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  • I thank you Lord that I am not like these others...

    12/23/2014 8:09:34 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 10 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 23, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    I thank you Lord that I am not like these others..... I thank you Lord that I'm not like those members of the Curia who feel immortal, immune or indispensable and who do not criticize themselves. I thank you Lord that I'm not part of that sick body which has become spiritually and mentally hardened. I thank you that I don't have spiritual Alzheimer’s and that I haven't forgotten my encounter with the Lord. I thank you that I do not on the here and now and that I do not succumb to my passions, whims and manias. I thank...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: REGIMINI ECCLESIAE UNIVERSAE, 12-16-14

    12/16/2014 9:01:57 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 12-16-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:REGIMINI ECCLESIAE UNIVERSAE Apostolic consititution authorizing the new constitution of the Roman Curia. This estensive document gives the juridical structure of: 1. the whole Roman curia in general; 2. the Secretary of State and the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church; 3. the Sacred Congregations (nine); 4. the Secretariats (three); 5. the Council of the Laity and Commission "Justice and Peace"; 6. the Tribunals (three); and 7. Offices (six). Pope Paul VI hereby ratified the centureies-old curial system which he described as "rendering the universal Church outstanding service" (August 15, 1967). All items in...
  • Full text- Papacy-winning speech of Cardinal Bergoglio

    03/27/2013 1:50:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Cathcon ^ | March 27, 2013
    Hours before his election, Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis made ​​a strong criticism of the Church and urged his fellow cardinals to wake up and work with the Gospel in the geographical peripheries as well as the existential peripheries pain, sin and ignorance . Cardinal Jaime Ortega, archbishop of Havana, revealed the contents of a document containing the intervention delivered by his counterpart Jorge Bergoglio, before being elected Pontiff. Ortega released the text Bergoglio gave him in handwritten form of his presentation made before the conclave in which the cardinals then elected him Pope. Bergoglio was elected on 13/3 by...
  • Pope greets Jesuit superior general: “He insisted I treat him like any other Jesuit”

    03/21/2013 8:03:18 AM PDT · by haffast · 22 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 19, 2013 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    A statement from Jesuit Superior General Father Adolfo Nicholas, following yesterday’s meeting with his fellow Jesuit, Pope Francis: “At the personal invitation of the Pope Francis, I went to the Santa Marta House, which had been used for the Cardinals present at the Conclave, at 5:30 p.m. He was at the entrance and received me with the usual Jesuit embrace. We had a few pictures taken, at his request, and at my apologies for not keeping protocol he insisted that I treat him like any other Jesuit at the Tulevel, so I did not have to worry about treatments, “Holiness”...
  • Curia silences U.S. cardinals: “You talk too much”

    03/07/2013 9:39:39 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 22 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 03/ 7/2013 | Giacomo Galeazzi
    "...There is still no decision on the date but the Curia has imposed a media blackout so cardinals are not allowed to give information to the press. Tensions have been rising in the past few days, leading to yesterday morning's clash between “Romans” and “foreigners”.
  • Pope moves top Vatican official Monsignor Ettore Balestrero to Colombia amid "Vatileaks" report

    02/22/2013 12:15:00 PM PST · by haffast · 4 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | February 22, 2013, 8:41 AM | CBS/AP
    The pope has transferred a top official from the Vatican's secretariat of state to Colombia amid swirling media speculation about the contents of a confidential report into the Vatican's leaks scandal. Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, insisted Friday that the transfer of Monsignor Ettore Balestrero had been months in the works and had nothing to do with the leaks investigation or what the Vatican considers baseless reporting. Balestrero was named undersecretary of the Vatican's Foreign Ministry in 2009 and, among other tasks, has been a lead player in the Holy See's efforts to get on the "white list" of...
  • Major shake-up expected at top of Vatican

    06/15/2012 2:54:11 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 41 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 15 June | Cathcon
    Nearly a dozen senior leadership positions are filled with dignitaries beyond the retirement age of 75. Will the Curia become more international? In the Vatican, a number of high ranking staff changes are awaited. Among them, it is not for certain that the Cardinal Secretary of State will remain in office, who is currently the focus of the "Vatileaks" attack. But there are currently almost a dozen senior positions with occupied by dignitaries above the pensionable age of 75. And even if no relationship between leaks scandal and retirement exists, the appointment will this time attract special attention. In addition,...
  • Vicious power struggles in the Vatican

