His Eminence Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan
Angelo Scola (born 7 November 1941) is an Italian Cardinal of the Catholic Church, philosopher and theologian. He is currently the Archbishop of Milan since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 28 June 2011. He had previously served as Patriarch of Venice since 2002. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2003.
Scola was born in Malgrate, Lombardy, to Carlo Scola, a truck driver, and Regina Colombo. He was the younger of two sons; Pietro, his elder brother, died in 1983. He attended high school at the Manzoni Lyceum in Lecco, where he participated in the youth movement Giovent¨ Studentesca (Student Youth).
He studied philosophy at the UniversitÓ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan from 1964 to 1967, obtaining his doctorate with a dissertation on Christian philosophy. During this time served as Vice-President and thereafter President of the Milanese diocesan chapter of the Federazione Universitaria Cattolica Italiana, the university student wing of Catholic Action.
Following study at the Saronno and Venegono seminaries in Milan, Scola was ordained to the priesthood on July 18, 1970 in Teramo by Bishop Abele Conigli of Teramo-Atri.
He then attained a second doctorate in theology from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. He wrote his dissertation on the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. An active collaborator in the Communion and Liberation movement from the early 1970s, Scola was the Italian editor of the journal Communio founded by Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Joseph Ratzinger (later to become Pope Benedict XVI). He conducted book-length interviews with de Lubac and von Balthasar.
After periods of study in Munich and Paris and time spent in pastoral work, Scola returned to Fribourg to work as research assistant to the chair of political philosophy at Friburg from 1979 and thereafter Assistant Professor of Fundamental Moral Theology, a position he held until 1982 when he was appointed Professor of Theological Anthropology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome and Professor of Contemporary Christology at the Pontifical Lateran University.
He founded the Studium Generale Marcianum, an academic institute, and the journal Oasis, published in Italian, English, French, Arabic and Urdu as an outreach to Christians in the Muslim world.
From 1986 to 1991 Scola served the Roman Curia as consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. At the various institutes where he taught he promoted the establishment of bursaries to enable foreign students, particularly those from poorer countries, to study in Italy.
Bishop of Grosseto
Scola was named Bishop of Grosseto on 18 July 1991, and was consecrated by Cardinal Bernardin Gantin (with Bishops Abele Conigli and Adelmo Tacconi serving as co-consecrators) on the following 21 September. As Bishop of Grosseto he promoted a renewal of catechesis in the diocese. Scola chose as his episcopal motto Sufficit gratia tua ("Your grace suffices", 2 Corinthians 12:9).
Among Scola's chief pastoral concerns in Grosseto were the education of children and youths, vocations and clergy formation (he reopened the diocesan seminary), new approaches to parish life, the pastoral care of labourers (particularly during the difficult period of the dismantling of mines in Grosseto), culture and the family, and the opening of a diocesan mission in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. During this period he wrote and published a book aimed at young people on the subject of the educative mission of the Church. In his pastoral capacity as bishop, Scola has paid particular attention to the issues of education, youth, clergy formation, renewal of parish life, pastoral care of workers, culture and the family.
Rector of Lateran University and offices in Roman Curia
Scola in 1995 resigned as bishop of Grosseto to serve as rector of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and President of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome, with a term spent as visiting professor at the counterpart Institute in Washington, D.C., during which time he wrote a monograph on the theology of von Balthasar.
In 1995 he became a member of the Congregation for the Clergy. He also served as member of the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education of the Italian Bishops' Conference and, from 1996, as president of the Committee for Institutes of Religious Studies which addresses questions of the theological formation of the laity in Italy.
From 1996 to 2001 Scola was a member of the Pontifical Council for Health Workers and wrote several texts on issues around health care. In 1996 he was named a member to the Pontifical Council for the Family.
On 17 January 2009 he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture by Pope Benedict. On 5 January 2011 he was appointed among the first members of the newly created Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation. He is also a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship.
Patriarch of Venice
Cardinal Scola blessing the faithful with the Blessed Sacrament in Venice, 2005.
Scola was appointed Patriarch of Venice on 5 January 2002, elected President of the Bishops' Conference of the Triveneta region on 9 April 2002 and created Cardinal-Priest of Santi XII Apostoli on 21 October 2003. As patriarch Scola developed a reputation of openness and pastoral concern. In Venice, for instance, he set aside Wednesday mornings to meet anyone who wanted to see him, whether or not they had an appointment..
After the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005, Scola was considered to be among the papabili in the 2005 papal conclave. Srđa Trifković supported him vigorously in Chronicles because he saw him as the only man who might reverse what paleoconservatives see as the decay of European culture. The conclave elected Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI.
Archbishop of Milan
On 28 June 2011 he was appointed to replace Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi as Archbishop of Milan, and he left the office of Patriarch of Venice. On 9 September 2011 he took possession of the Archdiocese of Milan by proxy, becoming the Archbishop of Milan to all intents and purposes. Cardinal Scola received from Pope Benedict XVI the pallium of Metropolitan Archbishop of Milan on 21 September 2011 at Castel Gandolfo. The new Archbishop entered the city of Milan on 25 September 2011 and on that date he was enthroned in his Cathedral with a solemn mass for the beginning of his pastoral ministry in the See of Milan.
On Monday, October 24, 2011, the Holy Father, His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, named Cardinal Scola to be a member of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See.
Time is illusion. Concept is what gets followed. Again, and again.
FATIMA SECRET, NOSTRADAMUS, THE POPE, THE CROSS AND THE FUTURE 3
On the Coast to Coast AM show on 12-29-2000, Sean David Morton (Delphi Associates), famous for his accuracy, predicted that the pope John Paul II will die at the end of the February/ beginning of the March 2001, in ROME, Italy, and that the next Pope will be Leo XIV, a Jesuit Cardinal-Priest Carlo Maria Martini, at that time the Archbishop of Milan (this announcement starts with 02:34 from the start of the show).
This prediction of his did not materialize, either the Holy Spirit or shrewd political maneuvering worked to isolate progressive cardinals from picking their aged candidate, the best chance for the progressives to take St. Peter's chair from another conservative candidate - Cardinal Martini.
The reason for that could be that predictions are not time, but event-sequence related.
After becoming Doctor ad honorem from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1999, receiving Prince des Asturies of Social Sciences (Spain) Award in year 2000, European Annual Award for year 2000, and becoming a Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the same year, in July 2002 Martini retired himself to position of Archbishop Emeritus of Milan, so he could pursue his deep Bible studies, it was said.
He is one of the most widely recognized catholic scholars, noted as an outspoken critic of accepted Church doctrine, including the present role of women in the Catholic Church, and as being favorable towards the introduction of New World Order, or NWO - long time operating inside Vatican walls.