Pope decree allows earlier conclave—Vatican

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VATICAN CITY—Pope Benedict XVI issued a decree on Monday allowing cardinals to bring forward a conclave to elect his successor, as the resignation of a top cardinal and deepening intrigue in the Vatican overshadowed the run-up to the vote.

“I leave the College of Cardinals the possibility to bring forward the start of the conclave once all cardinals are present,” the pope said, who steps down on Thursday.

The conclave is traditionally held between 15 and 20 days after the papal seat becomes vacant although that period normally includes nine days of mourning for a deceased pope.

Swirling intrigue has overshadowed the run-up to the conclave and campaigners are calling for cardinals implicated in cover-ups of child sex abuse scandals to be barred from voting.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, resigned Monday in the wake of allegations of inappropriate behavior and said he would not take part in the conclave.

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the cardinals, who will begin a series of meetings to discuss the upcoming conclave on Friday, could settle on a date “in the very first days of March.”

The Vatican revealed, meanwhile, that a report into a series of damaging leaks of confidential papal papers last year had revealed “imperfections” in the Catholic hierarchy.

The report “made it possible to detect, given the limitations and imperfections of the human factor of every institution, the generosity and dedication of those who work with uprightness and generosity in the Holy See,” a Vatican statement said.

“The Holy Father has decided that the documents, which only he has seen, will be exclusively available to his successor,” Lombardi told a press conference.

Italian media reports had suggested that cardinals set to elect a new pope would be given access to the December report.

Benedict met with the report’s authors—Julian Herranz of Spain, Slovakian Jozef Tomko and Italian Salvatore De Giorgi—on Monday, Lombardi said.

The three cardinals—all over 80 and thus not entitled to vote in the conclave—questioned dozens of Vatican officials, both laypeople and clergy, in parallel with a police probe.

The Vatican hinted the cardinals could discuss their findings with other cardinals, although the report itself would remain secret.

The meeting came just three days before Benedict steps down following his shock resignation announcement on February 11.

The 85-year-old German pope cited his age as the main factor in his nearly unprecedented decision, but observers said Vatileaks may have been the last straw in a scandal-ridden papacy.

Already four other members of the conclave, now to number 115, are associated with the pedophile priest scandals that have dominated Benedict’s eight years on the papal throne.

The Vatican’s Secretariat of State—the government of the Catholic Church—took the unusual step on Saturday of issuing a statement slamming “completely false news stories” as an attempt to influence the secret conclave.

Italy’s Panorama news weekly and the Repubblica daily had said on Thursday that the cardinals’ report to the pope contained allegations of corruption and of blackmail attempts against gay Vatican clergy, as well as favoritism based on gay relationships.

Lombardi on Saturday dismissed the media reports as “gossip, disinformation and sometimes calumny.”

In a statement on Vatican Radio’s website, Lombardi said: “There are people who are trying to take advantage of this moment of surprise and disorientation of weak souls to sow confusion and discredit the Church and its government.”

The investigating cardinals presented the pope with their final report in December, just before Benedict pardoned his former butler Paolo Gabriele, who had been jailed for leaking the papal memos, while banishing him from the Vatican.

Suspicions linger that more people were involved.

A Vatican communication aide, Greg Burke, said in an interview published Monday that the media “could try” to influence the conclave, adding that “some can be truly odious.”

The pope is due to hold his final public farewell in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday and will step down on Thursday as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Originally posted: 8:28 pm | Monday, February 25th, 2013

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  • staad

    next pope will have an internal job contract with the clause ‘not allowed to resign’. its a job after all.

    • Observer_din

      does this mean it’s not really an appointment from god?

      • UrHONOR

        LOL!

  • UrHONOR

    PARANG CBCP si Ratzy, ano.  WALA na sa pwesto pero makikisawsaw pa din. 

    “I am Peter, the rock, and upon this rock I will build my….. rock of RESIGNATION!”. (…..kasi naman, e, punding-pundi na ako sa mga kasamahan kong hindi marunong magtago ng baho, di tulad dati…. disimuladong lahat!  Mantakin mo ba naman, e, pati ba naman yong mga cardinals, e, nakiki-kombinasyon sa mga TNL na hot-na-hot na mga naka-sayang puti….sa halip na pagsabihan ang mga atat-na-atat, e, nakikisawsaw pa na parang CBCP.  Buti na lang naisipan kong mag-resign….ops, kinausap nga pala ako ni god…. kundi pati ako baka madamay sa ka-ugukan ng mga ka-baro ko).

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3VXUWOGAA2TGEISTZWRNVGJVZ4 nrcarcht

    Well once again the powerful hands of media want to destroy the society founded by Jesus Christ. It the same to the  first century persecution of the early believers by the powerful kings of the roman empire and the schism caused by few runaway former members who want to create a division of the church by there own bible interpretation. Jesus said in Mat. 16:18 ” and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (church)” and 1Pet 2:22 (NAV) “no deceit found on His mouth”. With that, there is no hope that they will succeed to malign the reality that the church is the enlightenment of the changing world.  

    • Sandy Bulet

      Simple lang naman eh, wlang usok kung walang apoy.Tanggapin na lang natin na talagang nangyayari ang lahat, ang mga pari at obispo ay tao lang na nagkakamali, ang kailangan lang nilang gawin tanggapin na nagkamali sila at baguhin ang nakasanayang sistema. Pag aralan na rebisahin ang batas sa loob ng simbahan at buksan ang puso’t isipan sa usaping kabaklaan.