    05/21/2012 3:47:08 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 18 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 21 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Power struggles in the Vatican in run up to key appointments
  • Pope Benedict XVI reviews 2011 with cardinals and Curia (Catholic Caucus)

    12/22/2011 3:34:47 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | December 22, 2011 | Carl Olson
    From Vatican Information Service:VATICAN CITY, 22 DEC 2011 (VIS) - This morning the Holy Father received  cardinals along with members of the Roman Curia and of the Governance of the Vatican City State for the traditional exchange of Christmas and New Year's greetings. Speaking for those present, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, greeted the Pontiff.   In his following address [which can be read in its entirety on the Vatican website], Benedict XVI reviewed the major events of this year, which has been marked by "an economic and financial crisis that is ultimately based on the...
  • A Destroyer of the Faith Leaves the Curia

    08/24/2010 3:06:05 AM PDT · by 0beron · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/24/2010 | Tancred
    "Porous, ambiguous, deceptive", the famous Mainz Canon Lawyer, Father Georg May, let loose a scathing condemnation on the departing president of the Vatican Office for Unity. [] "In the era of Kasper the extraction of the knowledge of the faith by Catholic Christians was expedited." Mainz canon lawyer, Father Georg May, said this for the Catholic Monthly 'Kirchliche Umschau' about the new President Emeritus of the Papal Office for Unity, Walter Cardinal Kasper (77).
  • The Kingmaker (Ouellet appointed to head Congregation for Bishops)

    06/30/2010 7:29:41 PM PDT · by Hieronymus · 5 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | June 30, 2010 | Rocco Palmo
    Above all on this busy morning, there's a new sheriff in town -- the world's 5,000-plus high-hats have a new overseer. In a move without precedent, a Canadian prelate has been named to lead one of the nine Congregations of the Roman Curia. Yet on an even more seismic plane, for the first time in history the Vatican's "Big Three" dicastery chiefs -- State, CDF and Bishops -- are dominated not just by two North Americans, but two non-Europeans. A 2pm press conference will take place in Quebec as Cardinal Marc Ouellet reacts to his appointment as prefect of the...
  • Science Intrudes Into Morality (Evos scold the Pope)

    12/29/2008 5:19:03 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 33 replies · 857+ views
    CEH ^ | December 23, 2008
    Science Intrudes Into Morality Dec 23, 2008 — The Pope recently declared that we need to save humanity from self-destructive behaviors, like homosexuality. Can science intrude on questions of human behavior and morals? New Scientist thought so; a blog entry today says the Pope “misuses science to attack homosexuality.”One would think that moral behavior would lie outside the field for a scientific news source, but online news editor Rowan Hooper went on, mocking the Pope’s claim that the church has a role in saving “human ecology” like scientists have a role in protecting tropical forests. Hooper called this “a bizarre...
  • Continuity you can count on: Curial nods reflect past relationships

    12/19/2008 9:14:46 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 333+ views
    CNS ^ | December 19, 2008 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- With a series of recent appointments and several more expected in coming months, the Roman Curia's "Team Benedict" is finally coming into focus. Naming top Vatican administrators is a task Pope Benedict XVI has tackled with patience and deliberation. For a number of key positions, he has turned to people he knows best -- old colleagues from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The pope made it clear after his election in 2005 that he would not be cleaning house at the Vatican, and for the most part he's let the officials appointed by...
  • Roman Curia: The Reform That Isn't There

    07/02/2007 11:04:46 AM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 5 replies · 334+ views
    WWW.CHIESA ^ | July 2, 2007 | Sandro Magister
    Roman Curia: The Reform That Isn't There Appointments made at a snail's pace. Documents that are useless or continually delayed. Offices drifting aimlessly. Why the renewal of the Vatican bureaucracy is not a priority for Benedict XVI by Sandro Magister ROMA, June 28, 2007 – The last great reform of the Vatican curia was made by Paul VI in the fifth year of his pontificate. Benedict XVI is in his third year, but there’s nothing to indicate that he is preparing anything similar. The few appointments made in the curia so far by pope Joseph Ratzinger, interpreted by almost everyone...
  • Pope Benedict at 80: Blowing on the Coals of Faith

