So who's not on the list?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 22, 2006

The speculation is over, so after the obligatory 15 minutes of attention to the Pope's announcement, let's move right along to the Monday-morning quarterbacking.

Take a look at all those speculative stories, and make a list of the prelates who were listed as likely candidates for red hats. Now compare that list with the list announced today by Pope Benedict.

What name appears most frequently on list #1, but not on list #2?

Our answer would be Dublin's Archbishop Diarmuid Martin-- who, now that you mention it, has been acting rather tense recently.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 23, 2006 2:59 PM ET USA

    No, not everyone, Granny, else The Lord would have destroyed San Francisco just like he destroyed its biblical counterpart. As for Cardinal Levada, His Eminence may be a diplomat, but he is no orthodox Catholic (in my humble opinion) and I find his appointment to be the chief defender of the Faith quite troubling. Then again, as a traditional Catholic, I find fault with many (not ALL) Novus Ordo bishops, especially those who were known to harbor abusive homosexual clerics.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 23, 2006 11:36 AM ET USA

    I don't think you know the whole story about Cardinal Levada. That city by the bay that you maligned is my hometown and not ALL are evil there. consider other cities, boston, New York, New Orleans or even your own hometown. Anyway I think that Levada is a diplomat par excellence who did not back down on Church problems with The City. Quite a feat.

  • Posted by: MM - Feb. 23, 2006 11:06 AM ET USA

    Levada as prefect of the CDF? Yes, that was a confusing choice. Given the current state of the Church and the world, a more prudent selection would have been Bishop Fellay. I'm JOKING - okay? Though its a wistful kind of a gag.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 22, 2006 1:10 PM ET USA

    You’re wondering about the non-selection of this Martin fellow when you should all be worrying about the elevation of Levada, the former ordinary of Sodom by the Sea. Cardinal Levada, Defender of the Faith! Now there’s something to write about, Di.

  • Posted by: MM - Feb. 22, 2006 11:16 AM ET USA

    Thank God! Martins elevation would have been just too depressing. He was supposed to have been a hotshot Vatican diplomat before becoming archbishop - but after his repeated media gaffes, there must be a question mark over his judgment, as well as his orthodoxy. Coming across as an ultraliberal maverick just isn't the way to market yourself with a Pope like this!