Holy See: October 2012 Archives

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In a surprise given to the Church this morning, Pope Benedict announced his intention to name new cardinals in November. One of them is an American, Archbishop James Michael Harvey of Milwaukee who has been serving at the Apostolic Household as its Prefect for the last several years. These new cardinals lifts the numbers eligible to vote in a conclave to 122.

In announcing the intention to create new cardinals, the Pope said: "The Cardinals have the task of helping the Successor of Peter in the performance of his ministry of confirming the brethren in the faith, and that of being the principle and foundation of unity and communion of the Church ... fulfill their ministry in the service of the Holy See or as fathers and pastors of particular Churches in various parts of the world."

The proposed list of new cardinals are 

  1. Archbishop James Michael Harvey, 63, Prefect of the Pontifical House, who is also appointed Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Walls,
  2. His Beatitude Béchara Boutros Raï, 72, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites (Lebanon),
  3. His Beatitude Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, 53, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro- Malankara (India),
  4. Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, 68, Archbishop of Abuja (Nigeria),
  5. Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gómez, 70, Archbishop of Bogota (Colombia),
  6. Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, 55, Archbishop of Manila (Philippines).

The consistory will take place on November 24.

Benedict receives Alvaro Corcuera.jpgIn a letter dated October 9, 2012 and released to the public today, (see below) to the priests and brothers of the Legion of Christ, the Regnum Christi Movement and the faithful who follow the Legion, Father Alvaro Corcuera, 55, has announced he is stepping aside as General Director. Health concerns are cited. All this in favor of handing governance to the Vicar of the congregation, Father Sylvester Heereman, 38, until the next General Chapter meets in late 2013 or early 2014.

No doubt the events in the Congregation and the Movement have been difficult for him. He deserves prayerful and fraternal support. Regardless of the Legion's past, the malfeasance of the founder, Father Alvaro was obedient to the Church and bore the heat of the day. I am one who believes that a more radical surgical knife was needed to cure the disease in the Legion, and that will come in time. Much work has been done, thanks to Father Alvaro, and more will be done by the new administration and the forthcoming Chapter. As Cardinal de Paolis noted, being the major superior at this time was a burden and the term office may be too long for many today.

May Blessed John XXIII intercede with Jesus the Good Shepherd, pray for the Legion and the Church. Our duty is to pray, and work for meaningful change.

Father Corcuera's Letter: Fr Corcuera resignation letter 2012.pdf
The Pontifical Delegate's Letter: Cardinal Velasio De Paolis certification letter.pdf
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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.



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