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Benedict XVI names 22 new cardinals

By on Friday, 6 January 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Twenty-two Church leaders will become cardinals at a consistory on February 18, Benedict XVI announced today.

The Pope made the announcement at the midday Angelus for the celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany.

The new cardinals are:

1) Archbishop Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples;

2) Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro, Major Penitentiary;

3) Archbishop Santos Abril Y Castellò, Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major;

4) Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People;

5) Archbishop Giuseppe Bertelli, president of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and President of the Governorate of the same State;

6) Archbishop Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts;

7) Archbishop João Bráz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life;

8) Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, Pro Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem;

9) Archbishop Domenico Calcagno, president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See;

10) Archbishop Giuseppe Versaldi, president of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See;

11) His Beatitude George Alencherry, Major Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly of the Syro Malabar;

12) Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins of Toronto;

13) Archbishop Dominik Duka of Prague;

14) Archbishop Willem Jacobus Eijk of Utrecht;

15) Archbishop Giuseppe Betori of Florence;

16) Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York;

17) Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki of Berlin;

18) Archbishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong;

19) His Beatitude Lucian Muresan, Major Archbishop of Fagaras and Alba Julia of the Romanians;

20) Fr Julien Ries, priest of the Diocese of Namur and professor emeritus of history of religions at the Catholic University of Louvain;

21) Fr Prospero Grech, OSA, Professor Emeritus of various Roman universities and Consultant to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith;

and 22) Fr Karl Becker, SJ, Professor Emeritus of the Pontifical Gregorian University, Consultant for many years the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

  • Nathanpearson

    Oh do please stop it with the homophobia. Homosexuals are no more promiscuous than heterosexuals.If you think that kind of statement should be made at the start of mass then it should be made at the start of ALL masses. This may come as a shock to you but there are many Catholics at Church (yes even yours) who are not following the Church’s teaching on sexual morality, and having sex outside of marriage and using contraception.

  • GFFM

    Dolan reminds me of Schönbrorn as well. He believes that jollity with others can somehow diffuse the gravity of the challenges to the faith. I have met him on a couple of occasions and he has a hard time talking beyond superficialities and tritisms. The fact that he was elected to the presidency of the US bishops’ conference is proof he is not really a hard hitter, but a conciliator. Oh well. I look forward to Chaput’s leadership

  • Admirer454

    Good to see a red hat for Edwin O’Brien. While all the huppla is for Tim Dolan O’Brien comes in at No 8, Dolan is also ran at 16 on the list. Also Dolan is far from Rome and O’Brien is in Rome at the Pope’s right hand so to speak. Those whom the Pope likes he keeps close at hand in Rome. So among the American cardinals O’Brien is the one to watch in a future conclave

  • Admirer454

    Geoffrey sith Vince willget the red hat when Murphy O’Connor reaches the cardinate retirment age. There cannot be two cardinals at Westminister. So Vince will have to wait a few more years. Just age, there is a living retired cardinal for the first time (most of his predecessor died in office). Nothing to do with gay masses.

  • Admirer454

    priests who worked in the CDF getting an unsually fast promotion

  • Anonymous

    Cardinals do not retire.  It is bishops who retire, when they reach 75.
    Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor is no longer “at Westminster”; there is only one Archbishop of that diocese at the present time.
    It has everything to do with “gay” Masses.  Why should the gays be a privileged minority?  No other group of Catholics is treated with such grovelling approval by the Archbishop. If the gays are sincere in their attitude, and wish to attend Mass for the spiritual benefit it will give them, let them go to Mass in their respective parishes, and stop going out of their way to make a public stand for their heterodoxy by congregating in a particular church. 

  • Anonymous

    Egan’s not 80 yet either, and Dolan got it.

  • Anonymous

    No Americans are papabile.

  • Anonymous

    Are you deranged? Did you see what the “universal espicopate” perpetrated at Vatican II? They simply could not be trusted not to elect a liberal maniac.

  • Anonymous

    Schönbrunn is a palace…you mean Schönborn.

  • Anonymous

    I too  live in Birmingham, and I disapprove of Nichols, for a different reason. He may have stood up to the government a few times, but he is highly discouraging of the EF mass and won’t allow it to be taught in English seminaries despite it being the pope’s express wish that seminarians should learn to say it. He has also come up with some piffle about standing being the proper posture for receiving communion – the liturgical norm in England, no less, despite it being the universal right of the faithful to receive kneeling and on the tongue if they so wish. Finally, I suspect him of involvement in the Birmingham Oratory affair. It’s a shame Longley does not have a stronger character, but I nonetheless find him far preferable. Speaking of Longley, it was actually he who was the auxiliary responsible for bringing the Soho masses within the ambit of the diocese, and Nichols merely allows them to continue.

  • Anonymous

    I disapprove of sacrilegious communion as much as you do, but the reality is that it occurs in every church every day. The Church needs to be clearer – no, every priest needs to be clearer – about the need for confession before communion, and the conditions for reception of communion, and this should be preached in every church, not just Warwick St – although it should be preached in Warwick St. The idea of offering pastoral care to homosexuals is not a bad one, and better within the diocese’s control than outside it, and if there is am atmosphere there contrary to Church teaching, well then it is for the diocese to remedy that – which doesn’t mean abolishing the mases, though, because if they do they won’t cease, they’ll just go elsewhere, as they were before, and they will be even more antipathetic to Church teaching than when in diocesan oversight.

  • Anonymous

    I appreciate the sentiment but if we had to wait 10 years for the next consistory there’d be almost no cardinals left!

  • geoffreysmith1

    So, the Church allows the SCC to die out from old age and appoints bishops who are noted for their allegiance to the Magisterium and faithfulness to the teaching of the Church.  I still think my idea of extending the papal franchise to include all the bishops is a practicable one, and we can depend on the Holy Spirit to ensure that a wrecker would never be elected to the papacy.
    What’s not to like?

  • Mariano

    Is benedicth xvi getting ready to leave a pope that follow his teachings? Please GOD no more traditionalist church. Why the Vatican don’t fallow his own teachings and allow the Holly Spirit to do his work. ratzinger, what are you going to say to Jesus? the masses don’t know what their doing?