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Blessed Pope John XXIII Quiz — Ahead Of The April 27, 2014 Canonization.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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1)  When did the future pope arrive in Rome for Pius XII’s (#261) funeral and where did he stay in Rome prior to the conclave?

2)  Who was the Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church in charge of the 1958 sede vacante and when had he been appointed as such?

3)  Starting the day after Pius XII’s funeral, i.e., October 14, Cardinal Roncalli, wearing the obligatory purple cassock, started attending the daily pre-conclave, ‘general congregation’ meetings that were held in the Vatican’s Consistory Hall. All cardinals in Rome are expected to attend these collegial, cardinals-only gathering where they deal with all of the logistical issues pertaining to the sede vacante, in particular the conclave. [General congregations prior to the funeral would have dealt with the funeral arrangements.] The general congregations attended by Cardinal Roncalli had to deal with a rather unusual and quite unappealing ‘problem’ – that most of the time would have been outside their normal purview. What was this ‘problem’ that they as a group handled with aplomb on October 20th, five days prior to the conclave?

4)  What single action by Cardinal Roncalli in the early days of his pre-conclave stay in Rome has since been interpreted as proof positive that he was indeed aware and sensitive to the possibility that he would be the next pope?

5)  During the afternoons of his pre-conclave stay in Rome, following the general congregations in the mornings, Cardinal Roncalli would try to visit some of his favorite churches in Rome. Having spent eight years in Rome, from 1900 to 1904 and 1921 to 1925, first as a young seminarian and then as a curialist, Angelo Roncalli had a history with some of the Roman churches. Early on in the sede vacante he visited two churches. First, Santa Maria (Regina Cœli) in Montesanto [St. Mary (Queen of Heaven) on the Holy Mountain], the church facing the northern gate of the Aurelian Walls, where he had been ordained 54 years ago, on August 10, 1904. Then, the minor basilica of (Sant’Ambrogio) e Carlo al Corso [a church dedicated to St. Charles (Carlo) Borromeo], on Via del Corso, where he had been consecrated as the titular Archbishop of Areopoli on March 19, 1925. On Wednesday, October 22, 1958, he visited the crypt of St. Peter’s where he had celebrated his first Mass the day after his ordination. [q.v. #31] What were the last two churches that he was known to have visited, on Thursday, October 23rd, two days prior to the start of the conclave?

6)  What were the prevailing sentiments ahead of the 1958 conclave vis-à-vis the selection of the next pope?

7)  Who were the papabili leading up to the 1958 conclave?

8)  What was the ‘cell’ assigned to Cardinal Roncalli for the conclave?

9)  What was the seating arrangement for the cardinal electors at this 1958 conclave – a tradition that was to soon end since this was to be the last conclave where the number of cardinals met what long held criteria?

10)  How many cardinals attended the 1958 conclave and what where the demographics?

11)  How many rounds of balloting were supposed to have taken place in the 1958 conclave and when did these ballots take place?

12)  What is the conjecture as to the supposed voting at the 1958 conclave?

13)  Upon accepting his canonical election, the new pope was asked by the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Tisserant, as to what name he wished to be known by. He replied Vocabor Johannes (I will be called John). This name had not been used by a pope since the time of the opportunistic, schematic, onetime bona fide buccaneer, antipope John (XXIII) [1410 to 1415]. He had been an antipope during the latter stages of the Great Western Schism that, in the end, had three competing claimants for the papacy.

14)  What was the long cherished conclave tradition, inexplicably overlooked by his two predecessors, viz. Pius XI (#260) & Pius XII (#261), that was joyfully reinstated by the newly elected John XXIII?

15)  Is it at all conceivable that Cardinal Giuseppe Siri, per the ‘Siri Thesis’, received thirty-five or more votes at some point during the 1958 conclave and was elected pope only for that election to be overruled and overturned?

16)  John XXIII, in what would become a practice emulated by John Paul I (#264), John Paul II (#265), Benedict XVI (#266) and Francis (#267), asked the cardinal electors to spend another night with him ‘in conclave’ so that he could seek counsel from them over dinner in a family atmosphere. The pope seeking this extension caused some unexpected disruptions to the proceedings. This necessitated the new pope having to make two early pronouncements. What transpired and what did the pope have to say?

