Pope’s ‘race against time’ to reshape [or rather, pack] College of Cardinals

Pope’s ‘race against time’ to reshape pack College of Cardinals

New York Times asks: “Can the 79-year-old pontiff appoint ensure that his vision of the church will endure after he dies?”


The following comes from a November 18 New York Times article by Laurie Goldstein, Adam Pearce and Sergio Pecanha:

Francis is trying to build a Roman Catholic Church that emphasizes inclusion and mercy, and focuses on serving poor and marginalized people. Can the 79-year-old pontiff appoint enough like-minded cardinals to ensure that his vision of the church will endure after he dies?
The College of Cardinals is responsible for electing a new pope. Pope Francis’ third set of cardinals will receive their “red hats” at a ceremony on Saturday.
With the new additions, 44 of the 121 cardinals eligible to vote will have been named by Francis. But nearly two-thirds of the current cardinals were appointed by Francis’ predecessors, Popes Benedict XVI and John Paul II, who were more theologically conservative and whose priorities were different from Francis’. The cardinals, however, do not all share the views of the pope who appointed them.
Of the 121 cardinals eligible to vote, 32 will turn 80 in the next five years, including 25 who were appointed by Benedict XVI and John Paul II. This gives Francis or his successor the opportunity to make new appointments.
Pope Francis, the first pope from Latin America, has expanded the effort of recent popes to diversify the College of Cardinals to reflect the church’s global reach. Francis has added cardinals from Asia, Africa and Latin America – some from countries that had not previously had a cardinal: Bangladesh, the Central African Republic, Lesotho, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea.
The church nearly doubled the number of voting cardinals in the last century. But until recently, the College of Cardinals was dominated by Europeans, especially Italians, even as growth in the church shifted to the Southern Hemisphere.
In the early 1900s, about two-thirds of all Roman Catholics were in Europe. Now, more than half are in Latin America and Africa. But even with the new appointments, less than one third of the voting cardinals are from these two regions.

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6 comments on “Pope’s ‘race against time’ to reshape [or rather, pack] College of Cardinals

  1. See, this is the way the media distorts the news. The journalist poses the issue as Third World=Multiculuralism=Pluralism=Liberal=Freedom=Francis=Mercy=Unity.
    Firstly, the Church has always been multicultural. The Popes of Antiquity were often nonEuropeans.In modern times, due to occupation of Islam in most of the formerly Catholic nations, and because of tutelage status of the still nascent newly-converted pagan peoples (example:Korea, China, Western and Southern Africa, , phillipines,etc.) The Europeans dominated. In fact, it was the scare/fear of the moving the Papacy to Avignon and beyond, that left the Church diffident to elect a non-Italian. Secondly, being from the Third World does not mean they are Liberal. It was mostly Third World Cardinals that stood up for the defense of traditional marriage in the 2014 and 2015 synods. And Francis has many bishops in Latin America that don’t agree with him. So as with most of these journalists, they present the Truth in a very distorted way.

  2. Pope Francis Will Travel Back in Time to 1975, Pontifical Academy of Sciences Announces
    Holly Beth McQuackly
    National Catholic Distorter
    November 22, 2016

    Rome, Italy – The Pontifical Academy of Sciences has announced that Pope Francis will travel back in time to 1975. The journey is a joint project of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the European Space Agency which has successfully back-engineered Time Travel teleportation technology from a recovered alien spacecraft found in Roswell, Mexico, in 1947. Details are still emerging on this bold initiative for Vatican II.

    Father Guido Sarducci, a professor of systematic theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, explained the Holy Father’s reasons for traveling back in time. “Basically, the Holy Father is looking for a more relaxed attitude for deconstructing Catholic moral theology. He feels that the theological experimentation that was going on in the pages of Commonweal and America magazine in the mid 1970s are more in tune with the progressive direction he has for the Church. At the moment, the Holy Father’s plans are to travel back to 1975 and find some of the hippest and most progressive theologians in the Spirit of Vatican II scene in the Seventies and bring them back to Rome in 2016.”

    Father Guido Sarducci

    “The Pope is also looking for some classic records by the Doobie Brothers. Yeah, he’s a big fan and is particularly interested in finding a vintage 45 record of “China Grove” by the Doobie Brothers.”


    “He may bring back some mood rings as well and flared bluejeans. You know, for World Youth Day. This will all be part of the Holy Father’s new initiative for aggiornamento, bringing things up to date. It’s truly an exciting time to be in Rome.”

    • Doc Brown Marty! Marty, I swear, that was Pope Francis! They must have found the alien spacecraft in Roswell. This is bad. Really bad. He’ll keep coming back — over and over again. Never ending Liberalism! We gotta stop that. Somehow.

      Marty McFly No. No, that’s good! He’ll keep abortion legal so they can grind up dead babies and inject them into my brain.

    • Was it “China Grove” by the Doobie Brothers, or “Bohemian Grove” by the Dubia Brothers?

  3. Pope Francis Returns from Time Travel Journey to 1975

    Holly Beth McQuackly
    National Catholic Distorter
    November 23, 2016

    Rome, Italy – Pope Francis returned to a hero’s welcome from the first of his Time Travel exploration voyages back to 1975. Adoring crowds in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican cheered and welcomed the Holy Father back from his recent travel through time. Rumors were swirling around Rome as to exactly what the Pope found during his Time Travel pilgrimage which is a joint project of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the European Space Agency.

    In a surprising development, after performing a thorough medical evaluation of the Argentine pontiff, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences announced that Pope Francis will be recording an updated version of the Olivia Newton-John classic “Have You Never Been Mellow”.


    The song is the title track for her album of the same name released in 1975. Vatican insiders had reported that the reason for the pope’s Time Travel trip were related to his deep sympathy for the progressive modernism of the Spirit of Vatican II that was fashionable in the mid 1970s. It had been reported that the Holy Father would bring back progressive modernist theologians and journalists from that era to install in Rome due to their being more in tune with the progressive direction he is charting for the Church.

    Reached at his office at the Gregorian University in Rome, Vatican observer and theologian Father Guido Sarducci explained that, “this will be the first of many Time Travel journeys of the Holy Father back to the 1970s in order to the keep the aggiornamento and modernization of Vatican II in high gear. This shows how the Holy Father is firmly committed to the hermeneutics of continuity and the Spirit of Vatican II which, frankly, is a product of the Sixties and Seventies when progressive attitudes prevailed throughout Western society. ” Father Sarducci, who is currently teaching a seminar course on the theology of Teilhard de Chardin , stated that there will be more developments as Vatican theologians discern the Holy Father’s recent discoveries. In the United States the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars is still studying the matter as the discernment of the Bergoglian pontificate among the Catholic hierarchy continues.

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