Religion: Surprise

Cardinal Kinsley, Britain's only Cardinal and the Archbishop of Westminster, died last winter (TIME, March 29). Last week Pope Pius XII appointed his successor: 44-year-old Monsignor Bernard Griffin, Auxiliary (assistant) Bishop of Birmingham. The little-known prelate will be the leader of England's and Wales's 2,400,000 Roman Catholics. The appointment was also tantamount to telling Mgr. Griffin that he will some day get a Cardinal's red hat.

In naming Griffin, who has been a Bishop only five years, His Holiness skipped over 19 other prelates. The Pope was looking ahead: like the Anglican Church's leader, William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, Mgr. Griffin is...

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