Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Archbishops Burke, Wuerl among 24 to become Cardinals

Cardinal-designate Raymond L. Burke

This post has been updated to include official statements by Cardinals-delegate Burke and Wuerl.

Along with American, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, the archbishop of Washington D.C. was also named in the consistory of cardinals.  Today's Bollettino shows them being elevated on November 20.

24 men were named Cardinals in the consistory which came at the end of today's general audience, four of them over 80, thus not eligible to vote in a papal conclave.  10 are Italian (eight of them under 80).  There are two Germans, a Pole, a Swede, a Spaniard (non-voting), four African (including the Patriarch of Egypt), two Americans, a Brazlilian, one from Equador, and one who was expected from Sri-Lanka....Archbishop Ranjith.

It would seem that the Italians have once again increased their voting power in the conclave.  However, I am more interested in how aligned these men are with Pope Benedict's line of thought on many things, including the liturgy.  This I leave for the Catholic pundits (links to places discussing these kinds of things near the bottom).

Pardon any typos, for some reason my copy/paste features was throwing a nutty. 

10 are members of the Roman Curia:

10 Residential Bishops.

N.B. Type a name into the search tool at Catholic Hierarchy to learn more about each.
    Cardinal-designate Wuerl
  • Antonio Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria and the Copts (Egypt)
  • Paolo Romeo, archbishop of Palermo
  • Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising (Germany)
  • Kazimierze Nycz, Arcbishop of Warsaw (Poland)
  • Donald William Weurl, Archbishop of Washington (USA)
  • Laurent Monsengwo Pasinja, Archbishop of Kinshasa (Congo)
  • Medardo Joseph Mazombwe, archbishop emeritus of Lusaka (Zambia)
  • Albert Malcom Ranjith Patanbendige Don, Archbishop of Colomob (Sri Lanka)
  • Raul Eduardo Vela Chiriboga, Archbishp of Quito (Ecuador)
  • Raymundo Damasceno Assis, archbishop of Aparacedia (Brazil)
Those over 80, thus not eligible to vote in a papal conclave:
  • Elio Sgreccia (Italy)
  • Jose Manuel Estepa Llaurens (Spain)
  • Walter Brandmuller (Germany)
  • Domenico Bartolucci (Italy)

Statements and Related:

Two US Cardinals-designate; two contrasting views on canons 915/916
An interesting thing to note about the two American's to be elevated, is the contrasting views they hold on the matter of withholding Holy Communion from pro-abort Catholic politicians.  As Prefect of the Signatura - the Church's near equivalent of a supreme court, he is involved with interpreting canon Law.  These two men will undoubtedly spend at least a short time together, and I'm sure they will both rise to the occasion.

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