Monday, January 13, 2014

The New Cardinals: Whom Pope Francis Desired, Whom Not

(Vatican) At the end of the Sunday Angelus, Pope Francis announced the names of the new cardinals earlier than expected, that on 22 February he will raise cardinals during his first extraordinary conistoriums of  his pontificate. There will be 19 new cardinals, 16 of which will be eligible to vote in a conclave and thus are under 80 . What can be read out of the appointments? In which direction is the  Argentine Pope aiming?

No More "Automatic" Cardinals 

The appointments follow largely what had already predicted (see separate report , The New Cardinals by Pope Francis - Essay on  Topography ). The list of newly appointed cardinals shows that Pope Francis does not intend to observe the Archbishop seats  that are connected from ancient times to the dignity of Cardinal. At least not those of the so-called First World. The Pope makes his decisions as he wants, as as an autocratic ruler. So in engaging the Petrine ministry he shall serve it more extensively than his predecessors, especially Pope Benedict XVI. The certainty with which the  archbishops had previously automatically counted on the dignity of cardinal, no longer exists. This will affect especially Italy, the USA and Belgium this time. Among those unrecognized is the Archbishop of Turin, Monsignor Cesare Nosiglia. Italy will no longer have in future eight resident cardinals   in the conclave. This does not mean that it might not happen to the archbishop of Lyon, Vienna, Munich or Barcelona tomorrow.

South Axis

Second, the pope is moving the axis in the direction of the church senate to the southern hemisphere. He has taken the first step,   should he maintain the cut, the next conclave will be much of Latin America, Africa and Asia. Those not  considered  included the Eastern Churches united with Rome, especially the martyred churches of the Middle East, but also the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Direction of decision: for the  Ratzingerianer Sanctioned Moraglia (Venice) and Leonard (Brussels)

Third,  the first appointment round shows a directional decision. Pope Francis is continuing his distance towards the understanding of the Church Benedict XVI.. What the German theologian Pope accomplished against fierce opposition, the renewal of the Catholic Church by returning to the essentials, especially in the liturgy, the two thousand years of tradition, and the interpretation of the Second Vatican Council away from decomposing experiments and destructive fractures towards a recovery of the continuity, the new Pope wants to cancel possible. After restructuring the staff  of the Roman Curia, which is still in progress, the Ratzingerianers have also been significantly excluded in the cardinal appointments. This refers to those church leaders who were close in a special way to the predecessor Pope in representing his line. This is especially true for the Patriarch Francesco Moraglia of Venice and Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard of Mechelen-Brussels. Especially in Belgium, where the church is suffering from the sustained bombardment by radical opponents of the Church, and Archbishop Leonard has already had to endure numerous scandalous attacks against his person, including two Femen attacks, this recognition would have been a signal of his  support and assistance in the Cardinal's stand. Pope Francis has since appointed  the less exposed Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster as cardinal, who had been recently reprimanded for the toleration of "homo-Mass" by the Congregation, speaks against Archbishop Leonard not for the fact that he heads a European diocese, but his "conservative" disposition.

