Today Pope Benedict is officially elevating six bishops from around the world to the role of cardinal. When he named the last set back in January, I reflected on concerns that the high ratio of Europeans (especially Italians) to those from other parts of the world appeared to reflect more Romanitas than catholicity. This time, however, the opposite is the case – especially considering that two of the six represent Eastern rites.
Given the unfortunate polarities we have in the Church these days, I doubt very many of the same people who were quick to point out the overabundance of Europeans-especially-Italians will be calling much attention to their absence here (scandalized Italian newspapers notwithstanding). So I will.