Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The white smoke appeared on Wednesday, signalling that the conclave had chosen Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new head of the Catholic Church.
At the news that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected to be the new pope, Catholics around the world reacted. "It is easy to see the hand of God in the election of Pope Francis," Msgr. James Mahoney of Corpus Christi Church in Chatham Township said. "He brings simplicity, love of the poor, and humility [to the office.]" Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of Paterson, who said, "The cardinals have expressed great confidence in [Bergoglio's] personal gifts and previous service to the Church, both in Argentina and internationally." Mahoney said the new Pope Francis "instantly seems to be a holy man. That can be more powerful than any force on earth." Details about the new Pope Francis, the first of that name, began to filter into …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI has announced he is relinquishing power at the end of the month.
The announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign for health reasons effective Feb. 28 "was both a surprise and not a surprise," Msgr. James Mahoney of Corpus Christi Church said. "It was a surprise because we are not used to a pope resigning. But it was not a surprise because he clearly has been getting more frail," Mahoney said Monday. Pope Benedict's decision to step down makes him the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to resign. When the College of Cardinals elects a new pope in conclave, the election is usually for life. "The demands of the papacy take a huge toll. In my opinion, this was a great act of humility on the part of Pope Benedict. He cared more about the good of the Church than he did about himself. That is a …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
James Mahoney wrote a homily following the shooting deaths of 27 people in Connecticut Friday.
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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Editor's note: The following is the homily written by Msgr. James Mahoney in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. on Friday. It was given at all Masses performed by Mahoney at Corpus Christi Church the weekend after the shooting. Especially since 9-11, our parish community has come together in this place to connect with those who have died, to mourn with those who are grieving, and to draw closer to God when we truly need God most. On Dec. 28, we observe the feast of the Holy Innocents – the children taken by King Herod who was afraid of the birth of the Messiah. We celebrated it early on Friday this week when, for reasons neither understood nor comprehensible, innocents were taken – and those who …