..When we eventually arrived at the Sistine Chapel on March 12, I was still pondering two or three candidates. However, when the first blank ballot was given to us, and when it was time to write down a name, something powerful–and strange–happened.
I picked up my pen to write, and I began. However, my hand was being moved by some greater spiritual force. The name on the ballot just happened. I had not yet narrowed my thinking down to one name; but it was done for me..
If something kept him from writing his own name down, it just could be a miracle.
Over the weekend Cardinal Mahony had a series of tweets regarding the new Pope while basically disparagingly the liturgical style of Pope Benedict XVI. It is also odd hearing the Cardinal speaking in praise of humulity and how the Church should be poor.
Now the inner snarker in me would say that Cardinal Mahony certainly did a lot to help his diocese to be poorer in regards to settlements and of course the so-called “Taj Mahony” Cathedral. Poor also in the number of vocations.
What facinates me the most though is the contrast of his apprarent persona which seems to bleed pride and his attraction to humility. What is so offputting about his tweets is he does not seem to get the fact that he comes off as prideful. How often though are we totally blind to our faults? Still we can be attracted to virtues that we don’t have and maybe it might even be the virtue that is the remedy to a dominant fault.
In related news Canonist Ed Peters has Some thoughts on conclave leaks and specifically in regards to Cardinals Kasper and Mahony.