Sunday, January 12, 2014

Pope Francis Appoints 19 New Cardinals - Snubs United States - National Review Puts GOP Spin on Francis' Appointments

Francis is starting to make a mark on his Papacy. His appointment of 16 voting eligible out of 19 newly appointed Cardinals makes a mark indirectly on his successor. The greedy power hungry United States Archbishops got a snub on this round of appointments. 

The Archbishop of Westminster in London got his red hat as an English Speaking cardinal. Archbishop of Westminster Nichols defended clergy in the recent child abuse scandals in Ireland. A poor but probably political appointment.

National Review Online puts its GOP spin on the Francis snub to US appointments. Snub? Or just a message to the RNC?

There are zero new cardinals from the United States – probably an indication that the pope thinks the U.S. is already overrepresented in the college. (Brazil, with130 million Catholics, has five voting-age cardinals. The U.S., with 78 millionCatholics, has eleven.) Many will be surprised that the archbishop of Los Angeles, José Gómez, wasn’t on the list; that appointment would have given a shot in the arm to California Catholics after the scandal-plagued tenure of Roger Cardinal Mahony. 

But the pope’s decision was actually a conservative one, based on a longstanding Vatican tradition: When an archdiocese’s previous cardinal is still under 80 and thus eligible to vote in a conclave, his successor is not elevated to the cardinalate. (Pope Benedict XVI broke with this precedent to appoint Boston’s Seán Patrick O’Malley to the cardinalate in 2006, even though his predecessor, Bernard Cardinal Law, was still under 80. But Francis has decided to go back to standard Vatican practice, on this if not on other things.)

They are the following:

16 Voting Cardinals:

1 – Abp. Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State.
2 – Abp. Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary of the Synod of Bishops.
3 – Abp. Gerhard Ludwig M
űller, 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
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).