.by Anura Guruge
.by Anura Guruge
I got an e-mail from Switzerland a few weeks ago because I have written about Cecco Bonanotte’s urns for papal elections.
The statue is in Switzerland and, of course, it can be shipped anywhere in the world.
The gentleman who contacted me, asking whether I can give him a hand in trying to sell it in the U.S. (given my ‘connections’),
inherited it from his father, who owned an art gallery and did a Cecco Bonanotte show in the 1970s.
It is priced remarkably well! I was very surprised.
Very affordable for a statue from somebody as famous as this.
If I wasn’t so poor I would buy it at this price.
Moreover, Deanna likes it.
IF you have any interest, let me know and I will get you in touch with the seller.
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by Father Anthony Churchill, STL
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There are quite a few, including June 14, 2013 on ‘Thoughts on the new Holy Father‘
and the April 4, 2013 ‘Reflections on the Conclave‘.
Homily for 25th Sunday.
Two days ago the media reported an interview given by Pope Francis to the editor of an important Jesuit periodical. Father Antonio Spadara spent a total of six hours with the Pope over three days. The interview runs to some 12000 words. The Pope had the opportunity to read the final Italian text and to approve it. A team of five Jesuits translated it into English. So we are not talking about an “off the cuff” conversation, but a carefully prepared discussion of a wide range of subjects. The interview clearly expresses what the Pope wanted to say, and how he wanted to say it.
I am talking about this today because some Media commentary seems to be missing the point or even distorting it. The Pope is not setting out to change the teaching of the Church, but we need to understand what we mean when we speak about “the teaching of the Church”. There are certain truths that are fundamental and unchanging. The Mystery of the Holy Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, to name just three. The Pope and the Bishops are called to be servants of God’s Word. As priests in communion with the Pope and the worldwide Church, we are sent to teach the Catholic Faith in its fullness. The Church has a long history, 20 centuries experience of living the Gospel. We today can draw on the wisdom of so many who have gone before us in the Faith. We are not called to re-invent the Faith, but to live the Faith in the world of today. In doing so we draw on the witness of the Saints, and the teaching of the Church down the ages.
In his interview Pope Francis made the point that not everything is of equal importance. He said that he has been criticised for not speaking enough about moral issues such as abortion or contraception or gay marriage. He said that the Church’s teaching on these things is well known and does not need constant repetition by the Pope. Rather he wants to bring us back to the fundamental truths of the Faith. Above all he wants to focus our thoughts on God’s love for us and his mercy.
What Pope Francis is bringing to us is not new teaching, but certainly a new emphasis. He is taking up a theme that Pope Benedict also spoke about more than once. Our Faith is not just a set of doctrines, a series of things to be believed or a set of moral teachings, a series of “do’s and don’t's”. The Faith is about a living relationship with God through Jesus.
As Pope Francis sees it, our world is full of people who have been wounded in one way or another. People’s lives are often complex. Very often we cannot see with any clarity what to do. We make choices, and sometimes we get things wrong. We are wounded people. The Church is called to be in Francis’ words ” a field hospital ” where the first duty is to apply the healing medicine of mercy. If you are dealing with someone badly wounded in battle you don’t immediately ask him about his blood sugar levels. You treat the gaping wound instead. Similarly when we meet a brother or sister turning to The Lord for help you don’t start off by asking him “are you gay?” Or “are you divorced?”. These are things to talk about on another day. What matters now is that he or she knows that they are loved by God and called to live through love each day in God’s presence.
The Holy Father is concerned that the Church is in danger of becoming obsessed with a handful of moral issues and ignoring the larger picture. It is not that these are not important issues, but they must not be seen as the central message of the Gospel.
We are all called by God to live lives of generous and unselfish love. The Church has the duty of helping us to discern what love demands in practice. This is what we mean by the moral life, but we cannot begin to make sense of all that until we have discovered how much we are loved by God, and until we experience for ourselves the infinite mercy of God.
>> Papabili post Pope Francis, papabili 2014 — Sep. 3, 2103.
“You left out Benedict XVI as a papabili. I know you hate him BUT:
He has experience, is pleasant enough and projects an atmosphere or scholarship. He already has the wardrobe and wouldn’t have to travel far. Age is not a factor – like Prince Philip and Elizabeth II this man will never die – he keeps a portrait in the attic.”
I knew that somebody would argue that he was a papabili. It might as well be David.
