I remember two years ago when lots of people were speculating that Cardinal George Pell was going to be named Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops and, at the last minute, Cardinal Marc Ouellet was named instead.
We are now awaiting some more important changes in the Roman Curia.
Cardinal William Levada is set to retire as Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and various names are being bandied about. Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone is also past retirement age and some pundits have wondered whether he might be replaced some time soon.
So, let's have a little fun and do some speculating. Who do you think is going to get CDF?
If the Holy Father does name a new Secretary of State, who do you think it will be? Who would be best in that role?
"And now, it is asked, will a result be achieved in the discussions with Rome, will we soon have an agreement? Frankly, sincerely, speaking in human terms, we do not see such an agreement in view. What does an agreement mean? On what are we in agreement? On the fact that only through the Church we find the means of salvation? …
"This does not mean abandoning truth in order to find a middle way, absolutely not; yes, in human terms, we will not reach an agreement, the way we see things, [the talks] do not serve any purpose, in human terms. Yet, when we speak of the Church, we do not speak in human terms, we speak of a supernatural reality to which Our Lord promised that it would not fail, against which the gates of hell would not prevail. And, therefore, even if we face a difficult and contradictory reality, we know that events are in God's hands, He who has the means to put things in order. It would be proper to recall that to talk and to debate is necessary, but it is not enough: when one talks about saving souls, when one considers how God rescued the Church from other crises it faced through the centuries, we see that holiness is that with which He renews and heals the Church. Without grace, and remaining solely at the level of men, all is lost from the beginning. All of us, as Catholics, must, therefore, act, advancing in grace, in the love of God, in charity."
The Kirk is miffed at the Holy Father's address to the Scottish Bishops.In his address, the Holy Father referred to "the great rupture with Scotland’s Catholic past that occurred four hundred and fifty years ago" and linked Scotland's history of sectarianism to the upheaval of the Protestant Reformation. Some Scottish Presbyterians are eager to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Reformation. Donald Gorrie, the former Liberal MSP and a Kirk elder for forty years, said:
I think this (the Pope's remarks) contributes to the difficulties. One of the difficulties in persuading either the Church of Scotland or the government to celebrate the Reformation as it deserves is that it will be seen as being sectarian and triumphalist and anti-Catholic. In fact, it is a good opportunity to celebrate the Reformation by ecumenical type services to show how far we've come.
Och, it's unbelievable that anyone would think that the Protestant Reformation was sectarian and anti-Catholic!
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.