Category: Canon Law

From Taylor Marshall: 10 Reasons Cardinal Burke will be next Pope

Cardinal Raymond Burke

I have been waiting to see one of these types of posts for a while now. Father Z. has covered Ouellet. Arinze seems to have a few posts here and there, although people seem to think his age is a huge factor, and I would agree. But Burke didn’t have any of the bigger hitters coming out and actually saying, “he could be it…” The traditionalism he seems to support and defend is seen as a “detriment” but Taylor Marshall seems to think the opposite.

His post, Pope Prediction: 10 Reasons Cardinal Burke Will Be the Next Pope spells out his rationale for the prediction.

Here are a few examples, and then you really should go read the rest…

2. Burke thinks seriously.

6. Burke will help the cardinals and bishops do what they know they need to do: discipline dissenting Catholic politicians.

9. He is the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

While he is on my list of folks I am “hoping” for, I know that the Conclave has a lot of factors aside from, “Who is the best candidate.”

Go read the rest and tell me what you think.

Sede Vacante: And now we pray


If you are waking up in America today you might have the urge to look out the window to see if the power is still on, if there are riots in the streets, or maybe even to make sure zombies aren’t shuffling around. We are now in the papal interregnum and the ‘Sequestration’ deadline has now passed, with no deal.

If you are like me, you have probably heard a lot about both of these things, but in reality you aren’t quite sure how it is going to affect your day-to-day. You know it is supposed to be “doom-and-gloom” but so far the roads are still drivable and the water is still on. Leaving aside the whole economic turmoil of fiscal-armageddon, we as a Church are without its leader and we face an unknown future, which by media accounts should be one of modernization, change, and philosophical upheaval.

If my last thought added to your already sky-rocketing anxiety, I apologize. My advice is don’t read stories about the Church in secular papers. It is like asking your barber for car advice. In fact, don’t read too many stories about the Church at all right now. There isn’t much we can do to affect or alter the course of things at this point except to pray.

The Pope is a genius like that. He has been imploring the Church for the past few decades to dive into prayer, place Christ at the center of our lives, and decrease who we are so as to allow Christ to increase in the world. He spent his papacy fighting to “reform the reform” and as his last act he abruptly stepped aside. In essence, he is telling us and showing us how to be still and let God work.

While a few have criticized his decision, we would do more good to ask what now instead of how come. Benedict’s comments yesterday were about obedience, and so in that line of thinking, we too should focus on obedience. Obedience to Christ, and to the teachings of the Church. Many on the progressive side of the Church, and the heretical sects have argued that we shouldn’t follow “a man,” the Pope, but the “message of the Gospel.”1 They have argued for decades now that “We are Church.” That the people have supplanted the Bride of Christ on earth, and really that was the true intent.

Yet, those same free-thinkers are now clamoring for “change,” again. This time of discernment and decision for the Church is about their “wants,” and not the needs of the Church – at least to them. The post-Vatican II upheaval wasn’t enough. Now, we have to modernize again. The message of Christ becomes stale after a while, or at least we are left to assume. So now we must take up ideas of “women priests,” “same-sex marriage,” married priests, stronger roles for the laity, and other things on their social2 The truth be told, many of us have also lost sight of what we can, or should do in this time.

So as we refelct on this period, let us take some time to uphold the Church. Let us talk fondly of Benedict and how important Popes are and what this one in particular has meant to us. Let us “be free from all anxiety” and when we are nervous, let us ask the Holy Spirit to come down and guide the Church.

The interregnum is upon us. We are a people without – Sede Vacante.

And now we pray.

  1. Of course they want you to follow their interpretation of the Gospel, but don’t mind the logical inconsistency there. []
  2. as opposed to theological) agenda.

    Those of us on the more traditional and conservative side of things have our wants as well. More latin, more tradition, papal tiaras, more kneeling, more silence, and less Haugen-Haas hymn “ice-cream sandwich” Masses. We want a Pope that re-institutes this or that, and hope he  finally cracks down on women and pants. ((If you don’t get this reference, it is a joke. For the record, my wife is allowed to wear pants whenever she wants – on Saturdays. Another joke. []

Pope Benedict to ‘resign’ Feb. 28 – New Pope by Easter?

Pope Benedict XVI gives communion to a n

If you don’t know already, I am sure you are as shocked as I am. Here is the report:

Pope Benedict XVI will resign from his papal office, effective February 28 at 8:00 PM local time.

“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,” he said in a statement addressed to cardinals. “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,” he continued in his statement, which was dated February 10 and released by Vatican Radio on February 11. “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,” he added.

“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.”

Lots more to come…

Bishop Sample to the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon


It has long been speculated that Bishop Alexander Sample was one of the next Bishops in line to receive an Archdiocese. Today, the Vatican announced just that:

via Vatican Radio News:

(Vatican Radio) On Tuesday Pope Benedict XVI appointed 52-year-old bishop Alexander K. Sample, Metropolitan Archbishop of Portland Oregon, U.S.A.

He takes over the pastoral leadership of the Archdiocese of nearly 400,000 Catholics from Archbishop John G. Vlazny who has retired.

Bishop Sample was ordained a priest of the diocese on June 1, 1990, at St. Peter Cathedral in Marquette. He served in several parish assignments before moving to Rome, Italy, from 1994-96 to earn a degree in Canon Law. Upon returning to the diocese he held a number of duties in the chancery office. He served as a member of the Marriage Tribunal, as chancellor, as a member of the College of Consultors, as director of the Department of Ministry Personnel Services, as director of the Bishop Baraga Association, diocesan chaplain to the Knights of Columbus, and was involved in many major efforts of the diocese. On January 25, 2006, by the mandate of Pope Benedict XVI, he was ordained bishop of Marquette.

While I can’t think of a better Bishop to head an Archdiocese, I am quite sad to see Sample leave Michigan. I was also hoping that he would head to Anchorage when Archbishop Schwietz turns 75.

In a prepared statement to the Church in the Diocese of Marquette, Archbishop-Designate Sample stated,

“Even as there is excitement and joy at taking up this new challenge that God has placed before me, I would be less than honest if I did not say that I will leave the Church in the U.P. with a certain heaviness of heart.  I will profoundly miss the people, the clergy and religious of the diocese.  I will miss my brother priests in a special way, since I was chosen from among them to be their bishop.

“I have always tried to be obedient to the will of God and to accept whatever the Church asks of me to be God’s will.  It is in this spirit that I have said ‘yes’ to the Holy Father’s request for me to serve the Church in a new place in western Oregon.  I ask the prayers of all the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Marquette.  They will always be in my heart and prayers.  Venerable Frederic Baraga, pray for us!”

Michigan’s loss is Oregon’s gain. I also say this sets him to be in line for one of the Major dioceses in the country. Specifically Chicago, although, I don’t know if there is now the correct timing for that to be the case.

In any matter, let us please pray for Bishop Sample and his new role out west, and let us keep Marquette in our prayers as well as they are losing quite a Shepherd.