Pope Francis to pick new cardinals and begin reshaping the hierarchy

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Cardinals enter "Pro Eligendo Pontifice" Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

Cardinals enter "Pro Eligendo Pontifice" Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on March 12, 2013 at the Vatican. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

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(RNS) Any day now, Pope Francis is expected to make his first appointments to the College of Cardinals, the select group of about 120 scarlet-clad senior churchmen whose main duty is to advise the pope while he reigns – and gather in the Sistine Chapel when he dies or resigns to name his successor. Will one of the 14 or so picks be the next pope?

  • Ronald Sevenster

    Pope Francis has been a revolutionary disaster for the Church thus far and I expect him to move even more to the liberal direction in his appointments. The SSPX is very happy, I guess, that they didn’t fall into the trap of reconciliation with Rome. For this Pope is prepared to great lenghts in order to destroy all remainders of authentic Catholic tradition. Look what he is doing to the Franciscans of the Immaculate. His reform of the Curia will likely result in the institutioin of a liberal Inquisition designed to persecute faithful traditional Catholics.

  • Alecto

    Whomever he appoints, I hope he focuses on merit, not entitlement or “statements”. Something as mundane as the ability to communicate well the ideas and concepts of Christian life and practice would far better serve Catholics around the world than idiotic social justice drones. Division, thy name is Pope! God knows the world could do without more political machinations, but I think Catholics need more cardinals who are 1) humble, 2) pious and 3) apolitical.

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  • Pope Francis has the ability to reassign, fire or reduce the workforce at the vatican that includes Cardinals. By reassigning Cardinals and reducing the total number of cardinals in the Curia less than 120 say 20 would be enough to elect a cardinal. He also can reduce the manditory retirement age to 75 to achieve a over influence of European/Italian Cardinal Block that are now in place. Lets say Jesus was of less giving to the poor in his commnity. He also was against large cathedrial like buildings created by the Rabai’s. I wonder what he thinks of the Vatican and the Power Base now leading the Church.