By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Apr 14, 2007

This (Saturday) morning, Pope Benedict called all the leaders of the Roman Curia together for a special meeting.

This meeting had been previously unannounced, and the topic of the meeting has not been disclosed.

It's possible that the Holy Father wanted to talk about the weather. But not likely.

Something important is happening. Watch this space!

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 17, 2007 6:23 PM ET USA

    As much as I love Benedict and wish him a fruitful reign I am sorry to say that we do have the right and even the duty to make reasonable judgements. Do "large crowds" eclipse lack of reasonable accountability among bishops..., particularly American ones? As for "large crowds..." the same crowd that welcomed Jesus on Palm Sunday cruxified Him on Good Friday. Whatever a man does is not good merely because of his station.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 17, 2007 12:58 PM ET USA

    I suspect my first reaction to the actual subject of this meeting was the same as that of many people here: disappointment. Oh, is that all it was about? But patience, to prevent that murmur, soon replies: Maybe the Pope's vies of what's important is different from mine. And do I really have the authority to say he's wrong?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 17, 2007 6:52 AM ET USA

    Sorry Phil, but judging by our always "breathless" anticipation of the Pope's pronouncements, I'm beginning to suspect that our traditions will flourish again only when Jesus returns.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2007 10:08 AM ET USA

    I was amazed to see that there were 11 comments for an entry that says basically, we don't know what (if anything much) this meeting is about. Does anyone find anything odd about that? Of course, now there's 12.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 16, 2007 8:40 AM ET USA

    Happy Birthday, Holy Father!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2007 2:50 PM ET USA

    See Looks like it was about the Brazil trip and problems in Latin America. Partial Google translation: "The Vatikan cabinet advised over the situation of the church of Latin America in the apron of the Brazil journey of the Pope."

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2007 1:37 PM ET USA

    In sailing the action is a tack to get take advantage of the winds to move "against the wind". Hopefully this is a breath from the Holy Spirit, through the vicar of Christi to move against the worldly prevailing winds and to leave lavender behind, re-embrace the sacral (language, music, tradition, etc.), correct translations, and offer a consistory that ratifies that action. Pope Benedict XVI, our prayers are with you for your birthday and the sailing of this Barque of Peter. Godspeed!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2007 12:05 PM ET USA

    Everyone's thinking it; I'm just saying it: POKER!!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2007 11:35 AM ET USA

    Motu Proprio Watch Update Woo Hoo.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2007 10:53 AM ET USA

    Maybe the Wall Street Journal article of April 12 got to his desk on April 13. There is a time for dialogue, and a time for action. As the Church fades into the European sunset, perhaps it will begin to rise with the full morning sunlight over 140 million Catholics in Sub-Saharan Africa. Seems to me the general lethargy of Catholics in Europe and America is an incomprehensible tragedy for the whole world. Boy! Do we all need Confession! Sure wish that's what the Pope talked about.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2007 8:27 AM ET USA

    He just wanted to make sure nobody bought him anything from Prada for his birthday.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2007 8:19 AM ET USA

    Perhaps, the Holy Father is having, as we say in the military, a " Come to Jesus" meeting?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 15, 2007 12:38 AM ET USA

    Jubilation will follow on Monday if he called for and received resignations from quite a few of them. Apostles never succeed when bureaucrats "assist" them. Apostles need like-minded apostles!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 14, 2007 11:44 PM ET USA

    maybe he's gonna make sure before naming any new bishops that the Curia know any men considered "must be irreproachable...temperate, self-controlled, decent, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not aggressive, but gentle, not contentious, not a lover of money." And that a Bishop is "bound to give an example of holiness, charity, humility and simplicity of outstanding in strong faith, good morals, piety, zeal for souls, wisdom, prudence and human virtues..." ????

  • Posted by: - Apr. 14, 2007 10:18 PM ET USA

    Hmmm - maybe making sure everyone turns up for His Holiness's 80th b-day party on Monday? Not likely, either.