Archbishop Dolan of New York and 21 others elevated to the rank of Cardinal

Cardinal Biretta

From Archbishop Dolan’s blog:

On this “Twelfth Day of Christmas” the traditional celebration of the Epiphany, I have received a gift from Pope Benedict XVI, as he announced just a couple of hours ago at the end of Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica that I would be among those to become a cardinal in Rome at the consistory of February 18th.

Yes, I am honored, humbled, and grateful, …but, let’s be frank: this is not about Timothy Dolan; this is an honor from the Holy Father to the Archdiocese of New York, and to all our cherished friends and neighbors who call this great community home.

It’s as if Pope Benedict is putting the red hat on top of the Empire State Building, or the Statue of Liberty, or on home plate at Yankee Stadium; or on the spires of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral or any of our other parish churches; this is the successor of Saint Peter saying to the clergy, sisters, brothers, lay faithful of this archdiocese, and to all of our friends and neighbors of New York: Thank you! Keep up the good work! You are a leader, an inspiration, to the Church and to the world.

Read more

Cardinals – Princes of the Church

Photo: Phillipi Collection

The secret diary of the most recent papal conclave

Sunday, 17 April. This afternoon I took a room at Casa Santa Marta. Setting down my bags, I tried to open the shades, as the room was dark, but it was impossible. One of my brothers had the same problem, and asked for help from the sisters in charge. He thought it was a technical problem. The sisters explained that the blinds had been sealed shut. Seclusion of the Conclave….A new experience for nearly all of us: out of 115 cardinals, only two had previously participated in the election of a pope….

With these words begin the “secret diary” of the conclave that led to the election of Benedict XVI on 19 April 2005 – the confidential, hand-written notes of an anonymous cardinal upon returning to his room after voting in the Sistine Chapel. This remarkable document, published in the journal Limes, allows a step-by-step reconstruction of the balloting process, raising the veil of secrecy that, by the will of the Popes, has always covered the conclave. From the cardinal’s notes obtained by the journal, we learn first of all that Ratzinger’s candidacy was extremely strong from the beginning.

Read more

Congratulate Pro-Life Hero, Archbishop Burke, on his elevation to Cardinal

On Tuesday, October 19, Pope Benedict XVI named Raymond Burke, archbishop emeritus of St. Louis and current Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, as one of 24 archbishops who will be made a cardinal of the Catholic Church during the consistory in November.

All faithful Catholics and pro-life and pro-family individuals around the world have joyfully greeted the news of this great honor.

Archbishop Burke is an unrelenting champion of the rights of the unborn, the natural family, and orthodox Catholicism. He is viewed as a personal hero and the staunchest of allies by those who are active in promoting authentic Catholic education, as well as those within the pro-life and pro-family movements.

Archbishop Burke has never hesitated to make bold public statements in defense of Catholic orthodoxy and the culture of life, or to take public action against the culture of death. Notably, Archbishop Burke is one of the bishops who have upheld and defended Cardinal Ratzinger’s clear instruction that persistently pro-abortion politicians or public figures must not be admitted to communion until they publicly repent. He was also one of the 88 U.S. bishops who spoke up against Notre Dame’s decision to honor President Barack Obama at last year’s Commencement ceremonies.

As a cardinal, Archbishop Burke will not only be elevated as one of the princes of the Church, but will be placed among the ranks of those who could become our future pope.

Archbishop Burke deserves enthusiastic congratulations for this honor and needs our encouragement to continue to be a shining example of how a faithful bishop can boldly speak out and effectively lead in today’s world.

Send him a note via email

Courtesy of the Cardinal Newman Society

Cardinals – What Came First – The Clergyman or the Bird?


Q: Cardinals – What Came First – The Clergyman or the Bird?

Where did the term “Cardinal” come from?

Did the Roman Catholic Church borrow the name and the colors from the bird, or was it the other way around? What does “Cardinal” mean, anyway?

A: Actually, the Church originated the term and the title around the end of the 4th century. The “red hat” that serves as the “badge of office” emerged a bit later.

Today, once must first be ordained a Bishop, in order to be a Cardinal. But that was not always the case.

And while there has over time, been some development and modification of the precise meaning of the term, the word itself is based on the Latin cardo (hinge), meaning “principal” or “chief”.

One might say that the success of various Papal policies and programs often “hinges” on the dedicated efforts of the men that the Pope appoints to the “college” of Cardinals.

The bird known as “the Cardinal” is found primarily in north America, so was obviously named in honor of the clergymen, some time after Columbus discovered America.

For complete details on Roman Catholic Cardinals from the Catholic Encyclopedia click here.

To read an article about Roman Catholic Cardinals on Wikipedia, click here.

For complete details on the BIRD click here.