I pointed out that I also think that he should be considered a cardinalabili — since he is no longer a cardinal. Very simple test. Does he possess a title to a Roman property. No. So he is not a cardinal. He definitely has the eligibility to be a non-voting Cardinal Deacon.
“He does not seem to think he can be “demoted” so it’s an interesting question. Then again would there even be a point to it? Being appointed an over-80 cardinal (stupid rule anyway) gives him less status.”
Darien’s last post:
>>Thoughts on Bertne & Perolin – Sep. 4, 2013.
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So this is the 2nd Pope Francis cardinalabili list. The 1st was by Louis Epstein yesterday.
Darien’s list is in the form of a small, Adobe Acrobat PDF. Click image below to view it in its original form as submitted by Darien.
Darien’s last post:
>> Bl. John XXIII’s 50th death anniversary– Jun 4, 2013.
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Proclamations of “The King is Dead, long live the King,” might be a bit much, but the sentiment is not terribly far off the mark with regard to the now imminent retirement of Tarscio Cardinal Bertone as the Secretary of State. Since his appointment to the post in September 2006, Bertone was the strongman behind the Papacy of Benedict XVI. Following Francis’ election to the Papacy this past March, it has been clear to Vatican watchers that Bertone was one of the odd men out; a holdover from the old regime who did not fit in with his new boss’ preferred style of governance. Some of this undoubtedly comes form his stature and persona; the regal type. From how he carried himself, it was evident he was a politically important man within the Catholic Church. And if there was any doubt by his king-like demeanor, one only need read some of Pope Benedict’s writings, naming Bertone as one of his closest collaborators.
But over the waning months of Benedict’s Papacy, Bertone’s name was coming up far too often in association with bad press; the culmination of which being what was revealed in part during Vatileaks. Even if he were a younger man, one not well beyond the retirement age of 75, I believe that his time as Secretary of State under Pope Francis was numbered. So the question now becomes, what is his legacy? Much like sports stars, I think his initial legacy will be largely formed by what happened towards the end of his tenure. The last few years were marked by revelations of possible corruption, and a massive divide among the Cardinals into the pro-Bertone and anti-Bertone camps. Long term, while those elements will certainly remain a part, I think there will be a larger focus on his style of governance, and the immense power he wielded at the behest of Pope Benedict.
Enter Pietro Perolin, erstwhile Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela. Admittedly, he is not a man I know much about. Given this appointment, I am sure there will be much written on him between now and his ascension to the Secretariat in October. One note I would add. As Anura referenced in an earlier post, the Secretary of State is by Church law, required to be a Cardinal. What that means in practical terms is that he will be the Pro-Secretary of State until he is elevated to Cardinal by Pope Francis. So, thus begins the speculation that a Cardinal creating Consistory may well be on the horizon. While predicting the new crop of Cardinals is, at best, guesswork, including Perolin’s name on a “Cardinalabili” list is as close a thing to a lock as one can get.
Louis, as those familiar with his work will know, has a very good track record when it comes to picking cardinalabili and predicting cardinal-creating consistory dates. When it came to the February 2012 consistory I think he nailed it, with the right date, 6 to 9 months ahead! So Louis can be impressive.
Right now he is thinking that a November, Christ the King, consistory is possible. I have some doubts — but I could be wrong.
Louis Epstein — Cardinalabili 2013 – 2014.
Here’s the current state of my file:
After the second 2012 consistory, it’s time for my standing draft list of possible Cardinals for the NEXT consistory to be updated. Benedict XVI seemed inclined to return to the Pius XI andJohn XXIII practice of having many small consistories but we don’t know what will happen with Pope Francis, and with a coming crush of 80th birthdays rushing things.
The vacancies for some of these people to fill won’t come into being yet for a while. . . but still. . .
(I resort to nameless successors for cardinalitial sees and posts whose incumbents are *already* over 75(where applicable), others of course may get vacated in the next few years).
