Nov 192010

by Anura Guruge

1/ Cardinals Cañizares Llovera and Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien as Papabile post, Sept. 06, 2010
2/ Does The Next Pope Need To Be A People Person? post Nov. 01, 2010

Cardinal Antonio 'Little Ratzinger' Cañizares Llovera

Cardinal Antonio 'Little Ratzinger' Cañizares Llovera

The 65 year old Spanish Cardinal, Antonio Cañizares Llovera, now the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments as of 2008, first started working with the current pope in 1996. He was appointed to be a member of the powerful Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in November 1996, by its then head, the current pope.

The Spanish cardinal did not earn the evocative sobriquet ‘Little Ratzinger,‘ one that the pope is said to be very conversant with, for nothing. Doctrinally, he, the pope and the ‘Tanned Ratzinger‘ from Sri Lanka, conscientious conservatives all, sing from the same hymn sheet — a hymn sheet written for John Paul II (#265) by the current pope. The cardinal lauded for his administrative as opposed to pastoral skills, in known to travel the world advocating traditional, pre-Vatican II norms, in particular the Latin Mass.

IF the cardinal electors,all of them, without nary an exception, the creations of the conservatives Benedict XVI (#266) and John Paul II, want to continue, seamlessly, the John Paul II franchise – as was their motives when they expeditiously elected the current pope – they cannot go wrong if they elect the ‘Little Ratzinger.’ The ‘Tanned Ratziger,’ despite having the same value, isn’t exactly interchangeable because he isn’t European. The Canadian, Marc Ouellet, a longtime papabile, now heading the influential Congregation for Bishops, is another conservative option, though he isn’t as ‘dyed in the red’ as the two Ratzinger ‘namesakes.’

Today, Friday, November 19, 2010, the day before the much anticipated 2010 consistory, was slated, by the pope, to be a day of prayer and reflection for the College of Cardinals. The existing cardinals (who were able to make it to Rome) and the 24 cardinal designates met with the pope, for what was essentially a consistory, at 9:30 am (Rome time) at the Vatican Synod Hall. Two topics were scheduled to be discussed:, viz. ‘Religious freedom’ and ‘liturgy in the life of the Church.’ The latter is the domain of Cardinal Cañizares Llovera. Consequently, he gets to strut his stuff in front of the ‘entire’ College. Though he is no stranger to the other cardinals, this exposure, to the NEW expanded College, will only enhance his papabili credentials.

To be fair, Cardinals Bertone, the Secretary of State, U.S. cardianl Lavada and cardinal designate, and papabile, Amato, also have speaking slot today. But, of those speaking, Cardinal Cañizares Llovera is the most papabile.

Right now, in my mind, the top 3 are: Ouellet, Cañizares Llovera and Ravisi. I will work on a new list in the coming weeks.

The pope and the cardinals are also worried about what is happening in China, where the Government is supposedly ‘forcing’ some bishops to participate in the consecration of a new Chinese bishop not approved by the pope. Let me draw your attention to this post. As far as I recall, we also had a worldwide day of prayer for ‘the Chinese’ in June of this year. I am, as ever, fairly naive and simplistic in such matters. But, especially after that day of prayer, isn’t God aware of what is happening? These matters boggle my mind.

Peace and cheers.

  3 Responses to “Pope Gives Papabile ‘Little Ratzinger’ A Day In The Sun, Pre-Consistory”

  1. Dear Father,
    SO GOOD to hear from you. I will CONFESS. I missed our discussions.
    Dear father, as is usually the case, we are in accord. Over the last 2 weeks there have been days when I have been certain that the next pope will be Italian and that it would be Ravisi or Amato.
    But, then doubts creep in.
    I ‘hear’ what you say.
    My ‘doubt’ has to do with ‘the cardinals‘. Other than that they are all creations of the last two popes, what else do they have in common? Italy only has 25 votes. 55 votes short of the majority. Will 55 other electors ALSO agree it is time for an Italian after 3x year? That is the question. 55 is 57% of the non-Italian vote. Could they get it? Yes and No. That is the problem.
    I agree with your assessment of Ouellet and Canizares Llovera, though I think, and I could be wrong, that Ouellet may be a bit less stern.
    There is no doubt … there is something about Ravisi. He does seems to have that much needed je ne sais quoi. Does he remind folks of John XXIII? For THIS electorate that MIGHT not be a good thing. I gather most of this crop think that, that good pope was mad! Malachi Martin even spells that out in his fictional book ‘Vatican.’ When the pope announces that he is going to call a Council.
    Very interesting about Amato being a connoisseur of the Orthodox Church. Have you found any details of any visits or discussions by him?
    Very interesting stuff.
    I have finally updated everything for tomorrow’s consistory.
    PLEASE, keep in touch.
    All the best.

  2. Bravo.
    I am sorry I have been SO occupied getting all the stuff done for the consistory. I only finished a couple of hours ago.
    I will still have to check and update. But, I am not going to worry. I have provided all the salient data.
    All your points, as ever, are valid.
    We really will have to kick this around the next couple of weeks.
    I have to do a new papabili list. THANK you for the input and food for thought.

  3. Dear Father,
    Saw this on Google a few minutes ago. Are you familiar with this story:
    All the best.

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