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Pope decree allows earlier conclave—Vatican<<<

    O, yan ba ang latest na sabi ni god…..baka naman gawa-gawa lang ni Ratzy yan, ha.  Kung hindi, mabuti na yong hintayin kung ano ang disisyon ni god tungkol sa election.  Pusta ko sa partido ng mga puti….malakas at maraming atik ang mga puti kaysa sa mga may kulay.  Isa pa, samahan naman talaga ng mga puti ang TNL na grupong yan na sinama lamang ang mga "INDIOS" para tumaba-taba ng husto ang collection de plato.

  • joshua kings

    fellow catholics all over the world, let’s pray for our church that, as she is once again under siege by evil, she may eventually remain standing and strong as ever.

  • UrHONOR

    THE church is bedeviled not by anything or anyone but by the churchmen themselves.  Ang bumababoy sa simbahan ay yong mga naturingang mga alagad ng dios na natauhan at namulat ang kanilang mga mata at napagtanto nila na yong mga pinaggagawa nila ng mahahabang taon ay hindi makabuluhan at hindi na-aayon sa kalikasan….at marami sa kanilang mga seremonyas ay haggang sa pakitang-taol lamang at walang epekto sa buhay at kabuhayan ng mga ka-awa-awang mga nananalig— sila ang taga-utos at yong mga sheeples ang taga-gawa ng mga bagay na yong mga nag-uutos mismo ay hindi naniniwala sa kanilang pinag-uutos.  Kahit na sa larangan ng paniniwala o faith, ang mahalaga sa kanila ay, “you do what we tell you to do…do not do what we do”.  Isang halimbawang napaka-importante sa paniniwala ng marami ay ang paggawa ng diyos o pagpapalitaw ng diyos araw-araw sa mga misang ginagawa ng mga damasing.  Palilitawin nila ang diyos sa offertory na kung saan ang transubstantiation ay nangyayari ….ang ostiyang tinapay ay nagiging katawan ng diyos at ang alak ay nagiging dugo at nang pinagsama ang dalawang bagay, voila! diyos ang labas.  Tapos ng misa, yong diyos na ginawa ay ikukulong sa tabernacle, nakasusi, at binabantayan ng 2 kandila.  OK nandoroon na ang diyos na kinulong.  Tapos…ano?  Wala lang, sibatan ng lahat at kanya-kanya ng lakad sa kung saan-saan.  At ang kawawang diyos?  Ayon, nakakulong…gwardiyado ng 2 kandila.  Kung si Mariah Carey kaya ang pinalitaw ni damasing sa pagkakataon na yon, aalis kaya ang mga tao habang nandoroon ba si Mariah?  Op kors, not!  Mariah Carey ‘ata yon.  Pero sino si Mariah Carey kung ihahambing sa diyos?  Ni katiting na yagit, wala!  Pero bakit ganun, ang diyos kay dali-daling iwaman, pero kung celebrity, walang iwanan!  Tapos, kinabukasan, ganun na naman ang mangyayari….gagawa na naman ng diyos!  Diosko, e, ano na ang nangyari sa diyos na ginawa nung isang araw….natunaw?  Nagliwaliw?  Umeskapo at kailangang gumawa na naman ng panibago?  O ano, hindi ba malaking kabulastugan yang kaisipan na yan?  Think about it…whatever your faith or belief may be.  See if your intelligence would vet such idea.  Sabi pa nga ng isang Muslim, “If only I had your faith, I will NEVER leave my god….I will die there with my god”.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_APVOOWFOYEHTUWLLGXG3SDRTUE Rory Cruz

      At sino namang nagsabi sa’yo na gumagawa ang mga pari ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ng ostia at alak? Maari bang mag research ka muna tungkol sa bagay na yun bago ka magkomento tungkol sa kung paano sumasamba ang mga katoliko?

      • UrHONOR

        SINO?  Kailangan mo pa bang malaman kung SINO?  UNAng-UNA, KUNG ikaw ay nagpapanggap na katoliko at HINDI mo naintindihan ang pagpapalahad ko, IKAW ang mag-research grasshopper sapagkat WALA tsa pagsamba ang TRANSUBSTANTIATION….isa yang doktrina ng RCCh.  At kung sakaling nakatapos ka ng cathechism, balikan mo ang booklet na yan at basahin mong mabuti….. at intindihin gamit ang utak mo at hindi ang puso.
          
        Pangalawa  at huli, Monitor o Enforcer ka ba ng RCCh at sinisita mo ako na para kang imbistigador de kampanilya ng mga damaso?  Sa halip na magtanong ng mahinahon at mahusay, tulad ng iba pang mga nagpapanggap na katoliko na sa katunayan ay mga kaTOLik, titirahin ka kaagad ng INQUISITION na parang si Torquemada na may kasama pang order na mag-research ng naaaaapaka-elementaring bagay sa Catholic teaching.  Nagpapatunay lamang na malasado kang kaTOLik na parating absent sa cathechism class mo.  Sasabihin ko sanang napaka-engot mo sa basic catholic teaching pero hindi ko gagawin yan dahil wala sa standard ko ang gawaing yan.

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