Thursday 26 May 2022
1. Avoiding a deadlocked conclave
2. Nancy Pelosi responds to being barred from Communion: I respect pro-life views but not ‘foisting them onto others’
3. Virtual reality allows you to discover Jerusalem at the time of Christ
4. Nigeria: Priest suspended for running for governor of Benue State
5. A song tells the story of the end of the Corsican Papal Guard
Avoiding a deadlocked conclave
There is no conclave on the horizon, but analysts are already looking at the rules for the election of the next pope. In this article, Jesuit Father Thomas Reese looks back at the changes made by John Paul II and Benedict XVI regarding the conclave. While two-thirds of the votes have always been required to validate the election of a cardinal to the Throne of Peter, the Polish Pope changed the rule and decided that after the 34th round, the election would simply be by majority vote. Benedict XVI modified the same rule, asking that after the 34th ballot, only the two best candidates be in the running. These adjustments were intended to shorten the conclave and not display a divided college of cardinals to the world. However, Father Reese criticizes these two changes for not being widely consulted and for limiting the possibility of finding a compromise candidate. The two-thirds rule obliges the college to choose a widely accepted cardinal. With the introduction of the possibility of a simple majority election, a group of 51% of the cardinals could wait until the 34th round to impose their candidate.
Religions News Service, English
Nancy Pelosi responds to being barred from Communion: I respect pro-life views but not ‘foisting them onto others’
“I come from a largely pro-life, Italian-American Catholic family, so I respect people’s views about that, but I don’t respect us foisting it onto others.” This is how US Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, replied to news that the Archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, barred her from Communion in his diocese for her positions on abortion. The Archbishop issued a press release last week and spoke about his decision in an interview. A handful of other bishops have supported Archbishop Cordileone’s conclusion, while some other Catholics worry it politicizes the Church. Pelosi frequently cites her Catholic faith as motivating her politics, but her support for legal abortion has put her at odds with Church teaching, America explains. She met with Pope Francis during a private audience in Rome last year. The Pontiff has urged bishops not to politicize the Eucharist.