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Cardinals weigh in on papal selection


APphoto_Vatican Conclave Rituals(USA Today) When the Catholic Church’s cardinals gather to select Pope Benedict XVI’s successor in March, Cardinal Adam Maida plans to have his say.

Maida, who stepped down in 2009 as leader of the Archdiocese of Detroit, is traveling to Rome to make his voice heard, even though his age — 82 — makes him ineligible to vote.

“I’ve gotta be there. I can’t vote. But there are a lot of other opportunities to be involved,” Maida said last week.

Maida said much of what influences the papal selection are the conversations and gatherings of cardinals that will occur between Benedict’s departure Thursday and the start of the Sistine Chapel conclave for cardinals younger than 80.

Maida said a variety of issues come up during cardinal meetings at the Vatican. “Sometimes the informal meetings are more important than the big formal ones,” he said.

For Detroit-area Catholics, having local say at the Vatican may be even more essential, as details of the latest church scandal rocks Rome.

On Friday, a well-respected Italian newspaper and magazine both reported that Benedict is resigning because of a 300-page internal report detailing an unchecked group of Vatican clerics enmeshed in blackmail, corruption and gay sex. On Saturday, the Vatican dismissed the stories as “gossip, disinformation” designed to undermine the papal transition.

“It’s the first word I’ve heard about it,” said Maida, reached Friday night. “I have no idea about anything of the things they’re talking about it.”

Cardinal Edmund Szoka, 85, who led the Detroit archdiocese through the 1980s before John Paul II appointed him to important Vatican offices, said he won’t be able to attend because of health reasons.

It’s still unclear when the conclave will begin. Benedict’s resignation takes effect Thursday — the first pope in 600 years who hasn’t left office by dying — and has raised concerns about the timing for a conclave.

Both Szoka and Maida predict that Benedict’s successor will be a traditionalist.

“I don’t think we’ll see any substantial changes,” said Maida. [More]


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  1. Tony says:

    Cardinal Tagle from the Philipeans may be just the guy we need. He is simple and humble, educated here in the US. Invites the poor and the marginalized to eat with him regularly and he is young.
    Now that Benney has retired he makes it easy for those who follow him to do likewise.
    Blessed John XXIII pray for us.

  2. Jeffreycal says:

    I hardly think these two cardinals are in touch with what is going on. May a John XXIV arise in our languishing church – open the doors and windows and free the Spirit to do HER work of “recreating the face of the earth”!

  3. Ann says:

    Of course Maidia hasn’t heard anything about a possible Vatican scandal even though everyone else has. He like all the other clerics are either in denial or have their heads in the sand, which is why we have Vatican scandals out of touch clerics “have no idea about anything of the things they’re talking about.” (Does this Polish guy even speak English?)

  4. Tony says:

    Pray for an open, all embracing Pope who can really emulate Christ for us, a man in the manner of Blessed John XXIII.

    • Paul Skizinski says:

      Right on!

      • Peggy says:

        Yes! Holy Spirit please inspire the conclave to choose someone like John XXIII. We really need to interact with the “Signs of the Times” as in Vatican II’s “Gaudium et Spes”. If we expect to have an impact on the modern world, we need to HUMBLY dialogue with it so both sides develop the new insights that enable reform.


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