Thursday, October 09, 2008

Abp Ranjith going to Colombo

Currently the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, "unnamed Vatican sources" indicated the 60 year-old prelate's move to Bobby Mickens of The Tablet, who reports from Rome that "the Pope has 'already signed' the transfer" in this weekend's edition.

Apparently he is to return to succeed Archbishop Oswald Gomis in Colombo, who reached the retirement age of 75 last December.


Anonymous said...

So someone in the Vatican thinks that Bobbie Mickens needs to know this information more urgently than the people of Colombo themselves?

Can this unnamed 'someone' be named, shamed and given whatever the Vatican equivalent of a P45 is? This 'someone' should not be allowed to have anything to do with the selection and appointment of bishops.

Rubricarius said...

What a lot of gossip there must be in Vatican offices with sniffing journalists around.

We can only wait and see.

PeterHWright said...

Good gracious !
Are we going back to the days of "a Vatican official" or "sources close to the Vatican" for our news ? They are more interesting than announcements from the press office or the Bollettino, because they might (or might not) be true. An investigative journalist makes his reputation on sniffing out the facts before they are "official". This is why the blogs of experienced journalists like Accatoli and Tornielli are so widely read.

Look at all the speculation there is when a pope dies, as to who is papabile. Yet we don't know the name of his successor until the votes have been cast in conclave and the Cardinal Proto-Deacon comes out to announce "habemus papam".

I don't doubt the Vatican is still a rumour mill, par excellence. Some rumours are true. Other rumours are, well, gossip. That is the nature of the place.
As to the rumour about Archbishop Ranjith, if it's true, Colombo's gain will be our loss.

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