February 7, 2000
volume 11, no. 26

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    Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we spotlight each member of the Conclave in alphabetical order. We find this necessary as our dear Sovereign Pontiff Pope John Paul II grows older, clinging to hope, as we join him, of seeing the light of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart with the dawn of the new millennium - the Jubilee Year 2000. How much longer this 264th successor of Peter has left on this earth only God knows for sure, but His Divine Mercy is evident in allowing him to be with us this long for he truly is a saint for our times, truly Christ's Vicar on earth in these waning days before the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Time of Peace, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the New Pentecost, the Second Advent, the Age of the Holy Spirit. What 1999 will bring we have no idea, nor does anyone else, but with John Paul II at the helm, we feel much more secure in knowing God's Will will be done. Nevertheless, we want to preview the future Pope whether that be soon or much, much later, for no one lives forever and eventually one of those prelates will be selected as the 265th successor of Peter. This will give the reader a better insight into the man whom the Holy Spirit will move the conclave to choose. Thus we bring the reader vignettes on each cardinal in alphabetical order gleaned from the Catholic Almanac, The Official Catholic Directory, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

155.   Cardinal Thomas Joseph Winning
        Born on June 3, 1925 in Wishaw, Scotland, Cardinal Thomas Joseph Winning attended minor seminary in Britain and then on to Rome to complete his major seminary scholasticate before being ordained by Pope Pius XII on December 18, 1948. After ordination he continued his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University achieving his degree in Canon Law before returning to Scotland for several years of pastoral assignments until being recalled to Rome to serve as Spiritual Director for the the Pontifical Scots College there from 1958 to 1966, present in Rome throughout the Second Vatican Council.

        In 1966 he returned to Scotland serving as a parish priest and then Episcopal Vicar for Marriage in the Motherwell Diocese. In 1970 he was appointed the first President and Officialis of the of the New National Scottish Tribunal of Glasgow. This led to Pope Paul VI naming Titular Bishop of Lugmad and Auxiliary Bishop of Glasgow on October 28, 1971. He was ordained a month later on November 30, 1971 by Archbishop Scanlan of Glasgow whom Bishop Winning succeeded three years later on April 23, 1974. Before becoming the archbishop, he was elected President of the Justice and Peace Commission for the Scottish Bishops' Conference, a post he held from 1973 until 1977 when he was appointed President of the Commission for Catholic Education, which he still heads. In 1978 he became a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith where he remained until 1984. The following year he was chosen President of the Scottish Bishops' Conference, a title he still holds today.

        Pope John Paul II elevated him to the cardinalate during his Consistory of November 26, 1994 bestowing on him the titular church of St. Andrew delle Fratte. He also was assigned curial membership in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Pontifical Council for the Family. Year by year Cardinal Winning has become a strong voice in all of Britain for decency and morals, most recently being the first to speak out on the need to keep Section 28 on the books and not repeal it or it will open the door for a greater decline of family values and usher in outright promotion of the homosexual lifestyle as a normal alternative. He has been called on the carpet and villified by the liberal left and those promoting the gay agenda but has persevered, never waivering in his intent on being the loyal shepherd he was appointed to be. In fact, in today's NEWS & VIEWS there is an article on Cardinal Winning reaching out to all in a show of compassion and bringing them back into the fold. Catholics are in a vast minority in Scotland with Anglicans, Presbyterians and the Church of Scotland claiming the most citizens, and yet Cardinal Winning has kept a very high profile in giving Holy Mother Church a strong voice in this mostly non-Catholic country.


February 7, 2000
volume 11, no. 26

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