Skip to comments.The Rise of American Power in the Curia [Olmstead to Rome]
Posted on 12/10/2012 3:20:29 PM PST by marshmallow
The Bishop of Phoenix, Olmsted, will soon be officially announced as the new Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life
The official announcement of the appointment of the Bishop of Phoenix (Arizona) Thomas J. Olmsted, as Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life is expected any day now. Olmsted should replace fellow American, Tobin, who occupied this delicate position for a very short period. Tobin heads the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Olmsteds approach in the Congregation is expected to be far closer to the sensibilities of American bishops with regard to issue of the LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious)s rebellious stance towards Catholic bishops and the Holy See. The number of nuns in the United States dropped by over two thousand members in just one year, from 57.113 to 55.045.
Olmsteds arrival will further strengthen the U.S.s growing influence within the Catholic Churchs central government, the Assessor to the Secretariat of State, Peter Brian Wells, being the U.S. foremost point of reference.
This had been James Harveys role up until about a week ago when he was still Prefect of the Papal Household. Harvey was recently created cardinal and appointed archpriest of the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. So a promotion and the biretta. But this removal from the Apostolic Palace may have been directly or indirectly linked to the case involving the Popes disloyal former butler.
Still, Harvey was for many years the American in the Curia, influencing nominations and transfers in the U.S. and beyond, particularly during the reign of John Paul II and thanks to his close-knit relations with the Popes secretary, Cardinal Stanislao Dziwisz. His influence dwindled with the arrival of Benedict XVI, although he did continue to cultivate and forge relationships (Cardinal Law lived in his house for several....
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Oh, I was so hoping that Olmsted would come to Portland, OR as our new Archbishop.
May God bless him in his new assignment.
BTW, the first thing he did when he got to Phoenix was go pray in front of an abortion clinic.
Correct spelling for your title line: Olmsted
Dang! It seems like he just got here and straightened this place out and he’s leaving already. :)
Hope we get someone good to replace him. Not some milquetoast lib.
OK, local news is now reporting that Bishop Olmsted isn’t going anywhere: