Showing posts with label Cardinalatial Appointments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cardinalatial Appointments. Show all posts

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pope Bergoglio Surprise Creation of New Cardinals

(Rome) Only six months after the recent consistory on the creation of new cardinals, Pope Francis announced yesterday the next cardinal appointments. Such a short-term succession of cardinal appointments was the last thing that happened in 2012 immediately before Pope Benedict XVI's surprise resignation.
The announcement made by Pope Francis on Sunday said that he felt an urgent need to appoint new cardinals who were eligible for election in an imminent conclave.
The full number of the papal electors currently stands at 120 cardinals who have not yet reached 80 years of age. At present, this includes 116 cardinals. In the first half of 2018, seven current papal electors will leave for reasons of age. Then the number will remain constant until the end of January 2019. With the five new cardinals, 49 of the 121 pope voters will have been appointed by Francis.
With the announcement of the creation of five new cardinals, Pope Francis will even slightly exceed the full figure for eight months.
The Cardinals' Consistory was announced by Francis for the 28th of June. Of the five new cardinals, four come from the margins:
Msgr. Jean Zerbo, Archbishop of Bamako (Mali)
Msgr. Juan José Omella, Archbishop of Barcelona (Spain)
Msgr. Anders Arborelius, Bishop of Stockholm (Sweden)
Msgr. Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Apostolic Vicar of Paksé (Laos)
Gregorio Rosa Chávez, Auxiliary Bishop of San Salvador (El Salvador)
Three of the five new cardinals are from the Diaspora, which is why the question of the representation of the Cardinals from countries and dioceses, which are hardly known to Catholics (Mali, Sweden, Laos), have been raised. Whether the periphery or the center ( Pope Francis allows for an overweights from the periphery once again), a "Bergoglian" identity is common to the appointed men.
Above all, the appointment of an Auxiliary Bishop to the Cardinal raises questions. The reigning Archbishop of San Salvador is younger than his auxiliary bishop coming to the purple. Monsignor Rosa has been an auxiliary bishop since 1982 and was appointed by Pope John Paul II. Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas was appointed in 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.
In the Cardinal, and thus to his advisors, the Pope can appoint whom he will, but the elevation of Monsignor Rosa is at least unusual. Auxiliary Bishop Rosa is the oldest of the new Cardinals at 74 years.
On the 28th of June there will be a total of 227 cardinals.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Trans: Tancred

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Tomorrow the Cardinal Consistory on Curial Reform -- On Saturday Francis Creates 20 New Cardinals

Consistory Where Pope Benedict Announced His
(Vatican) On Thursday and Friday, the Vatican is having an ordinary consistory of the College of Cardinals, which Pope Francis has convened. The cardinals should in this case are informed by the previously laid plans for reform of the Curia, which was developed by the Council of Cardinal Advisers C9. This was announced by Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi.

In C9 Council there are just as many reform plans as members. It is generally believed that the reforms will be modest. The Roman Congregations are not, or hardly, to be touched. The number of the Pontifical Councils should be reduced by mergers. Completely unspectacular shifts are expected, with some melodious renaming of existing facilities. In short, it’s what every government is doing after elections. Ministries are regrouped, renamed, new placards are mounted on entranceways and paper is printed with new letterheads.

Number of Pontifical Councils Should be Reduced

"Reducing the cardinals of the Curia is neither bad nor good. Kasper was Curial, Baldisseri is still,” wrote the most famous Catholic blogger of Spain, Francisco Fernández de la Cigoña.

Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, the secretary of the C9 Cardinal Council is to explain to the assembled Consistory the state of reform plans (see Church and Society of Pius X, confidant of Pope threatened excommunication of faithful) Most recently, the C9 Council plans to tap the Irishman, Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, to think of a better organization of the media of the Holy See. Last Monday there was also a meeting with Cardinal Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, held in conjunction with the reform plans.

 "Exotic" Cardinals and Rauber’s Reward 

 On Saturday, February 14, an extraordinary consistory will follow at which Pope Francis will name 20 new Cardinals (see New Cardinals, Unknown Names and Old Europe ). Among them are a number of unknown names from exotic countries. As "exotic whims” of the Pope in the Vatican are also valid in appointments like those of the Bishop of Lampedusa. Among the new cardinals, albeit for reasons of age are no longer eligible to be papal electors, among whom is the former German Vatican diplomat Karl-Joseph Rauber.

