It is nice to know that Important People in Rome read my blog so carefully and take it so seriously. Cardinal Walter Kasper, I gather, has just fallen into line with my observation of February 28: it is an abuse to thrust episcopacy upon curial bureaucrats as a sort of 'honour'. He points out that even the great and admirable Cardinal Ottaviani, that hugely wonderful apotheosis of doctrinal rigour combined with Traditional peasant Catholicism, was not a bishop until B John XXIII, in accordance with his deplorable new policy, forced him to become one. Indeed, back even in the days of 'Renaissance Prince' prelacy, this was not thought necessary. Why can't the present Holy Father see the logic of my and Kasper's point? To thrust the charism of a Successor of the Apostles upon someone who is not going to be using that sacramental status in Ecclesia is an abuse of the Sacraments*. (I suppose we can't exactly call them episcopi vagantes ... how about episcopi stylipulsores?) Using the Sacraments themselves merely to augment a bureaucrat's dignity, vanity, and wardrobe**, while letting ones admirers say that one is 'humble' because one lets beautiful vestments lie unused in the Vatican Sacristies ... something about camels and gnats springs to mind.
Let Cardinal Presbyters remain Cardinal Presbyters! (And wear, daily, a galero, if they want to!)
er .... yes ... I know ... you'll point out to me that Ottaviani was a Cardinal Deacon ... er ... do you have to? Why do you have to be like that?
*Metropolitan John Zizioulas made that point ... before he was elevated to the titular See of Pergamum.
**And how about the Holy Father's really weird decision that Vatican workers will continue to be made Monsignori as soon as they start to shave .... could it be that Signor Gamarelli has some sort of hold over Papa Bergoglio?