Jun 302012

Prior post in this always intriguing Edward T.S. Trivia Series:
College of Cardinals Trivia by Edward T. S. — The Lefèbvre Cousins — June 14, 2012.
Check the NEW ‘Trivia’ category (with 22 posts as today) or do a search on ‘Edward’ or ‘trivia’ for more posts.

Augmentation by Anura Guruge

Cardinal Korec, S.J.

This list was inspired by the news, on June 18, 2012, that Cardinal Ján Chrysosthom Korec [dob: Jan. 22, 1924], S.J., Bishop Emeritus of Nitra, Slovakia, created June 1991, suffered from a ruptured appendix. He has now recovered and has left the hospital.

1. Spanish José de Calasanz Vives y Tutó [dob: Feb. 15, 1854], O.F.M.Cap. , General of his order, created June 1899, who died shortly after undergoing an operation for appendicitis on September 13, 1913.

2. Spanish (though born in London), 1922 papabile, Rafael Merry del Val y Zulueta [dob: Oct. 10, 1865], Secretary of State, created November 1903, who died February 26, 1930 following appendicitis complications.

3. German Clemens August von Galen [dob: Mar. 16, 1878], Bishop of Münster, created February 1946, who died on March 22, 1946 of peritonitis.

4. U.S. John Francis O’Hara [dob: May 1, 1888], C.S.C., Archbishop of Philadelphia, created December 1958, who died August 28, 1960 after surgery for peritonitis.

5. Syrian Gabriel Acacius Coussa [dob: Aug. 3, 1987], O.S.B.A.M., Secretary of the Congregation for Oriental Churches, created March 1962, who died July 29, 1962 rom peritonitis caused by appendicitis.

Jun 282012

Related posts:
>> Reconciliation With SSPX May Be Close. Pope Appoints Seasoned Curialist Archbishop As V.P. of Ecclesia Dei
—–June 26, 2012.

>> Replacement For Cardinal Farina As The Archivist; Cardinal Antonelli’s Replacement, Vincenzo Paglia,
—–Immediately A Cardinalabili — June 28, 2012.

>> Pope’s Supposed ‘Best & Final’ Deal To The Ultraconservative SSPX, June 12, 2012
—–— Now At Least 2 Months Behind Schedule — June 14, 2012.

At the same time that the pope was appointing the 68-year old, Dominincan U.S. Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P., a seasoned curialist, as Vice President of the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei‘ to deal with the much anticipated reconciliation with the SSPX — the SSPX rejects the pope’s latest offer! This is a huge blow for the poor old Pope. A reconciliation with the SSPX is his major hope now of having a BIG WIN during his increasingly benighted papacy — Vatileaks destined to dominate his final legacy.

SSPX to him is what Obamacare is to Obama — except, thank God, Obama won BIG this week (just going to prove, as George S. Patton would have said, whose side God really is on).

The supreme irony, the SSPX rejection letter was LEAKED to the media. There really is no respite for the poor old pope.

Click to read the article at ‘CathNews’.

Jun 282012

The new archivist from France

Related post: Post Cardinal Farina Retirement Today, The Oldest Curialist, Retirement Pending Cardinals Down To 20 — June 9, 2012.

17 days after Cardinal Farina’s departure on a Saturday, a new Pro [i.e., ‘acting] Archivist and Pro Librarian of the Holy Roman Church has been appointed, viz. the 69-year old French, Dominican Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès O.P., who until then had been the Secretary [i.e., #2] of the Congregation for Catholic Education as of November 2007. He had been the Bishop of Angers [in France].

The librarian cum archivist of the Holy Roman Church is a cardinalate post going back to the 16th century. So Bruguès will get created — the only question being whether he will make the cut at the next cardinal creating consistory if the numbers are tight and the pope is already up to 135 electors (à la John Paul II (#266) towards the end). So, Bruguès is a cardinalabili, indubitably.

Related post: Papabile #5, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli’s Retirement Accepted Just 221 Days After Turning 75. Incongruous? — June 26, 2012.

The replacement for Cardinal Antonelli as Pro President, Pontifical Council for the Family, the 67-year old Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, however, is odds onto get created at the next cardinal creating consistory. That was a given ever since his name was announced on Tuesday as a part of Antonelli’s resignation notice. Our cardinalabili expert, Darien N. Clark, the creator of the 2013 cardinalabili list, e-mailed me Tuesday itself to make sure that I made this known to all of you. Paglia, on Tuesday morning was Bishop of Terni-Narni-Amelia [Italy]. He was promoted, on the fly, to Archbishop with the announcement of his new post. From what I can see he hasn’t had that much curial exposure. Starting in 2011 he was a ‘inaugural’ member of the newly [i.e., June 2010] created Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation. So this was a big break for him.

Related post: Reconcilliation With SSPX May Be Close. Pope Appoints Seasoned Curialist Archbishop As V.P. of Ecclesia Dei — June 26, 2012.

