Sunday, September 22, 2013

Curial Moves

As reported by Rorate, there have been a couple of moves on the front of possible reform in the Curia. Here are the ones that we see as being the bigger items:

-Apostolic Penitentiary: Card. Piacenza (up to now Prefect of Clergy), in the place of Card. Monteiro de Castro, now retired.

This is pretty huge. Cardinal Piacenza was instrumental in the visitations and Benedictine clean-up of the seminaries.

-Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: Abp. Müller confirmed as Prefect, and Abp. Ladaria Ferrer confirmed as Secretary; Abp. Di Noia, who had been up to now Vice-President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, has been named Adjunct Secretary. Bp. Giuseppe Sciacca has been named as a consultant of the Congregation.

Seeing +Muller back in the saddle probably doesn't bode too well. Bishop Sciacca is an unknown to me, and I also know nothing of +Ferrer except that he was involved in the doctrinal discussions with the SSPX. Well, there is one thing. Cardinal Bertone served as a consecrator of both as bishops.

-Clergy: Abp. Beniamino Stella, up to now president of the Academia Ecclesiastica, named in the place of Card. Piacenza; Abp. Iruzubieta confirmed as Secretary; Mexican Abp. Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong named for a new position, Secretary for the Seminaries.

The guy replacing Cardinal Piacenza is another diplomat, which is interesting. I don't know anything about Archbishop Wong. Archbishop Iruzubieta I've seen pop up a few times, as I'm somewhat certain he's been in the Congregation for Clergy for a while. The most significant thing here might be this new position of Secretary for the Seminaries and how it functions.

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