Saturday, October 23, 2010

Guess which other neighboring state had Cardinals?

A disgruntled "Sconnie" as the Minnesota sports geeks call them (in addition to other less flattering nicknames that rhyme with "cheddar") in learning that Fargo had its very own Cardinal, pointed out that three of the Pope's red-hatted advisors have strong connections to Wisconsin.

Of course, Cardinal Raymond Burke, former Archbishop of St. Louis would come immediately to mind. Born in Richland Center, between Madison and La Crosse, he was Bishop in La Crosse from 1994 to 2003, he will be installed at this coming consistory in Rome.

Cardinal Albert Meyer, born in Milwaukee, became Bishop of Superior in 1946, Archbishop of Milwaukee in 1953 and Archbishop of Chicago in 1958. He was elevated to Cardinal in 1959 and died in 1965 at the age of 62.

Cardinal Adam Maida, born in Pennsylvania, a priest of the Pittsburgh diocese, was appointed Bishop of Green Bay in 1983 and Archbishop of Detroit in 1990. He was made a Cardinal in 1994 and retired in 2009.

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