The progressivist Titular Archbishop of Iubaltiana attempted as Apostolic Nuncio 1989/1990 to prevent the appointment of Wolfgang Haas as Bishop of Chur and contributed to his removal from Chur. To express disapproval of the Swiss resistance against Bishop Haas, Pope John Paul II. made Haas, the first Archbishop of Archdiocese of Liechtenstein in 1997. Rauber was appointed in the same year as nuncio to Hungary. In 2009 Rauber tried as Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium to prevent the appointment of Bishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Namur as Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels. Rauber failed as Pope Benedict XVI. made Leonard archbishop and compelled Rauber to retire.

In parts of the church Rauber’s promotion to Cardinal by Pope Francis is evaluated as a reward for his controversial and hostile approach to faithful bishops. His advocate for the dignity of Cardinal was Cardinal Danneels, Leonard’s predecessor as Archbishop of Brussels. The Progressive [Can we just call him evil?] Danneels felt the appointment of Leonard as his successor as a personal slap in the face. The Cardinal appointment of Rauber is now seen as a slap in the face for Archbishop Leonard, who is excluded from the second Consistory, since Danneels has reached the age of 80, at the Cardinal Consistory. Danneels is part of the four-member team Bergoglio organized largely upon his election as Pope Francis. The Raubers elevation at the Consistory is seen as a thank you gesture by the Pope for Danneels.

On Sunday, he will celebrate Holy Mass with the new cardinals in the Vatican Basilica.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi image: Infovaticana Trans: Tancred

Link to Katholisches…

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

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

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Cardinal Appointments in Latin America Predominate. None from United States

Take that Gringos!
Edit: Only one Cardinal from Africa?  There are new "American" Cardinals, just not from the United States. The CV of Archbishop Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano should be interesting, and no hat for the Belgian Primate, André-Joseph Léonard, a steadfast witness to Catholic teaching and therefore a persistent target for leftist activists.

16 Voting Cardinals:

1 – Abp. Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State.
2 – Abp. Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary of the Synod of Bishops.
3 – Abp. Gerhard Ludwig Műller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
4 – Abp. Beniamino Stella, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
5 – Abp. Vincent Gerard Nichols, Westminster (England and Wales).
6 – Abp. Leopoldo José Brenes Solórzano, Managua (Nicaragua).
7 – Abp. Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, Québec (Canada).
8 – Abp. Jean-Pierre Kutwa, Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire).
9 – Abp. Orani João Tempesta, O.Cist., Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).
10 – Abp. Gualtiero Bassetti, Perugia-Città della Pieve (Italy).
11 – Abp. Mario Aurelio Poli, Buenos Aires (Argentina).
12 – Abp. Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Seoul (Korea).
13 – Abp. Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, S.D.B., Santiago de Chile.
14 – Abp. Philippe Nakellentuba Ouédraogo, Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).[Africa]
15 – Abp. Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., Cotabato (Philippines).
16 – Bp. Chibly Langlois, Les Cayes (Haiti).

Cardinals over 80:

1 – Abp. Loris Francesco Capovilla, Titular of Mesembria (former secretary to John XXII). 2 – Abp. Fernando Sebastián Aguilar, C.M.F., Emeritus of Pamplona (Spain). 3 – Abp. Kelvin Edward Felix, Emeritus of Castries (St. Lucia)

List borrowed from Southern Orders...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The New Cardinals of Pope Francis -- Essay on a Topography

(Vatican) On 22 February is Pope Francis will create the first cardinals of his pontificate. The announcement of the new cardinals is expected for the end of January. Their number will be about fifteen new members for the Church Senate. The number is derived from the total number set by  Pope Paul VI. of 120 papal electors. The appointments will provide information about the sympathies and direction of the pontificate.
The appointment of cardinals belongs solely to the pope. It is bound by unwritten laws, which are still obligatory.  The first appointments will show whether Pope Francis holds to  the ecclesiastical practices like Pope Benedict XVI. and the other popes did before him. The appointment of cardinals will have a significant influence on the election of his successor to pope.

