Conclave’s Rituals, Oaths and Secrecy Explained

An interesting article over at



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  1. Ritual, oaths and secrecy, can never make up for truth, and it appears Ratzinger/Benedict has spoken more cearly and truthfully in this choice to retire. Yes, this is now on all new ground in this our so-called modern time, epecially for the Roman Catholic people and Church. Now perhaps Catholics can really call him ‘Holy Father’! I for one as a Protestant (though raised Roman Catholic), will miss this man, no doubt the most theologically minded and able pope, in that aspect, the church has seen in my lifetime!

    “In the personal experience of Saint Paul there is an inconvertible factor: while he was at first a persecutor and perpetrated violence against Christians, from the moment of his conversion on the road to Damascus he switched to the side of the Crucified Christ, making Christ his “rasion d’etre” and the reason for his preaching. His was a life neither quiet nor free from dangers and difficulties, but spent entirely for souls (cf. 2 Cor. 12: 15). In his encounter with Jesus the central significance of the Cross had been made clear to him: he understood that Jesus “had died and risen for all” and for himself. Both these things were important; universality: Jesus really died for all, and subjectivity: he also died for me. This God’s freely given and merciful love had been made manifest in the Cross. Paul experienced this love in himself first of all (cf. Gal. 2:20), and from being a sinner he became a believer, from a persecutor an apostle. Day after day, in his new life, he experienced that salvation was “grace”, that everything derived from the death of Christ and not from his own merit, which moreover did not exist. The “Gospel of grace” thus became for him the only way of understanding the Cross, not only the criterion of his new existence but also his response to those who questioned him.” (Saint Paul, General Audiences July 2, 2008 – February 4, 2009, of Pope Benedict XVI, Ignatius Press, 2009)

    May God Bless this man!

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