Archbishop Tobin and Archbishop Cupich Elevated to Cardinal
October 10, 2016
Bishop Doherty responds: Prayerful congratulations to Cardinal Joseph Tobin, Archbishop of the Indianapolis Archdiocese, for his being elevated by Pope Francis to an honored and responsible office. This is a wonderful piece of news about his continuing ministry, and undoubtedly will be a point of pride for all of us in Indiana. I consider Cardinal Tobin among my friends, and a good priestly example as well. I am happy that his significant talents and his faithful heart will serve the Church in this new way.
My congratulations and prayers also go out to Chicago’s Cardinal Blase Cupich and his Archdiocese. His abilities as a thinker and pastor will now play a special role in the College of Cardinals. I have known Cardinal Cupich since we were in the seminary, and he has always been a kind man. His humorous observations reveal a consciousness of God’s presence and help in every moment.
Perhaps many do not know that the dioceses of Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana constitute Region VII, one of the groupings of the US Catholic dioceses. It is breathtaking to have two men from this region named Cardinals on the same day. There are only about 225 cardinals in the whole world, and about 125 of them are under 80 years old – the age at which they would become ineligible to vote for a successor pope. This vote is usually the most significant part about being a cardinal. Suddenly, the American Midwest gains a significant voice in that College. Read more.
October 12, 2016
Bishop Doherty explains: A bishop is a priest who carries the fullness of the sacrament of Orders (Decree on the Bishops’ Pastoral Office in the Church, n. 15). He usually heads a diocese and is called an “ordinary” because he promotes order, and is in charge. An auxiliary bishop is one who assists the diocesan bishop. A coadjutor bishop is appointed to assist a diocesan bishop and has ‘the right of succession’ when the diocesan bishop retires or dies. In the diocese of Lafayette-in Indiana, Bishop John Joseph (later Cardinal) Carberry was the coadjutor to Bishop John George Bennett until 1957.
A man becomes an archbishop, in most cases, because he has been named as the head of an archdiocese. Some archbishops have the title because they oversee important administrative functions or they receive the title as an honor.
The title cardinal is given to members of the College of Cardinals. The appointment is made by the pope, and his most notable role will be... Read More