The Conclave and the Surprises

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Yesterday He Was For Slaughtering Children -- Today He's a Cardinal

Mons. Rubén Salazar Gómez
© JuanCardozo, Wikipedia, CC
An Archbishop Without Scruples

The Archbishop of Bogota recently defended slaughtering children.  With pressure from the Vatican, he gave in.  What he really thinks is no matter.  The main thing is that his career goes on.

(, Bogota)  Today the Old Liberal Archbishop Jesús Rubén Salazar Gómez (70) of Bogota has been named to Cardinal.

Until a week ago he defended -- against Catholic morality and the natural law -- the murder of unborn children,  in so far as it is allowed by Colombian law.

Since 2006, the murder of children has been allowed in three cases, with danger to the life of the mother, in cases of severe handicap of the child and in cases of rape and incest.

Currently, the parliament is debating over the expansion of the murder of unborn children.

A Clear Yes for the Murder of Children

On November 13th the up and coming Prelate and President of the Bishops Conference, defending child slaughter for the Colombian newspaper 'El Tiempo'.

He formulated a clear "yes to the decriminalization of abortion in these three cases, which Colombian law allows."

Catholic pro-Life organizations have unleashed a storm against the Archbishop.

One Man, One Word

Finally the Vatican took action with a fig leaf action.

The Secretary of State demanded a correction from the Scandal-Archbishop.  Thereupon, he sent a correct statement.

The murder of children is "a horrible crime" -- wrote Msgr. Salazar suddenly:  a decriminalization is never acceptable.

Link to

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Future of the Church -- The 25 Youngest Cardinals of the Catholic Church

(Vatican) [Katholisches] By this weekend the fourth Consistorium of the Pontificate of Benedict XVI will have taken place.  The Pope raised then  22 Church representatives to the position of Cardinal.  18 of the Cardinals created on 18 February 2012 have still not reached their 80th year and would be able to belong to a Conclave to elect the next Pope.

The Spanish Vaticanist Francisco Jose Fernandez de la Cigona posted a list of the 20 youngest Cardinals in the Church Senate,  it was here widened to include 25 of the youngest Cardinals and with corrections and above all some completion.  Among the 25 bearers of the purple, there are two Italians, but three US- Americans, two Poles, two Brazilians and four Cardinals from the German speaking areas (two of the Bundesrepublic of Germany, one Austrian and a Swiss).  The two from Germany are at the same time the youngest Cardinals of the Holy College.  The Viennese Archbishop Cardinal Christoph von Schönborn is the only one who belongs to an order. [Dominican]

Parenthesis will appear at the end of each short biography of the church-political considerations of Fernández de la Cigoña , which for various reasons are not his own.   My own observations will follow in parenthesis.  [Ours will follow in brackets in red: Tancred]

1.  The "Benjamin" of the College of Cardinals is the German Rainer Maria Woelki  (55) , Archbishop of Berlin, born 1956,  ordained on 1985 as a priest of the Archdiocese of Cologne, in 2003 was made the titualar Bishop of Scampa and Auxiliary Bishop of Cologne by John Paul II,  by Pope Benedict XVI. he was named in Juli 2011 to the Archdiocese of Berlin, in February 2012 was raised to the rank of Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI. (conservative) [neo-conservative]

2. Also the second youngest Cardinal is Reinhard Marx a German (58),  Archbisop of Munich and Freising, ordained priest of the Archdiocese of Paderborn, 1996 by Pope John Paul II, as the titular Bishop of Petina and Auxiliary Bishop of Paderborn, called  by John Paul II as Bishop of Trier  and in 2007 to be the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, in November 2010 by Benedict XVI as Cardinal. 9conservative) [Old Liberal]

3. The third youngest in the Sacred College is the Hollander, Willem Jacobus Eijk (55), Archbishop of Utrecht, ordained a priest for the Diocese of Roermond in 1985, 1999 by Pope John Paul II as Bishop of Groningen, by Pope Benedict XVI in December 2007 as Archbishop of Utrecht, in February 2012 called to the College of Cardinals by Benedict XVI. (conservative)

