Pope Annoints 22 Cardinals Including Timothy Dolan… Reminds Them Red Symbolizes the Blood of Martyrdom

Pope Benedict XVI annointed 22 cardinals today. The German pope reminded the cardinals that red symbolizes the blood that cardinals must be willing to shed to remain faithful to the church.

Sky News reported:

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday brought 22 Catholic churchmen into the elite club of cardinals who will elect his successor, cementing the Italian majority in a future conclave but also giving New York’s garrulous archbishop a position of prominence.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan emerged as something of the star of the consistory
, delivering a highly praised speech on spreading the faith and mentioned in some Italian media as an improbable ‘papabile’, or having the qualities of a future pope.

Traditionally Americans are ruled out as papal contenders, with the argument that the world doesn’t need a superpower pope. But Dolan’s joyful demeanour seemed to have struck a chord in a Vatican that has been anything but joyful over a rash of news reports about political infighting and financial mismanagement.

‘He certainly is going to be given many responsibilities as a cardinal,’ said the other American who got a red hat Saturday, Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, the outgoing archbishop of Baltimore.

Asked if he thought Dolan had the stuff to be pope, O’Brien deadpanned: ‘His mother thinks so.’

Dolan artfully dodged the question when asked about the speculation on Saturday by a gaggle of reporters who travelled from the US for the ceremony: ‘Io non parlo inglese,’ he said. (‘I don’t speak English’.)

In all, 22 churchmen got their red hats on Saturday, including the archbishops of Prague, Toronto, Florence, Utrecht and Hong Kong as well as the heads of several Vatican offices.

Seven of the 22 were Italian, adding to the eight voting-age Italian cardinals named at the last consistory in November 2010. As of Saturday, Italy will have 30 cardinals out of the 125 under age 80 and thus eligible to vote in a future conclave…

…In remarks at the start of the service, Benedict recalled that the red colour of the three-pointed hat, or biretta, and the scarlet cassock that cardinals wear, symbolises the blood that cardinals must be willing to shed to remain faithful to the church.

‘The new cardinals are entrusted with the service of love: love for God, love for his church, an absolute and unconditional love for his brothers and sisters even unto shedding their blood, if necessary,’ Benedict said.

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  • Fiftycal

    Well, sounds like a call to go after those muslim “non-believers”. Ain’t religious superstition grand? Oh, I’m sorry, “faith”. IOW, my mysterious superpower is BETTER than YOUR mysterious superpower.

  • FreedomIsSlavery

    Red is for martyrdom?

    Judging by the girth of American cardinals, a person might think that the cardinals themselves think it means an open invitation to the veal.

    Pic of Cardinal Law at Boston College (which rumor has it was once a Catholic college),
    http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/rvp/pubaf/chronicle/v8/my26/cardinals.gif

  • Lady Mondegreen

    Dolen is a ver well fed “martyr” and I don’t see him shedding pounds, let alone their blood for his brothers and sisters. I am a practicing Catholic, I consider my bishop a good personal friend (we argue constantly) but the higher one goes in the Church hierarchy, the more understandable the antipathy some feel toward the church. True Catholicism is in the parishes, not the palaces.

  • retire05

    Lady Mondegreen, please submit a photo of yourself so we can ascertain if you are guilty of the sin of glutony.

    Also, the Church is not the parishes, or the priests that attend to them. The Church is the Word, just as our nation is the word of the Constitution, not the men who choose to oppose it.

  • wanumba

    Five Heartbeats – reconciliation

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCW1-XW88a8

  • Retired05

    Comment deleted and user banned for impersonating a fellow commenter. This was not written by retire05.

    Gateway Pundit Administrator

  • Fiftycal

    Gee, I didn’t know “we” could “ascertain if you are guilty of the sin”. I thought that judgement was left to GOD! Of course it depends on which cult you have your “faith” in, I guess. Tell me, do the snake handlers use the same bible as the witch burners?

  • Fuquay Steve

    The Church after being run by liberals is moving in the right direction. Mainline protestantism not so much.

