April 10th, 2005


Random--Betting on the conclave

Current odds on the conclave can be found here at www.oddschecker.com.

And I find that I just dig this photograph from The New York Times: for some reason, in the midst of all the "HISTORY" going on, it speaks to me of the real, ongoing life of the Church.

Rome Priests heard confessions Friday in the Circus Maximus in Rome where people had gathered to watch the funeral of Pope John Paul II, broadcast on a giant videoscreen.

Had a great, late night over at Dan and Amy Lloyd's, with a roast pork dinner that was most delish, and great, endless talk with them and their other guests: Mike and Donna Harris, Andrei Orlov, Chris Dorn, and Michel Barnes. Good times. And so I didn't get my taxes done or write that thing for Doug. Really, they're both going to happen!
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A fascinating Shockwave graphic on the demographic changes regarding the conclaves of the last century can be found here at The New York Times. You might have to register to see it, though, I think, if you haven't already. And given the quality of their international reporting, you really should, you know.
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Random--I'm Putting Off Taxes Still, Dammit

Updating from having done these a few years ago. This map counts DC as a state.... I still get puzzled by how little I actually have seen of the world, given how closely I've studied various parts in text and film from afar: I have such strong images in my head, it seems like I've been there unless I really concentrate on the matter. I don't know if that sounds disturbing or not....

create your own visited states map

create your own visited countries map
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Hmmm... The more I think about it, the less I'm liking this vow of media-silence before the conclave. And I hope that it's not just my general inquisitiveness! As I said yesterday, I understand the stated intent, but I'm beginning to think that this plays into the hands of the curial Cardinals too much: that the diocesan Cardinals do not get the opportunity for increased exposure to one another through the media. I would be very interested in hearing exactly how this idea of a vow became reality.

Cardinals Maintain Silence Before Conclave

Apr 10, 3:16 PM (ET)


VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pilgrims gazed forlornly at the third-floor window where Pope John Paul II traditionally appeared on Sundays and cardinals held to their vow of public silence ahead of next week's secret vote on a successor.

The cardinals who celebrated Masses around Rome confined their remarks to tightly scripted homilies after pledging Saturday to make no more public statements betraying their thinking before selecting a new leader for the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics.
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Theological Notebook--Another interesting NYT article

This is another pretty good article illustrating a "vibe"--for lack of a better term--for which I think I've noticed an increasing number of reports. It's interesting to note one Cardinal call 78 an "advanced" age: if that opinion becomes a popular one, that might strangely reduce their idea of an "old" Pope-elect to 70-75, which would make the field more like that which the press has been reporting, whereas I've been of the apparently minority opinion that some of the retired Cardinals could have an increased likelihood of election, and so I've been thinking of names you aren't seeing as often in these reports.

Cardinals Hint at Profile of New Pope: Presence Preferred

April 10, 2005

ROME, April 9 - The Roman Catholic Cardinals will take an oath of secrecy when they enter the conclave to elect the next pope, but in the week since John Paul II's death many have been publicly dropping hints about what kind of man the church now needs.

The enormous outpouring of affection for John Paul has clearly had an impact on their thinking. Many of the prelates said in noticeably similar language that while the next pope may have a very different style than John Paul, he must above all be an effective communicator of the faith who can sustain the grass-roots enthusiasm, especially among youth, that John Paul generated.

With all but 3 of the 117 cardinal electors selected by John Paul, it is highly unlikely that the new pope will depart from his conservatism on contraception, divorce, women as priests or the range of what the church considers to be "sanctity of life" issues, from stem cell research to abortion and euthanasia.

Before the pope's death, many cardinals and commentators said a decisive factor could be geography - whether the next pope should come from Europe, where the church is shrinking, or from Latin America, Africa or parts of Asia, where the church is experiencing rapid growth.

But since the pope's death, the cardinals have said they are looking for someone who can project universal appeal with a personal humility and pastoral presence that embodies the message of the gospel, as they say John Paul did. It is not, many cardinals said in interviews, that they must choose a great orator.
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