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Perceptive commentary: Magister, Royal

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Mar 07, 2013

As a service to our readers, once again we call attention to some of the most interesting commentary that has appeared on other sites regarding the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the prospects for the March conclave. For our efforts to correct some of the less astute commentary, see our separate “Popular Misconceptions” series, which will continue through the papal election.

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: jg23753479 - Mar. 10, 2013 7:22 AM ET USA

    It's "orate pro eo" if the petition is to many and "ora pro eo" if to only one person.

  • Posted by: Marty01 - Mar. 08, 2013 7:40 PM ET USA

    Maybe I'm too soft-hearted (or soft-headed), but I can't help feeling terribly sorry for Cardinal Mahony, even if he unwittingly allowed heinous evil into the Church; perhaps pity is the best response.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Mar. 08, 2013 12:46 PM ET USA

    Keeping in mind, of course, that reporters have to sell papers for their employers, and, of course, that Rome has very little significant international news to offer beyond a Conclave, we just have to use our judgment. It looks as though poor Cardinal Mahony is in an enforced isolation. Ora pro eum.