Singing in the Reign has launched a new blog (Godblog, Catholic division) and experienced one of those great lessons of blogging: It is good to have specialized knowledge on a breaking story. Here’s his quick backgrounders of two of the new cardinals:
First, it is interesting that the only non-Bishop on the list is a biblical scholar, Father Albert Vanhoye. Fr. Vanhoye is one of the world experts in scholarship in the book of Hebrews. Notice here Pope Benedict’s clear interest in highlighting the importance of biblical studies. In fact, one of the distinctive elements of Cardinal Ratzinger’s work is his attempt to do BIBLICAL theology. Catholic theolgoy needs to be bibilcally based. I’ll have more to say about this in the future. Suffice it to say, the appointment of Vanhoye reveals two things. First, it indicates that the Pope has great respect for this biblical scholar. Second, it underscores his interest in fulfilling the Second Vatican Council’s call for making the study of the Bible (“the study of the sacred page”) the “soul of theology” (Dei Verbum, 24).
Also, I think that it is worthy of note that one of the new Cardinals is Archbishop Carlo Caffara of Bologna, the noted moral theologian. Caffara is the founder of the John Paul II Institutes for Marriage and Family. There are two of them here in America – one in Washington, the other in Steubenville, OH.
Noticxe that the rookie has been much busier than aging veteran RomanCatholicBlog, which has yet to post on the significance of the 15 new Red Hats.
Please send me pointers to good essays on the significance of these appointments. I will list them here.
PowderTracks provides background on the new Spanish cardinal, Archbishop Llovera of Toledo.