Posts Tagged ‘college of cardinals’

Pope victim of half-reported answers about McCarrick abuse Comments 0

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

A transcript of Pope Francis’ comments about disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick only half-reported what he said, the Vatican Communications office says. The truncated transcript of Francis’s lengthy interview with Mexico’s Televisa reporter, Valentina Alazaraki, claimed Francis said he didn’t know anything about accusations of McCarrick’s sexual abuse before the accusations became public last year. What Read more

Why cardinals have ranks, and how Pope Francis changed them Comments 0

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Pope Francis made an unexpected change Tuesday in the structure of the College of Cardinals, adding some curial officials to the rank of “cardinal bishops,” the highest rank within the college. The College of Cardinals is structured in three orders, or ranks: the order of “cardinal deacons,” the order of “cardinal priests,” and the order Read more

Consistory unusual for four reasons Comments 0

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Last week’s consistory was unusual for a number of reasons. Firstly, according to the norm set by Blessed Paul VI and confirmed by St. John Paul II, there can be only 120 cardinals with voting rights in the event of a conclave to choose the next Pope. Read more Related Posts:Pope Francis not having traditional Read more

New Swedish cardinal wants women advisors Comments 0

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The new Swedish cardinal, Anders Arborelius, has suggested Pope Francis consider creating a special advisory body of women. Their role would be similar to that of the College of Cardinals and would offer more opportunity for women’s leadership in the church. Francis made Arborelius Sweden’s first cardinal in a consistory on Wednesday. He said he Read more

Cardinals are called to be grandfathers says Pope Comments 0

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Pope Francis rejects the idea that the church is a “gerontocracy” ruled by old men. While it’s true many may need help to get  up and down the small steps to the altar for Communion, Francis says it doesn’t automatically make them old. In fact, he has a surprising sounding description for them: “We aren’t Read more

Pope Francis not having traditional meeting cardinals Comments 0

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Pope Francis won’t be convening the traditional pre-consistory meeting before creating five new cardinals tomorrow. The Vatican says the consistory will have a courtesy meeting today and Mass will be celebrated tomorrow, which is the Solemnity of the Saints Apostles Peter and Paul. At this time Francis will impose the Pallia on the new cardinals. Read more

Cardinal Sarah and failures at the college of cardinals Comments 3

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The ability, or even tendency, to make stupid remarks is not, at least officially, a prerequisite for being made a curial cardinal. But neither does it seem to hurt the odds of one’s wearing a red biretta around Rome. In 2011, a Spanish bishop claimed that Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, then head of the Pontifical Council Read more

Oldest member of College of Cardinals dies aged 100 Comments 0

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The former secretary to St John XXIII and the oldest member of the College of Cardinals died on May 26 at the age of 100. Italian Cardinal Loris Capovilla, who served St John XXIII before and after he became pope, died in Bergamo, near Milan. Cardinal Capovilla was born in Pontelongo, Italy, in 1915, and Read more

Cardinals reject Kasper’s proposals on divorce and communion Comments 1

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Cardinal Walter Kasper’s proposals to allow Communion for remarried divorcees got a frosty reception from many of his fellow cardinals at a recent meeting That is according to an Italian journalist writing about the February consistory at the Vatican. In an article for the Turin daily, La Stampa, on March 24, Marco Tosatti wrote that Read more

Gomez, Mahony and the ‘Sodano Rule’ – Vatican politics Comments 0

Friday, February 15th, 2013

This column probably ought to carry a warning label: “The following piece of writing contains an apples-and-oranges comparison that may be hazardous to your intellectual health.” I’m going to compare two fights among senior churchmen, but the purpose is not to suggest they’re identical. Rather, it’s to understand what makes them different. The first term Read more