Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Habent Papam - His Holiness Pope Francis

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum: Habemus Papam. Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum Dominum, Dominum Georgium Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Bergoglio. Qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum.
His Grace sends his warmest wishes to Roman Catholics all over the world on the election of the new successor of St Peter: the first member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit); the first from South America; and the first from outside Europe in a millennium.

The former cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio becomes His Holiness Pope Francis. He will be the 266th Pope and Bishop of Rome.

Pope Francis is 76 years old. No doubt in about eight years time, rumours will begin to circulate about an imminent abdication.


Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Marvellous news. A simple man who lived alone in simplicity. Rather like the Inspector. Plenty of time then to dwell on spirituality and the human condition...

13 March 2013 at 19:40  
Blogger MFH said...

another man to lead the world in another salvation by works and the idolatry of Mary.

13 March 2013 at 19:46  
Blogger Corrigan said...

A real test of faith for your present correspondent, this one is. I mean, a Jesuit!!! Nobody went more completely off the reservation after Vatican II than these guys, which is the height of irony, considering why they were founded. At this juncture, they're virtual Protestants. I just hope the Holy Spirit is smarter than I am. (That last comment was a joke, by the way, Carl.)

13 March 2013 at 19:49  
Blogger Sister Tiberia said...

The more I read about him, the more I think the Holy Spirit indeed had a finger here. A lot to like, and a man who perhaps can indeed bring progressives and conservatives back around the table. Time (of course) will tell.

God bless him, and bless the Church he leads, and bless all men and women of goodwill who do the work of God by whatever name they call Him.

13 March 2013 at 19:55  
Blogger Angharad said...

A truly humble and spiritual man, with a warm smile, reminds me of John Paul I. A Pope from the Americas. The Holy Father has a very difficult path ahead leading the church away from turmoil and scandal. It is indeed a new beginning. God Bless and keep Pope Francis I.

13 March 2013 at 20:00  
Blogger Albert said...

Thank you Dr Cranmer for your good wishes. May the Lord bless and keep our new Holy Father, Pope Francis!

13 March 2013 at 20:21  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

I do wish that people asking what this means for the Falklands, and digging up sermons delivered at Falklands War anniversary events or what have you, would give over. The Papal States, with the Pope as their temporal sovereign, were regularly at war with other utterly Catholic countries for a thousand years. It has nothing to do with the Petrine Office.

"Francis" is at least as likely to have been taken for the legendary (but in no sense mythical) missionary Saint Francis Xavier, one of the very first Jesuits, as it is to have been taken for Saint Francis of Assisi. That would tie in very well with the Holy Father's opening address about the re-evangelisation of "Rome", i.e., of Europe and the West.

I heard the Pope speaking in Italian, his paternal language (I don't know his mother's background, but there are a lot of Italian-Argentines, such as the late General Galtieri), and I wondered how foreign he sounded to a Roman crowd. American-in-Britain foreign, and vice versa? More foreign than that, like a Frenchman or a German speaking English? Or what? Just curious.

13 March 2013 at 20:23  
Blogger Corrigan said...

Ok, done some reading; mmmmmaybe the Holy Spirit actually is smarter than me. It seems Francis is not quite Jesuit enough to be down with the people (phew!) and probably named himself after St Francis Xavier, not Francis of Assissi, which is a good sign (not that I have anything against Francis of Assissi, you understand). Good choice, that; as it happens, Francis Xavier is my own middle name. I think we can do some business here.

13 March 2013 at 21:07  
Blogger Sister Tiberia said...

Bear in mind that St Francis Xavier was almost certainly himself baptised after St Francis of Assisi, since it was a popular choice at the time.

The two saints together are a powerful combination. Evangelism, humility, fire, vision. I see no reason that he should not be honouring both by his choice :)

13 March 2013 at 21:17  
Blogger Corrigan said...

Like I say, I've got nothing against Francis of Assisi - I mean, he did put it on the line when he went to the Holy Land to try to convert Saladin, which really took a pair. Sweet as he was, he was no Anglican.

By the way, now that the Black Pope and the White Pope are BOTH Jesuits, I just can't wait to hear from Carl and len. I'll bet their heads are exploding, heh heh heh...

