Billed my some as extra-ordinary, but likely seen by insiders as ordinary, Pope Benedict met with his cardinals and the new cardinals –24 of them– he intends to make tomorrow, in a forum where information is exchanged and consultation given. The meeting of Pope and cardinals was conducted in the context of prayer. Prayer and exchange, not the making of decisions was the format. It is estimated that about 150 of the worlds 203 cardinals met today. Topics ranged from the sacred Liturgy and religious freedom, but also the exercise of religion, secularism, conversion and entering into full communion with the Catholic Church to healthcare. Since this is also the 10th anniversary of Dominus Iesus, the document which recalls that salvation comes uniquely and universally through the person of Jesus Christ, the Pope and cardinals will reflect on the impact this document has made since its publication.
Anna Arco’s article online at the Catholic Herald (of the UK fame) reports that before the consistory of cardinals on November 20, during which the Pope will create 24 new cardinals there will be prayer, reflection and conversation about a number of things but three key topics will be the 10th anniversary of Dominus Iesus, sex abuse crisis and the Ordinariate for Anglicans who desire to enter into full communion the Catholic Church. Other issues to be discussed, but no less crucial to the life of the Church, are religious liberty and the sacred Liturgy.
The Pope announced his intention to name 24 new cardinals of the Holy Roman Church today. The public consistory is scheduled for November 20 and it is at this ceremony that the Holy Father’s intention becomes official, becoming members of the College of Cardinals. The new cardinals will have their names in inscribed in the list of “Roman priests” who are deputed to elect the Bishop of Rome.
This is the third time the Holy Father has created cardinals since his becoming Pope in 2005. Previous consistories were in 2006 and 2007. The new cardinals reflect the various competences the Church relies upon to preach the Gospel and to serve the Church.
Archbishop Angelo Amato, SDB, Prefect of the Congregation of Saints
Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, Prefect of the Congregation of Clergy
Archbishop Fortunato Baldelli, Major Penitentiary
Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, CS, President of the Prefecture of the Economic Affairs of the Holy See
Archbishop Paolo Sardi, Vice-Chamberlain of the Apostolic Chamber and Patron of the Order of Malta
Archbishop Francesco Monterisi, Archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Walls
Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council of Culture
Archbishop Paolo Romeo, Archbishop of Palermo
Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of Apostolic Signatura
Archbishop Donald William Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC
Archbishop Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for the Unity of Christians
Archbishop Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising
Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz, Archbishop of Warsaw
Archbishop Robert Sarah (Guinea Conakry), President of Cor Unum
Archbishop Medardo Mazombwe, Emertius Archbishop of Lusaka
Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, Archbishop of Kinshasa
Archbishop Malcom Ranjith Patabendige Don, Archbishop of Colombo
His Beatitude, Patriarch Antonio Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts
Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno Assis, Archbishop of Aparecida
Archbishop Raul Eduardo Vela Chiribogo, Emeritus Archbishop of Ecudor
Msgr. Domenico Bartolucci, Emeritus Master of the Sistine Chapel
Msgr. Walter Brandmüller, Emeritus President of the Pontifical Commission of Historical Sciences
Bishop Elio Sgreccia, Emeritus President of the Pontifical Academy of Life
Archbishop Jose Manuel Estepa Llaurens, Emeritus Ordinary of the Spanish Military
Read journalist John Allen’s analysis of the new cardinals: John Allen the new cardinals 2010.pdf
The Synod meets from October 10-24.