Tuesday, April 19, 2005

April 24, Mass to Inaugurate Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI

This evening, immediately after the election of the new Pontiff, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who took the name of Benedict XVI, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls made the following statement to journalists:

"The conclave having ended, the Holy Father Benedict XVI has decided to eat this evening with all the other cardinals in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he will also spend the night.

"Tomorrow morning at 9, the Pope will preside the Eucharistic Celebration with the cardinals in the Sistine Chapel and will deliver the homily in Latin.

"The Mass for the solemn inauguration of the pontificate will be celebrated at St. Peter's on Sunday, April 24 at 10 a.m." -V.I.S.

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

GOD HELP POPE BENEDICT XVI RID CUBA OF COMMUNISM

Joseph Ratzinger understands first hand how hate and communism can plague a nation, as he himself fell prey to the nazis as a child. So please, Pope Benedict XVI help Cuba's children experience enlightenment and help them find freedom from persecution and a dictatorship that underlines hate and oppression.

Ben E. said...

Hey:
Do you think Pope Benedict will have a papal installation, as his two predecessors had, or will he return to tradition with a coronation with the papal three-tiered tiara?

synesius said...

Puah! What a shame...

Gaetano Vergara said...

habebimus pacem?

Anonymous said...

I guess Malachy was right once again!

ElCapitanAmerica said...

> I guess Malachy was right once again!

What's the latest spin on the Malachy prophesy?

Andy H said...

I dunno, but I'm glued to my seat, not.

Anonymous said...

God help us all.

Anonymous said...

He is too old at 77. PJPII was only 58 when he became the Pope.

JP should have been replaced by a new blood to lead the Church.

At 77 he will not last 5 years.

Concerned non Catholic

Anonymous said...

I think this is a transitional pope. They basically went with the "safe choice" with JPII's right-hand man. This is both an affirmation of JPII's papacy and a continuation of it.

Anonymous said...

"the cardinals have elected me, a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard. I am consoled by the fact that the Lord knows how to work and how to act, even with insufficient tools"

The vine needs to be pruned. Lord have mercy on us all.

Katie H said...

"He is too old at 77. PJPII was only 58 when he became the Pope.

JP should have been replaced by a new blood to lead the Church.

At 77 he will not last 5 years."

I agree...why did they pick such an old pope?

Jimbo said...

Actually, he just turned 78 on Saturday! But, I disagree with "he will not last 5 years." This man is in much better health than Pope John Paul II was when he was 78. Sure, it's possible that he may not live another five years. But who can know for sure? Pope Benedict XVI could live to be 90, 95, 100, or beyond. You never know.

Anonymous said...

The Holy Spirit continues It's work....God Bless Gregoru XVI, we cannot afford waht the Liberals want.......they are afraid of God, and he will continue God's Work........Long Live Gregory XVI

Andy H said...

umm... we'll assume you are, erm, impaired in some way.

Anonymous said...

LOL, forgive me Boney, I of course meant Benedict, I'm sure he would allow me that mistake......as to why Gregory????? only the Lord knows......

ElCapitanAmerica said...

Anybody have a link to an online version of Pope Benedict XVI's dissertation on Saint Augustine (hopefully in English)

Anonymous said...

Any idea why he picked Benedict for his name?

Anonymous said...

A couple of things:

1) "Gregory" is apropos. There are a number of verkrummpt conspiracy theorists who think that Cardinal Siri should have been Pope Gregory XVII, a conservative firebrand to make the communists and freemasons tremble, supposedly. I'm not going into this mishegoss at the moment.

2) Personally, I've a soft spot for real old-fashioned academics. What people forget is that the so-called "Rottweiler of God" is one of a handful of the most sophisticated Catholic theological thinkers of his and our generation. If PPB XVII can find a way to take some of his ideas and present them in a way so that they make sense and have emotional resonance with Catholics everywhere, who knows what he might be able to accomplish...

Anonymous said...

I really do want to give this pope a chance, but I find myself judging, perhaos too harshly. If you all could pray for me, so that I might keep an open mind and try not to judge so early on, I would appreciate it much.

One of my fears is how PB16 will deal with other faiths and non-Chrisitian countries.

Andy H said...

All I can say is this: that Ratzinger is known as a kind and humble man to those who have met him. I think at this point no one knows what type of pope he will be. But since he called upon the Blessed Virgin and our prayers today, I think it'll turn out OK :)

Louis E. said...

Gregory XVI was certainly an archconservative Pope,adored by the crowd who think JP II was a left-wing wuss.

For a taste of his views on a site run by his modern admirers see http://www.dailycatholic.org/mirarvos.htm

How he compares to Benedict XVI we will have to see!

Louis E. said...

Gregory XVI was certainly an archconservative Pope,adored by the crowd who think JP II was a left-wing wuss.

For a taste of his views on a site run by his modern admirers see http://www.dailycatholic.org/mirarvos.htm

How he compares to Benedict XVI we will have to see!

mich said...

May the Holy Spirit guide our new pope. Amen

Ben E. said...

I think that we should all remember that Pope Benedict not been chosen by mere men; rather, a Divine plan in step with the will of God included him within it. Also, I think Benedict will not follow in the footsteps of JPII; he will follow in the footsteps of Peter.