  • Fuquay Steve

    #4,#7,#6 I hate to tell you this, but we are all sinners.

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  • wanumba

    #7 February 18, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    Fiftycal commented:
    Gee, I didn’t know “we” could “ascertain if you are guilty of the sin”. I thought that judgement was left to GOD

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    There seems to be some confusion amongst atheists as to “judging sin” as in the ultimate, eternal decision of God, versus being able and required to discern while we putter around in the meantime that a spade is a spade. For a bunch of people who stake all on “Reason” how do you get those two separate concepts so tangled up?

    How stupid a concept of Christianity do you have if you think people aren’t supposed to figure out if someone is a habitual liar and cannot be trusted with a pack of cigarettes, much less a job like bank teller?

  • Fiftycal

    Yah #9 I always wondered about that “born into sin” thing. I mean here you have “god”, the most powerful being in the universe next to Bernake and he/she/it has to RAPE a woman married to another man? And the married woman is a virgin? WTF? And I am somehow responsible for some “sin” of eating that happened thousands of generations ago? Wasn’t that “sins of the father” thing outlawed in the Magna Carta or something?

  • wanumba

    #9 February 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm
    Fuquay Steve commented:
    #4,#7,#6 I hate to tell you this, but we are all sinners.
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    That looks like a real problem. “The wages of sin is death.”
    What’s the solution?

  • wanumba

    #12 February 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm
    Fiftycal commented:
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    Hullo, she was asked, first. So, you are lying about what happened.

  • StrangernFiction

    The gubmint will have cameras in your bedroom before Cardinal Dolan is shedding any blood for the church.

  • wanumba

    #15 February 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm
    StrangernFiction commented:
    The gubmint will have cameras in your bedroom before Cardinal Dolan is shedding any blood for the church
    ::::::::::::

    Janet Napolitano?

  • StrangernFiction

    much less a job like bank teller?

    Or leader of the “free” world.

  • Fiftycal, based on your posts, it isn’t surprising that such complex concepts as tying your shoes would also baffle you. Even children at a very early age pick up the other concepts pretty quickly. Even if you never are able to comprehend it during your entire lifetime, it will become crystal clear to you a nanosecond after you die.

  • StrangernFiction

    Janet Napolitano?

    There are a lot of very evil people that look anything but. The Secretary of Homeland Security is not one of them.

  • wanumba

    #17 February 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm
    StrangernFiction commented:
    much less a job like bank teller?

    Or leader of the “free” world.
    :::::::::::::::::::::

    The “covetous” redistribution guy we have now who reads 57 states off a teleprompter and pompously tells us we don’t know what the Bible says?

    We have an athiest president, what’s all the grumpy long faces for? Not going very well?

  • retire05

    #12, are you saying that you don’t believe in the Virgin Birth? Perhaps you are an atheist who just likes to poke fun at the beliefs of others.

  • Fiftycal

    Gee#14, so Mary was an adultress and god is a fornicator? Interesting way to look at it. I didn’t know jewish law let woman say “OK” to having sex with not-her-husband.

  • #13 wanumba…you have to read the instruction manual, but to help you out, read 1 John Chapter 1 verse 9.

    1 John 1:9

    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  • Joanne

    “Benedict recalled that the red colour of the three-pointed hat, or biretta, and the scarlet cassock that cardinals wear, symbolises the blood that cardinals must be willing to shed to remain faithful to the church.”

    Bizarre, except for the fact that the Roman Catholic Church has shed the blood of many Christians who would not follow the teachings of the RC Church.

    Fiftycal – Mary was not married to Joseph at the time she became pregnant with Jesus Christ. She was a virgin at the time she became pregnant. Mary was pure and the vessel to carry and bear Jesus as well foretold in the Bible long before this prophecy came true.

  • Fiftycal

    Actually #21, I’m a libertarian buddist that likes to laugh at the ridiculous superstitions of others. Nanosecond indeed.

  • Fiftycal

    So #24, Mary was a “single mother”? How progressive.

