Pope John Paul II convoked a Consistory of the College of Cardinals for the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter in 2001.
Theodore McCarrick, the new Archbishop of Washington, offered free airplane seats to any of his seminarians who wanted to go to Rome with him and see him “get his red hat.”
When the choir chanted the Credo at the Mass in St. Peter’s Square, they dropped an octave when they came to “unam,sanctam, catolicam, et apostolicam ecclesiam.” It moved me to tears.
In other words, in the picture you see here, I am in the crowd. And among the new Cardinals are Theodore McCarrick and Jorge Mario Bergoglio–now Pope Francis.
Pope John Paul told the newly created Cardinals that their red cassocks meant that they must be prepared to shed their blood for the faith.