Pope names 19 new cardinals, focusing on the poor

Sixteen of the appointees are younger than 80, meaning they would be eligible to elect the next pope
Associated Press
Jan 12, 2014

Pope Francis named his first batch of cardinals Sunday, choosing 19 men from around the world, including the developing nations of Haiti and Burkina Faso, in line with his belief the church must pay more attention to the poor.

But advocates for victims of sex abuse by Catholic clergy said they felt let down that Francis didn't unequivocally embrace their calls that prelates who hadn't made a clean break with past practices of covering up pedophile behavior never be promoted.

Francis read out the 19 names to a crowd of tens of thousands in St. Peter's Square.

Sixteen of the appointees are younger than 80, meaning they would be eligible to elect the next pope, which is a cardinal's most important task, after the Feb. 22 ceremony to formally install them.

Since his election in March as the first pontiff from Latin America, the pope has broken tradition after tradition in terms of protocol and style at the Vatican. But in Sunday's list, Francis stuck to the church's rule of having no more than 120 cardinals eligible to elect the next pontiff.

The College of Cardinals is 13 shy of that 120-mark among eligible-to-vote members. In addition, three cardinals will turn 80 by May. That means Francis chose the exact number of new cardinals needed to bring the voting ranks up to 120 during the next few months.

Some appointments were expected, including that of his new secretary of state, Italian archbishop Pietro Parolin, and the German head of the Vatican's watchdog office for doctrinal orthodoxy, Gerhard Ludwig Mueller. Two others named Sunday also come from the curia, as the Holy See's Rome-based bureaucracy is known.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the pope's selection of churchmen from Haiti and Burkina Faso reflects Francis' attention to the destitute as a core part of the church's mission.

Francis' announcement of the honor of the Les Cayes Bishop Chibly Langlois, who, at 55, was the youngest of the appointees, came as the impoverished Caribbean nation marked the anniversary of the quake there that killed tens of thousands of people.

"Today we are marking four years since the earthquake," said a priest, Hans Alexandre, in Haiti. The pontiff's emphasis on the poor "touches us immensely."

In Burkina Faso, the archbishop of Ouagadougou, Philipe Ouedraogo, said he thought reporters had made a mistake when they called him about his promotion to cardinal's rank, as he had no advance word from the Vatican. He also embraced Francis' vision of a church toiling for those on the margins of society.

"I fully recognize myself in his vision and pastoral philosophy that, like Jesus, identifies himself with the poor and the sick," the African prelate said. Ouedraogo, very popular in his homeland, had recently opposed a proposed change to the constitution to allow the country's president, in power since 1987, to run for another term.

Once again, the cardinal's red hat eluded Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. The prelate in that traditionally Catholic country has angered some in the Vatican by strongly criticizing how the hierarchy handled the worldwide clerical sex abuse scandal.

The U.S.-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, expressed disappointment that Francis didn't promote Martin.

SNAP criticized the choice of Mueller, saying he had a "dreadful" record on children's safety.

Under the tenure of Mueller, who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, a fellow German, critics have accused the Vatican's handling of the sex abuse scandal, including letting pedophile priests transfer from parish to parish when complaints were made.

Groups such as SNAP also have criticized the Vatican's recent refusal under Francis to allow the extradition of a Polish archbishop being investigated in his homeland for alleged sex abuse. But SNAP welcomed the fact that three high-ranking archbishops in the U.S, where the sex scandal has enraged faithful for decades now, weren't promoted to cardinal.

In Chile, those who had denounced for sex abuse a priest who had long been one of the country's most popular clerics, lamented that one of Chile's church hierarchy was being promoted.

Dr. James Hamilton, the first to publicly denounce the priest, said he hoped the soon-to-be cardinal, Santiago Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, would "drown in power, boastfulness, vanity, corruption, perversion and greed," adding sarcastically, "that is a good cardinal."

Ezzati, commenting on his selection, insisted the Chilean church is "learning from its mistakes."

Buenos Aires Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli was chosen to become a "prince of the church," as cardinals are known. It was a post that Francis left when he was elected as the first Latin American pope in March. Poli had impressed Francis by earning a degree in social work from the public university of Buenos Aires.

The selection of Orani Joao Tempesta, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, as a new cardinal was widely hoped for back home to thank him for organizing Francis' wildly popular visit to that city in July.

Whether one continent or country has a large contingent of cardinals is watched when it comes time to pick the next pope because churchmen could vote as a geographic bloc.

Not counting the four picks from the curia who no longer represent the church in their homelands, the other new voting cardinals include two from Europe, three from North and Central America, three from South America, and two apiece from Africa and Asia.

Francis has stressed that the church hierarchy mustn't view itself as an elite aloof from its flock, but instead serve its flock, especially the poor.

 

Comments

SoldOnAcorns

Wonder how many are sex offenders ?

Contango

"However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:" (Acts 7:48)

"When Jesus heard this, he said to him, 'You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'" (Luke 18:22)

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them." (Luke 11:44)

And Babylon exists for what purpose?

IslandDweller

"And Prophet Ryan exclaimed to Disciple Boehner "Let us cut their food stamps, for as told by Father Reagan, ye who needs help must indeed be welfare queens and takers! For even if we taketh away from veterans, the elderly and working families, it is but the proper punishment because we deem ourselves perfect Christians." (Republicus 1981:2014)

Contango

"For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: 'The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.'" (2 Thess 3:10)

IslandDweller

Is that the line from the Big Magic Book of Contradictions that the Republicans are parroting this week? Good to know.

I was wondering if you might know who I should contact in Sandusky to have my son stoned to death. He would not listen to me or his dad last night when it was his bed time. He also ate half a bag of potato chips before dinner.

“If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they discipline him, will not listen to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gate of the place where he lives, and they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This our son is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones. So you shall purge the evil from your midst, and all Israel shall hear, and fear." Deuteronomy 21:18-21

Contango

Re: "the Republicans,"

#1. Independent, NOT a Repub.

#2. Please read the above article and find where Repubs are even mentioned, i.e. off-topic.

#3. Kindly note that my referenced quotes were from the NT, NOT the OT.

#4. "Big Magic Book of Contradictions"? You mean as opposed your original delusional nonsense?

IslandDweller

"WASHINGTON (AP) - A North Dakota Republican Congressman stirred up some controversy recently when he answered a Facebook question from one of his constituents regarding cuts in the federal food program. “2 Thessalonians 3:10 English Standard Version (ESV) 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat,” Congressman Kevin Cramer posted in his reply ...
Congressman Cramer is not the only Republican to use this quote. Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) also cited 2 Thessalonians recently to explain his support for cuts to nutrition support."

Hmmm. What a coincidence.

And my original post was meant as satire. Maybe you should take your Google University education and look up the word satire. You obviously take these S.R. comments far too seriously. This is the Sandusky Register, not Meet The Press!

PirateBacker1975

Too funny!

AJ Oliver

"Is not this the fast that I choose: to…share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?" (Isaiah 58:6-7)

KURTje

"I ain't a Christian." contanko. Meanwhile in Huron County, the many pay for an airport that only a select few use.