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.
Francis may be a heretic, although we pray that this will ultimately not be the conclusion of recent events. He can appoint Farmer Brown and Sally Sue to be cardinals but God will not be mocked. Lay Catholics must be alert and vigilant now, praying and speaking out against the continued calumny and scandal against Christ’s Church. Virtually everyone thought Hillary was sure to get her way, too. Oops!!!
“Virtually everyone thought Hillary was sure to get her way, too. Oops!!!”
Very true, St. Christopher!
dat Deus immiti cornua curta bovi Translation: God gives short horns to the cruel ox.
Cardinal Robert Sarah, take a seat at the back of the bus.
C’mon this the NYT tht admits it lies to advance the left. I would suggest tht this piece be taken with tht in mind. Regardless, Francis’ heretical take on Catholic theology is well known, so his desire to see his heterodox views live on is kind of unsurprising. The College of Cardinals went bad a long time ago. All of this goes back to Vatican II, but if u r curious I suggest u go back to Leo and Rerum Novarum and trace the secular rot from tht point on. U might want to check out my monograph https://religiousleftexposed.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/mayer.pdf
And don’t forget, good sycophantic boys like Bp., now-Cardinal, Joseph Tobin—who, in a typically bizarre Francis-move, was first made cardinal at Indianapolis and since has been moved to Newark,NJ. (two sees that never had a cardinal for well-founded reasons)–they get candy in their stocking.
Bad boys like Card. Burke, who should never, never, never tell PF he is wrong and can’t change defined doctrine about marriage, get coal.
And that is why good boys like jon and roberto are toeing the Francis line. Christmas is a-comin’ for them too some day!
Our Lady, Undoer, of the knots of sin, pray for us! Look what happened when many in our nation got down on their knees to humble themselves in prayer. God heard these many prayers! May God in his rich mercy, grant all Evangelicals, the grace to receive the fullness of Truth. Instead of transparently focusing on the potential loss of future Democratic votes from illegals or perk money per refugee, they humbly asked God to heal our nation and to deliver us from all evil. Remember, (while feigning concern for the poor) if Judas could marginalize the living Christ, sitting right before him, then listen to Christ’s very own words, “For the poor you have always with you; but me you have not always. ” John !2:8
As I recal, part of the Holy Spirit’s job is to protect the Church. Somehow the pendulum always swings.
Francis got two-thirds [at least] of the votes at the conclave. He’s adding more as time goes by. Absent gross negligence, I am doubtful a formal document of correction will go far.
Is it possible that the True Church will have to return to the catacombs in order to survive? Is Francis an Anti-Pope? Very disturbing to think about.