Joel A. said...

I hope the selection of the neame Benedict means that under his shepherdship, the church will be blessed. I hope that it does not mean that he will return us to the 1920's, the end of the reign of the ost destructively conservative pope in the 20th century.

Santa said...

actually, teh late Pope Benedict XV was quite mdoerate. He was best known for a strong encylcycal of his exhorting the Faithful to unite, basically saying, "quit the bickering! We're all Catholics, not this-Catholic or that-Catholic, simply Catholcis!"

I think he seeks to heal the rifts within the Church in his papacy.

Santa said...

"> I guess Malachy was right once again!

What's the latest spin on the Malachy prophesy?"

the allaged prophesy predicted this pope to be "Gloria Olivae" or "the glory of the Olive." St Benedict's order -- the benedictines -- is also known by the name "olivetans."

spooky, huh??

Dennis said...

Benedict XV was "destructively conservative"? Nevermind, apparently, that Papal historians see him as having actually rejected the more conservative still 19th century style of Pius X and previous Popes up to that time, not to mention his continuous efforts to put a halt to the carnage of WWI! "Destructive" indeed.

As for Ratzinger's choice of Benedict XVI, I think most have gotten it wrong (BBC radio commentators especially) in pointing only to Benedict XV as his model. The real reason he took the name Benedict is because St. Benedict was the founder of Western Monasticism, and, by extension, one of the key preservers and defenders of civilization in the aftermath of the fall of the Roman Empire. Based on Ratzinger's writings and his homily Monday, it is clear that he sees the Church as being in a similar situation to that of the Church and Civilization at the time of St. Benedict, and that by taking that name, he is indicating his desire to help preserve and defend them from the modern day barbarians.

I'm reminded of what philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre said in the last sentence of his 1981 book, "After Virtue": "We are looking not for a Godot, but for a new - doubtless very different - St. Benedict."

B16 said...

I am excited about the new Pope and have started a blog to keep up with his Pontificate. It is called B-16, for Benedict XVI.
http://bsixteen.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

''At 77 he will not last 5 years''

And Pope John XXIII, with a 6 year papacy, couldn't impact the Church at all.

Dennis said...

Actually John XXIII's Papacy wasn't even 6 years - just barely over 4 and half.

oliviacw said...

Isn't it also noteworthy that Benedict XV was instrumental in modernising the administration of the church in the early 20th century? Among other efforts, he was instrumental in creating the first formal Code of Canon Law (1917). I'm taking this as a key clue to how Ratzinger sees his new role, given that he's spent the past two decades being an administrator, and JPII's weakness as an administrator has oft been commented on.

Tricia said...

Ok, here's a question. Does anyone think His Holiness will do anything about the US Catholic Church scandal? Now?

Anonymous said...

Dennis,

I agree with you that the reason why Joseph Ratzinger chose to be named Benedict XVI....is more because of Saint Benedict than Benedict XV....

Anonymous said...

Trish,

I have heard that he assured the Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal George, that the arrangement for handling priest scandles that was created under JPII will continue under Benedict XVI.

Matt du Plessis said...

HINC PAPA TRIPLICI CORONA CORONATUR TANQUAM REX COELI, TERRE ET INFERNORAM! LONG LIVE OUR NEW SOVEREIGN PONTIFF, BENEDICT XVI, WHO--AS SYMBLISES THE VENERABLE TRIREGNUM--IS OUR PRIEST, PROPHET & KING OVER THE CHURCH MILITANT, SUFFERING & TRIUMPHANT. PRAY GOD THAT HE RESTORES THIS HOLY AND POWERFUL METAPHOR AT HIS MASS OF INAUGURATION THIS SUNDAY 24TH APRIL 2005.

Antaine said...

The thing you have to remember is that JP2 being 58 was the exception more than the rule. We tend to go with older men for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that one man shouldn't have too much control. we were very fortunate to have had JP2 for so long, but he was fantastic...could you imagine having an Urban VI for 26 years? I think it will be a long, long time before we have someone that young again. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. He was on the same page as JP2 for pretty much everything philosophy-wise. I don't see any immediate impediments in his person/personality to him doing just fine, and I hope he does...

Anonymous said...

I love the new Holy Father and pray for him daily. May God bless him and keep him healtyh and safe.

It is up to God who deserves to be Pope and Cardinal Ratzinger was obviously God's choice. So that makes him my choice too.

Anonymous said...

Why is everyone worried about his age? Let us all pray for Pope B16 and hope he continues the great works that Pope JP11 started.Let us ask Our Lord Jesus to protect him and keep him healthly.

Anonymous said...

I am celebrating the election of the new Pope, I am positive he will do what the Good Lord wishes him to do regardless of what man says. He will follow Gods word. AMEN!!!!

Lewisjf said...

He was wonderful! He wants so much to do a good job for us.Anyone who judges him now, before he starts out is no friend of his. We have to stand beside him and let him do what he can. He knows his age is a problem but he is willing to take up his cross and do his best. Don't cast stones.

Anonymous said...

I do agree with you, BenedictXVI need us all to give him a chance in order to accomplish his new task. Not an easy one. He is a curageous man and full of respect for others, lets give him a chance.