Monday, February 11, 2013
The last pope to step down was Gregory XII in 1415, who did so to end a civil war within the church.
Some Catholics reacted with shock Monday as Pope Benedict XVI announced his plans to resign on Feb. 28, 2013. The resignation comes during Lent, a time of penance and the liturgical season leading up to Christianity’s most important holiday, Easter. Read: Pope Benedict to Resign With his announcement, Benedict becomes the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years. On Monday, Diocese of Joliet Bishop Daniel Conlon expressed surprise at the pope’s decision. “Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to resign comes as a surprise to all of us. Yet, it is consistent with the humble disposition that I have come to recognize in him, both in my brief personal encounters with him and in his deportment generally as earthly shepherd of the Church,” Conlon said in…
A spokesman for the pontiff announced he will step down Feb. 28.
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning that he will resign, effective Feb. 28, according to the Associated Press. CNN reported that a spokesman for the pope did not give a reason for the decision, announced during a meeting of Vatican cardinals, but according to the AP, the 85-year-old pontiff cited his "advanced age and diminishing strength." The decision makes Benedict the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years, according to the AP report. Born Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI was chosen in 2005 to succeed the late Pope John Paul II. The Vatican could hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March, according to the AP.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Bishop Daniel Conlon, in addressing staff members who oversee child protection policies, said the church's reputation is almost as bad as it was during the Reformation.
The Catholic Church's failure to address and fix the widespread problem of sexual abuse in its ranks has left the reputation of its hierarchy "shredded," Diocese of Joliet Bishop Daniel Conlon told staffers. Conlon, who chaired the bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, said it was an "illusion" to believe the church could repair its credibility by implementing new policies on child protection while doing "some decent publicity." Conlon was quoted in a speech he gave in August to a conference of staffers who oversee child safety programs in American dioceses in an article in the Aug. 30 edition of Origins, according to the Religion News Service. The situation is akin to the Reformation, when "the episcopacy, …
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Volume of traffic coming and going at the Catholic church/school -- as many as 10,000 cars on weekends -- justifies the need for a light, the Rev. David Medow says.
The Rev. David Medow estimates as many as 10,000 cars make their way to St. Mary Immaculate Parish every weekend, ferrying church-goers to one of 11 masses held on Saturday and Sunday. Traffic volume is so great, in fact, that the church pays the Plainfield Police Department to help direct vehicles in to and out of the parish's parking lot at 15629 S. Route 59, Medow said. So two years ago, when church officials learned the state was going to widen Route 59 to four lanes through south Plainfield, they knew their chance to get a traffic signal had arrived, he said. "We approached (the Illinois Department of Transportation) about it in 2008, and they said, no, that wouldn't be possible," Medow said. "I knew we couldn't accept that answer…