Thursday, March 14, 2013

Habemus Papam

Jorge Cardinal Bergogolio, S.J., Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the first non-European pope since Gregory III (Syria), the first pope from the Western Hemisphere, and the first Jesuit pope. He has taken the name of Francis after St. Francis of Assisi, a patron of the poor. 

While Archbishop, he refused to live in the archbishop's palace and be chauffeured, but instead rented an apartment and took the bus to work.

Argentina is a poor country economically, and Francis understands what it's like to be in poverty. He is one of five children born to a middle-class family, and had a lung surgically removed at age 16. 

While Francis is pro-family and doctrinally orthodox compared to most of his brother Jesuits, he has celebrated "coffee table" and stadium youth Masses just like any other prelate from hot weather countries. But he did establish a diocesan TLM apostalate 48 hours after Summorum Pontificum was released, one of the first bishops to do so. But I am hearing that the priest assigned to say the Mass regularly did not have the resources to follow the rubrics! 

While it's too early to determine what kind of a papacy Francis will operate, at least for sure that he being a South American he could adequately address the mass exodus of Hispanics from Catholicism. Also, I am hearing that his first private Sistine Chapel Mass will be in Latin, so we'll wait and see. 

The Installation Mass will be offered on March 19th, the Feast of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church. 

Because of this, in all likelyhood Cardinal Sean will be coming home to Boston unless something changes. At least Sean didn't get in, or we would be terrible shape. In either case, let's pray that the Holy Father will address the issues that are plaguing the Archdiocese of Boston today. 

Also, let us pray for Pope Francis as he begins his new ministry, and for the FULL Restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass. 

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