Wouldn’t getting to know who these Cardinals are be the most important thing to do prior to offering them such important positions? It’s pretty hard for me to believe that he doesn’t know who they are.
John Paul II used to be presented with the dossiers on the three nominees for bishop. (This is traditional.) Instead of reading the dossiers, he would simply take the one on the top and sign it.
He dismissed all reports on the wickedness of Maciel.
Considering that Francis has preached against “gossip” in the Vatican, I can imagine him dismissing all he might hear about the sodomite Wuerl. If he even hears anything negative.
Washington will have to suffer only two more years under Wuerl, but there is no indication that this Pope will appoint someone better.