Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Benedict XVI ‘s Retirement Charade? PR stunt? - - - Real reason why Lightning Struck St. Peter’s? - - - Pope Francis a Decoy? Women, Muslims, the Poor? - - - Or not?

Pope Francis orders investigation of the years of corruption inside the Vatican’s administrative staff – the Roman Curia – but NOT by an outside independent investigation source? Looking for truth or another systematic cover-up?

Is Benedict XVI’s 30 years - to be included in this investigation of corruption, if not why not?
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Vatican accused of sex scandal cover-up – – March 5, 2013 - Cardinal Keith O’Brien - 4/10/13

Cardinal Bernard Law - A HISTORY OF SECRECY, COVERUPS IN BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE - The Boston Globe – 2002

Pope [Benedict XVI] 'obstructed' sex abuse inquiry – April 24, 2005
Confidential letter reveals Ratzinger ordered bishops to keep allegations secret

Sex Crimes Cover-Up By Vatican? – February 11, 2009

UN Human Rights Council calls Vatican to account - covering up child abuse and allowing it to continue – 9/22/09

Vatican condemned at United Nations for child abuse - 3/16/10

Worldwide system of covering up cases of sexual crimes engineered by Benedict XVI - Hans Küng – 4/18/10

Pope Francis Appoints Advisors For Curia Reform – 4/14/13
In response to suggestions during talks leading up to the papal conclave, Pope Francis has appointed advisors for governing the Church and reforming the Curia, the Vatican said…

Pope Francis says hypocrisy undermines Church's credibility – 4/14/13

Pope Francis tasks cardinals with studying reform of Catholic Church – 4/13/13
…The group…will examine ways to revise the Vatican constitution, Pastor Bonus, which sets the rules for running the Roman Curia, or church hierarchy…

Pope Francis - DON’T CALL IT LOVE! – Unless - Acts decisively on - SYSTEMIC COVERUPS - Child Sexual Abuse Cases - by Vatican’s CURIA & CARDINALS & BISHOPS – “LOVE does not rejoice in WRONGDOING, but rejoices in the TRUTH” – 4/6/13

Gay Catholic Priest Charged by the Vatican for “Coming Out” March 1997 - For the Protection of Children – 15 years later – 2/10/13

How Pope Francis can reform the Vatican Curia – March 25, 2013
…the papacy is operating like the absolute monarchies of the 17th century where the monarch held the legislative, executive and judicial powers. Modern governments recognize the need for a separation of powers. Agencies like the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith should not make the rules, and then act as police, prosecutor, judge, jury and executor in dealing with theologians. This is not due process in the modern sense.

The role of the synod of bishops also needs to be strengthened in providing input on policy and supervision of the Curia. No political theory today would leave everything to the executive without a role for a legislature…
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Conflict in the Catholic Hierarchy:
A Study of Coping Strategies in the Hunthausen Affair,
with Preferential Attention to Discursive Strategies
by Timothy Peter Schilling - 2003 
Conflicts within the Roman Catholic hierarchy poses risks to the organizational effectiveness of the Church, but the hierarchy's approach to conflict handling has rarely been subjected to systematic, empirically grounded study. This research addresses that deficit by means of case study, wherein a six-year-long conflict is examined in the light of theoretical expectations generated through a literature survey, and with the help of critical discourse analysis and conflict theory. The research identifies organizational and societal pressures on bishops' conflict handling and various strategies that bishops employ in center-periphery conflicts: that is, in conflicts between the Vatican and bishop leaders of local churches.
The theoretical literature conceptually places center-periphery conflict in the context of the Church organization and in the broader context of the modern world. On the basis of the theoretical literature, expectations about the strategies bishops are likely to adopt in center-periphery conflict situations are specified. These expectations are then tested against the empirical example of the Rome-Hunthausen case (1983-89), which involved the papacy of John Paul II, Archbishop Raymond of Seattle and the American Bishops' Conference. Documents produced by multiple bishop participants in the conflict serve as an embedded unit of analysis in the case study. These are subjected to critical discourse analysis (following the approach of Norman Fairclough, Lancaster University), conflict analysis and validation techniques with control documents.
Hunthausen's conflict with the Vatican (1983-1989) focused on Rome's effort to establish greater pastoral discipline within the local church. Hunthausen was popularly known as the progressive leader of a progressive archdiocese and he gained much personal attention as an outspoken opponent of the Reagan administration nuclear arms build-up. (He protested by refusing to pay half of his income tax to the government.) To achieve its objectives in Seattle, which ostensibly focused on liturgical, Church teaching and governance and Church legal issues, Rome appointed an auxiliary bishop and forced Hunthausen to hand key powers of archdiocesan leadership over to the auxiliary. Hunthausen fought this redistribution of power and took his case to the national bishops' conference. Remarkably, Hunthausen was able to make the Vatican retreat and restore his power, but not without making concessions of his own, which included acceptance of a coadjutor archbishop with right of succession. Adding intrigue to the case was the suspicion that the Reagan administration asked the Vatican to put pressure on Hunthausen in return for recognition of the Vatican ambassador (which was granted by the US in 1984). This speculation has never died, but evidence for this belief is, at the present time, circumstantial at best.
The investigation concludes that Catholic bishops show a strong tendency to protect the power and appearance of the Church organization and of their own personal position in conflict situations. Bishops place a high priority on legitimating their actions in ways in keeping with the Church's normative character. The research highlights nine key strategies that bishops employ to manage conflicts. These are
(1) showing deference to the structural order and mindset of the Church,
(2) associating one's own efforts with the best interest of the Church,
(3) minimizing the appearance of conflict,
(4) showing fraternity,
(5) practicing courtesy,
(6) employing secrecy,
(7) recruiting allies,
(8) using persuasive argumentation and
(9) asserting personal identity. Other strategies used include: gamesmanship, establishing procedural control, avoidance, revealing and threats. For each strategy, specific tactics of application are identified, as illustrated by concrete examples from the case.
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Pope Francis wants Church to be poor, and for the poor – March 16, 2013
         (Reuters) - Pope Francis, giving his clearest indication yet that he wants a more austere Catholic Church, said on Saturday that it should be poor and remember that its mission is to serve the poor.
         Francis, speaking mostly off-the-cuff and smiling often, made his comments in an audience for journalists where he explained why he chose to take the name Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, a symbol of peace, austerity and poverty…
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Pope Francis includes women, Muslims for first time in Holy Thursday rite – 3/29/13
Two young women were among 12 people whose feet Pope Francis washed and kissed at a traditional ceremony in a Rome youth prison on Holy Thursday, the first time a pontiff has included females in the rite…

Pope Francis Supports Crackdown on US Nuns – 4/15/13
The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis supports the Holy See's crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, dimming hopes that a Jesuit pope whose emphasis on the poor mirrored the nuns' own social outreach would take a different approach than his predecessor…
…The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit author who has been a staunch supporter of the U.S. sisters, cautioned against reading too much into the Vatican statement.
He noted that Francis' first appointment to the Vatican bureaucracy was that of the Rev. Jose Rodriguez Carballo as the No. 2 in the Vatican's congregation for religious orders. Rodriguez Carballo had been superior of the Friars Minor branch of the Franciscan order that was founded by the pope's namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, who devoted himself to helping the poor.
Martin said it would have been unusual for Francis to undo a process that has been years in the works and that as a Jesuit he is "naturally going to be sympathetic" to the challenges faced by members of religious orders, such as those represented by the nuns' conference…

Lightning Strikes St. Peter's in Vatican City – The Weather Channel – 2/11/13

On day Pope Benedict resigns, lightning strikes St Peter's – 2/12/13

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1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

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