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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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Five Heartbeats – reconciliation

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

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

    Gateway Pundit Administrator

  7. 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?

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

  9. #4,#7,#6 I hate to tell you this, but we are all sinners.

  10. #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?

  11. 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?

  12. #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?

  13. #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.

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

  15. #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
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    Janet Napolitano?

  16. much less a job like bank teller?

    Or leader of the “free” world.

  17. 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.

  18. Janet Napolitano?

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

  19. #17 February 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm
    StrangernFiction commented:
    much less a job like bank teller?

    Or leader of the “free” world.
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    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?



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