    04/15/2007 2:39:05 PM PDT · by Gumdrop · 2 replies · 376+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | April 13, 2007 | John Thavis
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- When Pope John Paul II turned 80 in 2000, it fueled yet another round of speculation about whether the ailing pontiff might break with tradition and resign. In contrast, Pope Benedict XVI's 80th birthday April 16 finds him with the wind in his sails. The pope's new book on Jesus was being released in several languages, an event that will no doubt launch the Christological themes of his pontificate into wider circulation. In March the pope published a major document on the Eucharist, and sources said he was preparing to release a long-awaited decree liberalizing use...
  • "Ratzinger's Galaxy" (graphic follow up on Panorama's article)

    01/20/2007 4:41:52 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies · 564+ views
    Cafeteria is Closed ^ | January 20, 2007 | Gerald Augustinus
    From the Italian magazine Panorama (click on the image for a bigger version)The article accompanying this paints a somewhat dire picture of infighting at the Vatican and resistance to the Pope. I'm brushing up on my Italian for my stay in Rome, so you'll have to forgive the rust. It speaks of a "silent battle" within the Curia, with the Pope having to deal with various groups that had formed in the last years of John Paul II.'s pontificate. He writes, "the German Pope would like a Church focused on spreading the Gospel message, with less weight to carry...
  • Curia resists papal policies, Italian magazine says

    01/20/2007 6:42:59 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 433+ views
    CWNews ^ | January 19, 2007
    Rome, Jan. 19, 2007 ( - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) has faced steady opposition within the Vatican as he seeks to implement new policies, according to an article in Italy’s Panorama magazine. The article concludes that the Holy Father is now assembling his own management team to implement his policies. “Benedict XVI does not have a decisive temperament,” writes Ignazio Ingrao in his analysis for Panorama The Italian journalist reports that the Pontiff has faced stiff resistance in his effort to reform the Roman Curia and to broaden access to the traditional liturgy. Dwelling at length on the...

    12/22/2006 1:50:57 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 290+ views
    Vatican Information Service ^ | December 22, 2006
    VATICAN CITY, DEC 22, 2006 (VIS) - This morning in the Clementine Hall, the Holy Father held his traditional meeting with cardinals, archbishops, bishops and members of the Roman Curia, for the exchange of Christmas greetings. At the beginning of his address to them, the Pope affirmed how "the year that is coming to an end," leaves us "with the profound impression of the war that took place near the Holy Land and, more generally, of the danger of a clash between cultures and religions, a danger still threateningly present at this moment in history. The question of the roads...
  • What Is the Magisterium and Why Do We Need It?

    07/27/2006 12:06:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 116 replies · 1,432+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 26, 2006 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D
    All Christians can agree on this, that the Bible is God’s authoritative and inspired word, and ought to govern the faith and life of the Christian community. What’s in accord with Scripture is good. What contradicts Scripture must be rejected.Opposition in the Name of Fidelity The Protestant reformers, inspired with zeal for God’s word, went one step further. Under the banner of “sola scriptura” they proclaimed the Bible as the only infallible authority for Christians. That meant that both Tradition and Church authority could be opposed in the name of fidelity to Scripture. Funny thing, however: from the outset...
  • Pope names longtime aide Vatican No. 2 (It's official!)

    06/22/2006 5:48:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 320+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 22, 2006
    Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone of Italy, a longtime aide to Pope Benedict XVI and the first major church official to speak out against "The Da Vinci Code," was appointed Thursday as secretary of state, the Vatican's No. 2 official.The pope also accepted the retirement of American Cardinal Edmund Szoka, 78, as governor of Vatican City and named Italian archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, 71, the Vatican's foreign minister, to succeed him.Szoka is a former archbishop of Detroit.The appointments nearly fill Benedict's team, which the German pontiff has been slowly assembling since assuming the papacy 14 months ago.The Vatican said Benedict accepted the resignation...
  • Pope gradually reshuffles Vatican - Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to be Secretary of State

    06/20/2006 6:54:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 5,343+ views
    Ansa ^ | June 20, 2006
    (ANSA) - Rome, June 19 - The most important move in Pope Benedict XVI's reshaping of the Vatican administration after his election in 2005 will be announced soon, according to Vatican-watchers in Italy . The current Vatican Secretary of State, the 79-year-old Cardinal Angelo Sodano, is widely expected to step down later this year and Benedict must choose a replacement . It is a crucial choice because the holder of the position, akin to that of a prime minister, is second only to the pope in the Vatican hierarchy. He is in charge of all the political and diplomatic activities...
  • The Forum: Rome buzzing with rumors of change at the Vatican