Some of these are easy. The answers to some of these can be found in my ‘The Next Pope (2011)‘ or one of the ‘Conclave‘ books.

IF you are still intrigued and stuck on any of the others, these 16 questions happen to be the 16 ‘bullets’ from “Pope John XXIII: 101 Facts & Trivia“.

Sorry To Learn Of The Death Of Portuguese Cardinal Jose da Cruz Policarpo, Patriarch Emeritus of Lisbon My #7 Papabile In 2011.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Vatican announcement. Click to access original at VIS.

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I have done quite a few posts about him on my ‘Popes and Papacy’. Click for this post and through it … others.

I liked him. I even considered him papabile in myThe Next Pope 2011book. He even came in at #7 whereas ‘Francis’ was #10!

78. Not a bad age in the scheme of things. I will miss him.

Today, ‘Pi Day’, Is A Good Time To Stare At ‘Prospect Mountain High School’, Alton, N.H., NECAP Math Scores And Ponder.

20120214-piday-3Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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Prospect Mountain NECAP scores from the NH State Dept. of Education Website. Click to ENLARGE. Get your own original copy from: http://reporting.measuredprogress.org/NHProfile/default.aspx

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Alton Central Math NECAP from 3 years ago for Grade 8. Again from NH State. Use same link as shown above. Click to ENLARGE.

Alton Central Math NECAP from 3 years ago for Grade 8. Again from NH State. Use same link as shown above. Click to ENLARGE.

I just happened to see the ‘Prospect Mountain High School’ (PMHC) NECAP scores for Math in the newspaper yesterday. My immediate reaction was that this was a ‘typo’ and it could NOT be as stated. So early this morning, around 12:50 am, after I had finished translating some Pope John XXIII quotes from their original Italian into ‘my English’ I went in search of the raw NECAP data for 2014-2013 from the State.

Easy enough to find. Wow. Sure enough, there was NO mistake. Only 36% of the PHMC kids made ‘Level 3’ — Proficient. NONE made ‘Level 4’ — Proficient with Distinction. WOW. This is when it gets really scary. That 36% is ‘better’ than the State average, though across the State 3% make ‘Level 4’ whereas PHMC has none.

But given my computer background, it got me thinking. Though it was getting late (and close to my bedtime) I wanted to see how SOME of these kids had fared 3 years earlier when they were in Grade 8. Yes, I know I should have pulled up both Barnstead and Alton, but I just do this for the heck of it — so I only just pulled up the Alton Central (ACS), Grade 8 scores for ‘2011 – 2010’. Well some of these kids who where in ACS 2010 — 2011 and took that test should have been at PMHC last year — and taking the PMHC NECAP. Wow. The ACS scores are pretty good!

Yes, given that I am not a total moron (as the ACS School Board likes to refer to me) but just a partial one, I do appreciate that 8th grade math is different from 11th grade math. [Yes, just for the record, though I have a healthy contempt for formal education, I did do ‘Advanced’ & ‘Pure’ math for my Master’s (and that was not at some rinky dink online College) but at the ‘University of London‘, London, U.K. (and yes, thank you, I did get a Master’s (with the Mark of Distinction) in 1979.] To me it would appear that there is something wrong.

Yes, I fully agree with ‘Fitz’ that ‘TEST THAT MEANS NOTHING …‘. Halleluiah.

I am delighted to see that N.H. is considering legislation to BAN any and all testing in schools for 2 years. Halleluiah.

It is what the kids know HOW TO DO what matters.

I don’t believe in formal education THOUGH I fully understand that I would not be sitting here IF not for the AMAZING formal education that I did receive — the most and the best of it in Ceylon, in crowded, ill-equipped classrooms with 60 kids per class. But then again I recall that IBM, my first (and most formative) employer, did NOT require a degree from me — though they found me at an University. There job offer to me in 1973, when I was in my 2nd year, was ‘unconditional‘ — i.e., I could start working for them then and there without a degree! So, they too didn’t put much stock in whether I finished my ‘basic’ higher education (though four years later, not only did they pay for me to get a Master’s, but also gave me a day and a half off each week to attend classes, which really didn’t make much difference because I put in huge amounts of hours each week because I loved what I was doing — and all the time I also spent, at IBM, drinking, playing cricket, shooting, setting up an archery club and playing with model trains!

