Showing posts with label Apostolic Signatura. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Apostolic Signatura. Show all posts

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Announcement: Cardinal Burke Dismissed

Edit: The announcement has been made. It's just appeared in the Vatican website. Cardinal Leo Burke will be assigned as Patron of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta and Dominique Mamberti will replace him at the Signatura.

Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, til now Nuncio to Australia, will take Mamberti's place in Stato, as Secretary of Relations with States.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Preliminary Result of Papal Reconstruction of the Curia -- Nine Members of the Congregation for Education Dismissed

(Vatican) The conversion of the Roman Curia continues. In the Congregation for Catholic Education, there was even a small earthquake. Pope Francis dismissed the same nine cardinals who were members of the Congregation. "It is certain that the reform of the Roman Curia by Pope Francis will go in depth and therefore  their time is up," commented the Vatican expert Sandro Magister. Cardinal Maradiaga, coordinator of the C8-Cardinal Council said after the second three-day meeting last week that it needed "patience,"  cryptically adding: "Great things can not be improvised. The Church brings major problems along that affect many people. The participation of the world is so large that you have to discuss in order to arrive at a synthesis ".

Personnel Decisions of the Pope

In anticipation of the great reform of the Curia,  Pope Francis began since last August on a personal level with interventions in the Roman dicasteries. Since taking office, all Curia offices are occupied only temporarily. The prelude to the personnel decisions for the congregations were made on 31 August, the dismissal of Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone and his replacement by Archbishop Pietro Parolin in the Curia. The other leading positions in the Secretariat of State, Curial Archbishop Angelo Becciu  and substitute "Foreign Minister" Archbishop Dominique Mamberti were confirmed.
Since then, Pope Francis has made  some transfers and new appointments, the heads of three of the nine Roman Congregations. This was confirmed on 21 September, the head of the Congregation of the Faith and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples , as well as on 30 November, the Congregation for Education.  On 21 September, however, Mauro Cardinal Piacenza was dismissed as prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy , who was replaced by Archbishop Beniamino Stella.
So far only the heads of two of the eleven Pontifical Councils have been confirmed at the moment, namely the Lay Council and of Justice and Peace . Both decisions were announced on 24 September.

Confirmations, Layoffs, Promotions

Thus, the leading heads of five Congregations and nine Pontifical Councils, and thus the bulk of the Roman Curia, are only "donec aliter providetur" and thus continue provisionally in office. This applies to the Congregation for Liturgy, the Congregation for Bishops, Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Congregation for the Eastern Churches and the Congregation for Religious. Both for the Congregation for Bishops, with the Brazilian Bishop Ilson de Jesus Montanari and the Congregation for Religious with the Spaniard Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo  the Pope appointed new Secretaries, however, replacing the number two for these dicasteries. In addition, personnel cuts, layoffs, transfers and new appointments in the Vatican Bank, the economic administration of the Holy See, including the construction of new commissions, the Diplomatic Academy, the Consultants for  the liturgical office of the Pope and of the Pontifical Commission, Ecclesia Dei .

Differentiated Intervention in Congregation of Education

In particular, the  Pope has dedicated his special attention to the Congregation for Catholic Education.  As, then, the Argentine journalist Elisabetta Pique documented in her recently published book, "Francis Life and Revolution," Archbishop Bergoglio had some difficulties in 2009 with the Congregation for obtaining the approval of the appointment of Bishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, Rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina. Exactly two months after his election as Pope, he promoted Fernandez to Titular Archbishop. A clear message to the Church in Argentina, who stands close to the Pope and now has weight there.
In 2012 Rector Fernandez was awarded at the suggestion of Archbishop Bergoglio, an honorary doctorate from the university for his friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka. The uncontradicted statements at Skorka's  ceremony sparked criticism. (See separate report decisions in Argentina -  Bergoglio's Silence and Fernandez on Jewish Libel of the Church ).
While Pope Francis confirmed the CDF and the Propaganda Fide , the entire Pontifical Council and yet, however, no one was confirmed for the Congregation of the Clergy,  the intervention in the Congregation for Education happened differently. Some members of the Congregation were confirmed, appointed anew, others  dismissed.
The Polish Prefect, Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski,  who will turn 75 on October 2014, will be confirmed. Likewise, as secretary, the Italian Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani, the French Dominican Jean-Louis Brugues were only replaced only in November 2012 by the Pope Benedict XVI. yet appointed archivist and librarian of the Holy Roman Church and as such is on the waiting list for the award of the dignity of Cardinal. At the end of February 2014, Pope Francis will appoint his first appoint cardinals.

The Newly Appointed Members: Cardinal Koch

The pope confirmed 23 members of the Congregation for Education , but dismissed eleven members and appointed eleven new. Among the newly appointed cardinals include the Brazilian Odilo Scherer of San Paolo, the American Timothy Dolan of New York, the Filipino Luis Tagle of Manila, the Swiss Kirt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, is the Kenyan John Njue of Nairobi, the Lebanese Bechara Boutros Rai, Patriarch of the Maronites and the Chinese John Tong Hon of Hong Kong. These four archbishops: the Italian Beniamino Stella, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and probably soon cardinal, the Mexican Jorge Carlos Patron Wong, new  n charge of seminaries Secretary of this Congregation, Archbishop Riccardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago del Chile, also aspiring to the dignity of Cardinal and the Polish Marek Jedraszewski of Lodz.