    06/15/2006 7:29:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 618+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | June 15, 2006
    Jun. 14 ( - New rumors about changes in the Roman Curia are sweeping through the ranks of Vatican journalists, with the most intense speculation involving the post of Secretary of State. While mentioning the names of prelates believed likely to be appointed to top Vatican posts, journalists are also speculating about the timing of the appointments. Some Vatican-watchers had predicted an announcement on June 10. When that date passed without any major news, speculation began to center on June 29: the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. Vatican Radio has commented on the widespread expectation of an "imminent reshuffling...
  • The New Curia of Benedict XVI Looks toward Asia

    05/26/2006 7:50:46 AM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 10 replies · 290+ views
    Chiesa On-Line ^ | May 26, 2006 | Sandro Magister
    The New Curia of Benedict XVI Looks toward Asia The new prefect of “Propaganda Fide” comes from India. And the new secretary of the congregation for the liturgy is from Sri Lanka. His first public address was the presentation of a book. And it was revealing by Sandro Magister ROMA, May 26, 2006 – On his first anniversary as pope, Benedict XVI asked God “to grant that I may be a gentle and firm Pastor.” He is already gentle and firm, to judge by his recent actions. It’s enough to consider how on May 19 he imposed retirement from public...
  • The Tsunami, Wave One

    05/20/2006 7:51:33 AM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 30 replies · 499+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | May 20, 2006 | Rocco Palma
    Saturday, May 20, 2006 The Tsunami, Wave One Some weeks ago, you all were advised to expect the first major throes of Benedict XVI's curial reshuffle before the Pope's departure for Poland on the 25th. Well, right on time and just as predicted for about a year, this morning the Holy See announced that Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, heretofore prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, has been appointed archbishop of Naples in succession to the retiring Cardinal Michele Giordano. To succeed Sepe, the long-standing buzz was also confirmed: the new Red Pope is Cardinal Ivan Dias, the...
  • Pope concludes Spiritual Exercises, announces first important changes to Curia

    03/11/2006 4:37:30 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 293+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | March 11, 2006
    Vatican City, Mar. 11, 2006 (CNA) - By accepting one Cardinal’s resignation and bringing four major dicasteries under two authorities, Pope Benedict has wasted no time starting what could be a significant change within the Roman Curia. His announcements came immediately after finishing his Lenten Spiritual Exercises today.The Pontiff began by accepting the resignation of Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao, who reached the retirement age of 75. Until now, he has served as President of the Pontifical Council for Migrants.In light of the resignation, Benedict also decided to bring Cardinal Hamao’s former dicastery under the authority of the Pontifical Council for...
  • The Retreat Begins.... The Lenten Spiritual Exercises for the Pope and the Curia

    03/05/2006 2:42:11 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 196+ views
    WITL ^ | March 5, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    The Lenten season, which started with Ash Wednesday, is “a good time for a thorough evaluation of one’s life in reflection, prayer and penitence”, the pope said today.... Turning to the gospel of the day, which is about Jesus’ 40 days in the desert, “where he overcame the temptations of Satan” (cfr Mk 1:12-13), the pope exhorted Christians to follow “their Teacher and Lord… to face together with Him ‘the struggle against the spirit of evil’.” He said: “The desert is rather an eloquent metaphor of the human condition.” The pope also recalled the experience of the people of Israel...
  • It’s Sunset Boulevard for the Cardinal Secretary of State

    03/02/2006 10:21:41 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 14 replies · 357+ views
    L'espresso ^ | 3/2/2006 | Sandro Magister
    It’s Sunset Boulevard for the Cardinal Secretary of StateHe should be the pope’s foremost collaborator. But for Benedict XVI, cardinal Angelo Sodano is more of an obstacle than a help. Especially after his failed maneuver against cardinal Camillo Ruini by Sandro Magisterbr>ROMA, March 2, 2006 – For the Vatican curia, the upcoming consistory from March 23-25 will be very Lenten, and really hardly festive at all. Only three of the curia heads waiting for the cardinal’s purple will receive it. Of those left standing at the gate, the most famous, archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, not only was not promoted as a...
  • SSPX: What Rome Gets (Update from Rocco Palmo's sources)

    02/14/2006 9:01:32 AM PST · by NYer · 20 replies · 720+ views
    WITL ^ | February 14, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    Andrea Tornielli runs his summary of yesterday's meeting in today's Il Giornale, reporting that the summit ran "several hours." The summit of the dicastery heads "did not solve the argument," Tornielli writes, saying that a second meeting of its kind -- scheduled for 23 March -- "represents a novelty in the Vatican and indicates that the Pope intents to listen to and value the work of his collaborators in the Curia, just as he did when he led the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith," while at the same time not letting slip one bit of his own desision-making...
  • Capidicasterio Meeting Update (SSPX)

