Sunday, January 12, 2014
Papa Francesco's First Consistory
I shall not analyze Papa Francesco's first consistory. I am unfamiliar with most of the men named Cardinals. I am naturally dismayed by the naming of Archbishop Gerhard Mueller but knew that it was inevitable after his being named to the sacred congregation for the doctrine of the faith. Archbishop Mueller is an 'old liberal' in the footsteps of Cardinal Lehman. In my delusion, I should have liked to see such men as Bishop Athanasius Schneider and Bishop Oliveri as candidates but I digress....
The most glaring omission in this consistory is the absence of the Archbishop of Venice Francesco Moraglia. The patriarchal see of Venice being very important in the Church having given us a large number of Popes over the centuries among those in the 20th century: St Pius X (1913), Blessed John XXIII (1958) and John Paul I in 1978. Therefore the archbishops of Venice are seen as papabile.... I place a lot of hope and confidence in Archbishop Moraglia who is a student of Cardinal Siri as a counter-balance against the overwhelming liberal-modernist faction in the Church. I shall not read into this but his absence is noticeable. So even though he already has a 'red hat' and is allowed to wear red as patriarch of Venice he still is devoid of voting power as a cardinal.