On his jubilee: the 50th Anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
He’s my favorite cardinal. He’s also the only cardinal I’ve ever personally met (I think) and he received me and my wife into the Catholic Church in 2000. He survived polio as a child and cancer as a cardinal. As a holy and courageous bishop (and also a scholar and polyglot), his primary handicap for placement among the papabile was his nationality. And unlike some other American cardinals who will remain unidentified, he also had the distinction of not wanting the job. Fortunately for him, God had in mind another Francis. It’s really a beautiful thing when God stacks the deck in our favor. To think that at least a dozen men could have emerged from the conclave to become excellent popes should put in mind the promise of Our Lord…..