Category Archives: Holy See

New cardinals are coming

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The six bishops being created cardinals of the Holy
Roman Church this coming Saturday are: US Archbishop James M. Harvey, 63,
prefect of the papal household; Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai, 72;
Indian Archbishop Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, 53, head of the Syro-Malankara
Catholic Church; Nigerian Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, 68;
Colombian Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota, 70; and Philippine
Archbishop Luis Tagle of Manila, 55. As signs of the new vocation the new cardinals
will receive from the Pope the red cardinal’s hat and a ring. By custom they
are referred as Your Eminence and in print they are often called “Princes of
the Church.”

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Francis Arinze, Nigerian cardinal, turns 80

Cardinal Arinze.jpgHis Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze, turns 80 today. 

Why is this significant? Because a prominent churchmen, a leader in the Catholic Church, hits a milestone and no longer has a place in a Conclave should one be called tomorrow. Nevertheless, Cardinal Arinze is clearly a senior churchman.

Francis Arinze is a Nigerian  born cleric who has served the Lord in his home country and in Rome. Arinze’s journey is extensive:
  • Ordained priest: 23 November 1958 (54 yrs)
  • Ordained bishop: 29 August 1965 (47 yrs)
  • Created cardinal: 25 May 1985 (27 yrs).
Cardinal Arinze’s service includes attending session 4 of the Second Vatican Council and participating in 1 conclave; he has as bishop, he’s ordained 14 priests as bishop. He has worked in the Holy Father’s service in area of inter-religious dialogue and the sacred Liturgy.
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New cardinals named by Pope Benedict

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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
  5. Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gómez, 70, Archbishop of Bogota (Colombia),
  6. Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, 55, Archbishop of Manila (Philippines).

consistory will take place on November 24.

Alvaro Corcuera, LC, steps aside as General Director of the Legion of Christ

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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Oratorian Father Edoardo Aldo Cerrato nominated bishop

Father Cerrato CO.jpgOratorian Father Edoardo Aldo Cerrato, 62, until now Procurator General of the Confederation of the Oratory, has been nominated bishop of Ivrea, Italy. This is a diocese founded sometime in the 5th century and is the Province of Turin. The new bishop will be ordained on September 8 and will be installed on October 7.

As a member of the Biella Oratory (northern Italy), he was ordained on June 28, 1975. He was elected the Provost (religious superior) of the Biella Oratory from 1984-2005. And since 1994 he’s been Procurator General. In his time as the Procurator General, the Oratorian life has seen growth of 20 new houses around the world.

Father Cerrato was due to step down from his work as the Procurator General in September at the General Congress.
Many may not know of the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri but that’s because there are few them in the USA. The most known are the Oratories in Rock Hill, SC, Brooklyn, NY and Pittsburgh, PA. An Oratory-in-formation was established recently in Cincinnati. 
You may read more about this gem of the Church here.
I have met Father Cerrato a few times and always found him a fine man and priest, one who cares for the souls in front of him. The Diocese of Ivrea is blessed to have him. Cerrato is one of three Oratorian bishops in the world (2 of whom live in Mexico).

May Saint Philip Neri and Blessed John Henry Newman, intercede for Bishop-Elect Cerrato, CO.

About the author

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]
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