Before becoming bishops, many of the new cardinal electors had been parish priests for a long time. For example, Burkina Faso’s Philippe Ouèdraogo and the Archbishop of Seoul Andrew Yeom soo-jung, who is the descendant of one of Korea’s martyrs. The Chilean Salesian Ricardo Ezzati Andrello and the Brazilian Cistercian Orani João Tempesta, have extensive experience in providing pastoral care and education to their respective congregations. The Canadian Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, a member of the Society of St. Pius X (which he also directed) and successor to Cardinal Ouellet, as head of the Archdiocese of Quebec, worked as a missionary in Colombia for nine whole years. The Englishman, Vincent Nichols was a parish priest before being appointed bishop and worked in educational institutions which also offered pastoral education. The new team of cardinal electors only has one “professional” theologian – inevitably – the German Gerhard Müller.
It may be a little more important for a bishop to have pastoral experience than a cardinal, but I won’t complain so far.