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Cardinals, For What?

Much discussion online and elsewhere about the Church’s new crop of cardinals. Pope Francis has suggested a new tone, if not redefined the role: The cardinalship does not imply promotion; it is neither an honor nor a decoration; it is … Continue reading

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No Big Red Hat Heads

Rocco and others blogged on Pope Francis’ letter to cardinals-to-be-created. I liked this bit, as it applies equally well to parish ministers. To be honored to be named as a servant means a wider gaze and an open heart: The … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Favors Pastors

Gianni Valente at La Stampa reports on the pedigree of many of the new cardinals: pastoral experience. Before becoming bishops, many of the new cardinal electors had been parish priests for a long time. For example, Burkina Faso’s Philippe Ouèdraogo … Continue reading

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On Female Cardinals

Pope Francis has supposedly shut the door on appointing women to the college of cardinals: I don’t know where this idea sprang from. Women in the Church must be valued not “clericalized.” Whoever thinks of women as cardinals suffers a bit … Continue reading

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