Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pell to Rome

Cardinal Pell celebrating Mass in Newman's Oratory earlier this year

photo: CardiRocco Palmo is suggesting Cardinal Pell may well move to Rome asa Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops, which, if it is true, is really good news for us in the UK.

Catholic circles in Rome and Australia are abuzz with speculation that Pope Benedict XVI will shortly appoint Australia's Cardinal George Pell to a prestigious job in the top echelons of the Roman Curia.

Cardinal Pell's experience as Archbishop of Sydney and Melbourne, and his service on a range of Vatican organisations, is seen as an ideal background to take on a senior Vatican job.

Cardinal Pell, who was ordained in 1966, served as a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith when Cardinal Ratzinger was in charge.

He is also a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and president of the Vox Clara Committee, which advises the Vatican on English translations of liturgical texts used at Mass.

One possible senior job becoming vacant in Rome is the powerful position of Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, which helps advise the Pope on the appointment of new bishops across the world.

Its Prefect, Cardinal Battista Re, who has held the job since 2000, reached the retirement age of 75 this year.

Tip to Insight Scoop.


Anonymous said...

Great news for you fellows - bad news for us in Oz! Who will replace him?!


Michael Petek said...

Who will replace him?

Anyone he likes!

Anonymous said...

I remeber hearing somewhere that he is notably more 'traddy' outside Oz than he is in. If true, is this just judicious diplomacy with regard to the 'far-outness' of the Australian church, or does it perhaps point to a somewhat political character?

Just askin', as Fr Z says.


George said...

That's a great answer to BA's question!
Top marks to Michael Petek!


Archdeacon Grantley said...

How embarrassing this would be for His Eminence if all this speculation proved to be utterly false.

Xavier said...

Anyone he likes?

Pell proposes, but Rome disposes!
He is the most conservative of the bishops in Australia, and has shown the best leadership. If he does leave this country, it will be a pity for Sydney and Australia at large. Perhaps Bishop Fisher could have a crack at the big job...