DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     February 12-14, 1999     vol. 10, no. 30


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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.

18.   Cardinal Gerald Emmett Carter

          Cardinal Gerald Emmett Carter is Canada's senior cardinal, having been born in Montreal March 1, 1912. He was ordained a priest on May 22, 1937 and began his ministry in education, representing the Archdiocese of Montreal on the Catholic Schools Commission for Quebec. This led to him founding and serving as president of St. Joseph's Teachers College in Montreal. That, in turn, opened the door for him to later become co-founder and director of St. Thomas More Institute for Adult Education. Pope John XXIII made him the titular Bishop of Altiburo and Auxiliary Bishop of London, Ontario on February 2, 1962. Two years later he was appointed Bishop of London, which he held until 1978. During that time he rose in the ranks of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, serving as vice president from 1971 to 1973 and then president from 1975 through 1977. On April 27, 1978 Pope Paul VI elevated him to Archbishop of Toronto and a year later, in Pope John Paul II's first Consistory, he received the coveted red-hat on June 30, 1979 receiving the titular church of St. Mary in Traspontina.

          Having served the Church in Quebec and Ontario his entire life, Cardinal Carter turns 87 next month. He retired as Archbishop of Toronto on March 17, 1990 two weeks after his 78th birthday and is completely retired now. Therefore he is no longer eligible for the Sacred Conclave.

February 12-14, 1999       volume 10, no. 30


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