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FATIMA PERSPECTIVES FROM THE PAPAL CONCLAVE - On Twittering Cardinals

FATIMA PERSPECTIVES FROM THE PAPAL CONCLAVE - On Twittering Cardinals

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When Cardinal Roger Mahony arrived at the Vatican to take part in the papal conclave, and before the General Congregations of the College of Cardinals began, he was required to place his hand on a Bible and swear an oath to observe “rigorous secrecy with regard to all matters in any way related to the election of the Roman Pontiff.” I repeat: all matters in any way related to the election of the Roman Pontiff. There is no wiggle room here.
When Cardinal Roger Mahony arrived at the Vatican to take part in the papal conclave, and before the General Congregations of the College of Cardinals began, he was required to place his hand on a Bible and swear an oath to observe “rigorous secrecy with regard to all matters in any way related to the election of the Roman Pontiff.” I repeat: all matters in any way related to the election of the Roman Pontiff. There is no wiggle room here.

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FATIMA PERSPECTIVESFROM THE PAPAL CONCLAVE
Article No. 2
On Twittering Cardinals
by Christopher A. Ferrara
March 11, 2013When Cardinal Roger Mahony arrived at the Vatican to take part in the papalconclave, and before the General Congregations of the College of Cardinals began, hewas required to place his hand on a Bible and swear an oath to observe “rigorous secrecywith regard to
all matters in any way related 
to the election of the Roman Pontiff.” Irepeat:
all 
matters in
any
way related to the election of the Roman Pontiff. There is nowiggle room here.Mahony promptly violated the oath by sending a “tweet” to his Twitter followingregarding the progress of the General Congregations being conducted in secret. As NBCnews reported,Mahony breached confidentiality by sending the following message:
 
Days of General Congregations reaching a conclusion. Setting of date for Conclavenearing. Mood of excitement prevails among Cardinals.” This sort of breathless“bulletin” from within the Congregations is precisely what the oath of secrecy wasdesigned to prevent.But the oath was no deterrent to Cardinal Mahony, any more than he was deterredfrom attending the conclave after Archbishop Jose Gomez, who replaced him upon hisretirement, stripped him of his public ministry. That unprecedented discipline of acardinal by an archbishop came after the files Mahony had litigated for years to keepsecret revealed his central role in concealing the activities of homosexual predator priestsand shuttling them beyond the jurisdiction of courts and law enforcement agencies. If Mahony had anything resembling a sense of decency he would have absented himself from the conclave. But this is a man without shame. The prelate that Pope John Paul IInicknamed “Hollywood” would never consider missing the Big Show and his role in it.It seems Mahony is not the only cardinal who tweets. At least nine cardinals haveTwitter accounts (which is actually an encouragingly low number). According to onearticle these Twitter-addicted prelates are getting in as many tweets as they can beforethey enter the Sistine Chapel, which will be surrounded by an electronic barrier that has been erected on the assumption that the vow of secrecy would be violated by other cardinals as well.Cardinal Dolan, not surprisingly, is one of the nine tweeting cardinals. Evidently,Dolan thinks it important that his followers receive such pearls as these: “Lord it is good
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