Pope Francis named 17 new cardinals from 11 countries on Sunday. They will be created cardinals in a consistory in November. Thirteen of them are under 80 and eligible to vote for a future pope, and 11 of them are from places that have never had a cardinal.
Pray Tell readers will be interested in the liturgical and ecclesial views of Francis’s appointees. Here is what blog assistant David Wesson found:
According to Rorate Caeli, 3 of the 13 elector-cardinals have either presided at or attended a pre-Vatican II liturgy as allowed by Summorum Pontificum: Bishop Farrell (Dallas, TX), Archbishop Tobin (Indianapolis, IN) and bishop Piat (Port Louis, Mauritius).
Archbishop Renato Corti, who turned 80 this past March and was bishop in Novara, Italy until 2011, suspended three parish priests for celebrating only the pre-Vatican II Mass and refusing to celebrated the Church’s reformed liturgy. He was close to the late Cardinal Martini.
Pray Tell’s Rita Ferrone already reported on the installation liturgy of Archbishop Blaise Cupich (Chicago, IL), and over at Whispers in the Loggia, Rocco noted how pointedly inclusive this liturgy was. (Don’t miss the “Archbishop Rolaids” line!)
Over at Oblation, Tim O’Malley reprinted the excellent piece on the 2000 GIRM Archbishop Cupich wrote in 2007. In the oddities of the Catholic liturgical landscape wreaked by Pope Benedict XVI, I suppose one could say that Cupich is a liturgical “liberal”… because he supports the official teaching and official liturgy of the Church!
Cupich clamped down on the Latin Mass community in Rapid City in 2002, and he had an altar brought in to John Cantius at an ordination so that, contrary to local practice, he could celebrate Mass facing the people.
Archbishop Tobin (Indianapolis, IN) stated in 2013 that attending Latin Mass with the break-away Society of St. Pius X “is not a legitimate option.” Facebook has photos of him (scroll down) celebrating Confirmation in the unreformed pre-Vatican II rite. He is known to be a man of moderation and reconciliation, and he was an advocate for the U.S. sisters when they were being investigated under Pope Benedict.
Bishop Kevin Farrell (Dallas, TX) tweeted this past August 1,
If you find Pope Francis “confusing” – you have not read or do not understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra (Madrid, Spain) reportedly banned Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, from speaking in his diocese, but later backpedaled. He has said that he is “neither conservative nor progressive,” and Spanish media consider him a “Doppelgänger” of Pope Francis. He said of the preconciliar liturgy:
“The extraordinary form of the Roman rite has become, by the approbation of the pope, an ordinary form. This is no problem. Where there is a need, one only need ask. But one cannot unpack the rite ideologically, progressives and conservatives. One should acknowledge the teaching of the church, which is capable of bringing together in the same Mass Christians of varied sensitivities.”
Archbishop Jozef De Kesel (Malines-Brussels, Belgium) headed an inter-diocesan pastoral liturgy commission and wrote a book on liturgy. He advocated for the elimination of mandatory celibacy for priests in 2010. At the same time he said of women’s ordination,
That is certainly open to discussion, but it is more sensitive that the issue of celibacy. I think that the discussion of celibacy can proceed much more quickly than the discussion of the admission of women to the priestly office.
He reportedly later stated that the Church is unable to ordain women. Soon after being appointed to Bruges in 2010, De Kesel closed down the traditionalist body called the “Fraternity of the Holy Apostles” which his conservative predecessor (Bishop Léonard) had founded.
Archbishop Maurice Piat (Port-Louis, Mauritius) has stated that the Society of St. Pius X “is not in communion with the Catholic Church.” He invited a canon of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, which is dedicated to the pre-Vatican II Mass, to the island to be a hospital chaplain and offer the preconciliar Mass.
Let Pray Tell know if you have further information to share on the new cardinals.
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