Friday, October 30, 2009

Cardinal Murphy O'Connor appointed to Congregations of Bishops and Evangelisaion of Peoples

Pope Benedict has appointed Cardinal Murphy O'Connor to the Congregation of Bishops and the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples. According to the press release from the Catholic Communications Network, he will have an important role in selecting Bishops for the many dioceses around the world.
In his new role, Cardinal Cormac will be directly involved in the appointment of Bishops for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, as well for countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania.
The press release says that these appointments illustrate the enormous esteem in which the Holy Father holds the Cardinal.
In a mark of extraordinary esteem, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor to two important Vatican congregations that select bishops for most dioceses of the Latin-rite Catholic Church worldwide.
It is highly unusual for the pope to appoint a retired bishop or cardinal to such positions for the first time. That Pope Benedict has decided to name Cardinal Cormac to these two important posts is an indicator of the great respect and high esteem which he enjoys with both the pope and senior Vatican officials.
Pope Benedict has given him a role of great importance which will have an impact on the future of the Universal Church in many lands. It also takes him deep inside the corridors of power in the Vatican.
The Cardinal will hold these posts until he reaches his 80th birthday on 24th August 2012, unless the Holy Father's esteem is such that he asks him to remain in office.


  1. Father,

    I hate to be the nayesayer, but given there have been oblique criticisms of Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor from various sources, is this really a mark of esteem by the Holy Father? Or is it some kind of new "Papal protocol"?

    I should say: I don't have any axe to grind, for I don't really know enough about the English episcopate, past or present, being north of the Border!

  2. If this is the case, that he'd be so relatively cose to retirement himself, I can't help but think he's sort of a "placeholder."


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