Can Any Good Thing Come Out Of Perugia? We Have A Pope To Judge!

Pope Francis announced the other day the names of 19 men he has appointed to become cardinals.  The news coverage properly focused on Francis’s focus on the global south, where most Catholics live.  And in a sentimental mode, he also made a cardinal of 98-year-old Monsignor Loris Capovilla, who served as Pope John XXIII’s personal secretary over 50 years ago!  Also he elevated the archbishop of Perugia, Gualtiero Bassetti.  Perugia has not been the home base of a cardinal since the days of the papal states.  Quite a shot across the bow of careerists who presumed that Venice and Turin, for example, were sure pathways to wearing the red hat.  In this inside game, Francis is most definitely saying “Who am I to judge? I am pope to judge!”

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