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New consistory? New cardinals?
UPDATE: Six new cardinals announced

There are strong rumors now that, at the end of today's General Audience, the Pope will announce a consistory for the creation of new cardinals. Rorate has been independently given this information. Andrea Tornielli has a more detailed story. Tornielli reports that there may be as few as six new cardinals, and that none of them will be Italian.

UPDATE:

According to today's Bollettino of the Vatican Press Officethe Holy Father has just announced the elevation of the following to the cardinalate in a Consistory to be held on November 24, 2012.

(24/10/12 at 1500H GMT: the Bollettino's announcement of the new cardinals disappeared shortly after its publication and has not come back. However, the link on the Vatican Information Service blog is still up. The announcement can also be seen at the end of the full Italian text of the Pope's Wednesday General Audience address for today.)


1. Archbishop JAMES MICHAEL HARVEY, Prefect of the Papal Household, whom the Pope plans to appoint as Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls:

2. His Beatitude BÉCHARA BOUTROS RAÏ, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites (Lebanon);

3. His Beatitude BASELIOS CLEEMIS THOTTUNKAL, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankar Church (India);

4. Archbishop JOHN OLORUNFEMI ONAIYEKAN, Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria);

5. Archbishop RUBÉN SALAZAR GÓMEZ, Archbishop of Bogotá (Colombia);

6. Archbishop LUIS ANTONIO TAGLE, Archbishop of Manila (Philippines).


There are currently 116 cardinal electors. Two of them (Cardinal Arinze and Cardinal Martino) will turn 80 before November 24, leaving 114 cardinal electors on the morning of that day (barring any untimely deaths or unfortunate events). With the elevation to the purple of the six cardinal-electors, there will be exactly 120 cardinal electors -- the "quota" of cardinal electors set by Pope Paul VI -- by afternoon of that day. In only two weeks' time, the number of cardinal electors will again drop to 119, when Cardinal Scheid loses the vote upon turning 80 on December 8 of this year. 

28 comments:

Tom said...

No Muller, no Nichols - interesting.

Vaticanista said...

Wow! The Pope is doing just what he wants with his nominations to the Collgeg of Cardinals! No Cardinal Nichols of Westminster. Not even a Cardinal Muller of the CDF. Ad multos annos Holy Father!

Benedict Carter said...

Yes, thanks be to God, no Muller and no Nichols - and also no Roche.

In the cess-pit we see at the top, this at least is a small mercy.

Augustinus said...

We wouldn't read too much into the non-inclusion of Abps. Muller and Nichols in the list of new cardinals. This short list is obviously to balance the list of cardinals created earlier this year, which was lopsided in favor of Italians and Curial officials.

Even if Muller and Nichols are not yet cardinal-elects, this does not change the positions they hold, and that is what really matters.

Furthermore, one of the new cardinals, Abp. Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, is a rising star in the liberal wing of the Church.

Stephen said...

Cardinal-elect Tagle is younger and more recently appointed to his Metropolitan See than Archbishop Nichols. They are both liberals, though Tagle is probably the more intelligent. Why then was Nichols passed over in favour of someone so junior unless this is a personal preference of the Pope?

Et Expecto said...

In answer to Stephen, I suspect that the reason why Archbishop Nichols has been passed over is to do with the Soho Masses.

servusmariaen said...

I wonder why Archbishop Moraglia of Venice wasn't among the newly named cardinals?

Father Anthony Cekada said...

Abp. Harvey is one of my curious "Vatican connections." Like me, he's a Milwaukee boy, and we went to the same minor seminary. His dad was was our milkman and (of all things) taught my father golf.

It is said that he is not very trad-friendly. (Abp. Harvey, that is!)

The other connection is the Vatican Latinist Reginald Foster. His father was our plumber.

I will refrain (for the moment, at least) from speculating about the symbolic meaning of all this...

Augustinus said...

servusmariaen:

As I stated earlier, this was intended as a gesture to the non-Italians.

However, Harvey's appointment is a mystery, given that the current Archpriest of Saint Paul's, Cardinal Monterisi, is not yet 80.

Maronite said...

It is sad that they continue to make Eastern and Oriental Patriarchs Cardinals. This is a demotion and an ecclesiological minefield. It sends the wrong signals and continues a strange sense of "you are Sister Churches of equal dignity" and "now kneel and kiss my ring." It cannot be both ways.

Jacob said...

Aside from the Soho masses, if Damian Thompson is to be believed, the Vaughn School fiasco where Nichols tried to pack the board with his yes-men and was slapped down for it by the UK education secretary was not seen favorably in Rome.

habemus papam said...

This seem to make the next conclave less likely to elect a traditional minded pope.

Woody said...

Would have liked to see +Chaput on the list, though.

Brian2 said...