13 March 2013 at 21:23  
Blogger Berserker said...

Angharad posts -
'The Holy Father has a very difficult path ahead leading the church away from turmoil and scandal.'

I believe he should be leading the church's attention towards the turmoil and scandal. To find out what is at the heart of this darkness. To face up to the fallibility of the men representing God. The reasons may be diverse but at the heart of every sinner is a sense of the void which needs filling. It is not necessary to have a conclusion, all that is needed is that one tries and has faith.

13 March 2013 at 21:38  
Blogger carl jacobs said...


I just can't wait to hear from Carl and len. I'll bet their heads are exploding, heh heh heh...

Why should my head explode? I don't pay much attention to inter-Catholic politics. I don't pay any attention to the Jesuits at all. At the moment I am simply waiting to hear wailing and gnashing of teeth from all the right people.


13 March 2013 at 21:53  
Blogger Nick said...

Watched the news on Channel 4 and was irritated by Jon Snows commentary (as I usually am). He seemed obsessed with the "modernisation" of the RC church. Since when was it the job any Christian church to follow the trends of secular society?

He constantly referred to the age of the new Pope in a blatantly ageist way as if anybody over 60 is too mentally deranged to fill the role. younger men do not necessrily make good leaders (look at our own political leaders).

Other than that I am very pleased at the choice of the new Pope and I pray that he will be guided by the holy Spirit in all he does.

13 March 2013 at 22:11  
Blogger marie d said...

Did I hear Pope Francis just give general absolution?

13 March 2013 at 22:25  
Blogger David B said...

Marie, the 20th C Catholic church has something of a history of absolving generals, does it not?

I have no idea about his record during the period of the generals in Argentina. Weren't there lots of disappearences and stolen babies?

Does anyone know of any skeletons in his closet?

No doubt his enemies within and without the church will be looking.


13 March 2013 at 23:44  
Blogger David B said...

Marie, the 20th C Catholic church has something of a history of absolving generals, does it not?

I have no idea about his record during the period of the generals in Argentina. Weren't there lots of disappearences and stolen babies?

Does anyone know of any skeletons in his closet?

No doubt his enemies within and without the church will be looking.


13 March 2013 at 23:44  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

David B. You really are a small minded insignificant man. But the Inspector suspects you already know this...

13 March 2013 at 23:57  
Blogger Peter Damian said...

Francis I made a humble beginning:

"Now, I would like to give you a blessing, but first I want to ask you for me. Before the bishop blesses the people, I ask that you pray to the Lord so that he blesses me. This is the prayer of the people who are asking for the blessing of their bishop.
In silence, let us say this prayer of you for me."

He then concluded:

"Now, I will give you and the whole world a blessing, to all men and women of good will. Tomorrow I want to go to pray to the Madonna so that she protects all of Rome. Good night and have a good rest."

Let all men and women of good will pray that the new Pope is successful in leading the Catholic Church.

14 March 2013 at 00:01  
Blogger Fr Will said...

Grammar, please, Your Grace. "Qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum" was what was (correctly) said. ("Francisci" would have been possible, if less idiomatic, but not "Francisco".)

14 March 2013 at 00:22  
Blogger Nicholas Bennett said...

Interestingly the Sky commentators didn't understand that the announcement included the Papal name of Francis. They reported 10 minutes later that people were tweetuing the name.

14 March 2013 at 01:16  
Blogger Fr Will said...

The BBC commentator likewise didn't seem to know that the name had been stated, and for some time afterwards was saying things like "if it is confirmed that this is his name" – in spite of the fact that others in the studio had clearly heard and understood.

14 March 2013 at 01:44  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Fr Will,

His Grace is most appreciative and has corrected. He was in something of a rush to get something up pronto.

14 March 2013 at 01:49  
Blogger Fr Will said...

Oh, and "Habent", YG? Where's your ecumenical spirit at such a time (especially in the light of your previous post)? I for one, as a clerk in Holy Orders of Ecclesia Anglicana, am happy to say "Habeo Papam!"

