15 April 2009

Archbishop Burke to Be Made a Cardinal This Year?

Speculation on cardinalatial consistories is generally even more abstract than speculating on papal conclaves, but the UK Telegraph's Damian Thompson has made a worthy effort. Of course he focuses primarily on the Archbishop of Westminster, but he discusses all of the likely candidates for the galero. And since I am happy to post any reasonable forecast about the day our beloved Archbishop Burke is made a Cardinal, here is an excerpt from the full article:

[...] But when will that third consistory of this pontificate be held?

As the papal diary currently stands, the end of the third full week in November (Saturday/Sunday, 21/22) is the only time this year when Pope Benedict might conveniently schedule it, just as it was that last time, in 2007. And there are good reasons to presume that it WILL be held this year.

Irrespective of when it is held, we already know who two of the new cardinals must be: Archbishops Angelo Amato and Raymond Leo Burke, the Prefects, respectively, of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and of the Apostolic Signatura. The provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus require that the prelates appointed to these positions are cardinals, or, if they are not, they must be elevated at the next consistory. And in that latter case, until recently the appointee would be named as Pro-Prefect. Thankfully, Pope Benedict has done away with this elaborate charade.

Knowing of the loyalty and great affection His Holiness has always shown to his former colleagues, it is certain that to Archbishop Amato, who served under him as Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), will go the signal honour associated with being number one on the list of new cardinals, the privilege of addressing the Supreme Pontiff on behalf of all the new cardinals at the public consistory on the Saturday morning.

And it is precisely because Joseph Ratzinger spent almost a quarter of a century as Cardinal Prefect of the CDF, thereby acquiring a keen awareness of the necessity of a Prefect being able to speak with all the fullness of authority that only membership of the Sacred College of Cardinals confers, that as Pope he is unlikely to long delay according these worthy curial prelates that dignity.

Currently, there are 115 cardinal electors. Barring the intervention of the Grim Reaper, by November the roll will decrease by just two more as two distinguished cardinals in curia attain their 80th birthdays: Francesco Cardinal Marchisano (June 25) and Dario Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos (July 4), Presidents, respectively, of the Labour Office of the Apostolic See and of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. Thus, come a November consistory, there would be seven new cardinal electors to be created.



Gregor said...

Nothing would be more welcome, but the article doesn't appear very reliable to me, as it contains some egregious mistakes. For one thing, as far as I know, the Secret Consistory has been abolished since the late 1980s. Then, it was not because of Cardinal Sodano that the Pope derogated the 120 limit by one, that is quite silly. There would have actually been 121 Cardinals after the 2007 consistory if Cardinal Hamao had not died two weeks before the consistory at the age of 77. There are other inaccuracies as well, so I would not put too much trust in that article, as much as I would love to see Archbishop Burke raised ASAP.

thetimman said...

Gregor, I think you make good points. I had heard next February in other quarters as the likely consistory target.

But this post is part of an effort to create an irresistible groundswell-- adding all seven readers of this blog to the movement.

Anonymous said...

Why Abp Burke wearing such a long "cape?" Was this a Latin Rite Mass? I mean no disrespect, but I am curious.

thetimman said...

No problem. That is a cappa magna, which is worn by the local ordinary in procession. A bishop who is not the ordinary would wear a mantelleta. It is not peculiar to the traditional Mass, yet I doubt you would see it outside of one.

StGuyFawkes said...

I can only hope that Archb. Burke's elevation puts to rest the canard that he was brought to Rome to get him out of the way.

It will be interesting to see what new batch of "theories" arise to explain away the fact that the Pope and his brother bishops find him altogether excellant.

Looks like everybody loves Raymond after all.

Anonymous said...

That will be the saddest day I've had in a long time. This man is extremely destructive to the Church.

Mark Kircher said...

Well, Anonymous, I am sorry for you. I am from the Diocese of LaCrosse, Wisconsin....Archbishop Burke's home diocese and I am well aware of his faith and love of Holy Mother Church! He, unlike many others, was the first to actually take action, withholding Communion, from Pro-Abortion politicians. He took over a Diocese (LaCrosse) that was devastated by previous Bishops who had gutted the buildings and the faithful and started a flicker of hope in the "remnant" of those who still had hope. I was ecstatic to hear of his elevation to Archbishop of St Louis, and even moreso to his move to Rome! He is not the source for "destruction" but moreso the "restoration". God Bless Archbishop (prayerfully soon) Raymond (Cardinal) Burke. My sons served several Masses for him when he was our Bishop and his memory, not only of faces, but people's names is phenomenal. He truly is a humble servant of God's whose sole ambition is the saving of souls and Holy Mother Church!

Anonymous said...

All of us in St. Louis were truly blessed with the presence of Archbishop Burke. The media just could not accept the fact that he was an authenic,orthodox Bishop who had the salvation of souls as his primary focus. He did not equivacate. God bless and keep him safe.