There was a 3rd high-profile appointment this week: Another Dominincan, 68-year old U.S. Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P., a seasoned curialist, as Vice President of the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei‘. This post, however, is definitely of 2nd in command stature — the head of Ecclesia Dei as of 2009 being the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Benedict XVI’s (#266) old job). So Di Noia may not be getting a read hat at the next cardinal creating consistory.

Jun 262012

Related posts:
Pope’s Supposed ‘Best & Final’ Deal To The Ultraconservative SSPX, June 12, 2012
— Now At Least 2 Months Behind Schedule — June 14, 2012.

Benedict XVI’s Latin Mass ‘Summorum Pontificum’ Given More Muscle — May 13, 2011.

Click to read all the details from the ‘Vatican Information Service’ (VIS).

Jun 262012

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

…..by Anura Guruge

Related Posts: Retirement pending (i.e., over 75) cardinals — 21 in total, 5 curial including
Lords Bertone and Antonelli, papabili both — May 25, 2012.
Post Cardinal Cardinal Farina Retirement Today, The Oldest Curialist, Retirement Pending Cardinals Down To 20 — June 9, 2012.

The Vatican announced today, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, that 75-year old Italian Cardinal Antonelli’s retirement as the President, Pontifical Council for the Family has been accepted by the pope. He was the 2nd youngest retirement pending curial cardinal. He was less than 8 months past his 75th birthday — a tad quick for a typical retirement. So not sure if there is more to this than catches the eye — especially with Vatileaks in the air.

Click to ENLARGE. Lord Bertone, now the oldest non-retired, as ever keeps an eye on his flock.

Jun 262012

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Yes, there is no question that his retirement was pending per Canon 354 of the 1983 Code requiring cardinal heads of curial dicasteries to tender their retirement to the pope when they turn 75, he having turned 75 on November 18, 1936. He was on my May 25, 2012 list of retirement pending cardinals — albeit the 2nd youngest of the curialist.

Yes, late June, early July each year is when Pope’s realign the curia before they start their lengthy Summer sojourn, typically at Castel Gandolfo. Hence, the pope’s acceptance of Cardinal Antonelli’s retirement today, when quite a few curial reshuffles were being announced, could be totally kosher.

But, in the current climate of Vatileaks induced intrigue, paranoia and skepticism inquiring minds always need to stop and ask: ‘is there more to this than catches the eye‘ — as we were also forced to do when the Vatican announced the retirement of 78-year old Cardinal Raffaele Farina, on a Saturday, June 9, 2012.

Cardinal Antonelli, as the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, was a high-profile presence at the ‘Seventh World Meeting of Families‘, held in Milan, May 30 to June 3, 2012 — and was attended by the pope at the height of the Paolo Gabriele framing. He appeared to be in good standing with the pope in Milan, even sitting next to the pope, on his right-hand side — with papabile #1, Lord Bertone sitting on the left-hand side. As far as I can see he has stuck to the party line, especially when it comes to homosexuality — calling it, yet again, ‘contrary to the will of God’s plan‘ in Milan. Though he may have upset many gays, he should be golden within the Vatican (unless of course his statement rubbed a few in those haloed corridors the wrong way).

From the ‘Statesman.com’ — with gratitude.

Any time the pope accepts a cardinals resignation when he is still 75, eyebrows do get raised.

I went back and looked at last year’s. We had 4 resignations accepted at 75, viz. Georg Maximilian Sterzinsky, Roger Mahony, Ivan Dias and John Patrick Foley. Sterzinsky and Foley were known to be very ill and would die within months of their retirement. Mahony was under fire for sex crime coverup and was essentially embattled and disgraced. When Dias’ resignation was accepted 3 weeks after his 75th birthday some assumed that he too might be ill. That proved not to be the case. It transpired that Ivan, vis-à-vis Vatican guidelines, had been naughty. No, no, no. He didn’t molest any young children. In the eye’s of the Vatican he committed a much more egregious crime — he had openly encouraged the notion of married priest! Heaven forbid — even as the pope, with his Personal Ordinariates for Protestants continues to assimilate more married priests into the Church! But, he is pope.

So, given what happened to poor Ivan the Good, who, from all I can see, is far from Terrible, one has to again ask … Did Ennio do something bad? P.S., I have to say, Ennio has aged in the last year. He looks nearly as old as the old pope.

Jun 242012

Related posts:
>> First U.S. Catholic Official Branded A Felon, Monsignor William Lynn, Worked For Bevilacqua 1992 – 2004
—-June 22, 2012.

>> Must Read ‘The Washington Post’ Piece On Convicted Monsignor Lynn, Convicted Sandusky And Child Abuse
—-June 23, 2012.

>> Another ‘The Washington Post’ Piece On Monsignor Lynn Shows How He Might Go To Prison A Priest
—-… And Implications … — June 23, 2012.

Click to read ‘Philly.com’ piece.

Click to read another ‘Philly.com’ piece. Definitely worth reading.

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