Maronite: I think that Eastern prelates are made cardinals so that they can vote for the pope at a consistory. It isn't a demotion, but a way of including them in some very important decision making.

The Rev. M. Forbes said...

1. Move from Pap;al Household to St. Paul almost looks like a live burial. Benedict must have something in mind for present incumbent.

2. Catholic theology teaches that the Holy Spirit moves the College to the good of the Church. Politics and style play a role, but only as an instrument of the Holy Spirit.

3. Appointments of Cardinals tend to show the universality of the Church so appointments must be seen in that light. I would like to see the headds of the Eastern Churches in Communion ex officio electors.

4. How many will reach 80 by spring? This will indicate when we see new appointments.

Mike+

Matt said...

Augustinus said, "Furthermore, one of the new cardinals, Abp. Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, is a rising star in the liberal wing of the Church."

Well, Tagle's appointment is merely a de facto one because his See is a Cardinalatial one. Still, the Holy Father appointed him so he knew what he was doing. Gomez here in Los Angeles more than likely will be on next year's list. *yippy*

gabriel said...

This seem to make the next conclave less likely to elect a traditional minded pope.

Perhaps among these six, but overall the College is, imho, more sympathetic to tradition and has (more importantly but not independently) far fewer dissenters. And the last conclave elected Pope Benedict, so I wouldn't worry about a latter day-Martini being elected.

Marty Jude said...

Re: Nichols, I think it might be moreso that England and Wales are only allotted one cardinal. As Cormac, albeit retired, is still with us, through custom, rather than tradition, any other 'potential' would have have to wait for 'his shoes', so-to-speak. I have read this somewhere previously, and cannot recall where unfortunately. Others may know better? One thing I do recall a Priest friend saying a few years ago, after Basil Hume passed away, was that it isn't essential for the cardinal to be the Archbishop of Westminster. Would be interesting if the Holy Father were to break with convention...!

Matthew Rose said...

Marionite,

In case you are not familiar with Catholic theology, all Bishops, be they Patriarchs or Major Archbishops of sui iuris Churches or otherwise, are subject to the Pope, who has Universal and Immediate Jurisdiction. All must kiss his ring; the Church is a Monarchy, not an Oligarchy.

Picard said...

Maronite:

The Eastern Churches are not "sisters" on an equal level of Rome, but Rome is (also) their Mother.

If Vat.II and the post-Vat.II-reforms gave the impression that they are only equal sisters (and more, that collegiality means the Pope is no monarch of the whole Church anymore),
then this (post)-Vat.II approache must be corrected, but not the infallible def. of Vat.I!

That´s also one of the aspects of the fight of the sspx - at the first glimpse a paradoxon (given the "disobedience" of the sspx) but by deeper reflection there is full consistency (given the new approache after Vat. II that contradicts Vat.I).

Yes, as you wrote: "It can not be both ways" - it´s either or!

Picard said...

Matt.

So that exuses that the Pop makes a liberal to a Cardinal??

Brick by brick??

GQ Rep said...

"I wonder why Archbishop Moraglia of Venice wasn't among the newly named cardinals?"

This is who I wanted to be in the group too, because he is youngish (59), and is a traditionalist. He would make a great Pope.

God willing, Benedict XVI will create another small batch of Cardinals in 2013, and Moraglia should top the list. Hopefully Cordeleone of San Francisco too (definitly not Chaput, Nichols, or Muller)

Jon Haines said...

Even if he is more 'progressive' does anyone know anything about Archbishop Tagle and if he has in anyway been supportive of the extraordinary form in his diocese? Does he know how to celebrate it? I read an article about how he came down on those making the Mass into a social event.

Presbyter Westmonasteriensis said...

Mary Jude you might be on to something. After all the present Archbishop of Birmingham was the Pope's first choice for Westminster, but declined. How wonderful if were to be made a cardinal after all, perhaps also in honour of Blessed J H Newman.

Marty Jude said...

"Presbyter Westmonasteriensis said...
Mary Jude you might be on to something. After all the present Archbishop of Birmingham was the Pope's first choice for Westminster, but declined. How wonderful if were to be made a cardinal after all, perhaps also in honour of Blessed J H Newman."

I agree with you ! The Oratorians would love it, and they are as good as SSPX in terms of defending The Faith, restoring/continuing Tradition! :)

davidforster said...

"Catholic theology teaches that the Holy Spirit moves the College to the good of the Church. Politics and style play a role, but only as an instrument of the Holy Spirit."

That sounds to me more like a pious wish than church teaching. I'm not sure that the College of Cardinals plays any part in Church teaching at all, strictly speaking.

Augustinus said...

John:

Filipino friends have kept the Rorate team informed of happenings in Manila. Tagle is by no means a "conservative", and the state of the TLM remains as dire as ever in his Archdiocese.

Joe Potillor said...

I was hoping the other Archbishop in Cebu would get the red hat....