14 March 2013 at 01:49  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Fr Will,

His Grace was so savaged by some of the more 'robust' Roman Catholics for 'lying to priests' and suchlike that he is happy for them to keep their pope.

14 March 2013 at 01:52  
Blogger Fr Will said...

Ah, I'm happy to say I missed that, YG (and am not minded to go looking for it). When RCs – or Dissenters, or Atheists – of a more "robust" persuasion get the bit between their teeth, there is seldom much to be gained by continuing to engage with them, in my experience. Nonetheless, I wouldn't wish to have my attitude to the new Bishop of Rome (a title, interestingly, which he seemed at pains to emphasise rather than more "universal" titles and claims) unduly coloured by such encounters.

14 March 2013 at 02:17  
Blogger Manfarang said...

A case of the more things change the more they stay the same.
An ethnic Italian Pope.

14 March 2013 at 03:26  
Blogger Harry-ca-Nab said...

For me this joyful event was marred by the BBC putting up the non-Christian Jonathan Sopel as the "know nothing" presenter - full of stupid comments and sniggering asides - together with an Italian translator who (and this is an insult to ALL Christians) did not even know the Lords Prayer or Hail Mary.

Can anyone imagine such lightweight and disrespectful coverage for any other religion?

If they had presented a significant event in Islam in such a way heads would roll.


14 March 2013 at 07:25  
Blogger Harry-ca-Nab said...

Yep, comments above point out that the BBC had no idea of the name of the new Pope until some times after it was announced.

Even I, who gave up Latin (in fact I think it gave me up) at age 14 understood the announcement.

Given the BBC's reputation for overkill with the resources it brings to bear on such occasions its amazing they cannot even front up a presenter who knows anything about Catholicism or even Christianity, doesn't show due respect and cannot even provide staff who understand basic Latin or know the Lords Prayer.

But we have been here before with the BBC haven't we.

14 March 2013 at 07:32  
Blogger Harry-ca-Nab said...

Must share the Mails report on the dire BBC performance.

14 March 2013 at 07:40  
Blogger Angharad said...

BBC's effort was abysmal.Far better coverage on Sky News. Austen Ivereigh of Catholic Voices gave an excellent commentary.

14 March 2013 at 07:59  
Blogger IanCad said...

If, as David Lindsay suggests, and Corrigan seems to confirm that Xavier is indeed the Francis in question then maybe we had better go on the alert.
Remembering that the Jesuits are the armed forces of the Counter-Reformation, purposed to replace truth with error and light with darkness we should be mindful that Francis Xavier was a pioneer of this dreadful cult.
Famous for introducing the Inquisition to India and thus devastating the apostolic St. Thomas Christians of that land, he then found ready congress, for a while, in the Far East, where the superstitions and ancient rites of the Papacy had much in common with the pagan imagery and militarism of the Buddhist priests.

14 March 2013 at 08:43  
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14 March 2013 at 09:21  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

'During a Mass on April 2 last year to mark the 30th anniversary of the start of the war, Bergoglio called for the vindication of "all" of those who fought against the British over the Falklands Islands.
"We come to pray for those who have fallen, sons of the homeland who set out to defend his mother, the homeland, to claim the country that is theirs and they were usurped," he said.'

Daily Telegraph

So he chucks his cap in to the ring of the military Junta of Galtieri and his pals - what a weasel.

14 March 2013 at 09:32  
Blogger bradypus said...

Not only did the BBC not know the Lords Prayer but they kept translating "Habemus Papem" as "There is a Pope" instead of "We have a Pope" .The BBC is really becoming abysmal in there ignorance!

14 March 2013 at 09:36  
Blogger bradypus said...

sorry "their ignorance"

14 March 2013 at 09:36  
Blogger JW said...

266th pope?
That is an assertion not a provable fact. There is no agreed-upon listing for the early bishops of Rome. Moreover Peter cannot have been the first pope since there was no monarchical episcopacy in his day.
Throw in all the medieval stuff about two popes and three popes and you can see that arriving at an exact figure like 266 is impossible.
So why do we just lazily repeat RC propaganda?
Anyway isn't His Grace supposed to be a Protestant?

