Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tonga, Xai Xai, Cape Verde Before Brussels, Venice and Turin -- The New Cardinals

(Madrid / Rome) The Spanish Catholic Church Historian and well-known blogger, Francisco de la Cigoña has published his interpretation of the new cardinals to be appointed by Pope Francis,   according to the motto: Let us be glad it could all have been worse.
Very  Franciscan and therefore very surprising he has created 20 new cardinals, fifteen voting and five  over 80 years of age.
It is thought that only the voters are important, but this is not so. The appointment of cardinals who have reached the age of 80, also has its importance. It reflects primarily whom the Church recognizes and provides information about the weights or the whims of a pope. A cardinal comes in rank before any bishop or bishop emeritus of whatever diocese. If one were to speak of the retired Bishop of Xai Xai, the vast majority do not even know where that is. But a Cardinal Langa has weight.

Next Cardinal Consistory by 2017 -  Lehmann's Departure Will be a "Great Day for the Church" 

Pope Francis has appointed five electors   more than Paul VI. which was determined with the maximum limit of 120. By March 2016, except given a sudden death, no seat will therefore be vacant in the electoral college of the Catholic Church.The Cardinals Naguib (18 March 2015), Rigali (April 19), De Paolis (September 19), Abril (September 21) and Mahony (27 February 2016) will be the next to complete 80 years of age and depart as voters. Their vacant seats are already occupied now by Pope Francis' appointments. It was not until the 80th birthday of Cardinal Terrazas on March 7, 2016 that a chair will be  vacant in the conclave again. It will take some time before the appointment of new cardinals is possible, probably in February 2017. Until then, besides Cardinal Terrazas more cardinals will have lost their right to vote: Dias on 14 April, and on May 16, 2016,  Lehmann.  What a great day it will be for the Church, Levada on June 15, Okogie on June 16, Turkotte on June 26, Ortega on October 18, Lopez Rodriguez on October 31, Antonelli on 18 November and Sarr on 28 November. By the end of 2016, eleven seats will be thus vacant.  Unless the Pope  changes Pope Paul VI's. fixed number of voters.

The Good News: No Cardinals Forte, Paglia, Hans Küng, Gutierrez or Casaldàliga

The good news is the announcement of the new cardinals followed by a reaction of relief. Some Church leaders believe Pope Francis  has clearly made the worst appointments. Worrying names for the Italians, Forte and Paglia, the papal ghostwriter Fernandez, or even unthinkable names such as Hans Küng, Gustavo Gutiérrez or Casaldàliga went by.
However, it must be said that the worst members of the College of Cardinals come from Pope Francis. This is also true for the now newly appointed cardinals. The worst among the new, so I am told, is the New Zealander, Dew, the Portuguese Clemente and the Uruguayan Sturla. The Patriarch of Lisbon is said to be  the best representative of the Portuguese episcopate, which is mediocre overall. His predecessor, Patriarch Policarpo was just a solemn booby and one can only hope that the new Cardinal does not behave the same way. Sturla of Montevideo seems to always be just a Salesian without education, as there are several of them that seem to have come to their posts as if by a win at gambling. 
It also tells me that one of the two newly appointed Italian diocesan bishops is bad, while others are said to be excellent. As a very good and also surprising appointment,  I can cite those of retired Italian Curia Representative, De Magistris.
Poor is the appointment of the Cardinal nepotist from Vietnam, who will sit in the near future in the electoral college. But we do not speak here of the Pope being in the right  mood  to honor a friend. 
Outstanding on the other hand is   Mexican Suarez and good and surprising is  the Spaniard Blazquez, who is a man of solid grounding in the Doctrine of the Faith. I rejoice with the Archdiocese of Valladolid. The last date archbishop, whose last created cardinal was born in 1838, Justo José Maria Cos y Macho. His cardinal appointment was in 1911 by Pope Saint Pius X.

Peripherism and Insularism - In the United States Probably Only The Bishop of Honolulu Had a Chance 