4. Peter Erdo (59), Hungary, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest,  ordained a priest in 1975 for the Archdiocese of Estergom-Budapest, named in 1999 by John Paul II as titular bishop of Puppi and Auxiliary Bishop of Zekesfehevar, by John Paul II in 2002 to Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest and in OCtobert 2003, elevated to Cardinal.  He was an elector at the Conclave of 2005 at which Pope Benedcit XVI was elected. (conservative)

5. Philippe Xavier Ignace Barbarin (61), French, Archbishop of Lyon, in 1977  ordained a priest of the Diocese of Creteil, in 1998 he was made Bishop of Moulins by Pope John Paul II, in 2002 he was Archbishop of Lyon and in 2003 was raised to Cardinal.  He was an elector in the Conclave of 005 at which Pope Benedict XVI was elected  (weakly conservative)

6. Kurt Koch (61)  Swiss, Curial Cardinal, ordained in 1982 as a priest for the Diocese of Basel, in 1995 he was made Bishop of Basel by John Paul II, in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI as President of the Papal Council for the Promotion of Unity among Christians in the Roman Curia, in 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Curial Bishop and in November 2010 to Cardinal (conservative)

7. Timothy Micheal Dolan (62) US-American, Archbishop of New York, ordained to the priesthood in 1976 in the Archdiocese of St. Louis (Missouri), in 2001 Pope John Paul II, named him titular bishop of Natchesium and Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of St. Louis (Missouri), in 2002 he was made Archbishop of Milwaukee (Wisconsin), in February 2009 Pope Benedict XVI made him Archbishop of New York and in February 2012 he was made Cardinal (conservative)

8.  Kazimierz Nycz (62) Pole, Archbishop of Warsaw, in 1973 he was made a priest of the Archdiocese of Krakow, in 1988 made titular Bishop of Villa Regis and Auxiliary Bishop of Krakow by Pope John Paull II, then in 2004 was made Bishop of von Koeslin-Kolberg, in March 2007 he was made Archbishop of Warsaw by Pope Benedict XVI. and in November 2010 raised to Cardinal. (conservative0

9. Odilo Scherer (62), Brazilian, Archbishop of Sao Paulo,  in 1976 he was ordained to the priesthood in the Diocese of Todedo (Parana), in 2001 he was made titular Bishop of Novi and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, in March 2007, Pope Benedict XVI eleved him to to be Archbishop of Sao Paulo and in November 2007 raised him to Cardinal.

10.  Daniel Nicholas Di Nardo (62), US American, Archbishop of Galveston , in 1977 he was ordained priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) and in 1997 made Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Sioux City (Iowa), in 1998 there Diocesan Bishop, in 2004 was made Bishop Coadjutor of the Archdiocese of  Galveston-Houston (Texas),  in 2006 Pope Benedict made him the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and in November 2007 made him a Cardinal.  (Conservative)

11. Josip Bozanic (62), Croatian, Archbishop of Zagreb, in 1975 he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Krk, in 1989 Pope John Paul II named him Bishop  coadjutor of the Diocese of Krk, in the same year he became the Diocesan Bishop,  in 1997 he was called to be Archishop of Zagreb and raised to Cardinal in 2003.   Cardinal Bozanic was a Papal elector in the Concclave of 2005, where Pope Benedict XVI. was elected.

12. José Francisco Robles Ortega,  Mexican, Archbishop of Guadalajara, in 1976 he was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Autlan, in 1991 he was made titular Bishop of Bosse and Auxiliary of Touluca, in 1996 was named Bishop of Toluca and in 2003 named as Archbishop of Monterrey (Neuvo Leon), in November of 2007 Pope Benedict XVI raised him to Cardinal and in February 2011 was named Archbishop of Guadalajara. (Conservative)

13.  Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson (63), Ghanese, Curial Cardinal, in 1975 he was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Cape Coast, in 1992 Pope John Paul II named him the Archbishop of Cape Coast and in 2003 he was raised to Cardinal, in 2009 Pope Benedict XVI made him President of the Papal Council for Justice and Peace in the Roman Curia.  Cardinal Turkson was a Papal elector in the Conclave of 2005 at which Pope Benedict VI was elected. (no opinion)

14.  Raymond Leo Burke (63) US-American, ordained a priest in 1975 for the  Diocese of La Crosse (Wisconsin), named Bishop of Lacrosse by Pope John Paul II of LLacrosse and in 2003 called to be Archbishop of St. Louis (Missouri), in November 2008 Pope Benedict XVI called him to become Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura in the Roman Curia, and in November 2010 he was raised to Cardinal. (conservative) traditionally inclined.