The "Protégé" and the Church Policy of Francis

It has already been speculated that the Pope could use the cardinal surveys to also drive Italian church policy, though he had just explained the withdrawal of the Pope from the Catholic Bishops' Conference applied to his program. While traditional seats like the Archbishop of Turin and Venice in particular came up empty-handed, the one because he is Italian, the other because he belongs to the Italians and in the wrong direction, an Italian bishop was raised to cardinal, heading no "cardinalatial" diocese. Archbishop Gualtiero Bassetti of Perugia is Vice-President of the Italian Bishops' Conference for Central Italy and is considered a "protégé" of the Pope. Although Pope Francis suggested to waive his prerogative to appoint the chairman and the secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference, he appointed recently not only a new secretary, but did it against any practice in complete isolation. He appointed Archbishop Bassetti,  a member of the Congregation for Bishops, and his elevation to the cardinal  state nowadays suggests that he soon wants to replace the current President of the Italian Bishops' Conference  appointed by  Benedict XVI., Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco by Bassetti. 
Archbishop Bassetti took part in a 2011 liturgy by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in a celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite, in which two sisters of the Institute took their  perpetual vows with his blessing. In the same year he celebrated Holy Sacrifice of the Mass itself in the Old Latin in Perugia, where the Franciscans of the Immaculate assisted him at the altar.
The same as in Italy with the affront Patriarch Moraglia and the appointment of Archbishop Massetti happened in the Philippines. Instead appointing  Archbishop Jose S. Palma vo Cebu to  the chief shepherd of the largest Archdiocese and Chairman of the Philippine Bishops' Conference of the Catholic-rich island nation, Pope Francis chose the Pastor of a subordinated Archdiocese, which has never been connected to the dignity of Cardinal.
With Bishop Chibly Langlois from the Caribbean island of Haiti we find a purple bearer who doesn't even possess an archbishopric.

Monsignor Capovilla and the Signal-like Award for the Council

Among the three "personally" appointed cardinals,  priests and theologians  who have already completed their 80th year of life and are no longer eligible to vote in the conclave, falls on mainly to the 98 year old Archbishop Loris Francesco Capovilla, the talkative former personal secretary of Pope John XXIII. Pope Francis had asked him only a month after his election to Rome to meet with him. In addition to the out of protocol canonization of Pope John XXIII. is this another award for the Second Vatican Council? Emeritus Archbishop of Pamplona, ​​Monsignor Fernando Sebastián Aguilar CMF, however, is the Pope's person of trust with regard to the Church in Spain.

The List of New Cardinals

Roman Curia
  • Pietro Parolin, Titular Archbishop of Acquapendente, Secretary of State
  • Lorenzo Baldisseri, Titular Archbishop Diocletiana, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops
  • Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Archbishop, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith
  • Beniamino Stella, Titular Archbishop of Midila, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
Resident cardinals
  • Europe
  • Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster (United Kingdom)
  • Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia-Città della Pieve (Italy)
  • North America
  • Gérald Cyprien Lacroix Archbishop of Québec (Canada)
  • Latin America
  • Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano, Archbishop of Managua (Nicaragua)
  • Orani João Tempesta OCIS, Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
  • Mario Aurelio Poli, Archbishop of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Ricardo Ezzati Andrello SDB, Archbishop of Santiago del Cile (Chile)
  • Chibly Langlois, Bishop of Les Cayes (Haiti)
  • Africa
  • Jean-Pierre Kutwa, Archbishop of Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
  • Philippe Ouedraogo Nakellentuba, Archbishop of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
  • Asia
  • Andrew Yeom Soo Young, Archbishop of Seoul (Korea)
  • Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, Archbishop of Cotabato (Philippines)

The Pope, not easily forget

  As expected,  the French Dominican Jean-Louis Bruguès who had fallen from grace with Pope Francis. The Pope from Argentina has already dismissed him from the Congregation of Education and sent him to the post of Librarian and Archivist of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Father Bruguès had opposed the appointment of Victor Manuel Fernandez as the Rector of the Catholic University of Buenos Aires. But the then  then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, wanted him to have this post. Fernandez is considered a special faithful companion of the current Pope and his speechwriter. Pope Francis does not forget so easily.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Tempi
Trans: Tancred


  1. So if you did not know the names of all the cardinals why did you not seek them out before your wrote such rubbish? Where is God in all of this?

