This story was originally posted on 13 February 2013. Updated.
On February 12, 2013, our Cardinal Seán O’Malley called a press conference with the Boston media, and was joined by Bishop Robert P. Deeley, vicar general, and Msgr. James P. Moroney, rector of St. John’s Seminary to discuss Pope Benedict XVI’s renunciation of the papacy and upcoming conclave to elect a successor. [video]
As we are preparing the Third Sunday of Lent issue of our parish bulletin, we are witnessing Pope Benedict XVI attending his last public audience as Pope, saying ‘aurevoir’ and leaving Vatican City and flying by helicopter to Castel Gandolfo.
Like all of you, I am sure; I have heard numerous sensational and passionate speculations and opinions about our Pontiff’s recent decision to resign. Frankly, I find a lot of them quite ridiculous and from some people you would not expect to set themselves suddenly as experts in this matter. It saddens me for one of the many reasons that I find in these gossips and cheap talk no consistency and no relevancy to the Words that we share from the Scriptures, neither to what legitimate Church’s leaders have to say.
Rather, I find it healthier and more hopeful to listen and to reflect and to follow the voice of our legitimate spiritual leaders:
- From our Cardinal Sean O’Malley. He assures us: “There will be endless speculation about candidates and outcomes; I assure you no cardinal goes into the conclave with the ambition of being chosen for this overwhelming responsibility.”
- From our pastor. “The Rev. William Joy, pastor of St. Angela’s Church in Mattapan and St. Matthew’s Church in Dorchester, said while it may be courtesy to toss one or two American names in the mix, both Cardinal O’Malley and New York’s Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan have what it takes to be pope.” – The Boston Globe. Father Joy Continues to say: “Cardinal Sean is very knowledgeable of Latin America, he has a good global picture of the world and the church, and has good language skills, and I’m sure there’s a number of other very capable cardinals out there too.” – Fr. Joy.
- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Knight of Columbus and numerous other Catholic institutions along with our Cardinal and Pastor urge us to avoid all distractions and to maintain our focus on Lent, prayers and reflections – see ‘From The Pastor’s Desk’ in this issue.
“Our role will be that of prayer and reflection. We must pray that the Holy Spirit lead and guide the Cardinals of our Church. We must reflect on the gift that the Church truly is.” – Father Joy
In many ways, it is not the Conclave alone who is going to decide on a new Pope for the Church, but all of us the Faithful together with His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. And, as the mystical body of the Church, we will do that effectively with our intercessory and supportive prayers.
Our Lord Jesus-Christ most glorious moments weren’t so much when He was ministering to people, teaching and healing them. His most glorious moments were when He was closer to the Father in obedience (i.e. His Baptism by John The Baptist, The Cross/Easter) and in prayers (i.e. Transfiguration of The Lord).
“Thank you for your love and support. May you always experience the joy that comes putting Christ at the centre of your lives.” – Pope Benedict XVI (Twitter @Pontifex) February 28, 2013
Needless to say that the Holy See becomes sede vacante – an expression, used in the Canon Law, that signifies the vacancy of the episcopal see. If that is too much for you, you are not alone. Father Joy was trying to explain all that to us on Thursday after Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives at the papal seaside retreat. I looked at him … He looked back at me and smiled: “We are popeless”, he said. During the period while the Diocese of Rome and the cathedral church of the bishop of Rome is ‘sede vacante’, the Holy See is administered by a regency of the College of Cardinals.
In the next few days we will also add more catholic resources (i.e. documents, audio, photos, videos, etc …) to help and guide you at Lent.
Learn more at TheGoodCatholicLife.com
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
- – Thursdays at 7PM at St. Angela’s Mattapan
- – Fridays at 7PM at both St. Matthew’s Dorchester and at St. Angela’s Mattapan in Haitian Creole/French.
- – at St. Matthew’s Dorchester: Monday through Wednesday before or after daily Haitian Creole Masses or kindly, contact Father Bill Joy, Father Gaby Charles or Father Matondo at 617 298-0080 or 617 431-3590.
- – at St. Angela’s Mattapan: Daily after weekday bi-lingual Mass. Or Contact Father Joy, Fr. Matondo or Fr. Miracle.
- – The Light in On For You – During Lent 2013 – on Wednesdays February 20, 27 and March 6, 13, 20, 27 from 6:30-8:00pm all parishes of the Archdiocese will have priests available for confessions.
You are invited. Please come and experience Christ’s healing love.
Our Cardinal Sean O’Malley assures us:
“There will be endless speculation about candidates and outcomes, I assure you no cardinal goes into the conclave with the ambition of being chosen for this overwhelming responsibility.”
The Boston Globe wrote [story]:
“The Rev. William Joy, pastor of St. Angela’s Church in Mattapan and St. Matthew’s Church in Dorchester, said while it may be courtesy to toss one or two American names in the mix, both Cardinal O’Malley and New York’s Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan have what it takes to be pope.
“Cardinal Sean is very knowledgeable of Latin America, he has a good global picture of the world and the church, and has good language skills,” [Father] Joy said. “And I’m sure there’s a number of other very capable cardinals out there too.”
(Video credit: George Martell/The Pilot Media Group) May not be reproduced without permission. All rights reserved. — at Archdiocese of Boston.