Stories I’ve Found, 3/8/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found lately:

David Gibson of Religion News Service gives some good insight into the Conclave process in Picking the Pope: Holy Spirit of Groupthink?  Just because they’re not in Conclave yet doesn’t mean they aren’t working on it.

Mark Silk digests a New York Times survey of what observant American Catholic say they want in the next Pope  The data is interesting, however the Church isn’t driven by popular opinion and probably will never be. (That’s all right, because popular opinion would probably rewrite basic texts like the 10 Commandments.)

A Clash of the Titans, mythic struggle everyone wants to see.  Well, it’s really a Clash of the Cardinals, and it may be emblematic of a current division in that body between the Red Hats of the Curia and those outside it. Definitely more than a little bit of hypocrisy going on here, when some are permitted to whisper behind the scenes, and others are forbidden to talk in a public forum.

Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco gave a talk at Oxford in June, 1996 entitled The Claims Of The Primacy And The Costly Call To Unity  This talk, citing both Popes John Paul II and the future Benedict XVI, brings some interesting background to the office of the papacy and its role in promoting the unity of the Church. Would it were being read today.

Many voices from the College of Cardinals are talking about the New Evangelization. John Allen, Jr. gives us a primer on it, and a snapshot of where it is right now.

Fr. James Martin, SJ, weighs in on some of the silly stories around the changing of the Papacy.  Amen, Brother!

The High Cost of Waiting for the Action in Rome is a post where GetReligion lays out the story behind reporting on the congregation meetings leading up to the conclave.  Given this technical age of ours, we don’t have to be camped out on a doorstep to know what the story is as it happens; even Whispers in the Loggia author Rocco Palma is following the proceedings from Philadelphia.

Fake Bishop of Episcopi Vagantes? highlights an inconsistency in reporting. A guy pretending to be a Cardinal who tries to sneak into the meetings gets different treatment than people from marginal Christian groups.

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barletto offers some reflections on crime and punishment influenced by the parable of the Prodigal Son. He has a point to make: when one of the sheep are lost, the other 99 are incomplete.

Lewis Richmond writes about a key Buddhist concept in Emptiness: The Most Misunderstood Word in Buddhism.  It’s something I’ve struggled to grasp, and his exposition is most helpful.

Israel is bracing for an invasion of locusts.  It’s interesting to learn locusts are kosher, but I’m disappointed the Rabbi doesn’t share any recipes here (not that I’m eager to nosh on locusts).

Keeping the Shabbat. . .Radical is a reflection by Mirabia Starr on the Jewish Sabbath. Her attitudes toward the Shabbat are inspiring: I wish would could see our Sundays in the same way.

Omar Safi gives us a lecture Who Are the Wahhabi Muslims?  I’m not going to have time to listen to it today, but it’s definitely on my To Do list soon, because Omar Safi has proven a good source of information on Islam, among other things.

Beer Saved My Faith.  Yeah, I couldn’t resist this one, and it’s an excellent reflection on continuity of belief and how a simple process can keep you grounded through times of struggle.


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