The Extra Beatitude and the College of Cardinals

I have been contemplating the buzz about the Consistory, which will more than like be announced today (6 Jan, Epiphany).

My admiration for Pope Benedict is pretty obvious, I should think.

That said, when I think about composition of the College, that extra Beatitude which didn’t make it into the Gospel pops into my mind.

Beati qui non expectant, quia non disappointabuntur.”


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  1. I saw you tweeted to Tornielli that you were “disappointed”, but as I don’t know Italian, I couldn’t discern by what.

  2. Mariana says:

    I suppose this is like the 11th Commandment (at least in Swedish Lutheran circles…), Thou shalt not be flabbergasted : ) ?

  3. robtbrown says:

    I find it more interesting that Venice is still vacant.

  4. Phil_NL says:

    By the way, the list of the new cardinals:

  5. JohnMa says:

    Three non-bishops. The

  6. JonPatrick says:

    Interesting that Abp. Dolan received the red hat even though Cardinal Egan is still eligible to vote in a papal election and they usually don’t have 2 voting cardinals in the same archdiocese. Glad to see they went ahead with Abp. Dolan though as I think he is good for the church in the US.

  7. Tim Ferguson says:

    I’m always more fascinated by who doesn’t make the list. It’s interesting that Dolan got it while Egan is still voting, as JonPatrick points out, but it’s more interesting that Nichols didn’t get it, since he’s in the exact same situation with Murphy-O’Connor.

    No Africans, only one Latin American (and a curial one at that), a seeming preponderance of Italians and Iberians. The Maronites, Syrians, Armenians, Ukrainians and Melkites passed over…

  8. gloriainexcelsis says:

    Dum spiro spero is my motto.

  9. Peggy R says:

    Once a StL Cardinal, always a StL Cardinal! We’d rather have him than Pujols!

  10. albizzi says:

    “Et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum et vitam venturi saeculi”
    Thus I hope I will not be disappointed.

  11. Centristian says:

    “Beati qui non expectant, quia non disappointabuntur.”

    John Cardinal Zuhlsdorf. Hmmm.

    See, the problem was that you haven’t got a musical name…like “Coccopalmerio”. This conclave was clearly for clergy with fun names only…just ask Tom Collins (guess what everyone’s going to be drinking at happy hour in the Archdiocese of Toronto tonight). I’m afraid, Father, that you’ll have to wait for a future conclave that elevates clergy with vanilla names. Perhaps when the day comes, Ranier Welki and John Tong Hon be there to assist you with your galero.

  12. Dr. Eric says:

    The Eastern Patriarchs are more and more refusing The Red Hat from what I’ve been reading.

  13. irishgirl says:

    ‘John Cardinal Zuhlsdorf’….uhm, I think that sounds pretty ‘musical’ to me!
    Maybe it’s due to the fact that I’m half-German!

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