Friday, March 01, 2013

SEDE VACANTE

Long time and careful readers of the blog know that nothing fascinates us more than the Conclave of Cardinals and election of a new Pope.  The former Pope having stepped down officially yesterday, the Church entered what is formally known as "Sede Vacante": "vacant seat". In this case the seat vacant is the Holy See. When the Pope resigns or dies, much more than the loss of a Pope occurs. The Church is guided in the Pope's absence by the College Of Cardinals. The Roman Curia  resigns when a Pope leaves office, although Papal diplomats still continue to represent the Vatican overseas, and the Cardinal who manages the Vatican properties and collects the rents  (the Cardinal Camerlengo) does not resign either. The Major Penitentiary- who is the head of the Apostolic Penitentiary- is the another of the three Vatican officials who do not resign during the Sede Vacante.  The MP is the official that has jurisdiction over the absolution of excommunication; the dispensation of sacramental impediments and the issuance and governance of Church Indulgences. The other fascinating thing about the MP is that if he is a member of the College of Cardinal Electors he is only one of three electors allowed to communicate with the outside world so as to allow him to discharge his duties. The other two Cardinal Electors who can communicate with the outside world during a conclave to elect a Pope are the Vicar of Rome and the Vicar of Vatican City. 
The Vatican issues a special postage stamp during these times: sede vacante stamps,  and the Coat of Arms of the Holy See changes: instead of the Papal Tiara over the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven, there is an "Umbraculum" or a little umbrella over the Keys. 

All in all, it's a fascinating time. 

GOODBYE STEPHEN HARPER:
One of the very best Assistant Public Defenders has left the PDs office for a new career of teaching. They don't come any better than Steve Harper and this community was lucky to have such a talented and dedicated lawyer serving the community for over two decades. Good luck Steve. 

DOM is monitoring the Khan- Pakistani - terror trial deliberations. His blog covered some fascinating jury questions including whether the doctrine of separation of Church and State applied to the arrest of the Imam. Almost thirty years in this business and we still never can figure out exactly what a jury is thinking. 

Cool weekend coming up. Read the blog and stay warm




11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sequester is here. The Pope is gone. Brown is leaving.

The end of days is near. The next sign of the pending apocalypse is 1) A Marlin's winning streak; 2) The Construction of a new Justice Building; 3) The appointment of a county court judge with "666" tattooed on their arm. That will be the final sign. So stock up on food, water, and groupons.

Holy Shumie Time! said...

The Pope left work early. First Papal Shumie in over 600 years.

Anonymous said...

I hate, loathe, and despise all things "shumie." Shumie posts are stupid and do nothing to advance the blog. Nevertheless, the papal shumie was actually kind of funny. Jeez, have I become a victim of shumie stockholm sydrome?

GB said...

Two cardinals visited my window this morning as I drank my Bloody Mary.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole - per favore quando parli delle facende al vaticano vi prego di informarvi ben bene con un vero catolico italiano. Secondo me, se il prossimo Papa non viene dal SudAmerica o Africa, la chiesa sara finita!!!

Anonymous said...

Can someone please tell me what this means? I am trying to figure this out:

FEDERAL CHARGE REMAND HOLD CIVIL NO CCH ENTRY

Thank you.

A Family Attorney

Anonymous said...

I know at least two lawyers who are out on the west coast negotiating with Dakota Fred to buy into his Honey Hole Klondike Alaskan gold mine. Parker Schnabel already has a new Miami financial backer and a half a dozen lawyers are looking at Bearing Sea gold mine dredges with the Pomrenkes. All in all I would say Gold fever has hit the Miami legal community.

Anonymous said...

Yo 11:57 family law dude. Your client caught a Shumie. Rough days dude.

Anonymous said...

Family Law Guy......

When they arrest someone on Federal charges and holds, they don't enter a statute number in the system. When they don't update the system with the Federal charges, printouts will reflect "no cch [criminal computer history] entry" as a result.

BTDT

Anonymous said...

2:54 -English please.

Anonymous said...

I just saw on eBay that someone is now auctioning the complete set of Sede Vacante stamps.