Traditionally, the Synod of Bishops has been a good place to watch ecclesial careers on the rise.
The church's future all-stars are often found in the lineup of top synod positions like presidential delegate or recording secretary and among the small number of papal appointees to the assembly.
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to watch ecclesial careers from The Tidings.
Aside from Scola and Arinze and Ouellet, here are some of the unknowns and Thavis' comments on each.
Telesphore Cardinal Toppo of India, 65
The Ranchi archbishop stood up at a 2001 synod and said bishops need to live with the poor in the style of Jesus --- a revolutionary step that he said could attract many Asians to the Gospel.
Archbishop Roland Minnerath of Dijon, France, 58
[Scola's assistant as Relator] ...who impressed people when he prodded synod debate toward some sharp questions midway through the assembly. Already a seasoned expert in Vatican diplomacy and management, don't look for him to end his career in Dijon...
Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti-Vasto, Italy, 56
The bishops elected most of the other commission members, including one relatively unknown leader of a new generation of Italian church leaders...
Bishop Jean-Louis Brugues of Angers OP, 61
...current head of the French bishops' doctrinal commission. A papal appointee to the synod, Bishop Brugues made an impression when he helped write the International Theological Commission's landmark document in 2000, "Memory and Reconciliation: The Church and the Faults of the Past."