    02/14/2006 7:48:12 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 493+ views
    Catholic Outsider ^ | February 14, 2006 | Alejandro Bermudez
    Today the Pope’s meeting with the Capidicasterio  about the SSPX finished with the decision of “keeping the discussion open” until the next meeting in late March.According to some sources, the canonical aspect of the possible agreement that would bring the Lefebvrists fully back to the Church is well under way, but Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation of the Liturgy and the Discipline of the Sacraments seems to be hesitant about making easier the use of the old Missal.According to the sources, the Cardinal fears that if the Mass of Pious V would be made available without the need...
  • The Papal Cabinet

    02/13/2006 8:09:34 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 422+ views
    WITL ^ | February 13, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI meets with top cardinals in the Sala Bologna at the Vatican, Monday, Feb. 13, 2006. The pontiff convened top cardinals and heads of Vatican departments on Monday to discuss relations with the schismatic ultraconservative movement founded by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, HO) More as it's verified....
  • 25 March: The Bandwagon Grows (Pope plans new Cardinals and Curial Changes)

    02/06/2006 11:58:22 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 455+ views
    WITL ^ | February 6, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    The other night, I advised everyone to put as much stock in Saturday's ADNKronos report as you would in James Frey's next book. Well, the rumours that a consistory for the creation of new cardinals will be held on the Solemnity of the Annunciation got a firm boost this morning from Andrea Tornielli in Il Giornale. Translation: "Ratzinger plans new cardinals, curial changes for his Church" The first consistory for the creation of new cardinals in the pontificate of Benedict XVI could be called before the end of this month and celebrated next 25 March. If the leaks which come...
  • Benedict prepares the Holy Revolution

    12/30/2005 6:00:50 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies · 1,518+ views
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 30, 2005
    The Italian newsweekly Panorama has a very interesting prognosis of the major events of 2006 in the Roman Curia in its last edition (with the same title as the one chosen for this post). The main points of the article: FIRST, after eight months, Pope Benedict has filled only two positions with his men: CDF Prefect, vacated for obvious reasons; and the Secretary for Divine Worship, who was picked because he was needed to "continue the dialogue with the traditionalist Catholics" (Panorama's words). SECOND, and this has been well known for a few months, the Holy Father has chosen...
  • Pope Recalls 'Fright' at Being Elected

    12/22/2005 11:16:30 AM PST · by ELS · 11 replies · 377+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 22, 2005 | Nicole Winfield
    Vatican City - Pope Benedict XVI recalled the "fright" he felt at being elected pope, telling cardinals during his year-end speech Thursday that he never imagined he would be chosen and only agreed to it because he had great faith in God.Benedict reviewed what he called the "great events" that affected the Roman Catholic Church in 2005, highlighting the suffering and death of Pope John Paul II, the 40th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and the World Youth Day celebrations in Cologne, Germany.He left the April 19 conclave that elected him pope to the end of the lengthy speech,...
  • Age of Vatican officials fuels talk of Curia overhaul

    09/03/2005 7:34:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 292+ views
    Catholic News ^ | August 31, 2005
    With several leading Vatican officials are already beyond the normal retirement age, Pope Benedict XVI is expected to make major changes in the Roman Curia sometime in the near future. Catholic World News reports that Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday. In accordance with canon law, he has therefore submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news). Pope Benedict is free to accept the French cardinal's resignation as he wishes. Cardinal Poupard, who has served in the Roman Curia since 1980, has held his current post since 1988 -...
  • New pope's style takes shape

    07/18/2005 7:29:47 AM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies · 696+ views ^ | 07-17-05 | Roland Flamini
    Analysis: New pope's style takes shape UPI - Sunday, July 17, 2005   Date: Sunday, July 17, 2005 11:51:21 PM EST By ROLAND FLAMINI, Chief International CorrespondentWASHINGTON, July 17 (UPI) -- When Pope Benedict XVI left Rome for his two-week vacation in a chalet in the Aosta Valley in the Italian Alps last week he took with him a piano and three suitcases of books. This was a significant change from his more athletic predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who spent his holidays in the same location, but packed a knapsack and hiking boots.Pope Benedict may have been chosen...
  • New status for Cardinal Arinze

