Monday, July 2, 2012

Cardinal Levada Set to Retire With Longtime Intimate and San Francisco Colleague

Edit: many elderly retirees think of spending their golden years with a loved one.   Now that Cardinal Levada, a controversial figure in San Francisco, is about to retire, there's a relaxed feel about the prelate.  Perhaps it can be said that the present appointment of a neo-Pelagian Bishop to CDF from schismatic Germany, at least, is a zero sum game?

On the other hand, it's interesting, if not encouraging, to note where the outgoing prelate will  be spending at least some of his time as he retires, and with whom.  Whispers in the Loggia has noted that the Prince of the Church will share a house in Long Beech. The quote from Robert Brown which +Levada read at his brother prelate's golden jubilee was particularly touching.

Speaking of retirement, while the new prefect-emeritus has long been understood as keen to return to the West Coast, Levada will remain a member of several key Curial offices until his 80th birthday in June 2016.[Ugh]
For many years, the cardinal has owned a condo in his hometown of Long Beach, sharing the getaway with his closest friend of nearly 60 years and successor in San Francisco, Archbishop George Niederauer, whose own transition from office is likewise expected in short order.
Referring to the nearing end of their ministries in his homily at the San Fran Mass marking Niederauer's golden jubilee of priesthood in late April, Levada quoted the poet Robert Browning: "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made. Our times are in his hand who saith, 'A whole I planned, youth shows but half; Trust God: See all, nor be afraid!'"
Having ordained this year's class of priests and transitional deacons just yesterday in his now-former charge, the incoming prefect will take up residence in Rome in time for the Curia's mid-September return from the traditional summer recess. Müller was scheduled to hold a press conference on his appointment as the announcement was made in Rome.

If you read further into the article by Whispers in the Loggia, you'll notice that Rocco insists incredibly that Cardinal Lehman is a conservative.


Aged parent said...

How nice. A couple of aging poofs spending their retirement years together.

Are you pleased, Benedict, that these two have sullied the reputation of the Church for so many years while enjoying your protection and admiration? Are you really pleased?

Anonymous said...

First we hear Rigali is headed to his intimate's newly built retirement home they will share in Tenn and now this?
Meanwhile, catholic parents wonder where they can safely go to receive the sacraments with their children and worry about their retirements in the knowledge their own hard earned pensions are gone!
Nothing mnore in the basket!

Tancred said...

I wouldn't begrudge a Bishop a retirement. Most of them work like dogs. But this kind of flaunting is insufferable.

Anonymous said...

I am about to throw up and I have not even had my first cup of coffee.

I think it is the epistle to the Ephesians that tells us we must expose these deeds of darkness, these deeds of unrighteousness. So for exposing this matter, I thank you.

With each story I read like this, and now the story about Rigali, I experience more of a total disconnect with B16 and the entire Vatican hierarchy. Nothing wrong with hierarchies so long as they are not totally contaminated with moral filth.