Last week saw the first concrete move by Pope Francis to begin the reform of the Vatican, which was the first meeting of the advisory council of selected cardinals. The council, dubbed by the media as the “G-8,” was formed to give the Pope advise and a sense of what issues the cardinals and bishops out in the world felt should be addressed.
Among the cardinals appointed to this body, is Boston’s own Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM CAP, Archbishop of Boston. In his own quiet, subtle way, he is, and has been a person of influence in the American church, and now in the global Church. John Allen, Jr., of the National Catholic Reporter, has written an interesting column about Cardinal Sean, which was posted on the Vatican Insider.
It was reported that Cardinal Sean was definitely in the running at the last Papal Conclave. And Mr. Allen seems to hint that he is still a viable candidate if a future Conclave needs to held in the next six or so years.