(Rome) Pope Francis has named his confidante, Cardinal Beniamino Stella, as a new member of the Congregation of the Faith. Will Francis now "care" for the Congregation of the Faith?
As the Daily Bulletin of the Holy See announced yesterday, Pope Francis has announced an appointment for the Congregation of the Faith. The emphasis is on "one". Although the head of the Church created 17 new cardinals last Saturday, he only appointed a new member of the Congregation for the Congregation of the Faith, and he is not part of the neocardins.
Cardinal Beniamino Stella, Prefect of the Congregation of Clergy was appointed.
Cardinal Stella comes from the circle of the Vatican diplomats of Cardinal Angelo Sodano. After various diplomatic missions abroad, he was rector of the Pontifical Diplomatic Academy from 2007 to 2013.
Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Prefecf of the Congregation of Clergy was the first "Ratzingerian" among the Vatican leadership who had to vacate his place at the Roman Curia under Pope Francis. Beniamino Stella became his successor. In addition, the Pope appointed him a member of the Congregations for the Bishops and Catholic Education. On 22 February 2014 Francis created him as a cardinal.
It was not until 2016 that the pope turned his attention to the appropriate institutions at the Curia. He appointed Stella to the Pontifical Commission for the State of Vatican City, the newly established Communications Secretariat, the Congregation for Divine Worship and Order of the Sacraments, and now also the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The example of the Congregation for the Divine Worship shows that papal resettlement is intended to contain the cardinal prefect Robert Sarah and to restrict him in his sphere of action.
It is characteristic of the climate in the Vatican that the appointment of Pope-confidant Stella causes observers to "fear", the Pope could now be "caring" about the Congregation of the Faith.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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