Skip to main content


Congratulations to His Eminence John Cardinal Foley!

10/17/2007 - PST

Advertisment


By Hugh McNichol
Op/Ed

College of Cardinals…the ultimate Red Hat Society!

At last today, the Holy Father announced his latest round of “red hats” that will be conferred in the next consistory in November. Of course, with many years of expectation and hopes, our own Archbishop John P. Foley has been designated for creation into the College of Cardinals. Congratulations to His Eminence John Cardinal Foley on the announcement of his creation as a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. His Eminence Cardinal Foley is the fifth Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary graduate to be elevated to the Sacred College since Overbooks inception 175 years ago.

As a Professor of Ethics and Metaphysics, His Eminence Cardinal Foley embodied all of the qualities and characteristics of a deeply faith orientated Thomistic scholar. Throughout the various semesters that then Msgr. Foley taught classes at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary he was perpetually a “man in motion”, not only with his domestic Seminary responsibilities, but also in his involvement with the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, as editor of our favorite newspaper, The Catholic Standard and Times, as English speaking press liaison for the Holy See and other responsibilities too many to name. He was and is always the consummate gentleman in every aspect of his priestly and professional responsibilities.

I have been fortunate to become associated with then Father Foley since 1975, when I was picked to represent Bishop Neumann High School as part of a panel hosted by WCAU TV 10 in Philadelphia at the Joel Spivak Show. The topic of discussion was regarding the possibility of the ordination of women. Father Foley was the representative of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at this televised panel discussion. I don’t believe this author ever had the opportunity to offer a comment regarding the issue for discussion; however Father Foley illustrated in concise theological terms the erroneous thought that accompanied the issue of the ordination of women and clearly upheld the Church’s teachings of sacramental tradition on that matter. In later years, as one of his students, I would always ask Msgr. Foley…do you know what ever became of Joel Spivak? His response was always one of a quiet smile with a hint of underlying apologetical satisfaction.

As a professor, it was difficult to follow the globetrotting activities of our quasi-international ethics and metaphysics professor. Some days in class, other days out with the papal entourage of John Paul II, but always keenly concerned about the proper education and happiness of his students at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. After almost 30 years I still refer to the text books used in Msgr. Foley’s classes as pillars of moral certitude in a world of potentially immoral chaos.
In 1984 when Msgr. Foley was appointed an Archbishop, it was also time for my institution to the Ministry of Acolyte. As a matter of chance and pure luck, Archbishop Foley’s Episcopal ordination took place a few days before the scheduled institution to the Ministry of Acolyte. The Seminary administration decided to utilize the services of a “new archbishop” on the faculty, and Archbishop Foley was the celebrant of the Liturgy for the Institution in May of 1984. As it happened, that was the first exercise of his Episcopal ministry during that ceremony. I am particularly proud to recall the event not only because it was a day in my happy seminary memories, but also because it was a “first” for my newly consecrated former professor, and a shadowing of a successful career at the Vatican that was ahead of him.

One cannot speak of His Eminence Cardinal Foley without remembering the true affection and devotion he had for his mother the late Regina Foley. She was present quite a few times at events at the Seminary and was always a quiet inspiration to both her son’s priesthood, and a sort of “grandmother figure” for all of us at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary. Prayers and warm best wishes to the memory of this delightful woman, as her son is elevated to the College of Cardinals.

Overbrook now is able to boast 5 graduates that were elevated to the College of Cardinals. Such success is a compliment not only to the academic excellence of the institution, but to the quality of its students and graduates. Congratulations to His Eminence, John Cardinal Foley on a long awaited and well deserved recognition of your fidelity and obedience to the Universal Church. This author is extremely happy to have known you as a Seminary professor and globe trotting Archbishop. Ad Multos Annos!

Contact

TriNet Technologies Consultants Inc
http://verbumcarofactumest.blogspot.com  DE, US
Hugh McNichol - Author, 302 6339348

Email

hugh.mcnichol@trinettc.com

Keywords

John Cardinal Foley

Rate This Article

Very Helpful Somewhat Helpful Not Helpful at All

Yes, I am Interested No, I am not Interested

Rate Article

1 - 1 of 1 Comments

  1. RUSS FITZGERALD
    5 years ago

    I SAW CARDINAL FOLEY AT THE PHILADELPHIA COUNTRY CLUB WHILE I WAS THERE HOSTING A SIBLING LUNCHEON. I RECOGNIZED HIM IMMEDIATELY AND AFTER LUNCH AS WE AND THE CARDINAL WERE LEAVING, WE HAD A CHANCE TO SAY HELLO. HE IS A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO THE COLLEGE OF CARDINALS. OUR PATHS CROSSED SEVERAL TIMES OVER THE YEARS WHEN I WAS ON THE ARCHDIOCESAN SCHOOL BOARD.

Leave a Comment

Comments submitted must be civil, remain on-topic and not violate any laws including copyright. We reserve the right to delete any comments which are abusive, inappropriate or not constructive to the discussion.

Though we invite robust discussion, we reserve the right to not publish any comment which denigrates the human person, undermines marriage and the family, or advocates for positions which openly oppose the teaching of the Catholic Church.

This is a supervised forum and the Editors of Catholic Online retain the right to direct it.

We also reserve the right to block any commenter for repeated violations. Your email address is required to post, but it will not be published on the site.

We ask that you NOT post your comment more than once. Catholic Online is growing and our ability to review all comments sometimes results in a delay in their publication.

Send me important information from Catholic Online and it's partners. See Sample

Post Comment

Newsletter Sign Up

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Job 9:1-12, 14-16
Job spoke next. He said: Indeed, I know it is as you say: how ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 88:10-11, 12-13, 14-15
Do you work wonders for the dead, can shadows rise up to praise ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:57-62
As they travelled along they met a man on the road who said to ... Read More

Saint of the Day

October 1 Saint of the Day

St. Therese of Lisieux
October 1: Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called ... Read More