I thought I might draw our reader’s attention to the abrupt re-reversal of Fr. Becker’s fortunes. According to the most recent statements, Fr. Becker will be created cardinal in the consistory of Feb. 18 after all. If Fr. Becker was truly prevented from attending the consistory per motivi saluti, then it seems he has been cured miraculously. Deus providebit.
Here is a translation of the German-language announcement on Vatican Radio:
Fr. Karl Joseph Becker is pleased to able to participate in the Consistory on February 18. So spoke the longstanding Professor of Theology on Vatican Radio. A week ago it was announced by the Vatican that reasons of health (Gesundheitsgründe) impeded Becker’s participation, and that the conferral of the cardinalate would therefore take place at another moment and private. The cited reasons (Gründe) no longer exist, according to Fr. Becker. He has always rejoiced in the recognition and confidence of the Pope, which has found expression in this nomination. He has now received the message specifying his participation at the consistory of February 18.