WDTPRS kudos to the new Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church.
I was especially pleased that Archbishop Ranjith was on the list. And though it was no surprise, what a pleasure to see Archbishop Burke’s name there as well.
I am also happy that Archbishop Mauro Piacenza is to be Cardinal right away. He just received his new assignment as Prefect of Clergy, a role that is important enough that the red hat cannot be delayed.
It was nice to see that early reports were correct about three of the 8o-year-olds: Sgreccia, who did fine work for the Pontifical Academy for Life, the fine old-gentleman Brandmueller who has all the right ideas about liturgy and the arts, and of course Domenico Bartolucci. Bartolucci had been pretty thoroughly hosed some years ago when he was ousted by liturgical liberals and the chapter of St. Peter’s from his post as maestro in perpetuo of the Sistina. I was not overly impressed with the music he directed back in the day, but he was head and shoulders above the insipid mediocrity that followed along the track laid down by Archbp. Piero Marini (who will never be a Cardinal). Naming Bartolucci Cardinal both goes some distance to heal the wound to justice inflicted years ago and it sends a quite signal about sacred music for our liturgical worship.
Juxtapose that with the elevation of Malcolm Ranjith.
Nothing for Archbishops Dolan and Nichols, probably because their cardinalatial predecessors are still able to vote in a conclave.
The Italians sure have a big voting block now.
UPDATE: I see that tonight Archbp. Donald Wuerl is slated to give a speech at the University of St. Thomas in Texas. He is supposed to talk about the “Building a Good and Just Society”.
Will this be a contretemps to Archbp. Chaput?
The talk will be streamed over Ustream at 7:30 CDT