The Peripherism and Insularism of the Pope is what's surprising. The elevation of the Archbishop of Addis Ababa is understandable, as are those of Rangoon and Bangkok. But the Cape Verde Islands, Tonga and Xai Xai can only be ascribed to mood.  But that's what it is. The appointees are so obscure  that I at once had to look at the Pontifical Yearbook.  Pope Francis likes islands. On this occasion three. Two of them must be sought with the magnifying glass on the map.  In his first  consistory there were two such islands: Haiti and the Antilles.
I would imagine that there were not a few archbishops who were not considered, who will now ask: Why not me? To be honest, I was wondering that, and find no other answer than the one I have already mentioned. I suppose it is not issued to the archbishops. Mini-dioceses, such as Tonga and the Cape Verde islands will receive disproportionate weight in the Catholic Church. The Diocese of Tonga is three times as large as Liechtenstein and numbers 15,000 Catholics.  Does the appointment belong to the diocese, or - as it should be in principle - the reigning bishop? Anyway, no one has  ever heard of him.
In addition to  non-Roman Europe, especially in  the United States there will be the great absentee in this consistory. There will be no cardinal Cupich (Chicago), but neither a Cardinal Chaput (Philadelphia) or Gomez (Los Angeles).  It would probably have most likely  been the Bishop of Honolulu, also unknown to me, who had a chance because he comes from an island.
Clearly, however, it seems the papacy  will deduct the dignity of Cardinal of Venice and Turin. The appointment of the bishops of Perugia, Ancona-Osimo and Agrigento speak loud and clear.
Seven out of 20 new cardinals come from Europe. This is still a third. And yet only the Romanesque Southern Italy, Spain and Portugal have been considered as diocesan bishops actually. France got a curial official and the German-speaking area a 80-year old out of service diplomat. 

Some Candidates Are to "Hopeless Cases"

It seems to me that the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels, with regard to the dignity of Cardinal, has become a "hopeless case." The same is probably true for Moraglia, Patriarch of Venice, Archbishop Nosiglia of Turin. Cape Verde Islands, Tonga and Xai Xai are now above  Brussels, Venice and Turin.
Latin America gets Cardinals from Mexico, Panama and Uruguay as well as a consolation for Colombia and Argentina. The privileged continent seems to be Asia with Vietnam, Thailand and Burma. By contrast, the Japanese Catholicism  is pending, which it is likely to remain. But the real climbers are Oceania with the awarding of two cardinals  to New Zealand and Tonga. Three purple Birettas go to  Africa: Ethiopia, Cape Verde and Mozambique.
The religious communities receive four surveys a fifth of the new Cardinal dignities. Two Salesians, a missionary and an Augustinian, with me the favor of the Salesians seems unjustified.
Another oddity is revealed in the  Cardinal appointments by Pope Francis. The age of the appointees is driven to new heights. In February 2014, he created the 99 year old Loris Capovilla Cardinal because he was the secretary of John XXIII. In February 2015, he  will charge a 95-year-old cardinal with the Archbishop Emeritus of Manizales in Colombia. After all, behind Capovilla and Canestri, he became immediately the third oldest member of the College of Cardinals.
It is also remarkable that there are several under the  newly called, appointed just  before their retirements, which would preclude their voting in fact, while they are still able to vote in a conclave for at least five years. Among them are the archbishop of Hanoi (76), Archbishop of Ancona-Osimo (75) and the Archbishop of Morelia (75).
In sum: Let us be glad it could have been worse.
Translation: Giuseppe Nardi
image: La Cigueña de la Torre
Trans: Tancred


  1. Yes, you're right, hopeless cases, but, thank God, they're still catholic bishops, in the RCC there aren't many like them.God bless.

  2. If Pope Francis is keen to appoint cardinals from obscure corners of the globe, why not Kazakhstan and Bp Athanasius Schneider?!

    1. Tut-tut! he's a Neo-Pelagian!

    2. The bishop of Almaty is against tradition & the real Catholic Mass, while in the north Bp Athansius recommends it.

  3. I will have to disagree with the Author,The Salesians were appointed because it is the 200th birthday of the Founder this year,

  4. No USA Cardinals was a good thing. Archbishop Chaput is a neo-con, not a true Catholic. He speaks/acts as if the Catholic Church began with Vatican II.
    I have a feeling that Pope Francis is not going to live much longer than 18 months. From what I have read, there are so many Cardinals who voted for him, but are now against him (because they don't like his agenda, and didn't know what they were getting), that they would never vote for his kind again.
    I believe that Francis might have 1 more consistory in him after this one....a small consistory of less than 10 Cardinals...and this time he will, for forms sake if nothing else, appoint Moraglia in Venice, and 3-4 other good men out of the total.
    I still don't know who are the bad radical Cardinals in this bunch (except I've heard that the Salesian cardinals are bad, as is the Augustinian and the Patriarch of Lisbon.

  5. My heart breaks for Francesco Moraglia. It's a disgrace what has been done to him. Bergoglio has made a mockery of the College of Cardinals with his appointments. Rather than choose the best of the best (such as that is in this day and age), he has chosen to appoint obscure men who will simply vote to continue his agenda with a Francis II.

    I caution those who believe this papacy will be short. Unless there is an unexpected death, Bergoglio strikes me as the kind of person who will hang on until the bitter end. Benedict's mistaken resignation breathed new life into the modernist cause and at a very terrible moment. In just three or four years, he will have swept away the gradual work done by JPII and B16. It will be as if the last 35 years never happened.

    The modernists know they can achieve their long held goals right now and they won't risk a quick resignation to achieve it. Bergoglio is too important to their goals. They won't allow him to quit.

