The Benedict revolution

The Benedict revolution

Rorate Caeli provides a translation and summary from an Italian news magazine on its predictions for how Pope Benedict will be shaking up the Vatican in 2006. I’m not sure if I agree with everything, but it’s an interesting look.

Archbishop Angelo Comastri, tasked by the Pope with helping plan the reconstruction of the Curia, would become head of the Congregation for Clergy. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos would retire from that post, but remain in charge Ecclesia Dei affairs.

Archbishop Piero Marini, who heads the office for papal liturgies, would get Comastri’s old post as Vicar for Vatican City, while Marini’s deputy, Francesco Camaldo, a Benedict favorite, would take his place.

A couple of other curial moves are mentioned. I note that some of the biggest moves are not mentioned. Who will head the Secretariat of State, the second-highest ranking post in the Vatican and perhaps most influential worldwide after the Pope himself? It will be interesting to see how that settles out.

A word of caution: The Italian press is infamous for making claims and predictions and forecasts based on the flimsiest pretexts so you would do well to take such articles with a very large grain of salt. And in this papacy where everything is played very close to the vest, that applies even more. The old Roman aphorism is that those who speak don’t know and those who know don’t speak.

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