by Anura Guruge
As a rule I usually don’t spend any time trying to determine if there is any rationale as to what title or deaconry is assigned to what newly created cardinal. I just don’t have the time. Last time around, i.e., in November 2010, I just happened to know that they gave a Sicilian-related deaconry, pro hac vice, to Sicilian Cardinal Paolo Romeo, now notorious as the cardinal who talked about the plot to do away with the pope and poor Scola.
This time around, I had a bit more time, so decided to spend a couple of hours seeing what I could find.
It was interesting that there were no pro have vice assignments this time around. 5 new deaconries and 1 new title were established for this 2012 consistory. In reality there wasn’t a need to create any! There were a total of 23 vacancies prior to the consistory and a title can be given, pro hac vice, to a deacon. Nonetheless, the Vatican opted to create 6 new ‘deeds’ — though from what I can see there appears to be not even one instance of a symbolic connection between any of the new ‘deeds’ and who they were assigned to.
Yes, I do know that there is a group in the Vatican that does try to determine possible pertinent connections. And some, from what I can see, are quite neat.
>> U.S. O’Brien got U.S. Foley’s old deaconry — which is very appropriate since he also got Foley’s old office.
>> New Spanish papabile Abril y Castelló got the deaconry previously allocated to Spanish Navarrete Cortés.
>> Same true with that given to Indian Alencherry — previous holder was also Indian.
>> They must like Vegliò in the curia. They gave him the sacred ‘John Paul II‘ title!
>> I could be wrong, but I think the Vatican is having some fun in the case of ‘Next Pope’ Dolan and the American people in General. They gave him a title with Mexican roots. Oh, la, la!
Here is my Spreadsheet:
Refer to the ‘Consistory‘ TAB right at the top, above the banner ((↑↑)), for all the requisite links, including those for the February 18, 2012 consistory.