It’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.