La Ciguena de la Torre is claiming that Cardinal Pell has declined to accept the post of Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, reportedly due to age (!) and ill-health. (It was reported earlier this year that the Cardinal had been fitted with a pacemaker.)
La Ciguena notes the rumor that with Cardinal Pell declining the appointment, the Congregation for Bishops will go to Leonardo Cardinal Sandri. Other rumors name Cardinal Ouellet. Well, we shall see…
If it turns out to be Cardinal Ouellet, I will be joyful for the Universal Church but sorry to see him leave us here in Canada. I know nothing about Cardinal Sandri. Anyone?
Ruth Gledhill "leaks" in The Times what we've known all along. According to her "sources" in the Church of England, the legislation paving way for women bishops will not provide a statutory provision for faithful Anglicans. A code of practice will not do! Traditionalists are assured, however, that the top ten or twelve women presently seen as candidates for the episcopate (do they have a list?) are resolved to deal generously with them. Fr. Ivan Aquilina, parish priest of St. John the Baptist, Sevenoaks, has commentary here.
There is currently much talk in the blogosphere that George Cardinal Pell is a strong candidate to be the replacement of Cardinal Re in the Congregation for Bishops. Another name being mentioned is that of Giuseppe Bertelli, Apostolic Nuncio to Italy and San Marino.
In addition to the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Pell is also being mentioned as a possible Prefect for the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide), succeeding Ivan Cardinal Dias, 73, who is said to have health problems. Another prelate sometimes spoken of as a future Curial head: Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller of Regensburg, who is being mentioned as the probable successor of Walter Cardinal Kasper.