Thursday, June 16, 2005

Possible Replacements for Archbishop of Detroit

Cardinal Adam Maida turned 75 last March and submitted his resignation. Although Pope Benedict may keep him on as archbishop of Detroit for possibly two more years, the talk of him bowing out sooner rather than later is heating up. The listing of possible espiscopal relacements is rapidly becoming a speciality of the vaticanisti. So here it goes again: Bishop Joseph Perry (auxiliary of Chicago), Bishop Donald Wuerl (Pittsburgh), Bishop John Nienstedt (New Ulm, MN), Bishop Michael Burbidge (auxiliary of Philadelphia), and Bishop Robert Vasa (Baker, OR). Our sources tell us its pretty much between Perry and Wuerl. Perry is well-respected especially when it comes to sound liturgical and doctrinal teaching -- he is also one of the few African-American bishops. Wuerl has been waiting for a promotion for years. He has been bishop of Pittsburgh since 1988 and is known for his catechetical ministry. Neinstedt is the hometown favorite being a native of Detroit and a protege of both Cardinals Szoka and Maida. Burbidge and Vasa are long-shots but worth keeping an eye on for future openings down the road. Both are young, bright and orthodox. Burbidge was rector of St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia while Vasa is orginally a priest of Lincoln, NE.

Interesting note: While Detroit has traditionally been a cardinalic see, its now thought that Detroit's red hat will shift to an episcopal see in the southern US -- probably San Antonio, Galveston-Houston, or Miami.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

"Christ yes, the Church no!" JP II on the Contemporary "Appearance" of Openness

The Vaticanisti recently completed John Paul the Great's brilliant final book, Memory and Identity, wherein he reminds us yet again that it is through a community in time and space that we encounter Christ:
Christ yes, the Church no! is the protest heard from some of our contemporaries. Despite the negative element, this stance appears to show a certain openness to Christ, which the Enlightenment excluded. Yet it is only an appearance of openness. Christ, if he is truly accepted, is inseparable from the Church, which is his Mystical Body. There is no Christ without the Incarnation; there is no Christ without the Church. The Incarnation of the Son of God in a human body is prolonged, in accordance with is will, in the community of human beings that he constituted, guaranteeing his constant presence among them: "And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Mt 28:20). Admittedly, the Church, as a human institution, is continually in need of purification and renewal: the Second Vatican Council acknowledged this with courageous candor. Yet the Church, as the Body of Christ, is the normal locus for the presence and action of Christ in the world.

(pp. 116-117).

If you have not yet read Memory and Identity in its entirety, do it. This is a wonderful collection of John Paul's thoughts on so many issues, such as his first-hand experiences of totalitarianism, the promise and limitations of democracy, and the Church's ongoing mission to spread the Gospel.

In addition, the Vaticanisti would urge you to read Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's brilliant Declaration Dominus Iesus on the unicity and salvific universality of Jesus Christ and the Church.

Both documents serve to remind us that, while continuing to nurture a spirit of ecumenism and interreligious goodwill, we must take care not to confuse our interlocutors or ourselves--there is only means of salvation for man, Jesus Christ, and He established a Church, which he entrusted to the Apostles and their successors under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Monday, June 06, 2005

New Cardinals for Probable October 2005 Consistory

Our sources generally agree the following will most likely be included on the list of new cardinals for the upcoming consistory:

1) William Levada, 69, Prefect of Doctrine of the Faith
2) Stanislaw Dziwisz, 66, Archbishop of Krakow, Poland
3) Angelo Comastri, 61, Archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica and Vicar General for the Vatican City-State
4) Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, 79, Archpriest of St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls Basilica
5) Carlo Caffarra, 67, Archbishop of Bologna, Italy
6) Antonio Cañizares Llovera, 59, Archbishop of Toledo, Spain
7) Lluís Martínez Sistach, 68, Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain
8) Andre Vingt-Trois, 62, Archbishop of Paris, France
9) Gaudencio Borbon Rosales, 72, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines
10) Michel Sabbah, 72, Patriarch of Jerusalem
11) Emmanuel III (Emmanuel-Karim) Delly, 77, Patriarch of Baghdad, Iraq
12) Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, 73, Bishop of Hong Kong, China
13) Stanislaw Rylko, 59, President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity
14) Franc Rodé, 70, Prefect of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life
15) Either Raúl Eduardo Vela Chiriboga, 71, Archbishop of Quito, Ecuador OR Antonio Arregui Yarza, 66, Archbishop of Guayaquil, Ecuador – probably will go to Yarza who is a priest of Opus Dei
16) Fernando Sáenz Lacalle, 72, Archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador (another Opus Dei priest)
17) Two Metropolitan Archbishops from Brazil – multiple Episcopal sees that have historically had cardinals leading them are currently lacking the red hat…see Benedict name the two Brazilian cardinals who most “fit” his theological vision…Brazil being the most populous Catholic country is under-represented in the college
18) Two Metropolitan Archbishops from Africa – may be some surprises here…watch for a possible Ethiopian
19) If Cardinal McCarrick of Washington, DC, USA retires before September and a successor is named, then his successor will be created a cardinal
20) Three eminent priest-theologians – great speculation here…watch for future postings

Notable exceptions include: Archbishop Sean O’Malley of Boston who supposedly has no desire to be named cardinal out of a sense of Franciscan humility, and Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald who is currently President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

The list is quite interesting. There are obvious shoe-ins like Levada, Dziwisz, and Comastri. Caffarra and Llovera are both stand-outs adding profound intellectual and spiritual depth to the college. Sistach, Vingt-Trois and Rosales will also receive a red hat because of the importance of their episcopal sees. The naming of Sabbah, Emmanuel III, and Zen Ze-kiun are the most fascinating because it demonstrates Pope Benedict’s great support for the church leaders of these troubled regions of the world. Two Opus Dei bishops are also included which would double their representation in the college. John Allen, eat your heart out…

Saturday, June 04, 2005


Pope Benedict XVI meets with San Francisco Archbishop William Levada, newly nominated as guardian of church doctrine, at the Vatican, Friday, June 3, 2005. Levada, who succeeds Ratzinger as prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, holds the highest Vatican office ever held by an American. The vaticanisti were the first to officially confirm Levada's nomination. We relished the spotlight...and still do!

The late Pope John Paul II's personal secretary Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz. Pope Benedict has named John Paul's 'shadow', his long-time secretary and the man who cradled him in his arms after a 1981 assassination attempt, to be the new archbishop of Krakow in Poland. Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz will take over the leadership of the important archdiocese from Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, 78, who is retiring. The vaticanisti knew about the possible appointment over a month ago, but were beaten to the punch by a colleague verifying the nomination. Dziwisz has also disclosed he did not burn the late pope's personal papers as he was instructed. "Nothing has been burned," Dziwisz said. "Nothing is fit for burning, everything should be preserved and kept for history, for the future generations - every single sentence." A cardinal's red hat awaits...

Pope Benedict meets with the former archbishop of Milan, Cardinal Martini. Reports say Martini had the second highest number of votes after Ratzinger in the recent conclave. He now lives in Jerusalem and has dedicated the remainder of his life to writing and the study of theology. Wonder what they discussed?