DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     February 1, 1999     vol. 10, no. 21


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      This new feature that we introduce today will spotlight each member of the Conclave. 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, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

13.   Cardinal Anthony Joseph Bevilaqua

          Born in Brooklyn on June 17, 1923, Anthony Joseph Bevilaqua was one of eleven children raised by Luigi and Marie Bevilaqua, poor Italian immigrants. Yet they were rich in the faith and provided the foundation for Anthony to let a vocation to the priesthood blossom. After he graduated from Cathedral College in 1943 he enrolled at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York where, after six years of required theology and philosophy he was ordained on June 11, 1949 in his native Brooklyn at St. James Cathedral. Shortly after becoming a priest he was sent to the Gregorian University in Rome where he graduated summa cum laude with a Doctorate in Canon Law in 1956. Returning to the States, he obtained his Masters in Political Science from Columbia University in 1962. After various parish assignments, because of his sincere empathy of where he came from, created the Catholic Migration and Refugee Office in Brooklyn in 1971 before receiving a Civil Law Degree in 1975 from St. John's University Law School in Queens. In 1976 he was appointed Chancellor of the Diocese by Archbishop Francis J. Mugavero as well as Director of the Catholic Migration and Refugee Office which translated into his expertise being sought out at St. John's Law School where he taught immigration Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law until 1980 when he was ordained a Bishop on November 24, 1980 and assigned as Auxiliary Bishop as well as Chancellor of Brooklyn and given the cherished title "Prelate of Honor" by the Pope and received the titular church of Acque Albe of Bizacena. Three years later the Holy Father tabbed him as Bishop of Pittsburgh where he served until the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1987 when Pope John Paul II appointed him to head the Archdiocese of Philadelphia where he was installed and became an Archbishop on February 11, 1988. Two years later he was elevated to cardinal in John Paul's Consistory of June 28, 1991, receiving the titular church of the Most Holy Redeemer and St. Alphonsus on Via Merulana outside Rome.

          As Cardinal and Archbishop watching over his flock of one and a half million Catholics, he has stressed spiritual renewal and has been very active in pastoral ministry, visiting not only parishes and schools, but state hospitals, prisons and non-Catholic churches, temples and synagogues in addition to conducting a weekly radio call-in show to keep in touch with the people. He is one of the most ardent pro-life prelates, serving as an advisor to the Bishops' Committe on Pro-Life Activities. He is also a member of the Administrative Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and was formerly chairman of the Bishops' Committee on Canonical Affairs. He also has Curial experience having previously served membership in the Congregation for Religious and Secular Institutes and currently a member of the Pontifical "Cor Unum", the Pontifical Council for the Causes of Saints, the Pontifical Council for the Clergy and has lent invaluable expertise to the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People which he actually had a hand in helping develop with his input back in 1970 at its inception before he set up a similar Diocesan level council in Brooklyn a year later.

          While Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilaqua was born in the New York and heads the Archdiocese of Philadelphia his colleague Cardinal John J. O'Connor, who we'll cover in future installments alphabetically, was born in Philadelphia and heads the Archdiocese of New York. Both men are in their seventies and Cardinal Bevilaqua is very comfortable as shepherd of the vast Philadelphia Archdiocese. He will turn 76 this summer. It is highly unlikely he would be considered because of this, but, as most Philadelphia Catholics will tell you, Rome's potential loss will always be Philly's gain. Though he serves as Archbishop, he is still on the books as a practicing civil lawyer in the New York, Pennsylvania and the Supreme Court. Because he knows the law so well, he is a stickler for upholding the laws - especially the Laws of God.

February 1, 1999       volume 10, no. 21


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