So I see Marc Ouellet, not George Pell, was named to head the Congregation for Bishops. I haven’t been following this closely. Is this something akin to Jethro Tull beating out Metallica for that Grammy about two decades back? Or did Cardinal Pell have a Cardinal Arinze papabile moment?
Anyway, it will be interesting to see if Cardinal Ouellet advocates for tradition–stuff like episcopal stability. Or if we’ll see more moves like western South Dakota to eastern Washington, sad evidence of careerism in the episcopacy.* Not every bishop is an import, but these guys are just auxiliaries. Fat chance they’ll succeed Cardinal O’Malley, right? Some auxiliary somewhere will probably ship out to the Black Hills.