Rorate Caeli

Conclave reports by Dr. John Rao
II - A Brief Note on the Eve of the Conclave

Dr. John Rao, Rorate Caeli correspondent

Rome/Vatican City (Mar. 11, 2013) - The Franks used to call Sundays “the days the Catholic Church makes merry”. From what I can see around me in the few hours that I have been here, something similar might be said for the time when a new pope is elected. A carnival-like spirit of excitement is more than evident everywhere.

But why should it not be a moment when “the Catholic Church makes merry”? Why should it not, in some sense, be a period of celebration? After all, we are selecting a successor to St. Peter and telling the world that, despite all of the assaults of hell upon her, from inside as well as without, the Mystical Body of Christ is still a palpable reality. And the merriment felt here now is just a foretaste of what St. John Chrysostom tells us Rome will be like on the last day, when the bodies of all of its saints rise from the dead, and Saints Peter and Paul adore their God and see and talk to one another in the flesh for all eternity.

Aside from calling attention to the contagious excitement around me, I can also pass on one small, encouraging bit of information that will be of interest to the readers of Rorate Caeli. Aside from the usual papabili, such as Cardinals Scola and Scherer, the name of one solid favorite, Malcolm Ranjith, has come up more than once in my hearing in just one single afternoon.

No less a source than the highly influential Corriere della Sera has noted Ranjith’s “outsider” chances, but other rather knowledgeable figures on the Vatican side of the Tiber as well. I heard him mentioned as having some dozens of supporters in the College - a not insignificant number if a horse race develops. Interestingly enough, moreover, Ranjith’s name was brought up not for, for instance, the liturgy - but on other grounds entirely. What I heard underlined was the fact that he is an impressive polyglot - Ranjith is conversant in many, many languages, a skill of great value to a Supreme Pontiff - and that his renowned administrative, diplomatic, and conciliatory talents have been confirmed by the honored role that he plays in public affairs in his own religiously divided country.

In short, in addition to quiet conservative cardinals who might find him attractive for his doctrinal and liturgical solidity, there may be others who would join in electing Ranjith for neutral reasons of serious merit.

Will a horse race develop? Or has some consensus already been achieved, guaranteeing a short conclave and, perhaps, an end of any traditional-minded merriment here in the Eternal City? Tomorrow will begin to let us know the answer. Till then.

25 comments:

Francis in Ma said...

We are less than 24 hours away from knowing who the next Vicar of Christ on earth will be. Once the new successor of St. Peter is elected and we know who he is and what name he chooses to take we will know if we trads can celebrate or worry. Yes, I trust the Holy Ghost, but I am wary of man. St. Peter pray for us, Pope St. Pius X pray for us.

Francis in Ma said...

On my other post I meant to say we COULD BE 24 hours away from knowing who the next Vicar of Christ on earth will be. How long it takes to elect the new pope is of course up to the conclave. I for one as a trad am very worried.

Rick DeLano said...

I am very happy to hear of this support for Cardinal Ranjith, though as I have earlier said, I personally really have no preference.

Just so long as he is not German, and his name begins with an "R" and ends with an "anjith".

Burke4Pope said...

Just so long as he is not German, and his name begins with an "R" and ends with an "anjith"

Roger Mahonyanjith will be delighted to hear your endorsement ;-)

Common Sense said...

Jesus Christ, Our Divine Lord, please give us a worthy shepherd like Cardinal Ranjith. Enough of these ravening wolves. It looks like this prince of the Church is made of competent material. But don't underestimate the determination of the wolves. If Card. Ranjith is elected the Pontiff, let's not be surprised if the brotherhood of Satan decided to unleash civil strife and bloodshed. As far as their principle is concerned, they would not have it unanswered.

backtothefuture said...

Ranjith as pope? I love the sound of that.

justin said...

What's wrong with Card Scola? I've read a few of his articles and seen his interview on EWTN.

Amazing mind and a strong theologian and very Ratzingerian. The fact that he was 'promoted' to the See of Milan by Pope Benedict and had his pallium placed on a separate ceremony by the Holy Father suggests that he's in Benedict's favour.

I'd be inclined to want him on that basis alone.

The others of course are Piacenza and Bagnasco - but I don't see them as Scola's (and Ratzinger's) intellectual equals.

Card Ranjith, is holy and orthodox, but as far as I am aware, only has an STL, as does my other favourite Card. Barbarin. Will he therefore have the intellectual capacity to communicate the subtleties of the Faith in that really deep, challenging, profound way that Benedict has - especially with Jesus of Nazareth?

More than any official act of Benedict's magisterium, for me his pontificate will be marked by this profound and deep Christology that was typified by Jesus of Nazareth. Reading those, now three volumes on the life of Christ, changed my life and nourished my faith.

I'm hoping the next Pope will produce something equally life changing and worthy.

Paul VI - Humanae Vitae
JP2 - Theology of the Body
Benedict XVI - Jesus of Nazareth

Francis in Ma said...

backtothefuture said...."Ranjith as pope? I love the sound of that".

Me too! Let's hope and pray two-thirds of the cardinals agree.

Anonymous said...

Justin said:

"Card Ranjith, is holy and orthodox, but as far as I am aware, only has an STL...Will he therefore have the intellectual capacity to communicate the subtleties of the Faith in that really deep, challenging, profound way that Benedict has - especially with Jesus of Nazareth?"

I would say that what we need is not an academic theologian to present the "subtelties" of the faith, but a Pope of deep faith to present the "meat and potatoes" of the Faith to the world.

Paleothomist

Fides quaerens said...