  • #22 Fiftycal, there was no sex and no physical interaction between the Holy Spirit and Mary…that’s why it is called the “immaculate conception”. She was still a virgin after Jesus was conceived.

  • wanumba

    #22 February 18, 2012 at 8:02 pm
    Fiftycal commented
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    You know it is fantastically easy to read, no big words. Mary was not married, she was asked, she gave her permission.
    She didn’t do anything wrong, God credited it to her as righteousness, her future husband not only accepted her circumstances, but left his business and home for years to protect her and the baby, not his, a major sacrifice and danger, but YOU act like JUST like the Pharisees who spent all day long trying to come up with rhetorical traps and find fault with Jesus.

  • wanumba

    #25 February 18, 2012 at 8:06 pm
    Fiftycal commented:
    Actually #21, I’m a libertarian buddist that likes to laugh at the ridiculous superstitions of others.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
    A libertarian buddist?

    What’s that?

  • Fiftycal

    Ah, so your “god” didn’t take human form and actually schtup Mary like the Greek gods did the the fables that preceded the bible by 1000+ years?

  • wanumba

    #30 February 18, 2012 at 8:16 pm
    Fiftycal commented:
    Ah, so your “god” didn’t take human form
    :::::::::::::

    No to the Mary part, yes to the baby part.
    You can read English, right?
    Well, maybe not. Are you “buddist” or “Buddhist?”

  • nana

    Long live Cardinal Dolan ..

  • Fuquay Steve

    Wow, this is the scariest thread on a topic that should be joyous. Who says anti-Catholicism isn’t virulent? Our secular education system has done wonders for the spread of ignorance. Ah, I long for the days where wisdom was a desired virtue and not avoided at all costs, like it is today.

  • wanumba

    #33 February 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm
    Fuquay Steve commented:

    Wow, this is the scariest thread on a topic that should be joyous.

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    Shall we consider this: The Pope lived through the most horrific war on the planet. For him to state what he did should be sobering. He knows in his core more than anyone posting tonight about trials and tribulations, more than most of the candidates they anointed. If he’s warning them, then he is concerned about what he sees happening.

    WE are to have hope, yes indeed, but the hate out there is real and dangerous.

  • nana

    My Lord have mercy on us all, too many anti-Catholics on this sight.

  • nana

    correction, this site…

  • nana, you look at the situation from the wrong perspective. In the military, this would be looked at as a battlefield filled with “targets of opportunity”…not to kill them but to enlighten them. Our Lord would charge us to go into the fields ripe with harvest. We just need more harvesters.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    #37 Opaobie

    I agree — we are seeing the beginnings of something truly awesome.

    Shock and Awe — coming soon, planetwide.

  • Clutch

    I’ll bet that Fiftycal suckles on the wrinkled foaming brown nozzle of Won Paul, besides being a buddist (it worships unblossomed flowers?!?! Weird, it is, and not to be taken seriously…)

  • Nan

    #27 Opaobie, please check your catechism. It is not the conception of Jesus that is known as the immaculate conception; Dec. 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when we celebrate Mary’s conception as she was born without the stain of original sin in order to be the perfect vessel for Him.

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  • Thanks, Nan, I was trying a variation of “rope-a-dope” or maybe “whack-a-troll”. I was trying to lure 50CaliberBlanks into exposing “itself” by posting a link to the page with the definition of “Immaculate Conception”…along with an offer for a Catholic Encyclopedia on CD…might get curious and pick one up… to see what the reaction would be. If “it” followed the link, “it” would come roaring back with a scalding excoriation of my ignorance, blah, blah, blah, and we could all have a good laugh at “its” gullibility since anyone older than about 5, even an evangelical Protestant like me, already knows I was “incorrect”. By the way, until the Obama assault on the Catholic church specifically and Christianity in general is defeated, to paraphrase, “We are all Catholics now”.

    Glad you are well armed with the truth and girded up in “spiritual” battle gear and noticed my “error” and politely chided me with kindness and direction to review the catechism rather than flaming me. Well done.

