I was disturbed to read that at the recent consistory Pope Benedict had addressed the new cardinals as “Lord Cardinals”. “Lord” is the word we use for Jesus Christ–as Lord of our lives.
Although I know that in some contexts bishops are addressed as “my lord bishop” (which is also disconcerting), this is a title adapted from European royal titles.
But why use this form of address in the 21st century? Of course, it could be a poor translation from Latin or Italian (and we know all about poor translations!).
I wonder what Gospel text was used at the papal liturgy. I have often thought that the only text that should be used at any ordination (deacon, priest, bishop) is that of Matthew 20:24-28 which is the call to be a servant and not to “lord” it over others. And this applies also to a consistory of cardinals, who parade around in their new red attire.