Adopt a Cardinal

Adopt a Cardinal

So the Pope Emeritus will still wear white, but he doesn’t keep the red shoes. These are just two of the gradually emerging details relating to the life of Benedict XVI, post-resignation.

I can understand why some Catholics find such details arcane and maybe even embarrassing. Why is this news? Won’t people think we Catholics obsess over minutiae?

But I can also understand why other Catholics, and also some non-Catholics, find this stuff interesting. I find it interesting myself. As Dr Peters observes, this is history in the making. The Vatican is making it up as it goes along, because precedents are scarce. In the life of a 2,000 year old Church which esteems Sacred Tradition, that doesn’t happen very often.

Is the colour of the ex-pope’s wardrobe important? No. It’s trivial. But I like trivia.

Meanwhile, the Cardinal-electors must be feeling the weight of their duty. For better or worse, it falls to 116 men (at last count) to make a decision which a billion or so Catholics have an interest in.

So what better time to adopt a Cardinal? I drew Cardinal Sepe, for whom I’ll pray and fast until the conclave ends.

  • Ebere

    I ‘adopted’ Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle. Will say a Memorare for him everyday till a new Pope emerges. I know I should pray that he heeds to the voice of the Holy Spirit at this crucial time, but I can’t help fantasizing that my adopted Cardinal will be elected Pope.

  • Ha ha. Well, I guess it beats putting money on a papabile Ebere! Before 1917, betting on the next pope was an excommunicable offence.

  • Phạm Minh Trường


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