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By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Aug 23, 2010

Malta Independent Online has leapt into the speculation game with a prediction that the leading prelate of the little island nation, Archbishop Paul Cremona, will be measured for a red hat by the end of this year. “Although there were no formal announcements, the speculation is rife,” the Maltese report intoned.

Leaving aside the prospects for Archbishop Cremona—and for every other candidate whose name is being tossed around—it’s undeniably true the “the speculation is rife.” Look for an announcement in the fall, after Pope Benedict’s return to Rome. 

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: ahaggard138528 - Oct. 25, 2017 1:11 AM ET USA

    Say what you mean and mean what you say Pope Francis. Why is every document that Francis produces able to be read in multiple different ways and Francis himself even says things that seem to contradict his own documents? Answer: Spirit of Vatican II speak. It doesn't matter what's written on the page, just make sure that it functions as a vehicle to push the radical progressive agenda.

  • Posted by: Retired01 - Oct. 24, 2017 3:21 PM ET USA

    Confusion, confusion and more confusion, and under the cover of confusion many "progressive" liturgical actions can take place.

  • Posted by: feedback - Oct. 24, 2017 11:47 AM ET USA

    The most recent re-translation of the Missal was prompted by a specific list of glaring and annoying discrepancies between Latin "Editio Typica" and the ICEL's text. That translation took a long time, much discussion, and it was fundamentally well justified. At present, it would not be easy for any Bishop to rationalize yet another radical re-translation, for this reason I'm not too worried. I think that the pre-Francis English translation will stay intact at least until the next Pope.

  • Posted by: Jerome - Oct. 24, 2017 9:52 AM ET USA

    Sigh. I wish this had come after the new translation of the Liturgy of the Hours had been completed. Now I kind of hope that translation will be abandoned.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Oct. 23, 2017 9:40 PM ET USA

    Once again we have vagueness and confusion replacing clarity and order. Dissident bishops will use this opening to alter the liturgy in their dioceses to suit their whims, as they exploited the mushy language of some of Vatican II's documents decades ago.

  • Posted by: koinonia - Oct. 23, 2017 4:36 PM ET USA

    The innovations occur under the same conditions. "They must remain faithful..." But somehow, with the passage of time, in the long-run, this crucial admonition proves ineffectual. Cardinal Sarah is faithful; he is also admonished (not the first time). It is inevitable; fidelity, in this milieu, inescapably leads to infidelity. It's been numerous decades now. If we don't see how this all works by now, we might reasonably (and justly) be described as a little slow on the uptake.

  • Posted by: Japheth - Aug. 25, 2010 9:38 PM ET USA

    I like the sound of Cardinal Diogenes.