Could we hear the announcement of a consistory perhaps next Wednesday during the General Audience?
If it is going to be on the Solemnity of Christ the King, it’ll have to be announced fairly soon.
A while back I posted a note about when there might be a consistory during which His Holiness of Our Lord would create come new cardinals.
As common sense had it then, it seemed to me that we would be a large number of Italians.
Today from the intrepid Andrea Tornielli I find a story in Il Giornale about a consistory and the Italians to me made cardinal.
We could run up a long list of the Italians, as Tornielli did. Some of the names are pretty clear, such as heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia, which now includes also Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, Prefect of Clergy. Perhaps also the pro-Patron of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta, Paolo Sardi. Very recently we learned that there will be a new Archbishop of Turin (Torino), Cesare Nosiglia. Perhaps too soon for him.
However, in each consistory we usually see the Pope make some men who are over 80 years old cardinal. They can’t vote, but they are still cardinals. Tornielli suggests a few names that I had not thought of before. The former Maestro “for life” Msgr. Domenico Bartolucci who was unceremoniously given the heave-ho under the hammer of then papal MC Msgr. Piero Marini and the Chapter of Canons of St. Peters. The former President of the Pontifical Commission for Historical Sciences, Msgr. Walter Brandmüller (a great fellow) and the former president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbp. Elio Sgreccia.
I would like to see the great Archbp. Luigi De Magistris. I’m just sayin’
Meanwhile, back at the feeder…
At this point I have serious doubts it will take place before the end of this year.
About the newly appointed Archbishop of Turin, Cesare Nosiglia, Mr Tornielli is saying that he’s not in the list, “barring surprises.”
I was happy to see Gianfranco Ravasi, the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture and renowned biblical scholar.
Has anybody heard if Archbishop Leonard, the metropolitan of Belgium and Archbishop Eijck, the metropolitan of Holland (Utrecht) will be on the list of new cardinals ?
My prediction is that an announcement will be made by Sunday. I would love to see Msgr. Bartolucci elevated. What a tragedy it was for him to be sacked by Archbishop Marini and the canons.
I see that Cardinal Tumi turns 80 today, bringing the number of voting cardinals down to 102 tomorrow.
I also see that Cardinal Vidal’s successor has been named for Cebu. Cardinal Vidal turns 80 in February. I suspect that his replacement will receive the cardinal’s had immediately. It would be very bizarre for the Philippines, the country containing the third most Catholics, to be left with only one cardinal elector at any one time. I suspect that the consistory will take place before February. By the way, my track record on such things stinks.