Francis Appoints New Cardinals. First Thoughts.

Big mistake.

Big mistake.


Francis has, then, appointed the first squad of his demolition troops. They are the avant garde of the army meant to make Catholicism barely recognisable in the years to come. My first thoughts in casual order:

1. No US Americans.

Chaput, head of the extremely prestigious Archdiocese of Philadelphia, might have been considered. Too Catholic, perhaps? On the other hand, one can not imagine Che Guevara would, if elected Pope, have done differently.  Perhaps some US observers hoped for a red hat for Archbishop Kurtz, the newly elected head of the US Bishops’ Conference. The latter won’t be waiting for long, I would say. On the former, I have more doubts.

2. Mueller makes it.

Further evidence it is good to be the text editor of a former Pope, even if you doubt (or, ahem, re-read) Catholic dogma. It is astonishing that this man manages to pass for somewhat “conservative” among the uninformed, though there are (even) worse people than him around. Mueller is a friend of Liberation Theology. This probably saved his skin when the new man came in power. At least one hopes his red hat will give him some weight in the months to come (see below).

3. No Other Germans.

This must be worth a bottle. Zollitsch, the Archbishop Emeritus of Freiburg and Head of the German Bishops’ Conference, is in the front line on the unholy battle to sanctify adultery. He is now retiring, but is clearly still very influential and very “exposed” as the main nuclear warhead of the German clergy. If he had received a red hat it would have been very bad indeed. A thought: the Germans might be just “lio” enough for Francis, but perhaps they are just too rich, too “First World”. No favelas by you? Tsk, tsk…

4. Loads of “periphery”.

Argentina, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Philippines, Haiti, Nicaragua. Can’t imagine there are many “hawks” among them. Poli is most certainly one of the “Bergoglini”. I will have to read more about the others. Whilst this is a relatively small sample, it seems to be Central and South America fared pretty well. I think it’s fair to forecast an increase in populist statements and enthusiastic support of Francis’ confused anti-capitalist wannabe economics from these corners.

5. Four Italians.

I’d be glad if I could trust them as being orthodox Catholics. Nowadays, who can?

6. Quisling gets a hat.

Vincent “Quilsing” Nichols also made it. Unsurprisingly. He is just the kind of enemy of Christ Bergoglio would want to promote. Of course, Murphy O’Connor is now above 80 so one could say this is “expected”. But it is also generally “expected” that the archbishop in Philadelphia makes it to Cardinal, which doesn’t happen if the man in charge appears to be a Catholic.

It is, of course, too soon to see whether Francis wants to give a new balance to the college of Cardinals, away from powerful countries like US and Germany and on to the “peripheries” of the “oppressed” poor countries. 

In the next days, we will no doubt get a lot of coverage about the past statements of at least some of the new men. I don’t thing this will make good reading.


Posted on January 13, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. No Americans, but don’t forget, there was a Canadian:

    Pretty much what I’d expect from someone appointed by Mr. Rice-and-Beans: “soft-spoken and less provocative than Cardinal Ouellet on sensitive issues like abortion” as well as “seen as cerebral and distant as Marc Ouellet” and “close to the people”. He also comes from Quebec, which is now pretty much the Deadlands for Catholicism, yet still coasting on a historical reputation for piety which hasn’t been true for over 50 years.

  2. (Sorry, I meant “NOT seen as cerebral etc.” Trying to juggle too many quotes!)

  3. It is very notable that Moraglia, Patriarch of Venecia, has note been made a Cardinal. He is a disciple of Cardinal Siri. I guess Francis will never make him a Cardinal, and the same for Chaput, Leonard, Rey. One may wonder why Benedict did not made Moraglia a Cardinal while he could (and Chaput, and Leonard from Manilas-Brussels). With a stroke of his pen he could have added three or four orthodox cardinals and that could have modified the outcome of the Conclave. But not only he resigned, but he seemed to be indifferent to the future, by leaving a College of Cardinals deprived of that worthy persons.

  4. Chaput offered some muted criticism of the Bishop of Rome when he said that the “right wing” was “generally not happy” with him.

    Perhaps the Bishop of Rome saw that as a rebuke.

    We saw what happened to Burke …

  5. I’m not surprised that Francesco Moraglia isn’t on the list. He is the (very Conservative) Patriarch of Venice, ordained by Cardinal Siri. He was passed over at the last consistory as well. If he is ever elevated to the Cardinalate, he would automatically become papabile. And I think that is what Francis and Mueller are worrying about.

    • Ah, I think by the average che-guevarism that will soon become utterly dominant the probabilities would be thin any way 😉
      He might well be the token conservative appointment one day, though…


  6. BIG MISTAKE?…No, no… this is the calculated plan how to destroy the CHURCH OF CHRIST and build a CHURCH OF FRANCIS = ONE WORLD REGION UNITED CHURCH

  7. St. Benedict's Thistle

    Found this about Cardinal Nichols on a Sede site, The Thinking Housewife:

    It includes details of the new cardinal’s endorsement of homosexual masses for years, as well as a prayer to “Erotic Christ” which is unbelievably disturbing.

    • If you seek this forum, you will find a thing or four, either. I know nothing of the “erotic Christ”, but this is too disturbing for me to check it at least tonight.


  8. “No English bishop would have, decades ago, publicly declared that he “doesn’t know” whether the Church will accept the “reality of gay partnerships” and no bishop would have dreamt of ever saying that he is “nuanced” and does not oppose civil partnership. Actually not even people in open revolt to the authority of Rome like Henry VIII would have ever dreamt of saying such absurdities.

    Nowadays even an Archbishop of Westminster is allowed to say such things and remain unpunished.

    The “Spirit of Vatican II” is alive and kicking. It goes together with dissent or open heresy of all sorts and – in the absence of any strong action from the Vatican, nowhere to be seen at the time – it will die only as its proponents kick the bucket in increasingly larger numbers.”

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