    50CaliberBlanks is apparently through stinking up this thread and off practicing “its” religion of “Budd-lite”…or whatever.

    …and if “it” wants to know the timeline on the Greek Fairy Tales,

    Timeline of ancient Greece
    Archaic Period (800 BC – 480 BC)
    Classical Period (480 BC – 323 BC)
    Hellenistic Period (323 BC – 146 BC)

    The Biblical timeline well precedes it by “many moons”.

  • Attention atheists on this thread: Please look up the word “obtuse” in your dictionaries!

    You’re deliberately misrepresenting things in ways that you surely must know at some level are ridiculous.

  • By the way, and you can check this out…don’t bother with Snopes because they only “fact check” selectively and generally just nonsense “chain letters”…the fastest growing religion in the world is…..time’s up…..Christianity…yep, even in China and South Korea and other non-Western countries and even in many parts of Africa and even in South Vietnam and other places where it is suppressed. My source? I have several, but one is the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

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  • 1RedBeard

    I see that atheist hatred, angst, and bitterness is rampant. As usual.

    Why is it that so many atheists seem so very miserable?

  • bg

    ++

    to all the non-conservative-anti-(fitb)..

    there is a God, and we are the people, Amen..

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    Ayatollah Khomeini

    “Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels
    against war. Those [who say this] are witless. Islam says:

    Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by [the unbelievers]? Islam says: Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter [their armies]…. Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other [Qur’anic] psalms and Hadiths [sayings of the Prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.”

    oh yeah, one of many flashbacks:

    Spiritual Leader of Ayatollah Khomeini’s Navy Backs Rev. Wright

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    Ayatollah Khomeini’s Religious Teachings
    on Marriage, Divorce and Relationships

    [“A man can marry a girl younger than nine years of age, even if the girl
    is still a baby being breastfed. A man, however is prohibited from having
    intercourse with a girl younger than nine, other sexual act such as forplay,
    rubbing, kissing and sodomy is allowed. A man having intercourse with a
    girl younger than nine years of age has not comitted a crime, but only an
    infraction, if the girl is not permanently damaged. If the girl, however, is
    permanently damaged, the man must provide for her all her life. But this
    girl will not count as one of the man’s four permanent wives. He also is
    not permitted to marry the girl’s sister.”]

    Undercover Mosque

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    Opaobie #37 February 18, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    the opposite is true in Islamist circles..

    Islamist leaders send their martyrs, and at times most innocent, to do
    their battle of inflicting Allah via the sword for them via slaughtering &
    pillaging communities one at a time for as long as it takes..

    ==

  • bg

    ++

    wanumba #13 February 18, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    life after death..

    ==

  • wanumba

    #46 February 19, 2012 at 5:41 am
    1RedBeard commented:

    I see that atheist hatred, angst, and bitterness is rampant. As usual.

    Why is it that so many atheists seem so very miserable?
    ::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Well, this is why: That this life is the apogee of 4 billion years of evolution, with eternity of empty void of dead cold planets and red giant suns before they flame out to black holes, to well,looks like more nothing and pointless, and all athiests have to cling to is a latte with sprinkles and a television and an internet hookup to be able to tell other people they are stupid to think that maybe just maybe, just maybe there’s more to this existence than meets the eye.

    Yeah, I’d be miserable, too. 15 beers, two bottles of vodka needed to dull the gut-eating terror of nothingness, and suicide actually would dump them faster into the void they don’t want to enter… so that’s not really an optimum option … and it’s just plain teeth grinding grating to hear and see happy people walking around saying, “Have a Blessed day!”

  • wanumba

    Athiests : grumble grumble snarl snark, hiss, whine, snivel… or this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ-8jYpa1-o

  • wanumba
  • wanumba
  • tpartynitwit

    Red symbolizes communism.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    #56 tpartynitwit

    Yes, and red also symbolizes “stop” at intersections.

    Oh, and beef, with bullion cubes.

    I’m sure you had a point with that, but it was a dull one.