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New Cardinals

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, … Continue reading

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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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