John Atcherley Dew, Archbishop of Wellington–cardinalitial see, predecessor retired promptly and has aged out of the electorate(but hat keeps waiting. . . heterodox culture in archdiocese may bea reason)May 1948/New Zealand
Odon Marie Arsene Razanakolona, Archbishop of Antananarivo–consistently cardinalitial see, predecessor dead, already bypassed repeatedly May 1946/Madagascar
Orani Joao Tempesta, Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro–cardinalitial see, already bypassed, predecessor aged out June 1950/Brazilian
Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster–cardinalitial see, predecessor has aged out of electorate, already bypassed November 1945/British
Braulio Rodriguez Plaza, Archbishop of Toledo–cardinalitial seeJan 1945/Spanish
Andre Leonard, Archbishop of Malines-Brussels–cardinalitial see, predecessor has aged out of electorate, already bypassed May 1940/Belgian
Cesare Nosiglia, Archbishop of Turin–cardinalitial see, predecessor has aged out of electorate Oct 1944/Italian
Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, Archbishop of Santiago de Chile–cardinalitial see Jan 1942/Chilean(Italian born)
Murilo Sebastiao Ramos Krieger, Archbishop of Sao Salvador de Bahia–cardinalitial see Sept 1943/Brazilian
Jose Horacio Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles in California–cardinalitial see Dec 1951/Mexican-United States
Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec–cardinalitial see July 1957/Canadian
Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia–cardinalitial see Sept 1944/USA
Francesco Moraglia, Patriarch of Venice–cardinalitial seeMay 1953/Italian
Christian Lepine, Archbishop of Montreal–cardinalitial seeSept 1951/Canadian
Mario Aurelio Poli, Archbishop of Buenos Aires–cardinalitial see, succeeded Pope FrancisNov 1947/Argentinian
Manuel Jose Macario do Nascimento Clemente, Patriarch of Lisbon–cardinalitial see July 1948/Portugese
Jozef Kowalczyk, Archbishop of Gniezno–hitherto-cardinalitial primatial see, most recent cardinal is dead Aug 1938/Polish
Allen Henry Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit–hitherto-cardinalitial see, predecessor has aged out of electorate Oct 1948/USA
Fausto Gabriel Travez Travez, Archbishop of Quito–new to usually-cardinalitial see, predecessor got hat after retiring March 1941/Ecuadorian
Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholics–cardinalitial see but astoundingly young for a modern Cardinal; ailing predecessor has aged out May 1970/Ukrainian
Whoever becomes Archbishop of Cologne
Whoever becomes Archbishop of Madrid
Whoever becomes Archbishop of Chicago
Whoever becomes Archbishop of Barcelona
Whoever becomes Archbishop of Palermo
Whoever becomes Archbishop of Bologna
Gerhard Ludwig Muller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith–cardinalitial post, bypassed once Dec 1947/German
Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State-designate–cardinalitial postJanuary 1955/Italian
Zygmunt Zimowski, President of the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers–generally-cardinalitial post, has waited April 1949/Polish
Jean-Louis Brugues, Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church–cardinalitial postNov 1943/French
Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family–usually-cardinalitial postApr 1945/Italian
Whoever becomes Major Penitentiary
Whoever becomes Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints
Whoever becomes President of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerants
Whoever becomes President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts
The President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Claudio Maria Celli (July 1941, Italian), whose predecessor left to be elevated as Grand Master of the Holy Sepulchre, seems a rung below eligibility. The same for the President of the Office of Labor of the Apostolic See, Giorgio Corbellini (April 1947, Italian) though Cardinals have held it; his additional appointment to head the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia (succeeding a Cardinal) may possibly strengthen his position. Piero Marini of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses is hard to categorize, as the post has previously gone to Cardinals stepping down from more important jobs, not men stepping up from lesser ones.
Georg Gaenswein(July 1956/German) by precedent would only be elevated on leaving his job as Prefect of the Pontifical Household, but with his patron leaving that might be soon. Lorenzo Baldisseri(Sept 1940/Italy) was secretary of the 2013 conclave, a post traditionally but not always promptly rewarded with the cardinalate; reportedly he was given the new Pope’s zucchetto as customarily signifies the elevation.
Jozef Piotr Kupny(Feb 1956), archbishop of Wroclaw, is another Polish candidate, if young, and his predecessor was not elevated. The status of Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz(Jan 1946) of Belarus is unclear. . . he succeeded a cardinal he once installed.
Nikola Eterovic, Secretary-General of the Synod of Bishops(Jan 1951, Croatian) is in a post whose holders seem to get to the cardinalate SLOWLY, and is still young enough to wait a while yet. . . so he’s been waiting.
Slovakia may be given an elector as the ailing Korec and Tomko have both aged out, presumably Stanislav Zvolenski(Nov 1958) of Bratislava, though his youth might delay his selection. Likewise notably young would be Ukraine’s Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki(Mar 1961), but despite his closeness to John Paul II Latin-Lviv’s cardinalitial track record is unclear. Armagh Coadjutor Eamon Martin(Oct 1961/UK) will likely be the next Irish cardinal, but not soon.
