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Sunday, February 26, 2006

Conservative Cardinal Appointments

It appears Pope Benedict XVI is sending a very clear message on which way he intends to take the Church under his papacy and beyond....

Archbishop William Joseph Levada
, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In 1995, the Archbishop wrote a column published in the Sentinel in which he decried the popular political notion of separating religious morality from political life. In the same column he said, "It should be clear, then, that every Catholic is required to accept this teaching (against abortion) as a matter of faith, and that any Catholic who would deny it would separate himself from the unity of Catholic faith and practice which is the fundamental condition for Church membership." (see the column here: )

Archbishop Franc Rode C.M., prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

The Slovenian Archbishop, the head of the Vatican office that oversees religious orders said that the emphasis on "extreme secularism" has hurt contemporary society, especially in the Catholic religious orders.

Speaking at a symposium on religious life at the Vatican, Rode said this trend has created a serious cultural deprivation. In places like France and Quebec, most of the leadership in public life were educated by Catholic communities of sisters who have succumbed to the secularizing trend. "Today we see the emergence of a generation of politicians or cultural leaders who are completely ignorant of the Christian tradition," Rode said. (source: )

Archbishop Agostino Vallini, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

National Catholic Reporter's John Allen says of Archbishop Vallini that he served 1999 to 2004 as bishop of Albano, scene of a tragedy in 2001 when a mother and her three-year-old son were assaulted and killed by two local youths. Vallini called for forgiveness, but also demanded an "examination of conscience" by a society which fosters "a false conception of individual liberty which ends up compromising the common good and the right to life." (source: )

Archbishop Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino
of Caracas, Venezuela.

In 1999 when Venezuela's legislature was considering legislation to alter the penal code on abortion, the Archbishop railed against the proposal. It "would be like giving a green light to murder," he said. "Apart from the fact that the Constitution does not allow it, there is something fundamental here-life should never be attacked. We cannot allow abortion to be permitted as if it were just another licit activity." (source: )

Archbishop Gaudencio B. Rosales
of Manila, Philippines.

Archbishop Rosales was the replacement for Cardinal Jamie Sin, one of the most outspoken church leaders on life and family issues. While Rosales is not nearly as outspoken, spoke with those connected to the pro-life movement in the Philippines who had said that Rosales was the best replacement possible for Cardinal Sin. Another good indicator of the Archbishop's thinking was his strong recommendation of Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ. Rosales said "I think I would recommend it to every Filipino to see it who believes in goodness and accepts the reality of evil." (Source: )

Archbishop Jean-Pierre Ricard
of Bordeaux, France.

In 2004, Jean-Pierre Ricard, Archbishop of Bordeaux and president of the French episcopal conference, condemned plans by the mayor to issue marriage licenses to homosexual couples not only on religious grounds but also as a means "to support the founding principles of social life itself". "If our society gives so much importance to the marriage of a man and a woman, it is not simply to take note of the formation of a couple… marriage also ensures the renewal of generations, the clarity of filial and parental ties and provides security to the adults and the children who are the fruit of that union," he said in a statement.

"A child born of the union of a man and a woman needs a father and a mother. In order to structure his own personality, he needs the model of a father and a mother," he wrote.

He pointed out the ethical problem of same sex couples and single people having children created through in vitro and other artificial techniques. He wrote that the well-being of children was more important than the desire of adults to become parents.

Ricard is among the small cadre of bishops at Cologne's World Youth Day to celebrate Mass for the young pilgrims of the Juventutem group, an organization of youth promoting the traditional, pre-Vatican II rite of the Mass.

At the opening of the plenary assembly of French bishops in Lourdes in 2004, Ricard said that all Catholics, especially the clergy, should have the right to freely express their faith without fear of political reprisals. "There can be no religious freedom if there is no freedom of expression and the possibility to communicate one's thought, not only in personal relations but also in the social realm."

He lamented that in France there is "a complete secularization of society," and that for some people "there is no legitimacy or place for a manifestation of religion in the public realm."