Today it begins. I just want it over because I'm already sick and tired of the stupidity of the secular press. No, the pope can't overturn the Church's teachings on abortion, women in the priesthood, homosexuality, priestly celibacy or any of your other complaints. It doesn't work that way. Idiots.
I'm hoping for a Pope from the southern hemisphere in order to reflect the changing demographics. I'm hoping for a Pope who embraces what John L. Allen Jr. calls "affirmative orthodoxy." The world knows what the Church is against, now more than ever they need to know what the Church is for. I pray that the Cardinals are open to the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Spirit leads them to the best man for the job.
Come Holy Spirit, Creator Blest (Veni, Creator Spiritus)
Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,and in our souls take up Thy rest;come with Thy grace and heavenly aidto fill the hearts which Thou hast made. O comforter, to Thee we cry,O heavenly gift of God Most High,O fount of life and fire of love,and sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;Thou, finger of God's hand we own;Thou, promise of the Father, ThouWho dost the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our sense from above,and make our hearts o'erflow with love;with patience firm and virtue highthe weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,and grant us Thy peace instead;so shall we not, with Thee for guide,turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestowthe Father and the Son to know;and Thee, through endless times confessed,of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,Who rose from death, be glory given,with Thou, O Holy Comforter,henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.