The New Cardinals

Michael O. Garvey | Jan. 14, 2014 | Notre Dame News

Pope Francis

On Sunday (Jan. 12), when Pope Francis announced the names of the 19 men he will soon make cardinals, he also gave some University of Notre Dame theologians an inkling of his vision of the Catholic Church.

“Pope Benedict represented a ‘back to basics’ move theologically, and Francis interprets and represents the same move pastorally,” according to John C. Cavadini, professor of theology and McGrath-Cavadini Director of Notre Dame’s Institute for Church Life. “If we believe that ‘God is love,’ then we should make our pastoral strategy one that translates that basic truth into a readily accessible and visible pastoral strategy of proclamation and action to those most needing to hear it. These appointments seem to conform to such a vision of the new evangelization.”

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