Perceptive commentary: Magister, Royal
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.
- Sandro Magister of L’Espresso believes that the public fuss about the US cardinals’ media briefings has vaulted New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan into the first rank of papabili. Magister says that old hands of the Roman Curia, unhappy with the prospect of a Dolan candidacy, are promoting Cardinal Odilo Scherer of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
- Cardinal Roger Mahony has been visible during the past few weeks only because of his many public statements justifying his own handling of the sex-abuse scandal in Los Angeles. While the Vatican took pains to announce that the retired Cardinal Mahony has every right to attend a conclave, Robert Royal was struck by the sight of Cardinal Mahony having dinner alone in a Roman restaurant--“Rome being perhaps the hardest city in the world to eat dinner by yourself, especially when 115 of your supposedly closest associates are in town.”
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
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.