Friday, May 27, 2005

Possible Replacements for Cardinal McCarrick as Archbishop of Washington, DC

Like it or not, the venerable Cardinal McCarrick of Washington will be hitting 75 this July 7th. You know what that means! Our sources tell us his resignation will be accepted "on an expedited timetable." Coupled with his public desire to retire early, Washington should have a new leader within the year. This episcopal see is highly visible due to it being located in our nation's capital and has been rewarded, since its inception, with its archbishops being created cardinals -- O'Boyle, Baum, Hickey, and McCarrick. The next archbishop will almost certainly follow in this tradition.

Here is the first official list, once again, of those candidates most often named as possible successors to McCarrick by our Vatican sources: Edwin O'Brien (U.S. Military Archdiocese), William Lori (Bridgeport), Charles Chaput (Denver), Raymond Burke (St. Louis), and John Foley (Pontifical Council for Social Communications). We tend to think that its O'Brien's to lose. He was rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome for many years prior to being named auxilary bishop in New York and then Archbishop of the Military Ordinate of the U.S. Currently at 66, O'Brien is the ideal age, being neither too young nor too old. Bishop Lori has deep ties to Washington, DC being Cardinal Hickey's longtime close collaborator and vicar general before being called to Bridgeport, CT. His only being 54 may work against him though. Archbishops Chaput and Burke are seen as "Rambo Catholic" bishops -- that is, they are not afraid of teaching the Church's moral truths in a very public manner. Both are seen as emerging leaders of the American episcopacy, and choosing either one would signal Pope Benedict's approval of their pastoral zeal. Their appointments would shake things up in our nation's capital, perhaps exactly what His Holiness desires. Archbishop Foley is a native of Philadelphia, but has been in his Vatican curial seat since 1984 (most likely the current recordholder!). So his time is due to move on to a new pasture. If he isn't named to Washington, he could also have a good chance at Baltimore. So there you have it, my dearest vaticanisti lovers. Start placing your bets.

18 Comments:

Anonymous IM2Phat4U said...

A friend in Rome assures me that Archbishop Timothy Broglio is the leading candidate to replace Keeler at this point.

We shall see.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous VaticanCrusader said...

I don't think it will be Burke. He hasn't been in St. Louis very long and is still quite young. Remember, Rigali had to languish in St. Louis many years before becoming a cardinal in Philly.

11:11 AM  
Blogger vaticanisti said...

vaticancrusader,

Yes, common sense would dictate such. But there have been occassions of successive quick moves...Cardinal George comes to mind...Yakima to Portland (for less than a year) and then to Chicago. The same could happen for Burke.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous fr. bob said...

Lori is a rather dull robot. O'Brien is of Irish descent, and we're all tired of big fat Irish-American bishops. Foley is so full of himself - he would be a disaster anywhere - he has no pastoral experience and is not the sharpest tool in the shed. Chaput is a Westener (Native American and all) and would be a better fit in LA or SF. That leaves Burke. Sweet Jesus, has it come to this? Pope Benedict's nuclear option...

1:52 PM  
Anonymous thenatural said...

No chance in hell is Broglio going to replace Keeler. He's in his early 50s and still has at a minimum another 10 years in the Vatican diplomatic corps. He's an old seminary classmate of mine. Good guy, but trust me on this one.

1:56 PM  
Blogger Mark_McNally said...

Sweet Jesus, has it come to this? Pope Benedict's nuclear option...

Sweet. I just hope Pope Benedict doesn't have a Cardinal McCain to screw things up at the last minute. Pull the trigger.

4:50 PM  
Blogger Patrick Roach said...

I would give my right eye for Burke to be appointed archbishop of D.C. I must admit that I was a bit miffed when McCarrick dodged the communion and pro-abortion politicians question last fall. I found his response to reflect a concern about reputation as opposed to Truth. Burke wouldn't hesitate to call out pro-aborts like Kerry, Pelosi, Kennedy, etc. If there's an archdiocese in the U.S. that needs a watchdog like Burke, it's DC.

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Kate said...

