Tag Archives: Inside baseball

Cardinalatial appointments

In a conclave to be held next month, Francis will give fifteen bishops red hats, and Father Dwight Longenecker draws attention to the fact that neither Blase Cupich, the newly-minted Archbishop of Chicago, nor Jose Gomez, the Archbishop of Los Angeles since 2011, are among them. There are several problems with Longenecker’s piece, but I […]

Terminology note: Pope

Via Rorate coeli, Archbishop Jan Graubner reports recent remarks by Francis I, the incumbent of the See of Rome: When we were discussing those who are fond of the ancient liturgy and wish to return to it, … [Francis] made a quite strong statement when he said that he understands when the old generation returns […]

In re removal of Rev. Iwanowski

The New Jersey press reports that Father Thomas Iwanowski, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, is being removed and transferred by the Archdiocese after he allowed another priest to live temporarily in the rectory. The other priest, Monsignor Robert Chabak, was accused a decade ago of an incident of abuse that allegedly took place […]

Episcopal authority and the abuse crisis

The bishop of Kansas City, his excellency Bp. Robert Finn, is a favorite and frequent target of dissenters; his conviction provides a focal point and a face for the abuse crisis, even though he’s something of a patsy, as I’ve noted before. See The Finn Indictment, 1 MPA 51 (2012). Elsewhere, it was suggested that Finn’s […]

Terminology note: High/low church revisited

Last year, I adopted the Anglican taxonomy of “low church / high church” as an improvement on the prevailing “liberal / conservative” taxonomy. I conceded, however, that doing so would not solve every problem. It is certainly possible, for example, to have a very orthodox ecclesiology (high church) while preferring the most extremely modernist ars […]

Still no red hat for +Nichols

This is just fascinating. The Holy Father will create six new cardinals in a consistory to be held in a month. This will be the third consistory in which Westminster’s Archbishop, Vincent Nichols, has been passed over. Interesting. +Nichols has now been in the post for three and a half years; to give some context, Nichols’ precedessor, […]

Reform and the episcopate

I will admit that I took up Rodger van Allen’s article How to build a better bishop with some trepidation. The agenda of many left-leaning Catholics vis-à-vis reform of the episcopate is no secret, and so I expected nothing good. Nevertheless, there is good and bad in this. Citing (sub rosa) George Weigel’s book The […]

Terminology note: High Church and Low Church

As much as we are apt to resist labels, the need to distinguish between two strains of Catholic thought and attitude that are predominant in America today has led me to rely, here and elsewhere, on the prevailing terminology of “liberal” and “conservative.” See, e.g., 1 MPA, at 57, 62, 116. But those terms—freighted as […]

The Rebiba Bottleneck

Jimmy Akin has this podcast dealing with some fascinating questions about the integrity of the apostolic succession. The most interesting and momentous sections pertain to Scipione Cardinal Rebiba (†1577), through whom, because of a quirk of history, more than 90% of today’s episcopate trace their succession. The nub of the “Rebiba bottleneck” is this: Pope […]

Tealeaves

I’ve been saying for a while that Marc Cardinal Ouellet—the Hatcave Prefect and previously the Archbishop of Quebec—is papabile; today, Sandro Magister thinks that he’s the favorite. Meanwhile, Rocco Palmo continues to report that Bishop Ludwig +Müller (D. Regensburg) is tipped to be prefect of the CDF.