This was the news story I woke up to this morning about the resignation.
I must admit, I am still in quite a bit of shock over this one. I don’t think it’s fully sunk in, but from what I understand, I take away these main points:
1) This has not happened for about 600 years. Take a moment and let that sit. Since 1415, no Pope has resigned. Many have tried since, but this is the first full papal resignation in just about 600 years. Wow.
2) What a humble gesture of leadership. To recognize the limitations of one’s own capabilities, and abdicate in favor of someone who is capable of performing required duties. With the limitation of travel being placed on him, the Pope saw himself as unable to minister to his global flock anymore. True, true humility. What other world leader would do this?
3) This is an exciting time to be a Catholic. It may be a bit frightening, but remember that the fate of this upcoming conclave is not in the hands of men. It is under the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit; we must just continue to pray and unite our sufferings that Christ sees fit to bestow His mercy on His church on earth. Our coming leader will reflect some quality of Christ which the world needs to reflect on in great detail.
4) For the most prominent Catholic leadership figure to resign with such significant timing, just before the Catholic Lenten season begins on Wednesday, indicates the severity of his claims. This was not thought of lightly. Arguably, Lent (and/or Advent) is one of (if not the) most important season of our faith. A time of renewal and transformation, this Lenten journey will be particularly poignant for the Church as a whole. Together we are united in the unknown, and together we seek the clarity of Christ’s will for us as His flock.
5) Beyond all else, pray for our Pope Benedict. Pray for his health, for his soul, for his effect on the world, that those who will gain something from this will gain something positive, and that those who are troubled by it will come to find peace in the turbulence that will undoubtedly follow. Pray that his example means something to this world. Pray for our future leader, that he will be guided by Christ in thought word and deed. Pray that he will be able to shoulder the burden that is this temporal world, and perform his vocation of service with love and compassion.
What an exciting time to be Catholic.
Viva il Papa.
“The work of our Conference during the coming year includes reflections on re-embracing Friday as a particular day of penance, including the possible re-institution of abstinence on all Fridays of the year, not just during Lent. Our pastoral plan offers numerous resources for catechesis on the Sacrament of Penance, and the manifold graces that come to us from the frequent use of confession. Next June we will gather in a special assembly as brother bishops to pray and reflect on the mission entrusted to us by the Church, including our witness to personal conversion in Jesus Christ, and so to the New Evangelization. “
Organs taken from patients that doctors were pressured to declare brain dead, suit charges | NYPOST.com
This is unfortunately why Catholics are unable to list themselves as Organ Donors. It is cases like this in which human greed overrules the sanctity of one human life that make what could be a wonderful and beneficial practice an abhorrent killer of men.
A very, very important article. If this goes through, the Bishops have already said every Catholic hospital will close in the United States. That’s over 120,000 hospital beds, gone. Over a half-million jobs, gone.
“The Catholic Church has perhaps the most extensive private health-care delivery system in the nation. It operates 12.6 percent of hospitals in the U.S., according to the Catholic Health Association of the U.S., accounting for 15.6 percent of all admissions and 14.5 percent of all hospital expenses, a total for Catholic hospitals in 2010 of $98.6 billion. Whom do these hospitals serve? Catholic hospitals handle more than their share of Medicare (16.6 percent) and Medicaid (13.65) discharges, meaning that more than one in six seniors and disabled patients get attention from these hospitals, and more than one in every eight low-income patients as well. Almost a third (32 percent) of these hospitals are located in rural areas, where patients usually have few other options for care.
Compared to their competition, Catholic hospitals take a leading role in providing less-profitable services to patients. They lead the sector in breast cancer screenings, nutrition programs, trauma, geriatric services, and social work. In most of these areas, other non-profits come close, but hospitals run by state and local governments fall significantly off the pace. Where patients have trouble paying for care, Catholic hospitals cover more of the costs. For instance, Catholic Health Services in Florida provides free care to families below 200 percent of federal poverty line, accepting Medicaid reimbursements as payment in full, and caps costs at 20 percent of household income for families that fall between 200 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty line.
Imagine the impact if these hospitals shut down, discounting the other 400-plus health centers and 1,500 specialized homes that the Catholic Church operates as part of its mission that would also disappear. Thanks to the economic models of these hospitals, no one will rush to buy them. One in six patients in the current system would have to vie for service in the remaining system, which would have to absorb almost $100 billion in costs each year to treat them. Over 120,000 beds would disappear from an already-stressed system.
The poor and working class families that get assistance from Catholic benefactors would end up having to pay more for their care than they do under the current system. Rural patients would have to travel farther for medical care, and services like social work and breast-cancer screenings would fall to the less-efficient government-run institutions. That would not only impact the poor and working class patients, but would create much longer wait times for everyone else in the system. Finally, over a half-million people employed by Catholic hospitals now would lose their jobs almost overnight, which would have a big impact on the economy as well as on health care.”
Over birth control.
That’s how important this issue is to us.
Like the original author said: “Don’t count on the bishops to blink first.”
Keep speaking out.
Keep signing petitions.
This has to stop now.
This is just too cute …
“Archbishop Carlson looks forward to the opportunity to remind Bishop Vann of his strong St. Louis roots and change his allegiance back to the St. Louis Cardinals. Bishop Vann likewise looks forward to demonstrating that one must follow God’s will and the blessings that come with conversion, while reminding Archbishop Carlson that North Texas hosted Super Bowl XLV in the diocese in February, the NBA championships in the spring which North Texas’ Dallas Mavericks won and now the World Series which he is confident the Texas Rangers will win.”