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Magical Thinking: Could Papa Frank Name a Woman Cardinal?

Painting by Taras Loboda via http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2012/09/Lady-in-Red.html
Painting by Taras Loboda via http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/2012/09/Lady-in-Red.html

Now wouldn’t THAT be something?

I don’t know enough yet to speculate (though I’m chuffed the woman mentioned most often is the Irish theologian Linda Hogan).

Below is an smattering compendium of further speculation by my media colleagues (pay special attention to my friend David Gibson – I trust him more than most…)

  1. Could Pope Francis make women cardinals? A pipe dream, and an
    www.religionnews.com/…/pope-francis-make-women-cardinals-pipe-dre…‎ Oct 17, 2013
    On his list: Linda Hogan, a professor of ecumenics at Trinity College …. in the episcopate, an all-female college of cardinals is a must-have.
  2. Could this married feminist be the Catholic Church’s first woman cardinal? Rumours rife that reforming Pope Francis is
    Daily Mail ‎- 7 hours ago
    Linda Hogan is being tipped as a contender to become the Vatican’s first female cardinal. A woman has never held the title, and while current ...
  3. First catholic female cardinal may be an Irish woman
    Irish Examiner‎ – 8 hours ago
  4. Could Linda Hogan be the Catholic Church’s first woman cardinal

    www.dailymail.co.uk/…/Could-Linda-Hogan-Catholic-Churchs-woman-c‎3 hours ago
    Linda Hogan is being tipped as a contender to become the Vatican’s first female cardinal. A woman has never held the title, and while current 
  5. Lady in red: Linda tipped to be cardinal | The Sunday Times

    www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/…/article1335691.ece‎ 21 hours ago
    Linda Hogan, a professor at Trinity College, Dublin, could be a There has never been a female cardinal, but since Pope Francis took charge 
  6. Will Pope Francis appoint a female cardinal? Not as crazy as it

    www.irishcentral.com › News‎ 5 days ago
    Linda Hogan, an accomplished professor of ecumenics at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), listed as a possible choice for a female cardinal by top 
  7. Clerical Whispers: Lady in red: Linda Hogan tipped to be cardinal

    clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/…/lady-in-red-linda-hogan-tipped-to-be.ht…‎5 hours ago
    Lady in red: Linda Hogan tipped to be cardinal There has never been a female cardinal, but since Pope Francis took charge in Rome eight 
  8. Irish Sunday Times tips a Trinity College professor of gender as first

    protectthepope.com/?p=8999‎ 5 hours ago
    Prof Linda Hogan is a signatory of the so called ‘Catholic Scholars tipped internationally to be the Catholic church’s first female cardinal.
  9. Newstalk – Irish woman may be first female cardinal

    www.newstalk.ie/Irish-woman-may-be-first-femalecardinal‎ 8 hours ago
    International speculation grows that Linda Hogan may be appointed. The Catholic Church’s first female cardinal may be Irish. There is 
  10. Trinity Professor Tipped as First Female Cardinal: There has been

    universitytimes.ie/?p=21473&utm…rss…femalecardinal‎ 10 hours ago
    Trinity Professor Tipped as First Female Cardinal There has been international speculation that Vice-Provost of Trinity, Linda Hogan, could be 
  11. Libreprensa – Sacred College of Cardinals

    libreprensa.com/k/Sacred%20College%20of%20Cardinals/1014859‎ 54 mins ago
    Linda Hogan is being tipped as a contender to become the Vatican’s first female cardinal. A woman has never held the title, and while current 
  12. Will Pope Francis Appoint A Woman Cardinal? – DavidMixner.com

    www.davidmixner.com/pope-francis/

    College, started a post on his Facebook page recently by reportedly soliciting nominees for the first female cardinal.

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<> on May 18, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.Papa Frank is a romantic.

According to RomeReports:

Each week, Pope Francis breaks down barriers between him and the pilgrims at Wednesday’s General Audience. But even so, finding a good spot to see him at St. Peter’s Square is tough, not everyone can be front and center. But the privileged group who can have easy access to the front of the line are newlyweds. All the couple needs is to don their wedding gowns, and access is virtually guaranteed. …Pope Francis greets each newlywed couple personally, once the General Audience ends. These two couples were among the forty or so that made it to this week’s audience.

@PONTIFEXCELLENT: All Saints

<> on May 18, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.Today is All Saints Day, the time in the liturgical calendar when we remember those who have gone before us into the More – that Great Cloud of Witnesses who crowd the bleachers and cheer us on while the rest of us play out the game of Life in this mortal coil.

But what is a saint? The Bible says we all are – those of us who know and love God.

Today in St. Peter’s Square, before reciting the Angelus, Papa Frank had a few things to say about saints. This was my favorite bit:

“The saints are friends of God,” he said. But they “are not superheroes, nor were they born perfect. They are like us, each one of us.”

“Friends of God.”

“Like us, each one of us.”

Selah.

According to Catholic News Service, Papa Frank continued, saying:

“The saints are men and women who have joy in their hearts and bring it to others. Never hate, serve others — the neediest, pray and be joyful, this is the path of holiness.”

The pope said the saints’ message to women and men today is to “trust in the Lord because he never disappoints.”

“He’s a good friend who is always at our side,” he said.

With the example of the way they lived their lives, the saints encourage all Christians “to not be afraid to go against the tide or to be misunderstood and derided when we speak about (Jesus) and the Gospel.”

Frederick Buechner (aka St. Freddie of Rupert to my tribe) said this about saints and I love its imagery and simplicity: “In his holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchiefs. Those handkerchiefs are called saints.”

It’s been almost a year since my father, Muzzy, (who always carried white cloth handkerchief) passed over into the More. He now sits next to my Aunts Mary and Patti and Carol and Joan and Jeannie, my Uncles Satch and Ceasar, Grammy and Poppy Page and Grampy Falsani and Nellie; my dear friend David Kuo who left us last year, my favorite professors, Jimma Young and Arthur Holmes; Seamus and Bob and Iris and Kirsty and Mr. Chevron (in the section reserved for Irish hooligans); Johnny and Ravi and Lou and Buddy and Billy with the band; sweet Naomi, Tom and Henri and Jack and Flannery; Vasco’s birth mother and father, Edina and Sylvester, and his siblings who died before him; and my beloved, pretty-fucking-close-to-a-superhero-in-real-life buddy, Mr. Mark, and all the others gathered in the cloud of witnesses in the cheering section just on the other side of the veil.

allsaints2013

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DEBUTING A NEW FEATURE HERE AT THE DUDE ABIDES…

Because we all know that Papa Frank is mah boo and you should love him too. Here’s the first in a series of daily reasons why…

 

<> on May 18, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.

So, over the weekend, thousands of Catholic families jammed St. Peter’s Square to hear Papa Frank give an address on the Year of Faith. In the middle of things, a little boy wandered up on stage and walked over the pope. (See some awesome gifs of the whole exchange via Buzzfeed HERE). Rather than shoo the tyke away, Papa Frank – BECAUSE HE’S SO FRIGGIN’ AWESOME – just let the kid do his thing, eventually inviting him to take a seat in the papal chair when the pontiff had to get up to greet grown-up dignitaries.

Here are a couple of photos of the encounter (take a moment to pray for strength so you don’t crumple from the overwhelming cuteness):

via Osservatore Romano / Reuters
via Osservatore Romano / Reuters
AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino
AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino
via Osservatore Romano / Reuters
via Osservatore Romano / Reuters
via Osservatore Romano / Reuters
via Osservatore Romano / Reuters