Tag Archives: Sisteen Chapel

electing the new Pope

3 Mar

“Extra Omnes!”

Outside, all [of you]!

It might be in Latin. It might be formal. It might be ceremonial. But the Master of Papal Liturgical Ceremonies means what he says.

Everybody git out!

Everyone who is not permitted to be in the Conclave for the election of the new Pope must leave the Sisteen Chapel, and the doors are locked until a Pope is elected.


Prayer for the Election of a Pope

O God, eternal shepherd,
who govern your flock with unfailing care,
grant in your boundless fatherly love
a pastor for your Church
who will please you by his holiness
and to us show watchful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Sweet Sistine: our best bet is always on God!

21 Feb

You knew this had to happen. I am just jealous I did not come up with it first. 

To me it looks like the “odds” are favoring: (1) Turkson, (2) Quellet, and a tie for (3) Arinze and Scola. Remember, though: God is full of surprises. It is ours to try to see things God’s way, and not the other way around.

Our best bet is always on God! 

Pope Madness 2013

There is a local flavor to this bracket, designed, obviously, by someone from the Dubuque-Dyersville area.

This visual points to the reality of the human dimension of the process of the election. It is always our approach that “grace works on nature.” God decided to take on human nature for our benefit. Why will God not use our human nature to further the divine plan for our salvation? My prayer is simply that the Cardinals do not mess up what God has in mind, or get in the way of what God is doing. (That is my most frequent and sincere prayer for myself.) May the electors truly allow themselves to be influenced by their prayer for guidance from the Holy Spirit. God will work with whatever the Cardinals decide and with whomever the Cardinal elect. That is God’s promise!

Some will find the “Sweet Sistine” funny. Others might find it disrespectful and call it sacrilegious or blasphemous. Let us be grateful, nonetheless, that the retirement of Benedict XVI and the fascination with the election process for the next Pope brings such attention to the Roman Catholic Church. And let us keep good humor about such things as this bracket, for, as is sometimes said, “Any news is good news.” It gives others the invitation to think about the Church, no matter what they think, and it gives the Church an opportunity to think anew about herself.