American Archbishop Named Cardinal in Surprise Consistory
A long-serving Curial archbishop from the United States is to be elevated to the College of Cardinals and will be made archpriest of the papal basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, Pope Benedict XVI announced today.
Milwaukee-native Archbishop James Harvey, prefect of the Papal Household, was one of six new members nominated in a surprise announcement by the Pope at the end of his weekly general audience.
The full list of the new cardinals, whom the Holy Father will appoint at a consistory on Nov. 24th, the eve of the Feast of Christ the King, are:
- Archbishop James Harvey, Prefect of the Papal Household whom the Pope plans to appoint archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls;
- Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, His Beatitude Béchara Boutros Raï;
- Archbishop Baselios Cleemis (Isaac) Thottunkal, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum (Syro-Malankarese rite), India;
- Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja, Nigeria;
- Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez, Archbishop of Bogotá, Colombia;
- Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, Philippines.
The Pope invited “everyone to pray for the newly elected, asking the maternal intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that they will always love with courage and dedication to Christ and his Church.”
Archbishop Harvey was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1949. He was ordained a priest by Paul VI on June 29, 1975. In 1998, he was named Prefect of the Papal Household by Pope John Paul II, who consecrated him a bishop of the titular see of Memphis. John Paul II later elevated him to the dignity of archbishop on September 29, 2003. During his service in the Papal Household, Archbishop Harvey has gained a reputation as a trusted and valued official, often seen at the Pope’s side on major occasions and responsible for arranging his audiences and other daily engagements.
This is the first time the Pope has called two consistories in one year. In February, the Pope held a consistory in which he created 22 new cardinals. There are unusually no Italians in the small number announced this morning.
As of Sept. 24th 2012, there were 116 cardinal electors below the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave, 4 below the limit of 120 set by Paul VI.