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Thoughts On The “Next Conclave” By U.K. Catholic Canon Anthony Churchill, STL — Latest Consistory, November 2020.

by Canon Anthony Churchill, STL.


November 6, 2020

Implication of forthcoming consistory on conclave.

The decision of the Pope to create 13 new Cardinals will add to the unpredictability of the next Conclave. Nine of these will be electors while 4 are in effect ‘honorary’ Cardinals, being over the age of 80 (i.e., non-electors).

It seems unlikely that the Consistory set for November 28th can take place in the normal way. The COVID 19 pandemic and the restrictions on public events and on travel must make it inappropriate to ask elderly gentlemen to travel from all over the world at this time. Neither can it be wise to encourage the normal crowds of supporters to do the same.

I would hope that that the Pope will hold a brief ceremony in Rome with  the Curial Cardinals in order to officially “create” the new Cardinals, and postpone the ceremonies until a later date.

Pope John Paul II started the custom of inviting the entire College of Cardinals to come to Rome for these consistories. It was the custom to hold a day-long meeting of the College to which the new men were invited. These meetings gave the Cardinals a chance to meet each other and to some extent at least to get to know each other. This practice continued under Pope Benedict XVI, but has been stopped by the present Pope. It is not clear why Pope Francis should have done this, but in my view,, it does not help the new Cardinals to integrate and become more aware of the wider Church.

To my mind it can only be a disadvantage if the Cardinals arrive for the eventual Conclave not knowing each other. Francis has chosen men from all over the world, many from remote parts. They may well be outstanding pastors and men of wide pastoral experience, but they will often be strangers to Rome, and unfamiliar with its ways and the Italian language.

On the one hand this very diverse College could allow for an original and perhaps surprising result. It might lead to a Pope from “the peripheries” with a very different perspective on the future of the Church. Such a Pope might reflect more closely the concerns of Catholics in a very diverse world.

On the other hand , it seems to me that a large number of recently created Cardinals who are strangers to the Vatican and to each other could be at risk of being manipulated by those who are sometimes known  as the “grand electors”. Groups who are well known to each other and are well versed in Vatican affairs could exercise undue influence in these circumstances.

It remains to be seen how this will all “play out”, but it certainly does not make it any easier to predict what might happen at the Conclave when it comes.


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Thoughts On The “Next Conclave” By U.K. Catholic Canon Anthony Churchill, STL.

by Canon Anthony Churchill, STL.


August 25th 2020

Conclave

I can see the obvious similarities between “Trump versus Biden” and “Francis versus whoever” . I think there is a lot truth in that, but the conclave will be rather more complex than that. As in U.S. politics, so in the Church, there is a deep division between those who are enthusiastic supporters of Francis and those who, for a variety of reasons, oppose him.

In my view that only describes part of the story. Many Catholics do not so easily fit into one camp or the other. Right wing American Catholics are inclined to see their Republican Party  ideals and values as part and parcel of their Catholic Faith.

They look at the Gospel through Republican filters,

For them Francis seems to be a dangerous socialist and radical after the style of Bernie Sanders. Whereas in Europe many take a much more nuanced view.

Certainly there are many Catholics in Europe and Australia who more or less share the American “Right’s” analysis and hostility, but as I see it, these people tend to communicate only with those of a like mind.  They do not represent as many ordinary Catholics as they might think.

Francis’ concern for the poor is shared by very large numbers of Catholics who cannot so easily be classified as liberals or conservatives. Quite a number of Cardinals share that concern. It will become apparent that a good number of Cardinals from the “Global South” have very different priorities, which will govern their attitudes going into the Conclave.

Edward Pentin’s book is a very useful analysis of the views of his 19 candidates, but the analysis clearly reflects his own views.  It can be very helpful toto read what he has discovered of their views on a range of subjects. It does not follow that what he sees as a negative will be seen in that light by the Cardinals who will certainly study it with interest.

I think that it might take a little time for a consensus to emerge as it has to for a Cardinal to achieve the necessary two thirds of the votes, but I suspect that unlike the American November election the Conclave will be altogether more subtle.

If I can risk a prediction, I cannot see the “Anti-Francis” Cardinals having enough support to elect Cardinal Sarah, or even Raymond Burke ( utterly impossible surely).

Equally I cannot see the strongly “Pro Francis” crowd being sufficiently numerous to elect Cardinal Tagle.

The group of Cardinals who don’t really belong in either camp will be crucial in obtaining the requisite two thirds.  I suspect we need to know much more about their concerns.

I certainly see parallels with Trump versus Biden, but that will only be part of the story.

These are my initial thoughts bearing in mind that, as always, so much will depend on when the Conclave happens. We could yet see one or two more consistories with new candidates, and many of the ones mentioned in Pentin’s book will soon reach 80 years old. I cannot see the election of an octogenarian Pope.


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A Catholic Priest From The UK, A ‘Canon’ No Less, Gives My “Electing The Next Pope” ($2 eBook), 5-Stars.

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This is Canon Canon Anthony Churchill, STL.

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Father Churchill & I are NOT strangers — though we have yet to meet.

We know each other through my books. He contacted me over 10-years ago after seeing my “Pope Names” book. We have been penpals ever since.

He is no stranger to the readers of this blog. He helps me out.

But, his review is genuine. Honest. SMILE.

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Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Of Britain, With My Friend, Father Anthony Churchill.

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This was taken in October 2012, the Cardinal (standing tall) on left.


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The Cardinal, aged 84, is ailing.

Two Facebook posts by Fr. Churchill
in the last ’24’ hours.

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I was fortunate to meet Fr. Churchill, online, c. 2010, when I was working on my Pope books.

Fr. Churchill, STL, extremely gracious, patient and KNOWLEDGABLE, helped me tremendously — always taking time to answer my questions, translate Latin for I (he is both a Latin and theological scholar) and providing me with amazing photographs from his frequent trips to Rome. Two of his pictures grace the covers of my ‘Next Pope‘ books.

Fr. Churchill currently is Episcopal Vicar for Ecumenical Affairs, and Parish Priest of St Michael’s Ashtead, Surrey (U.K.)


Cover picture by Fr. Churchill.

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6 More images Of Rome (Italy) by Father Anthony Churchill.

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for these picture contributions

by Father Churchill from Rome.

These are amazingly good pictures, Fr. Churchill a gifted photographer.


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6 images Of Rome (Italy), In Mid-March 2016, by Father Anthony Churchill.

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Cover photo by Fr. Churchill.

Father Anthony Churchill, STL, of Sussex, U.K. is one of my closest collaborators when it comes to my papal work. There are umpteen posts related to him on my ‘Popes and Papacy’ blog. Just do a search on ‘Anthony’. In addition to being a gifted (and very qualified) theologian, a beloved parish priest he is also an accomplished photographer. The front cover photo of my (once quite popular) “Next Pope 2011” was a picture taken by Father Churchill (who is not related to ‘Winston‘).

Father Churchill is currently on a well earned sabbatical and spending 5 months in Rome, a city that he has spent much time in — including time he spent studying for his ‘doctorate’ in theology. He has concelebrated Mass with Paul VI in Rome and Pope Benedict XVI in London.

I told him about my ‘6 Images a Day‘ project and asked him if he would supply me with some images from Rome. He had not taken his camera so these pictures are ones he takes with his iPad or iPhone. These pictures are also published on his Facebook page.


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