14 March 2013 at 10:41  
Blogger bluedog said...

'No doubt in about eight years time, rumours will begin to circulate about an imminent abdication.'


The central problem posed by Benedict's abdication is unresolved - how long does the Pope reign? One can imagine that the American and other Anglo cardinals with an understanding of corporate governance would have had a great deal to say on the matter. So much so that they may in fact have dished their own chances of the Papacy. One can imagine that a briefing paper with recommendations prepared by a New York law firm would have frightened the living daylights out of the Curia.

Far safer to elect an Italian-speaker than an English speaker or another German speaking Pope. Yes, it's business as usual in Rome.

14 March 2013 at 10:48  
Blogger Harry-ca-Nab said...


....those typos happen at the worst possible times !

Been there.

14 March 2013 at 11:11  
Blogger Dreadnaught said...

I wonder where this man-pope-god botherer will find the brass neck to appeal to patriotic British RCs, here or indeed in the Falkland Islands. On the current information circulating, it certainly suggests the case for adopting a high degree of caution regarding the new Bishop of Rome in matters of British affairs.

Will he turn a blind-eye or issue forth a full papal endorsement for further Argentinian aggression towards the UK and the Falklands people.

Argentine military dictator confirms Catholic Church hierarchy was well aware of the “disappeared”

Argentine former military dictator said he kept the country’s Catholic hierarchy informed about his regime’s policy of “disappearing” political opponents, and that Catholic leaders offered advice on how to “manage” the policy…
…In contrast to the Catholic hierarchy in Brazil, where church leaders denounced that country’s military dictatorship and provided sanctuary to its victims, in Argentina bishops were prominent defenders of the regime against accusations of human rights abuses from abroad.

14 March 2013 at 11:30  
Blogger IanCad said...

Quite the Freudian slip a short while ago on the BBC.
A spokesman, in predicting his - Francis's-
future mode of leadership stated that it would be a one of Complicity, Charity and Humility.
I'm sure he meant to say, Simplicity, but, well, we know the record.

14 March 2013 at 12:18  
Blogger The Judicious Hooker said...

Habent papam indeed! They know how to pick them in the Roman Church. Humble maybe but as Dreadnaught points out rather too patriotic to be a true 'universal pastor' to those who suffer under military dictatorships or whose homeland is threatened by invaders.

Bergoglio's predecessor enjoyed Nazi Youth dress-ups and F1 seems to have been - like many of his countrymen - morally neutral on human rights atrocities of the Argentinian military and indifferent to the delf-determination of the Falkland Islanders. So much for (Roman) catholic social teaching.

And I resent Bergoglio's use of the name Francis. I can only assume that he's named himself after St Francis SJ. The Poor Man of Assisi - despite his humble obedience to canonical authority - is the antithesis of Papal pomp and primacy, however it may be re-packaged.

14 March 2013 at 12:33  
Blogger Shacklefree said...

Is it true" In a spirit of ecumenism he permitted his Cathedral to host services led by ... Muslims. I'm beginning to get worried.

14 March 2013 at 15:12  
Blogger Lucy Mullen said...

Those who didn't have the subtitles on Channel Four missed a treat. When Jon Snow said the first indication of a result was when a white gull sat on the chimney, the subtitles told us it was when "white girls sat on the chimney".

14 March 2013 at 18:05  
Blogger Cressida de Nova said...

White girls are known for their chimney sitting antics these days Lucy. Very popular with the religiously inclined. They like to be nearer to God .Most likely a group of protesting Anglican girl vicars wanting to become Pope.

15 March 2013 at 08:26  
Blogger non mouse said...

Thanks for that, L. Mullen: it shows well what multi-culti does for us!

To the aliens at Ch. 4, "gulls" and "girls" sound alike - and a "girl" = a "bird." They don't realise they're being gulled by the makers of their electronic thesauri!

btw: did they show pictures of the gull? Or, on account of a Christian tradition wherein white birds (esp. doves) signify pure spirits, is that another transubstantiational "myth" cast abroad by the Cardinalidae?

15 March 2013 at 15:59  

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