after a short period of catechesis. As I think back on my childhood, I have no memory of her ever going to bed without the Sacred Scripture in one hand and a Rosary in the other. She was fiercely loyal to Our Lady and devoured Scripture. Happily, she passed on the fervor of both to me. (Read more…)

Encourage & Teach: What a Signature Can Tell You

Signature_of_Pope_Pius_XIISignature_of_Pope_Pius_XIIpapal penRemember practicing in school your signature to make it uniquely yours? Some choose bubble letters. Some carefully paced those little hearts over the lower-case “i,” while others added that little extra flair or stroke at the end of their name. Signatures tell people something about us — except maybe those of doctors because I can never read their signatures. The same is true for ecclesiastical signatures.

Did you know that hierarchical signatures of the Church have been regulated by precedent and custom for centuries? Take the papal name. (Read more)

First Impressions

First impressions tell us a great deal about individuals. A Prelate’s first homily usually lays out his plan for those whom he governs. For Pope Francis, here we have the first homily to the Princes of the Church.  Vatican News has the full text.

I wonder what the Cardinals were thinking when Pope Francis said,

When one does not profess Jesus Christ –  I recall the phrase of Leon Bloy – “Whoever does not pray to God, prays to the devil.” When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil.

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Habemus Papam!

At about 7:06 Rome / 2:06 EDT white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel. And it has been proclaimed:

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum:
Habemus Papam;
Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum Jorge Mario Sanctae Romanæ Ecclesiae Cardinalem Bergoglio,
Qui sibi nomen imposuit Francisco

Here is his bio:
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Conclave Perspective: Fr. Barron

Fr. Barron during his second day in Rome was quite busy. After gleaning lots of information from heavy-hitters, he provides some timely, important and surprising thoughts concerning the politics and potential length of the upcoming conclave.


  • Two emerging parties: Curialists and Reformists
  • Paring down the candidates: No emerging front-runners with a long list of candidates within each party
  • Length of conclave: Due to no front-runner, expectations seem to indicate a longer conclave (In the last 100 years, longest has been five days)
  • Atmosphere: Tension and less of a spiritual “uplift” than the last conclave
  • Biggest surprise: Cardinal Dolan is the talk-of-the-town papabili hopeful among the hoi poloi and the media

Don’t take my word for it, listen to Fr. Barron himself.
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Conclave Cardinal Confessions

We are on the cusp of another historic conclave to elect the 266th Bishop of Rome. Below is another fantastic video by CNS explaning the details of the conclave process. As a teaser, just take a moment to read and experience the emotion of what Cardinal J. Francis Stafford said,

I am happy in way, that I am not being called to do it again. It’s too heavy a burden.


Pictoral Overview of the Conclave Process

Thanks to the Washington Post for a good overview:


Conclave to Begin on March 11

It seems a date will be announced tomorrow by the College of Cardinals on the date of the Conclave reports Giacomo Galeazzi with the Vatican Insider:

As the Church strides towards the Conclave which is due to start on 11 March, the complete picture of Benedict XVI’s resignation is gradually forming…(Conclave to start)

Leading up to the Conclave, there seems to be some positioning and taking advantage of the Interregnum reports Marco Tosatti in his article, Diplomacy’s Revenge:

Relations between Benedict XVI and diplomats in cassocks have never been good; now, with the Conclave just around the corner, efforts are being focused on trying to give Vatican diplomats their lustre back. Nuncios – at least a good number of them, including their leaders who answer to his eminence Angelo Sodano, the Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Sandri and the Patron of the Order of Malta, Cardinal Paolo Sardi – have suffered a number of decisions taken during Benedict XVI’s pontificate. First of all, the now former Pope’s decision to no longer receive nuncios in audience, with some rare exceptions. Instead, Bertone was supposed to receive them, but apparently nuncios did not find this solution satisfactory. The second decision was perhaps key to the fate of Benedict XVI’s papacy. Sodano chose Tarcisio Bertone, who was not a diplomat, as Secretary of State. Many Vatican diplomats saw this choice as a slap in the face.

So, it seems that the diplomates are acting out and need some love. We love you, move on.

Let me know who you think the next Pope will be: My Opinion.

As tomorrow begins the meetings, let’s pray for our Cardinals who include:

Making Sense of the Upcoming Conclave

The Holy Father took the Church and the world by surprise when he announced his abdication as the Supreme Pontiff as of 8:00 pm (2:00 pm EST) Rome time February 28, 2013. Presidents, parliaments, governments and even countries come and go while the Church is eternal. For this reason, the election of a new Bishop of Rome is so important and will be watched worldwide.

At 2:00 pm today, all images of Pope Benedict XVI will be removed all Catholic institutions worldwide. We will enter sede vacante or the empty seat. The Papal Crest’s tiara will be replaced by an umbrella to signify that there is no Bishop of Rome. All this signifies that the See of Rome is empty which will initiate a Papal Conclave to elect a new Bishop of Rome in accordance with:

Since the announce of his abdication, a media blitz has overwhelmed us all – the good, bad and the ugly. I have put together a few new pages to inform us and collect information to share – at least try to provide the best information possible. Not trying to reinvent the wheel but an easy way to find the information you are hopefully considering.

The pages include:

Once you do your research, come and make your choice known :