John Allen Jr. has some analysis on the significance of the Pope Benedict naming 23 new cardinals, with 18 under the age of 80.
The most surprising pick was Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of Glaveston-Houston. Most people expected that Archbishop Wuerl of Washington D.C would have been named. John Allen says this is because the pope is recognizing the shifting center of the Catholic population in the United States from the East Coast to the Southwest. This sounds plausible and maybe we are seeing a sea change or really a "Cardinal see" change.
Read the rest of his analysis.