Pope Benedict XVI names 22 New Princes of the Church.

Today, Pope Benedict XVI named 22 New Cardinals for the Catholic Church.  Among those named are some pretty notable men, including Canada’s very own Archbishop Thomas Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto.  Now, Pope Benedict is a man who knows how the Church works.  He understands the ins and outs of Church politics.  He knows that he has supporters, and he knows he has enemies (within the Church and without).  Therefore, to help ensure the College of Cardinals remains unified, Pope Benedict has to make some important decisions concerning the appointments he makes.  For lack of a better term, the Pope has to make a dream team to help lead the Church in the future.

The list of the 22 Cardinals chosen are (provided by: Associated Press):

The 18 new cardinals under 80 are:

Santos Abril y Castello, (Spanish), Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major

George Alencherry, (Indian), Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church in India

Giuseppe Bertello, (Italian), President of the Government of the Vatican City State

Giuseppe Bettori, (Italian), Archbishop of Florence

Joao Braz de Aviz, (Brazil), Prefect of the Congregation for Religious

Domenico Calcagno, (Italian), President of the Apostolic Patrimony of the Holy See

Francesco Coccopalmerio, (Italian), President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

Thomas Collins, (Canadian), Archbishop of Toronto

Timothy Dolan, (United States) Archbishop of New York

Dominik Duka, (Czech), Archbishop of Prague

Wim Eijk, (Dutch), Archbishop of Utrecht

Fernando Filoni, (Italian), Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

Antonio Maria Veglio, (Italian), President of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Refugees

Manuel Monteiro de Castro, (Portuguese), Major Penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary

Edwin O’Brien, (United States), Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre

John Tong Hon, (Chinese), Bishop of Hong Kong

Giuseppe Versaldi, (Italian), President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See

Rainer Maria Woelki, (German), Archbishop of Berlin

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The four new cardinals over 80 are:

Karl Becker (German), a priest and professor

Prosper Grech, (Maltese), a priest and professor

Lucian Muresan (Romania), an archbishop

Julien Ries, (Belgian), a monsignor and professor

In analyzing the Pope’s decisions, as he himself does not state why he makes his appointments, and on pure speculation, I would like to submit my hope for his choices.  To begin I think it is important to name who I think the key players in this draft are:

Giuseppe Bertello, (Italian), President of the Government of the Vatican City State

Joao Braz de Aviz, (Brazil), Prefect of the Congregation for Religious

Domenico Calcagno, (Italian), President of the Apostolic Patrimony of the Holy See

Francesco Coccopalmerio, (Italian), President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

Thomas Collins, (Canadian), Archbishop of Toronto

Timothy Dolan, (United States) Archbishop of New York

Fernando Filoni, (Italian), Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

Giuseppe Versaldi, (Italian), President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See

I look at these men stated above and I see a theme – the guidance of the Holy See.  I see the Holy Father ensuring he chooses solid men who truly know how to lead the Holy See in matters of faith and economics.  I see also a strong emphasis on men who wish to evangelize, shepherd, and proclaim the Gospel.

With the choosing of Archbishop Thomas Collins, I see the Pope choosing a man he knows will stand up to evil.  Archbishop Thomas Collins, with Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa (Archbishopterry.blogspot.com), worked together to expose the hidden pro-abortion support of Development and Peace.  Amidst persecution from his brother Bishops in the CCCB, they pushed and brought out the truth – even going as far as travelling to Mexico to provide the proof.  This is a man that continually leads the people of his diocese in Lectio Divina in his cathedral every week.  He is a Bishop for the people and most of all for Christ.  Archbishop Timothy Dolan is the President of the USCCB and member of the Council of the Promotion of the New Evangelization, and is outspoken on issues about the right to life and the sanctity of marriage.  These are men with a no-holds-barred attitude, and are unrelenting in their passion for Christ.  With Fernando Filoni the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, I think we are going to see, especially with the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome concerning the New Evangelization in the fall, that we are going to see an incredible push on the missionary nature of the Church.

All in all, we are seeing a definitive move by the Holy Father to choose men who will be effective leaders in these turbulent times.  I give the Holy Father a proverbial high five for these choices.  I think we need to prepare ourselves, because we are about to see some incredibly powerful and hardhitting things coming from the College of Cardinals in the future.  Let us pray for our new Cardinals and the entire College of Cardinals, especially on February 18th, when the Consistory(the event at which the Cardinal-elects are officially made Cardinals) occurs, that they be strengthened and given many graces to act in accordance with the Will of God, in fidelity with the Holy Father.

Long Live The Pope!

In the Immaculata,

Chris

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About catholichris

I am an orthodox Roman Catholic twenty-something husband with a passion for spreading the Faith, especially within the social media sphere. I work with Team Orthodoxy (orthodoxcatholicism.com), a Catholic social media team, dedicated to the work of the New Evangelization, in full fidelity to the Holy Father, Pope Francis and the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.

Posted on January 6, 2012, in Apologetics, Bishop Thomas Collins, Cardinals, Catholic, Catholic Clergy, Church Corruption and Renewal, Current Events, faith, Orthodoxy, Pope, pro-life. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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