And here is Yours Truly wanting to write some short reflections about the feast of Christ the King, and comparing the Rex tremendae majestatis with the spiritual heroin of our times, the “religion of mercy”, of which Francis is pusher Numero Uno.
But why invest all the time, when Father Z already said it so well?
This feast reminds us that the Lord Jesus is indeed coming and that He will not come as “friend” or “brother” or “gentle shepherd” with hugs and a fluffy lamb on His shoulders.
Follow the link for some very sobering considerations.
Do not be deceived by the Lamb.
Remember the King.
Realise that Francis is the most dangerous wolf in the whole forest.
The rumours are more and more frequent on the blogosphere and it would seem that a new consistory is imminent.
As the date of the appointment would be the Feast of Christ The King, which falls on the 21st November, and as it is the usual praxis to announce the names one months in advance of the official appointment it would seem that within a few days we’ll have the name of the new red hats.
Whilst one does not doubt that unpleasant names will be inserted in the list (I think here in particular of His Disgrace Vincent “Quisling” Nichols, often the object of less than pleased entries on this blog), there is reason to hope that this new batch of Cardinals will, on the whole, give us conservative Catholics added security that the successor of Benedict will be a step forward; or at the very least, not one backwards.
Besides the unavoidable disappointment here and there (Benedict has already disappointed more than once in his UK appointments and he is obviously not willing to risk an open confrontation with the clergy of England & Wales) it will be nice to examine the new candidates one by one and try to assess how much the new appointments shift the average toward the conservative side. I am also glad that this consistory finally arrives as – always speaking in general- the more Cardinals of Benedictine appointment there are, the better it is.
But we still don’t know and we’ll have to bear some uncertainty for a couple of days.
As I think Pope Benedict would say: Abwarten, und Tee trinken…