By Jeremy A. Ingle
Catholic apologist Scott Hahn Feb. 11 described the complex situation best when reflecting on the lead-up to the resignation by the Holy Father:
"Back on April 29, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI did something rather striking, but which went largely unnoticed," Hahn wrote.
"He stopped off in Aquila, Italy, and visited the tomb of an obscure medieval pope named St. Celestine V (1215-1296). After a brief prayer, he left his pallium, the symbol of his own episcopal authority as Bishop of Rome, on top of Celestine's tomb!
By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News ServiceVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet said the conclave “opens up a new future” for the church and is a responsibility the cardinals see as “their main task.”
In a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. interview March 4, he said the cardinals are all considering the meaning of the “extraordinary decision of Pope Benedict” to resign and understanding that decision’s impact on the church.
By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY — The College of Cardinals used the March 4 and 5 pre-conclave meetings to discuss needs of the church.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, could not give specific details of the discussions be-cause he is bound by an oath of secrecy to give only general information. He said March 5 the subjects were “broad and varied,” and included “the activity of the Holy See and its various dicasteries, their relationships with the bishops, the renewal of the church in the light of the Second Vatican Council, the situation of the church and the needs for new evangelization in the world, including in different cultural situations.”
By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY— Even though a conclave to elect a new pope has not yet started, the papal tailors have the white cassock ready for the new pontiff when he appears less than an hour after his election on the balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square.
The Gammarelli shop proudly showcased in its street-level window the white wool cassocks in three different sizes: "tall," "medium," and "small," as no one knows who will be the new pope or what his measurements will be.
By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Although by March 6 the world's cardinals had not set a date to begin the conclave to elect a new pope, they had begun discussing "the profile" required of the next pope to meet the needs of the church, the Vatican spokesman said.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, like everyone in the hall for the cardinals' meetings, takes an oath of secrecy, although he is allowed to give the press an idea of the broad themes discussed.
By Rex Hogan
For the Sooner Catholic
OKLAHOMA CITY — More than 700 people from throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City made their way to the Rite of Election services on Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Conducted by Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, the Rite of Election is the first step in the Lenten journey of full membership in the Catholic Church. The journey will come to completion at the Easter Vigil Mass when the Catechumens and Candidates are accepted into the Church.
The Archbishop conducted three separate Rite of Election ceremonies, all filling the Cathedral. Those making this journey of faith came from as far as Guymon or as close as Oklahoma City. The stories of how they have come to this point in their journey to the Catholic Church were as varied as the communities from which they hail.
EDMOND — A night full of fun, fellowship and trivia. That’s how supporters of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton spent one Friday night in early February.
A group of volunteers, all with students at SEAS, organized the second annual Trivia Night. Alumni of St. Elizabeth’s worked together to facilitate the evening. Proceeds from ticket sales, food donations and raffle donations went to benefit the Red Envelope Fund.
The Red Envelope Fund is a tuition assistance program to help families with tuition. Twenty-seven families benefited from the $60,000 fund for the 2012-2013 school year. This is the only active fundraiser for the SEAS Tuition Assistance Fund. The church and school also take a “Red Envelope Collection” to benefit the fund. This year’s trivia event brought in nearly $6,000 to go toward the tuition assistance fund.
The Catholic Foundation was established to seek and receive endowment and capital gifts for the benefit of the Catholic Church in Central and Western Oklahoma. It also is charged with investing and managing those funds so that periodic distributions can benefit specific programs and causes in parishes, schools and organizations throughout the Archdiocese. In all cases, the wishes of the donor are executed as the donation agreement stipulates.
OKLAHOMA CITY — “Come back to me with all your heart, your broken heart, your troubled heart.” Through the prophet Joel, God calls to each of us with these words on Ash Wednesday. Through a very special healing ministry in our Archdiocese, God calls uniquely to those who are suffering from the pain of abortion … their own abortion or that of a family member or friend.
Oklahoma Catholics made their presence known again as they joined with thousands of other pro-life supporters from various faith communities to fill the state Capitol during the 22nd annual Rose Day event.
Rose Day was Feb. 6 and again served to bring together Catholics and Protestants in an effort to convince lawmakers to support pro-life legislation. This year’s keynote speaker was Lila Rose, who several years ago as a young college student at UCLA exposed the true agenda of Planned Parenthood.
Tony Lauinger and Kevin Calvey of Oklahomans for Life, Inc. were both on hand as was Barbara Chishko and Ruth Blakely of Birth Choice of Oklahoma. They were joined by several representatives from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and a number of students from Mount St. Mary High School.
Calvey’s wife, Toni, and their children joined him at Rose Day. Toni Calvey shared a personal story about why she is dedicated to the pro-life effort. Her mother chose to put her up for adoption rather than abort her.