15. Albert Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don (64) Singhalese, in 1975  was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Colombo, in 1991 was named titular Bishop of Cabarsussi and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Colombo by Pope John Paul II, in 1995 he was named Bishop of Ratnapura and 001 as Official for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Roman Curia, in 2004 made Apostolic Nuncio to Indonesia and to East Timor, in December 2005 Pope Benedict XVI named him as Secretary for the Congregation of Rites and the Sacraments in the Roman Curia, in June of 2009 he was named Archbishop of Colombo and in November 2010 raised to Cardinal. (Conservative) traditionally inclined.

16.  Joao Braz de Aviz (64) Brazilian, Curial Cardinal, in 1972 was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Apucarana (Panama), in 1994 was made titular Bishop of Flenculeta and Auxiliary Bishop of The Archdiocese of Vitoria (Espirito Santo), in 1998 he was named the Bishop of Ponta Grossa (Parana< in 2002 as Archbishop of Maringa (Parana) and 2004 as Archbishop of Brasilia, in Jannuary 2011 as Prefect of the Congregation for the Institute of Consecrated Life and for the Society of Apostolic Life in the Roman Curia by Pope Benedict and was elevated to Cardinal in 2012. (no opinion)

17.  Giuseppe Betori (64),  Italian, Archbishop of Florence, ordained a priest in 1970 in the Diocese of Foligno, then as Secretary of the Italian Bishop Conference by Pope John Paul II.  Then in 2001 aas titular Bishop of Falerone, he was then named as Archbishop of Florence by Pope Benedict XVI and in February elevated to the rank of Cardinal. (conservative)

18.  Thomas Christopher Collins (65) Canadian, Archbishop of Toronto,  ordained in 1973 to the priesthood for the Diocese of Hamilton (Ontario), in 1997 he was made Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of St. Paul in Alberta by John Paul II, then in 1997 he was made Diocesan Bishop there, in 1999 was made Coadjutor of Edmonton (Alberta), in the same year was made Archbishop, in December 2006, he was  named Archbishop of Toronto and in February 2012 was raised to Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI.. (no opinion)

19.  Fernando Filoni (65), Italian, Curial Cardinal, 1970 ordained as a priest for the Diocesee of Nardo, in 2001 was made titular Bishop of Voltumum and Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq and in Jordanian by John Paul II,  he was then named as Nuncio to the Philippines by Pope Benedict XVI, and in June 2007 as substitute of the Secretary of State in the Roman Curia, in May 2011 as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples he was named and in February 2012 raised to Cardinal. (no opinion)

20. Antonio Canizares Llovera (65), Spaniard, Curial Cardinal, in 1970 he was ordained to the preisthood in the Archdiocese of Valencia, in 1992 was ordained the Bishop of  Avila by Pope John Paul II, in 1996 he was named Archbishop of Granada and in 2002 as Archbishop of Toledo, in March of 2006 Pope Benedict XVI raised him to the rank of Cardinal and in December 2008 he became Prefect for the Congregation of Divine Rites and Sacraments in the Roman Curia. (Conservative)

21. Vinko Puljic (66) Croatian,  Archbishop of Vrhbosna (Sarajevo), ordained a priestst in 1970 for the Diocese of Banjaluka, in 1990 was made Archbishop of Vrhbosna (Sarajevo) and in 1994 na raised to Cardinal.  Cardinal Puljic was an elector in the Conclave of 2006 where Pope Bnenedict XVI was elected.

22. Stanislaw Rylko (66), Pole, Curial Cardinal, in 1969 he was ordained a priest in theArchbiocese of Krakow in Poland, in 1995 Pope John Paul II made him titular Bishop of Novica and he was named as Secretary to the Papal Council for the Laity to the Roman Curia, in 2003 he was named to be President of the Papal Council for Laity, in November 2007 Pope Benedict made him Cardinal.

