“Benedict’s new curia”
Vatican observer analyzes Pope Benedict XVI’s high-level appointments: all committed to orthodoxy, most are intellectuals
Editor: We were spot on when it came to the Cardinatial appointments, because we cited Paolo Rodari, and although we'd hoped that Cardinal Marx would have his hat yanked at the last minute, we were not wrong to put our trust in the Italian Vaticanista and defender of the Holy Father. We'd also like to think that kreuz.net's analysis is spot on when it comes to the flavor of Cardinals we have. Most of them are Old Liberals with only two that are devoted, unreserved Catholics. Like Cardinal Wuerl, Cardinal Marx doesn't belong in the College of Cardinals.
Anyhow, Remember, this is John L Allen Jr., over at the National Catholic Reefer. Careful, the paper they use is made from hemp and if you wrap your fish in it, it could cause a contact high with the THC content in their fish-wrap.
(The following are excerpts from an article by John L. Allen Jr. published by The National Catholic Reporter. While the Reporter is widely known as a left-leaning, heterodox publication, Mr. Allen has developed a well-earned reputation as a knowledgeable and even-handed reporter on Church matters, and especially on the Vatican.)
Speculation about Vatican jobs is always a favorite pastime in Rome, and these days the spotlight is on the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, popularly known as the Congregation for Religious, where the incumbent, Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rodé, is past the retirement age of 75.
Sometime after Christmas, Pope Benedict XVI is expected to name a successor. That choice will be watched especially closely in the United States, since it’s the office in charge of the current, and highly controversial, apostolic visitation of American nuns…
The bigger picture, however, arguably is this: Once that job is filled, Benedict will have named 21 of the 25 most senior officials of the Roman curia (a list that includes the secretary of state, prefects of nine congregations, presidents of 12 pontifical councils, and heads of three canonical courts). Benedict’s “new curia” has therefore come into focus -- and since personnel is policy, these appointments say much about where he’s taking the church.
Cited from California Catholic Daily...