I’ll miss you. Sure, this will be awesome for me. But, I really like being your archbishop. And I’ll be eager to get back home to you. Besides, I can get a good bowl of pasta here in New York, too.

Please God, I’ll be home by Palm Sunday. Not a day will go by that I will not think of you here with love, prayer and gratitude. If I’m in Rome longer, please send peanut butter. You can’t get it there.

—  Cardinal Timothy Dolan a.k.a. “The Man”

One wonders if the Holy Father is frustrated by all this attention to his interview. For six days he spoke powerfully about lofty issues such as friendship, service, trust, joy, hope, love for the poor, humility, discipleship, faith, and simplicity. Those words got a bit of coverage. The “hot button” issues such as women’s ordination, contraception, divorce and remarriage, abortion, homosexuality, or celibacy, as I noted in my blog Monday, did not seem of any concern to the three million youth, or to their beloved Pope Francis.

But, as usual, the press predictably brought these weary issues up, and have given them more ink than any of the other noble themes that rang through Copacabana Beach. It’s not the Church that is obsessed with those topics, but the media!

—  Timothy Cardinal Dolan (x)
Breaking News: Argentine Jorge Bergoglio Elected Pope. First non-European leader of the church in more than 1,000 years.

"I would like to thank you for your embrace," said the new pope, dressed in white, speaking from the white balcony on St. Peter’s Basilica as thousands of the faithful cheered joyously below. "My brother cardinals have chosen one who is from far away, but here I am." Speaking in Italian as he blessed the faithful, Francis wished them "good night and have a good rest." - The New York Times

lizavery asked you:

I didnt know the pope could resign! How does that work?

Thank you for asking! Really, thank you Liz. You don’t know how much I appreciate it.

It actually hasn’t happened since 1415 with Gregory XII, nearly 600 years ago, so it’s quite a shock to everyone. Its basically become accepted that the pope stays in office until he dies, but it is in Canon Law of the Church that the pope can resign: “If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone.” Pope Benedict XVI himself said in an interview a pope should resign if he realizes that he is “no longer physically, psychologically, and spiritually capable of handling the duties of his office, then he has a right and, under some circumstances, also an obligation to resign.” I believe he will be henceforth known as Bishop emeritus of Rome.

Benedict XVI has made two trips to St. Celestine V in the past years. In April 2009, the pope visited his tomb and left his pallium (the scarf-like vestment he wears as a symbol of his papacy) on the tomb. In July 2010 he visited another site where relics of St. Celestine V are kept. St. Celestine V was a pope who also left the papacy. He did not want to become the pope, as is the case with Pope Benedict XVI. Both were elected just before their 80th birthdays, which is when you are too old to become a pope. Pope Benedict XVI even wanted to retire when he was a Cardinal, before Blessed John Paul II died. 

Another thing, as a Cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger was close to Pope John Paul II, and saw first hand how the papal seat was affected by the Pope’s declining health. Pope Benedict XVI is making a very courageous move in saying, I am unfit to continue. He is opening the way for someone stronger to lead God’s Church. He is caring for the 1.2 million Catholics entrusted to his care as the shepherd of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I’m not saying Pope John Paul II didn’t care for his flock. As Sr Mary Theresa said today, “Pope John Paul II remained in office so that he might show us how to suffer and how to die. Pope Benedict XVI is leaving the papal office so that he might show us how to live in humble honesty.”

I’ll be praying for your health Papa Bene, may God bless you and keep you. We will not let your teachings and writings die with the end of your papacy.

Viva il Papa!

Long live Pope Francis!

People, it’s a religion, not a political party. He is quite clearly very religious. Please, try not to shoot him and his new title down because he opposes homosexual marriage and remains “conservative” on moral issues. Religion is based on morals and faith, not society’s opinions.

"We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: ‘I am talking to you in order to persuade you.’ No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing."

- Pope Francis