You know you’re a papist blogger when, having covered Church news at a distance for so long, it takes some time for you to realize that one of the cardinals announced today is actually your cardinal, the archbishop of your city.
That was the case for me today upon the announcement that Archbishop of Washington, DC Donald Wuerl is one of the two American archbishops who will be made a cardinal in Rome one month from today.
Here is Archbishop Wuerl’s statement upon being informed of the news:
“This truly is an honor for the Archdiocese of Washington, the Church in the nation’s capital, and for all of the clergy, religious and parishioners of this local Church who every day live out their faith in commitment and deep love for Christ. I am humbled by our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI’s trust in me as shepherd of this flock and pledge to him my renewed fidelity, affection and loyalty.”
The other American archbishop named today was … drumroll … Archbishop Raymond Burke! I am so excited about his elevation to the college of cardinals. Rocco Palmo – who I’m sure will be providing more coverage of this consistory of cardinals – has Archbishop Burke’s full statement.
Neither of these appointments is particularly a surprise. Both prelates, after all, occupy positions which traditionally bestow a red hat, but nonetheless, any time a cardinal is named it is a cause of joy for the universal Church, and especially for those who share a country with or live under the pastoral guidance of one of them. May the Holy Spirit guide and sanctify them!