Why the name?

"Holy Conversation" does sound like an exceptionally pious name, even for a parish blog. And we can't guarantee that everything here will meet the high standard the name implies. But the phrase comes from the story of our patron saint, and we think it fits. Here's why.

St. Scholastica was a sixth-century abbess who, according to the Dialogues of Pope Gregory I, used to meet once a year with her brother, St. Benedict. On the last occasion they were together, they spent their time "satisfying each other's hunger for holy conversation about the spiritual life."

We hope that this blog can become a place where the members of our parish can find a taste of the companionship and conversation that Scholastica and Benedict enjoyed so much. Welcome!

Monday, February 11, 2013

For information on Pope Benedict's resignation

If you would like more information about Pope Benedict’s resignation and the process of papal transition, this webpage from America magazine’s site is a good place to start: http://americamagazine.org/papal-transition#resign.  

For news in general, the America website is a good one (The magazine is published by the Jesuits): http://americamagazine.org.  The Catholic News Service is another place to go:  http://www.catholicnews.com/

To my mind, this is a good thing that Pope Benedict is doing.  For a long time, the tradition has been for popes to serve until death.  With all the complications that can arise at the end of life given our present medical technology, that tradition becomes problematic.  See this article written as Pope John Paul II's decline was becoming evident: http://americamagazine.org/issue/382/article/what-if-pope-became-disabled

Pope Benedict's resignation provides a precedent for declining popes in the future and I think that will be good for the Church.  It is a courageous move.

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