As I predicted 4-months ago. Was NOT hard.
As a senior curialist Luis Tagle he definitely was entitled to be a Cardinal Bishop. That he did NOT get the vacant Suburbicarian See was interesting. But, to be fair, Benjamino Stella (Italy), is more senior in terms of the curial dicastery he heads.
This is great for the Catholic Filipinos. They will be ecstatic. Good for them.
It still does NOT make him papabile. Not even close.
He now has 3 strikes against him:
- Way, way, way too YOUNG!
- Too exotic, for current times. Church wants to re-trench, get back to its roots.
- Coming across TOO much as Francis’ MAN, and Francis is losing his popularity among prelates.
As a senior curialist Luis Tagle is definitely entitled to now be a Cardinal Bishop. Plus, a pope can promote any one to the order (i.e., to be a Cardinal Bishop) at his whim. Totally his prerogative as are so many things within his Church.
There is a genuine vacancy that has gone unfilled since early September.
Furthermore, now that he got Sodano to ‘resign’ the Deanship is vacant and the Cardinal Bishops, among themselves, will have to elect a new Dean in the next few weeks. The pope will want the vacancy filled before that election.
This does NOT mean that Tagle will be the new Dean. SMILE. He will be the most junior of the Cardinal Bishops.
And even if he is made a Cardinal Bishop he will NOT be the next pope, unless we don’t have a conclave for another 13- to 14-years. SMILE.
Making Tagle a Cardinal Bishop will be quite a statement. One that the pope might be happy to make. It will make a lot of people very happy.
I will tell you who I think will be the next Dean in my next post. SMILE.
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