The Confirmed Members: Cardinal Schönborn and Cardinal Marx

Among the confirmed members include Vienna's archbishop, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, who is also coordinator of the new C8 Cardinal Council,   Canadian Marc Ouellet, not yet confirmed Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, the Indian Oswald Cardinal Gracias and Archbishop of Munich and Freising, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, both also members of the C8 Council. Among them are still the Italian, Leonardo Sandri, Cardinal and the Brazilian Joao Braz de Aviz, both also not yet confirmed Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Church or of the Congregation of Religious. Among the confirmed members of the Congregation for Education can be found Prefect Gerhard Müller of the CDF also an archbishop, and with the Swiss Bishop Charles Morerod of Lausanne-Geneva-Fribourg a diocesan bishop.

The Dismissed Members: Cardinal Woelki

Among the eleven unconfirmed members include the Cardinals, who are over 80: Belgian Godfried Danneels, the Mexican Juan Sandoval Iñiguez and the Italian, Raffaele Farina, but also the Archbishop Emeritus of Milan, Dionigi Cardinal Tettamanzi, who  is 80 only on March 2014. The Cardinals Levada and Piacenza have not been confirmed by Pope Francis. Both were replaced by their successors. The resignation of Cardinal Levada as Prefect of the CDF was still under Pope Benedict XVI., the Bishop of Regensburg, Gerhard Müller, was appointed in his place. Cardinal Piacenza was replaced by Pope Francis as Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy by Archbishop Stella.
However, the Cardinals Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow and former personal secretary of Pope John Paul II, Rainer Maria Woelki of Berlin and Giuseppe Betori of Florence were not confirmed. The latter two were appointed just a year ago, after Pope Benedict XVI. had made them cardinals in February 2012.

Campaign against Cardinal Burke: "Too Conservative and Traditionalist"

The Congregation for Education after Pope Francis is therefore less Italian (minus three) and less European (minus four), but more Latin (Plus two) and Asian (plus three).
How it proceeds to the other Departments, is likely to show in the coming months. Meanwhile, the progressive National Catholic Reporter has launched a campaign with the Pope Francis, for the dismissal of the American Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke as Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, the reason being because he is "too conservative and traditionalist".So far, Pope Francis has proved very resistant to campaigns. The final decision on the confirmation or removal from office of the Bishop of Limburg Tebartz van Elst will give a final answer.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Settimo Cielo
Trans: Tancred

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Msgr. Sciacca: After Two Years

(Vatican) Since 2011 Pope Benedict XVI. had appointed the judge of the Roman Rota , Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, to Secretary General of the Governorate of Vatican City. Yesterday, Pope Francis appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Apostolic Signatura. Archbishop Sciacca is number three of the Supreme Court of the Catholic Church, behind the Prefect Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, and the Secretary, Archbishop Frans Danneels of Belgium.

Msgr Sciacca is as traditional friendly as Cardinal Burke. In the first International pilgrimage tradition to Rome in 2012, he celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Immemorial Roman Rite [They say here Extraordinary, which I can’t bear to continue writing]. On the 29th of June, just two weeks before the adoption of the Decree of the Congregation of Religious against the tradition-bound Franciscans of the Immaculate Conception, Curial Archbishop Sciacca consecrated three brothers of the Order to the priesthood.

Msgr Sciacca was catapulted into the seat of the Governorate after the vociferous dismissal of Curial Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, who was sent as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States [You’d think it was Siberia], and occupied the place in the administration of the Vatican City State. Thus, the lawyer returns to his real specialty. In 1999, Pope John Paul II had appointed him as Auditor to the Roman Rota.

The departure of Archbishop Viganò Curia was a result of litigious careerism in the Vatican and a tug of war between the Old Guard of the State Secretariat for Cardinal Sodano and the Young Guard of Pope Benedict XVI. employed by Cardinal Bertone. Viganò is often accused of the so-called Vatileaks scandal who brought documents stolen from the desk of Benedict XVI. and then published them. However, Viganò and the document thievery of the unfaithful valet, Paolo Gabriele, seem to have no connection.

Viganò, the President of the Governorate had hoped for the purple dignity, and looked after becoming aware of other personnel plans of Benedict XVI. brought opportunities and responded with allegations of corruption against other members Curia, which were leaked to the media. Therefore Viganò was initially honorably deported to the USA in 2011 and replaced by Msgr Sciacca. A month later, Benedict XVI appointed the new President of the Governorate. In place of Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello had joined, who was Apostolic Nuncio to Italy by then. Bertello was elevated to Cardinal in February 2012, and thus was the dignity for which Viganò had hoped.

As Viganò had pronounced the accusation after his career setback,  that the erection of the traditional nativity scene in St. Peter's Square had swallowed half a million euros, because it enriched someone, his successor, Sciacca was proud to report that the erection of the crib cost nothing under his administration in the Vatican. Sciacca could ascend in a few years to the Secretary of the Apostolic Signatura.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: ACI
Trans: Tancred