I like to learn things on my own and my own pace. Though I went to University, twice, the first time around I did not attend many classes — attending classes not mandatory in the British system of those bygone days. For a start, on principle, I would not attend any classes that started before 11 am — UNLESS they were on the theory of computer programming. Those I attended because they interested me. I used my 3 years mainly to party and to use all the resources at my disposal — computers, more computers, physics labs and a library. I did my own thing and scraped by the annual exams, in June, to pass through to the next year — and get my first degree, B. Sc. (Hons.) in Computer Technology. I must have been doing something right if IBM offered me a job in my 2nd year — all because they had heard from a number of lecturers that there was a long-haired, semi-wild, moron who wrote code and helped postgrads debug their programs. While at IBM, with the blessing of management, I spent 60% of my time doing MY OWN thing. I learnt everything that carried me over for the next 20 years of my life during those 5 years at IBM — doing my own thing! Hence my disdain for formal education. Ditto with astronomy, ditto with popes. I prefer to learn things on my own.

But, I am a moron and I would NOT want anybody else to end up with the hard life I have endured. So maybe formal education and testing must have a place. Yes, both my older kids have degrees (from reputable universities) and my eldest daughter has her Master’s. But, I never once asked them or talked to them about going to College. That was their choice — influenced by their mother. Ditto for the two younger kids. I would never pressurize them into going to College. If they don’t want to go to College that would be fine with me. So, I am with ‘Fitz’ and the NH legislature. We can do without testing — as long as we are all cool with our kids not going to College. [Yes, I will confess, that I have taught Higher Education too — but I wasn’t thinking. When I realized what I was doing I promptly quit!]

Anyway, my deed is done. Must move on. Popes beckon.

Bottom line, while I fully concur with ‘Fitz’ that (to paraphrase) ‘tests mean nothing’, I still have a nagging feeling that something is wrong, very wrong, with the NECAP Math scores I am seeing.

Maybe the teachers and kids are just NOT getting enough pie.

Malaysian Airlines MH370: Is Anybody Checking Craigslist For Used Boeing 777 Parts (Some Painted White)?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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Remember that WAY BACK on Monday, 72 hours ahead of anyone else, I posted that there is a chance that the plane was landed and that this was the aviation equivalent of ‘carjacking‘.

I now have a better word for this: this could be the start of airline piracy (and by that I don’t mean airlines gouging us with inflated ticket prices).

They commandeer ships … right? Why not planes?

On Monday I was, given my unusual, by any standard, thought processes, already thinking about them chopping up this Boeing 777 for parts. Has to be worth many, many millions. I suspect that there is a kind of synergy in aircraft parts — i.e., the sum of the parts is worth more than the whole. Plus all the baggage — which is bound to contain fair amounts of jewelry and electronics. Devanee asked me what could have happened to the poor passengers. Having grown up on the Indian Ocean — all I can think is: lot of sharks in there.

I have from the start, i.e., Monday, expressed my contempt for the supposed competence of the Malaysians — and I fully appreciate that as a fellow Asian it is easier for me to get away with making fun of other ‘brownies’, as I often do, than for a white person. I know that. I abuse that. [[ SMILE ]] But, contrary to what folks think I am quite tactful in my own peculiar way. Yes, I have mentioned that Malaysians are best known, among other Asians, for their skills at manual labour. But, until today, I refrained using ‘the word’ I use to hear most often, growing up in Ceylon, when it came to Malaysians. But, given how badly they have screwed up I feel morally obliged to share ‘that word’ with you because it so beautifully portrays everything we have seen and heard them do. “Coolies“. Not a bad word. Just a descriptive (British) oriental word for ‘unskilled labor’. That is what I best remember from Ceylon, in the 1960s, when it came to Malaysians — and we had a few plus ‘we’ did trade with them. Coolies. Q.E.D.

Cell Phones: I have been thinking more and more about this. Eventually came to the conclusion that this area was ‘remote’ enough that there was NO cell services and that the plane did not have ‘GOGO’ type plane-to-cell capability. I haven’t had the time to check. [Yes, I am busy. Started on another book last night.] IF there was any cell bandwidth the Chinese onboard would have found it and would have been using it. I have heard NO MENTION of any cell traffic. So, I am assuming that there were NO CALLS, whatsoever, made from MH370 after it took off. IF there were calls — then we should have been told.