New Cardinals

cardinal-coat-of-armsIt’s been some time since I got excited about the College of Cardinals. I’ve long thought that how cardinals were chosen needed some upgrading. Lay people and women, please. But if they needed to be bishops, then the best bishops, not necessarily the largest sees.

Pope Francis has plucked a new set of cardinals, and for Americans, Indianapolis is a surprise. America suggests a shift. Anything that puts the culturewar to bed in the Church is a good thing. But I’m more intrigued that the archbishop from Indiana gets a red hat. Rocco has a good summary whispered here.

Indy’s first cardinal had interesting words in 2010:

I think it has to be humble and make sure it is service and not simply bureaucracy.

Of whom does the man speak? Priesthood? Religious orders? The curia?

The culturewar is a concern for the elder brothers and sisters among us. Many of the concerns about freedom, self-determination, and discernment are well-taken. But the politics too often overwhelms the moral issues at hand. It can become an aspect of antigospel, an attitude that actually chases people away from or out of the Church. And some of its proponents actually say as much. And worse, celebrate a smaller, purer outfit–a direct contradiction of the Gospel.

These American bishops selected for those thirty-tassel coats-of-arms seem like good calls to me. Sensible, balanced guys who have demonstrated a desire to serve the higher causes.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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6 Responses to New Cardinals

  1. FrMichael says:

    Cupich is a disaster. I cannot stand that the Lavender Mafia gets one of its own to cause trouble for years.

    • Todd says:

      I know why you choose to remain anonymous. I’ve gotten into trouble with at least 2 bishops for much milder comments critical of things they said or did. You’ve lurched into outright character assassination for a prelate you may not know and with whom you’ve likely never served.

      Anything good to say about +Tobin?

  2. Chris says:

    This is wonderful news that the Holy Father is starting the desperately needed process of reforming the U.S. Church. He has chosen good men.

    God Bless

  3. FrMichael says:

    I had the chance to meet Archbishop Tobin once. I was quite impressed at the time, but I don’t know the man. To his credit he is quite straightforward in speaking of his time at Guest House and the benefits of AA. I have heard rumors of liberal beliefs and, of course, his conduct of the investigation of the LCWR was a Professor Clouseau-like combination of cluelessness and whitewash, but I expect nothing less from company men who form the majority of priests of the Church in every age.

    Cupich’s record in Spokane and the early days in Chicago speak for themselves. When a cleric takes a clear moral teaching and intentionally muddies it up, my invariable experience is that there are personal issues at work. What lies behinds Cupich’s torpedoing of 40 Days for Life in Spokane and his outrageous comments in Chicago (for a taste ) is no doubt a horror.

    God have mercy on us that such an unfit man is going to wear scarlet!

  4. Brian says:

    I’m happy to see the church’s leadership reflect its universality, catholicity.
    I’ve heard much good about archbishops Cupich and Tobin. Indeed the later, a religious, is possibly the least clerical bishop I’ve ever met.Ive heard Farrell did many positive things, but sadly his formation was as a Legion of Christ member.

  5. Devin Rice says:

    From the point of view as furthering Catholic-Orthodox relations (an issues of personal importance and one which I believe to be very important to the Church as a whole), nothing here that is noteworthy. Otherwise Tobin and Farrell are good choices as are most of the rest of the designated. Cupich has many good qualities but in terms of teaching of sexuality, he doesn’t seem to be capable of saying anything that isn’t vague and somewhat incoherent. I suspect he would mostly agree with the sentiments of Cardinal Schonborn in this interview.

    I am not expecting the same level of expertise but I expect a bit more from someone with Cupich’s background and education.

    I am a little annoyed that Cupich seems to be obtuse when he refuses to acknowledge that he is a part of the culture wars when it comes to immigration and gun laws. I also had hopes that his background with Eastern Catholicism would influence his ministry, but that is apparently not the case. None of this subtracts from his good qualities though.

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