23. Robert Sarah (66) Guinea, Curial Cardinal, in 1969 was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Conarky, in 1979 named at Archbishop of Conarky by Pope John Paul II, in 2001 as Secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in the Roman Curia, in October 2010 as the President of the Papal Council Cor Unum by Pope Benedict XVI, and in 2010 was raised to Cardinal.

24. George Alencherry (66) Indian Indian, Senior Archbishop of Emakulam-Angamaly of the Syro-Malabar Church, he was ordained a priest in 1972 in the syro-malabar Archbdiocese of Changanacherry, in 1996 Pope John Paul II named him to the syro-Malabar Dioceser of Thuchalay, in May 22011 was elected the Senior Bishop of the Syro-Malabar Church and confirmed by Pope Bnenedict XVI, and in February 2012 was raised to Cardinal.

25. Christoph Graf Schönborn OP (67), Austrian, in 1970 was ordained to the priesthood in the Dominican Order, in 1991 was made titular Bishop of Sutrium and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Vienna,  in 1995 he was made Archbishop Coadjutor of Vienna, in the same year he was then made Archbishop, in 1998 he was elevated to the rank of Cardinal.  Cardinal Schönborn was an elector at the Conclave of 2005 at which Pope Benedict XVI had been elected.

Text: Ciguena-torre/Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Vatican Insider

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

It's Official: German Jesuit Will be at Consistory for Cardinal's Hat

Father Karl Josef Becker SJ
Edit: we'd reported earlier, a bit prematurely that the Cardinal was going to get the hat after all.  There is some confusion about this.  Surely it's all just a misunderstanding.  It had been reported that Father Becker wasn't able to come owing to poor health.  He's in good health and he's coming to the Consistory.

The 83 year old German theologian, Father Karl Josef Becker will now be actually raised to the rank of Cardinal on 18. February. Previously it had been said he would not be able to participate in the ceremony because of health reasons and would receive the hat privately.

Vatican City ( The 83 year old German theologian, Father Karl Josef Becker will no participate in the ceremony naming the Cardinals on the 18th of February. This has been confirmed by the Vatican. Recently it was said that the Jesuit would not be able to participate in the ceremony because of health reason and would receive the hat privately.

Becker, a longtime advisor of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine and the Faith belongs to the 22 clergy that Benedict XVI has nominated for inclusion in the College of Cardinals. Among them will be the Berlin Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki. At a festive Consortium, the candidates receive their purple colored biretta and Cardinal's ring. On the day before the members of the College of Cardinals as well as the Candidates invited to a day of recognition in the Vatican. The meeting is held under the theme Mission and New Evangelization.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

German Jesuit to Receive Cardinal's Hat After All [?]

[Update]  The report from the German District website was from January 6th and has since been corrected to reflect the current situation that the German Jesuit, Father Becker, is NOT to receive a Cardinal's hat at the Consistory.  It is thought that the situation will be corrected, since someone in the Vatican is confused about Father Becker's state of health.  Thank you for your patience.

About three days ago, the traditional portal 'Rorate Caeli' reported that Father Karl Becker was to be passed over for a Cardinal's hat "for health reasons".  Today it is revealed that this is not the case. In fact, Father Becker is in very good health, and is looking forward to continuing his work in the service of God and of his holy Church.

Vatican Information Service had reported:
Today's communique also announces that, due to ill health, cardinal-designate Fr. Karl Josef Becker S.J. will not be created a cardinal during the public ceremony of 18 February, but in private at another time.

Imagine Father Karl Becker's astonishment at being told he was in bad health. Now the German District of the Jesuits is reporting that Father Karl Becker, one of the architects of the hermeneutic of continuity, is going to receive the honor after all. The translation as follows:
On the 6th of January the Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict XVI will name 22 Cardinals on 18. February 2012. One of them is to be the German Jesuit, Professor Dr. Karl Josef Becker SJ. The German Province of the Jesuits warmly congratulates him for this appointment.

The German Jesuit was a key figure in the doctrinal discussions with the Society of St. Pius X.