I expect that some African and Asian prelates will likely be added. Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins (June 1959) succeeded Cardinal Okogiein Lagos, but his youth, and Cardinal Okogie having waited a long time, might indicate a wait for the hat unless the see’s growth has bearing; in November 2012 the more senior Archbishop of Abuja got preference. Ignace Ephrem Younan (Nov 1944/Syrian) is probably the likeliestEastern Rites Patriarch. Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak(Aug 1955/Egyptian) islikely in for a long wait though Alexandria of the Copts has as gooda cardinalitial track record as any Oriental see. Ikenaga (president of conference) or Okada (previous president) of Japanare options, since Japan now has no cardinals. Andrew Yeom Soo-jung(Dec 1943) replaced Korea’s non-elector cardinal as Archbishop of Seoul and would likely be that country’s next cardinal. Someone from Oceania (Apia-Samoa’s Alapati Mataeliga(Jan 1953), predecessoris dead, is a possibility) is likely. Jose Serof ia Palma (Mar 1950, Philippines)succeeded a cardinal as Archbishop of Cebu, hosts the next InternationalEucharistic Congress, and has waited. Other Filipinos mentioned include Lagdemeo and and Aniceto, both in their 70s, but neither’s see has ever had a Cardinal.
Certainly more Latin Americans. (Hard to say which, some seats rotate among small countries. . . the death of Guatemala’s only cardinal may increase the chances of Oscar Julio Vian Morales(Oct 1947) but predecessors waited). Carlos Aguiar Retes (Jan 1950, Mexican) became a serious candidate through election to the presidency of CELAM(his first VP was elevated). New Archbishop of Monterrey Rogelio Cabrera Lopez(Jan 1951) wouldestablish that see as cardinalitial if selected. In Brazil, some large seesare only establishing cardinalitial track records. Walmor Oliveira deAzevedo of Belo Horizonte (April 1954) and Jose Antonio Aparecido Tosi Marques of Fortaleza(May 1948) seem leading candidates, Sergio da Rocha of Brasilia (Oct 1959) is on the young and junior side.
Those who appear to have been passed over include Luigi de Magistris, former Pro-Penitentiary Major(Feb 1926), presumably lost his chance with the job(but was rumored as an over-80); Michael Louis Fitzgerald(August 1937/British), sent from the apparently cardinalitial post of President of thePontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue to a nunciature from which he has retired; Raphael Ndingi Mwanaa Keki of Nairobi(Dec 1931), succeeded a cardinal but retired at 75 without the hat in favor of a man who immediatelygot it; Stanislaw Wielgus(April 1939/Polish), forced to step down as Archbishop of Warsaw over secret-police ties; Jan Sokol(Sept 1933), retired as Slovakia’s senior archbishop after both its electors had aged out; Robert Bezak(March 1960), abruptly removed as successor to part of Sokol’s divided see; Henryk Muszynski(March 1933/Polish), retired as Archbishop of Gniezno and Primate of Poland as the first such since 1915 nevermade a Cardinal; Marian Golebiewski(Sept 1937/Polish), archbishop of previously-cardinalitial Wroclaw; and the former dean of the Rota, Antoni Stankiewicz(Poland, Oct 1935), the post seems to have lost cardinalitial status though he was named archbishop in 2006. John Paul II did seem to of fer preferment to Poles. . . . not Benedict.
.by Anura Guruge
I am Mr. Contingency. I have contingency plans for my contingency plans.
So, when it comes to popes I like to have a running list to cater for all eventualities.
Since, I was also ‘Mr. Next Pope’ for the last election, I feel duty-bound to have a list, short as it may be, for now.
OK. Much has changed with this new pope — at least in the ‘short-term’, i.e., next 9 months.
We can FORGET another religious. So my favorite Marc Ouellet, P.S.S. is out — with regret.
My Lord Bertone has now aged out. I said that would happen.
FORGET another ‘exotic’. So the next pope, if that were to happen in the next 9 months, will not be American (i.e., from the U.S.A.), back, brown, Filipino or Sri Lankan.
The next pope, ‘short-term’, will be Western European — most likely Italian.
The electors will want a ‘normal’ pope.
My current gut-feel favorite is Gianfranco Ravasi — who I have always liked.
My shortlist after that is: Paolo Sardi, Scola (if he is in reasonable shape), Monterisi, Barbarin & Koch.
This is a 1st cut. But, at least I have made a cut. Have YOU?