    1. Probably the same place He was when Julius II stormed Mirandola and took it.

    2. Heads were severed there becareful!

    3. Sounds like a personal problem.

    4. How rubbish? It appears as if you just don't agree.

  2. "...and the interpretation of the Second Vatican Council away from decomposing experiments and destructive fractures towards a recovery of the continuity...."
    Benedict XVI was doing all this?!? This is sheer revisionism. he was a liberal modernist in ecumenism and interconfessionalism as all the documentary evidence demonstrates; he continued with a modified Novus Ordo with a few latin additions; he wanted a hybrid liturgy not the full Latyin Mass; his SP demanded that we recognise the NO as a prerequisite to having the Latin Mass as of right; he continued to pander to the NO with 888 beatifications and canonisations - more pro rata than the factory of saints of JPII; he wanted to fool us into believing the VCII was a continuity not a rupture but this flies in the face of objective liturgical and pastoral realities. Come on, this idea of the last pope as a bastion of tradition is a total fantasy- he was as liberal as they come and he wanted to inveigle The SSPX into the modernist lair in order to neutralise & dismantle it which Bishop Fellay is busy doing anyway piece by piece and priest by priest; read all his works and you will find as many doctrinal time bombs as the Councils left in theirs. Will the real Chardinesque liberal modernist Pope Benedict XVI please stand up.

    1. Pope Benedict XVI was restoring tradition, certainly not a declared enemy to it. The only way I can understand his tolerance for people like +++Schoenborn, is to put it in the historical context. If Benedict XVI tolerated the German hierarchy, both Bl. Pius IX and Leo XIII certainly tolerated the American one.

      I don't understand either of those cases, in fact, I don't understand bishops like +Tallyrand, but then, maybe I don't understand the Church or human nature very well.

    2. For me it's all about embracing and giving honor to the sons of perdition thereby dishonoring and disbelieving and denying Our Lord and his Church.

  3. ROFLMAO @ LeonG Idiot

  4. Johannes de SilentioJanuary 14, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    The one that concerns me most is refusing Moraglia the red hat. He is young (60, I believe) and might have been papabile in a future conclave. Perhaps Francis had other priorities in naming cardinals this time. But if Moraglia is passed over a second time, we can be certain he is perceived as a threat and being left aside because of views a variance with the modernist resurgence.

  5. what a sad lot you are from the article writer to many of the commentators. Your concerns are certainly not gospel concerns or even Good News but the frills of the institution. Get real, get out and evangelize and proclaim Christ

    1. You don't think "the frills of the institution" (by which I think you mean the sins of the Church's members) are a scandal to many who would otherwise come to the faith? This site shows there are Catholics who know the Church is still holy and who recognize that this doesn't automatically mean its members are perfect.

    2. An interesting insight to consider the frills of the institution to be the sins of the churches members. I had seen the frills as the petty concerns expressed above about the church - yes sins too perhaps because it pulls people away from Christ as you snip and snide from your armchairs and electronic 'pulpits' like on this site. Holiness does not automatically come with titles, associating titles with 'established' places does create a tradition but God is a God of surprises and God shows it also throughout history but such change does frighten people, that what they understood as the norm is not being followed.
      Two thirds of Catholics live outside Europe and the US of A, including myself. Why clutter the College of Cardinals with people who do not reflect the face of the Church / people of God? The fruits of missionary work are showing, its imperfections too, and in the main it is the Gospel that gives life to the broken and suffering lives that is its mainstay. May this Gospel of life be a renewal for the Church today. Blessings from Edward Phillips

    3. Judas was worried about "frills" too. I think it's the esssence of modernist clergy to be concerned about the cost of the perfume and incense rather than He to Whom it is offered.

  6. " the pope is moving the axis in the direction of the church senate to the southern hemisphere. He has taken the first step, should he maintain the cut, the next conclave will be much of Latin America, Africa and Asia."

    You seem not to be aware that 50% of Latin America, 67% of Africa and 99% of Asia are in the NORTHERN Hemisphere. :

    1. Geography 101 is down the hall professor.

    2. How can a catholic follow two popes?

      There is Pope Francis and there is Pope Emeritus.
      Pope Francis cannot lose the plot because it appears to me that he never had it and Pope Emeritus had the plot but subsequently lost it.

      As I said elsewhere both men must properly resign now and stop abusing the title of Pope.


    3. It wouldn't be the first time we've had more than one Pope.....