    1. Yes but they are running out of presbyters and Sunday attendees.

    2. "....he will have swept away the gradual work done by JPII and B16..."
      And pray, what work - you mean rampant ecumenism; inculturation of the liturgy leading to eventual hybridisation; increasing apostate inter-faith meetings; failure to discipline de facto schismatic bihops and presbyters; covering up financial & pedophile scandals; inability to stop the increasing loss of Sunday attendees at the protestant anthropocentric NO service and so forth.
      You are right ---the last 35 years that you portray, never happened.

    3. The work done over the last 35 years was nothing to write home about. I'll grant you that. Still, the ship was, at least, righted and the decline was essentially halted. Now, however, we're just bumping along the bottom. It may, now, prove to be a false bottom though.

      I accept everything you wrote, but these last 10 years or so tradition was making a comeback. Orders like the FSSP, Christ the King, and FFI were growing and had high ranking Cardinals supporting them. There was also SP. Was any of it what you or I would have preferred? No. Still, it opened the door of tradition to many who may have never known it existed.

      I think raising men to Cardinal who came from Siri was no small matter either. Still, Bergoglio is about to wipe all of that away and return us to the days of the late 1960's and 1970's. And once B16 passes, I would expect a brutal move against SP will be in the offing.

      Unless something drastic changes, I think we'll look back at March 13, 2013 and see it as the day the "Spirit of Vatican II" won the war against the Catholic Church.

    4. Did you even read SP? SP was only a stepping stone for a future "hybrid" Mass.

      Benedict XVI was a big fan of the German philosopher Hegel. SP was nothing more than the Hegelian dialectic of thesis, antithesis, synthesis.

      Thesis = Novus Ordo Mass
      Antithesis = Traditional Latin Mass
      Synthesis: Hybrid Mass.

      The Novus Ordo (Paul VI) caused the creation of it's antithesis, Traditional Catholicism (Abp. Lefebvre) and according to Benedict XVI in SP, there will be eventually a synthesis (hybrid Mass).

      Pope Benedict’s “long-term aim is not simply to allow the old and new rites to coexist,but to move toward a ‘common rite’ that is shaped by the mutual enrichment of the two Mass forms...” – Cardinal Koch

      Benedict XVI was more dangerous than Francis. Cardinal Ratzinger’s office admitted that Vatican II’s doctrine of religious liberty was “incontestably a novelty”, but claimed it was the outcome of “doctrinal development of continuity.”

      Francis is the flower shooting from the root of Ratzinger.

  6. Don't be too sure about Bergoglio holding on for years. Compared to his appearance when he was elected, his face is much more sunken and his coloring sometimes is very pale.
    My friends father is a cardiologist, and he pointed out a few things he noticed about Francis. Shortness of breath at rest( sitting), wwight gain(except in the face), pale, almost grey complexion sometimes spells CHF (cogestive heart failure) common in the elderly (especially women, men who smoke, or people with high bp).

  7. A different perspective - New Zealand has had Cardinal many times. The most recent Thomas Williams who is now over 80. Archbishop Dew's appointment continues the tradition of the incumbent of a traditional red hat see receiving the red once their predecessor is over 80.

    It was also hoped for (if not expected) that Cardinal Pio's appointment by Paul VI would start a tradition of the pacific dioceses having at least one red hat. There are number of pacific dioceses, though small, but with unique problems. Cardinal Pio died in 2006. It was hoped the issue was more where would the hat go. Therefore the appointment of Bishop Mafi fits the tradition of an area which may expect a red hat receiving one in the traditional manner.

    Although in both cases a period of time had to pass.

  8. This pope is such a disaster, it's not even funny any more. I would rather have Alexander VI. He was immoral but he did not attack the deposit of faith like Francis is!

    And if you're thinking, "oh no! It's Kasper and other heretics. Not Francis!" .... Silence is consent

  9. Yes, Silence is consent. Very true.
    This might be a weird analogy, but in 1933 before Hitler came to power, the Nazis were well known as brutal and violent and their hatred for the Jews was well published. Except for a few brave souls (who were eventually executed/assassinated), no one said anything in protest. Silence was consent.
    Throughout the war, everyone in Germany knew what the Nazis were doing to the Jews. The German Lutheran hierarchy and most pastors actually sided with Hitler. Except for many Catholic priests,and some bishops, silence was consent. When what was happening to the Jews became widely known, still, silence was consent.
    Now we have Francis and his gang of thugs, idiots, and heretics who are destroying the Catholic Faith. Except for a few brave souls , especially Cardinal Burke who has been exiled from the Vatican post he had had (the equivalent of a poltical assassination), there has been largely silence.
    Silence is consent.
    Unless massive amounts of effort and the voices of millions rings in protest against Francis and his cronies, silence is consent.
    We deserve what we get if we don't shout him down, bring him down....and his associates.

  10. When all else fails,bring up the holohoax.

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