In other news, Archbishop O'Brien is a very good friend of Notre Dame's own Fr. John Coughlin. He also sits on the USCCB committee on international policy and I met him several times when I worked there last summer.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Peter said...

What is the actual rule about receiving Eucharist? My understanding, perhaps wrong, is that any baptized Roman Catholic who has completed the sacrament of First Communion and who has not been excommunicated can receive. So political views would not be grounds for a Eucharistic minister to deny the sacrament. Or is the reasoning that holding such beliefs is in itself a grave sin?

10:34 PM  
Blogger vaticanisti said...

Any Catholic who has made his First Communion may receive Holy Communion, provided he is not in a state of mortal sin. The big question is whether a politician who supports legalized abortion is in a state of mortal sin. Of course, the John Kerrys of the world would say "no", but when was the last time you looked to those types for theological counsel? Individual bishops have taken different positions on this issue, perhaps based in large part on how much (or little) political capital each possessed in the wake of the sexual-abuse scandal. Other bishops have said that, mortal sin or not, in order to avoid public scandal, Catholic politicians who support abortion rights should voluntarily refrain from receiving Holy Communion.

12:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually reception of Holy Communion is only permitted b a person who is in both internal and external communion, that is one-ness, with all that the Catholic Church teaches. Pope John Paul II's last encyclical, on the Eucharist in the Church, clearly makes this point (which as a matter of faith and moral, according to the VCII document, Lumen Gentium #25, all Catholics must give consent of intellect and will when the Pope teaches in such a manner, even if it is not ex cathedra), as does the juridical document that came out last year on various liturgical abuses. Also, Canon Law states that a person who is in a state of serious public sin many not be given Communion. A politician who supports with their votes abortion, an absolute moral evil, has indicated that their will is the same as the person who is getting the abortion. Therefore the are formal cooperators in the mortal sin of abortion, thus are not permitted to receive Communion. With all due respect to Cardinal McCarrick, he was wrong in his opinion concerning disseneting Catholic politicians, which the memo from the Prefect of the CDF (now Pope Benedict XVI), when read in its entirety states.

When I was a seminarian at St. Charles Borromeo I met Archbishop Foley several times. He is a loyal, faithful Catholic, and I found him to be a good homilist. I do think his lack of pastoral experience would be a handicap. I actually thought that he would have been named the archbishop of Newark, NJ when Cardinal McCarrick was moved to DC. He is from the region and it would have given him pastoral experience as a bishop.

I would be very excited for either Archbishop Chaput or Archbishop Burke. We need their kind of leadership in the US. For too long we have had the "CEO-type" bishops, and that is the reason we have many of the problems we have in the Church in the USA. We need shepherds who have the courage to defend the Faith in an increasingly pagan society. Another excellent bishop is Archbishop Timothy Dolan, currentlly in Milwaukee, cleaning up the mess Archbishop Weakland left.

7:08 PM  
Anonymous Java said...

On Apr 28, 2005, I sent the a link to Archbp Chaput's commentary in the Denver diocesan newspaper [www.archden.org/dcr/news.php?e=127&s=2&a=2937] to my family & friends (I do an internal blog of sorts ...). My subject line was "make this man a cardinal!" Glad to see I might be prescient!

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Louis E. said...

While providing for the right to abortion is against the teachings of the Church,it is on this issue the teaching of the Church that is "an absolute moral evil".

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Washington DC. Needs an Archbishop who can we a Pastor to the diverse catholic community in this local church. It is also important to have a strong prolife Archbishop. Therefore the best one will be Sean P. O'Malley. He know very well the reality of the local church of Washington DC.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous monduzzi said...

All very interesting, but let's hear the inside track on Josef Clemens, once Ratzi's secretary and now at the Laity. Was incredibly prominent in organising Cologne, and got a name check from Il Papa. Surely he's going to replace Harvey at the Prefettura della Casa Pontificia? All change, Teutonic style....

5:03 AM  
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Anonymous Bridal Gowns said...

Needs an Archbishop who can we a Pastor to the diverse catholic community in this local church. It is also important to have a strong prolife Archbishop.

8:58 PM  

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