Monday, December 16, 2013

Pope Francis Confirms Cardinal Ouellet as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops

(Vatican) Francis Pope today confirmed Mark Cardinal Ouellet as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. The French Canadians in 2010 was called to Rome by Pope Benedict XVI. and entrusted with the leadership of the Congregation. He was "papabile" at the last conclave.

The Congregation for Bishops is also responsible for a portion of the appointment of bishops, insofar as these do not fall as a mission area, within the jurisdiction of the Propaganda Fide.

Cardinal Ouellet is the fourth of nine prefects, who was confirmed by Pope Francis. Cardinal Piacenza, head of the Congregation for the Clergy, has been withdrawn while the other four congregations are yet awaiting decisions.

At the same time the pope appointed the Curial Archbishops Pietro Parolin (Secretary of State), Beniamino Stella (new Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy) and Lorenzo Baldisseri (new secretary of the Synod of Bishops) and the Cardinals Donald William Wuerl, Francisco Robles Ortega, Ruben Salazar Gomez, Kurt Koch, Joao Braz de Aviz and the Archbishops Vincent Gerard Nichols, Paolo Rabitti, Gualtiero Bassetti and Bishop Felix Genn of Münster as new members of the Congregation for Bishops.

To confirm the members of the Congregation are included the Cardinals Tarcisio Bertone, William Joseph Levada, George Pell, Jean-Louis Tauran, Agostino Vallini, Leonardo Sandri, Giuseppe Bertello, Giuseppe Versaldi, Zenon Grocholewski, Antonio Canizares Llovera, André Vingt-Trois, Giovanni Lajolo , Stanyslaw Rylko, Francesco Monte Risi, Santos Abril y Castello, and the Archbishops Claudio Maria Celli, José Octavio Ruiz Arenas and Zygmunt Zimowski.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi image: Vatican Insider Trans: Tancred Link to Katholisches... AMGD


  1. You missed the fact that he dropped Burke and replaced him with Nichols of Westminster. England is now stuffed as far as future episcopal appointments are concerned. Nichols supports "gay Masses" in his archdiocese and infamously said: "The Church supports same-sex civil partnerships".

    We have lost an orthodox man and gained a liberal nonentity. The chastisement continues.

  2. This is just the beginning. Unlike His conflicted, tentative, academic predecessor, this Pope means business.

  3. It also looks like we're losing ++Piacenza as well, and it seemed pointless to say what is being reported everywhere else.