Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Pope elects "conservatives" to elect papacy

Note by Marc Aupiais

Pope Benedict XVI has elected politically conservative, religiously orthodox archbishops to be cardinals on the whole. Including huge Democratic Party critic Burke- just before the US election. The BBC has noted that many Italians were elected, hinting at a return to the tradition of an Italian pope after Joseph Ratzinger was the second non-Italian elected Pope recently.

(BBC World News link. Pope Benedict picks new cardinals )

John Paul II was seen by Ratzinger allies as too liberal- believing the sex abuse scandal an anti-Catholic attack- he stifled efforts to fight it until 2001 when Ratzinger was put in charge of sex abuse.

The current pope appears to be attempting to place people in power across the board who are loyal to the church, not ideology.

To quote Vatican Information Service

the official media voice of the Vatican City State:

"Twenty of the new cardinals, being under the age of eighty, will be electors. Their names are: 
- Archbishop Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. 
- His Beatitude Antonios Naguib, Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts, Egypt. 
- Archbishop Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum". 
- Archbishop Francesco Monterisi, archpriest of the papal basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls. 
- Archbishop Fortunato Baldelli, penitentiary major of the Apostolic Penitentiary. 
- Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. 
- Archbishop Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. 
- Archbishop Paolo Sardi, vice chamberlain of Holy Roman Church. 
- Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. 
- Archbishop Velasio De Paolis C.S., president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See. 
- Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture. 
- Archbishop Medardo Joseph Mazombwe, emeritus of Lusaka, Zambia. 
- Archbishop Raul Eduardo Vela Chiriboga, emeritus Quito, Ecuador. 
- Archbishop Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. 
- Archbishop Paolo Romeo of Palermo, Italy. 
- Archbishop Donald William Wuerl of Washington, U.S.A. 
- Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida, Brazil. 
- Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw, Poland. 
- Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don of Colombo, Sri Lanka. 
- Archbishop Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, Germany.  
Having pronounced the names of the new cardinal electors, the Pope then indicated that he had also decided to elevate to the dignity of cardinal "two prelates and two priests", all over the age of eighty and hence non-electors, for their "generosity and dedication in the service of the Church."
Their names are: 
- Archbishop Jose Manuel Estepa Llaurens, military ordinary emeritus of Spain.
- Bishop Elio Sgreccia, former president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. 
- Msgr. Walter Brandmuller, former president of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences. 
- Msgr. Domenico Bartolucci, former director of the Pontifical Choir.AG/                                                                                                   VIS 20101020 (420)" (paragraphing possibly added)

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