    04/25/2005 4:23:11 PM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 23 replies · 668+ views
    Catholic World News On-Line ^ | April 25, 2005 | Phillip Lawler
    New status for Cardinal Arinze Vatican, Apr. 25 ( - Pope Benedict XVI has raised Cardinal Francis Arinze (bio - news) to the rank of cardinal-bishop, making him one of the ranking members of the College of Cardinals. The cardinal-bishops hold the top ceremonial status within the College of Cardinals. There are normally six cardinal-bishops, and since Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (bio - news) had held that rank, his election to the papacy had created an opening, which is now filled by Cardinal Arinze. Cardinal Francis Arinze, the 72-year-old prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, had previously served as Archbishop...
  • Who Is In Charge Here?

    11/23/2004 3:54:04 PM PST · by siunevada · 4 replies · 212+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | November 19, 2004 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    By JOHN L. ALLEN JR. Recent weeks have seen yet another round of speculation about "who's in charge" in the Vatican. A Nov. 5 piece in The Washington Post, picking up on a cover story in L'Espresso by Italian Vatican writer Sandro Magister, pointed to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican's top doctrinal official, as an increasingly important behind-the-scenes force (as well as potentially the next pope). Meanwhile, Roman gossip continues to tap Archbishop Stanislaw Dzwisz, John Paul's private secretary, as virtually a "vice-pope." First, no one, not even the pope, is ever "in charge" in the sense of making all...
  • German cardinal lashes out at 'secular Europe' (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger)

    11/19/2004 9:56:11 AM PST · by DBeers · 24 replies · 647+ views
    Expatica ^ | 19 November 2004 | Expatica
    ROME - German-born Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, a close advisor of Pope John Paul II, has issued a strong attack against "secular Europe", which he accuses of "decadence", "intolerance" towards Christians and ostracism towards God. In an interview published on Friday by the Italian daily La Repubblica, the cardinal speaks of a Europe that is living through a major transformation - from one based on Christian culture to an aggressive and at times intolerant (form of) secularism". "Secularism is no longer neutral," the cardinal said, it is beginning to transform itself into an ideology that imposes itself through politics and does...
  • Ruling in the Shadow of John Paul II: The Vatican Four

    10/22/2004 2:42:11 PM PDT · by B Knotts · 7 replies · 268+ views
    www.chiesa ^ | Sandro Magister
    ROMA - On Sunday, October 17, the first day of the twenty-seventh year of John Paul II's pontificate, the Old Testament passage read in all the Catholic churches in the world was the one from Exodus in which Aaron and Hur support the arms of Moses, which "grew tired." The idea of Karol Wojtyla as a new Moses is a comparison that provides the title for a biography of him which he particularly cherishes. That he is exhausted in body is apparent to all. Less well known is who are the Aarons and the Hurs in the Vatican who stand...
  • Looking Forward...Church Structures

    04/06/2004 6:06:33 PM PDT · by ninenot · 11 replies · 265+ views
    Commonweal | 08/2003 | Rembert Weakland, OSB
    LOOKING FORWARD:An archbishop examines himself & church structuresCOMMONWEAL/August 15, 2003 "From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required" (Luke 12: 48). That admonition weighs heavily upon me. My personal failings are now public knowledge. I have apologized to the local church of Milwaukee and to the larger church for my transgressions, and I have begged forgiveness. The thousands of letters, e-mails, and phone calls I have received since stepping down as archbishop of Milwaukee convince me that the church's faithful in the United States remain incredibly strong in their understanding of human frailty, sinfulness, and the...
  • Holy See Ran $15 Million Deficit in '02

    07/11/2003 8:38:01 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 14 replies · 77+ views
    Vatican Information Service ^ | July 10, 2003 | Staff
    HOLY SEE DEFICIT FOR 2002 WAS 13,506,722 EURO VATICAN CITY, JUL 10, 2003 (VIS) - The 37th meeting of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See took place on Tuesday afternoon, July 8, under the presidency of Cardinal Angelo Sodano, according to a communique published yesterday afternoon. Other participants included Cardinals Michael Mahony, Camillo Ruini, Jean Claude Turcotte, Ricardo Maria Carles Gordo, Ivan Dias, Edward Michael Egan, His Beatitude Michel Sabbah and Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, president of the Governorate of Vatican City State. Also present were officials from the Prefecture...