Justin, a sense of perspective would not go amiss: neither Gregory VII nor Pius X (to pick two illustrious reforming popes) were "intellectuals" possessed of doctorates in the sacred sciences; and neither Humanae Vitae nor JPII's "Theology of the Body" are particularly deep or challenging (though the former was at least an inspired intervention, which is more than can be said for the latter...). What is needed is a strong, determined, wise leader on the Chair of Peter. The theological tasks can be outsourced to others; the government of the Church cannot, not any longer. Where is the next Pope Benedict XIV when you need him?

James said...


Justin Said: Will he therefore have the intellectual capacity to communicate the subtleties of the Faith in that really deep, challenging, profound way that Benedict has - especially with Jesus of Nazareth? "

St. Peter was a man who pulled up fishing nets for a living. He was our first pope. St. Terese of Liseux was the humble daughter of a watchmaker who entered a convent and died before she was thrity. She is a Doctrix of the Church, and the few works she has to her name has been responsible for many conversions; not because of the depth of her erudition but because of how greatly the Holy Ghost communicated to her the mysteries of the faith. St. John Vianney was barely able to pass the exams of his theological education. He could also read the souls of his penitents and knew if there was a sin which they were withholding, as well as being endowed with many other graces.

It is a fallacy to believe that learned erudition is what makes a good pastor. Further, God can always supply what is lacking by means of his graces. On the other hand, reliance on ones own wits often leads down the path to pride, arrogance, heresy and destruction. Satan knows more than any living man, has read every book, understands every mechanism of nature. But he is a fool, because he will not serve.

The wisdom of men is folly to God. To communicate the depths of the faith is a grace.

CH DUPUY said...

My feeling is that we are not going to have a new Pope for quite a while. 2/3 of the Cardinals is hard to obtain any soon. My guess is that the election shall be well past the Holy Week, which touches me deeply as a re-enactment of the Lord's Passion.

Benedict Carter said...

Justin:

You keep on about the intellectual capacity of a potential Pope.

We do not NEED a highly intellecual Pope. We need a Hammer of the Heretics who will ACT.

Actions are louder than words, and I pray we get a Pope who doesn't let Rome burn while he writes book after book.

As for Schola being "Raztingerian", it means nothing to me. I want my Pope to be Catholic.

Prof. Basto said...

Ranjith as Pope would be awesome!

A decisive vote for the continuation of the Restoration.

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Mary Most Holy, help of Christians, Salvation of the Roman People, help us!

Father Most High, have mercy. Christ Redeemer of the World, give us, we beg, the Pope we need. Holy Spirit Paraclete, illuminate the minds and hearts of the Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church.

Johannes de Silentio said...

I can think of a few cardinals who might be willing to go to bat for Ranjith. He worked under both Cardinal Arinze (who could have put in a good word for him to his African confreres) and Cardinal Canizares Llovera. I seem to recall that he is a friend of Cardinal Schoenborn. Could Burke direct any votes his way if Scola's candidacy falters? Would the cardinals from India like that he speaks Tamil, a language popular in southern India? Nothing more than idle speculation, of course.

Beyond this, it seems to me worthwhile to suspend judgment about our next pope, regardless of his past or putative perspectives, until he actually acts. Pius IX was thought to be a liberal before ascending to the papacy and we know how that turned out.

Matercula said...

Justin,

A 'slight; correction please...

Paul VI - Humanae Vitae
JP2 - Theology of the Body
Benedict XVI - Summorum Pontificum !!

Mary Kay said...

I don't mean to stir things up, but when I hear about great 'intellectuals', it takes me back to the fun -filled 70s and my university days. I'd much prefer someone who can make himself understood by the simplest among us. I've had enough of intellectuals.

Giovanni A. Cattaneo said...

God will do with his Church as he wills.

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gratias said...

I wish for a Pope who has offered the TLM in obedience to Summorum Pontificum.

As a bonus said...

If would also be a consolation to Scotland, if a cardinal with such a gaelic baptismal name as Malcolm (which means 'devotee of St Columba'), was elected!

Imrahil said...

Dear @Johannes de Silentio,

I think Pius IX actually was progressive... in the good sense of the word. The "progressive party" of his time was not altogether illegitimate.

It was after his election and contrary to the will of the (slight) majority of Italians (who would otherwise have been quite altogether in favor of, a federalistic, national union, and not produced the internal split Italy afterwards labored from so long) that the "progressive party" somehow included anti-Catholicism into their agenda.

Kathleen said...

Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people: thou hast covered all their sins. Thou hast mitigated all thy anger: thou hast turned away from the wrath of thy indignation. Convert us, O God our saviour: and turn off thy anger from us.

Wilt thou be angry with us for ever: or wilt thou extend thy wrath from generation to generation? Thou wilt turn, O God, and bring us to life: and thy people shall rejoice in thee. shew us, O Lord, thy mercy; and grant us thy salvation. I will hear what the Lord God will speak in me: for he will speak peace unto his people: And unto his saints: and unto them that are converted to the heart. Surely his salvation is near to them that fear him: that glory may dwell in our land. (Psalm 84)

Almighty God, we humbly beseech Thee in Thy mercy to bestow upon Thy Church a Holy Father that strives always to be pleasing to Thee.

LizEst said...

May God grant us a good and holy Pope, a man after His own heart, a true shepherd for His flock.

norome said...

Is it necessary for so many journalists to have gone to Rome? None of them has a clue who'll be elected. They keep doing stories that really tell us nothing. I think it's a matter for them to been seen and just be part of the event.

cbspropaganda said...

"Is it necessary for so many journalists to have gone to Rome? None of them has a clue who'll be elected."

It is when they are from CBS News and want to use the conclave as na excuse to push stories like the one from tonight's newscast.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57573948/women-demand-greater-say-in-future-of-catholic-church/