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Saturday, April 06, 2013

Is Archbishop Piero Marini being lined up for a top liturgical post?

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On 4th April, the Holy Father, Francis received in audience, Piero Marini, Titular Archbishop of Martirano, President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses.

Archbishop Marini was the Master of Ceremonies under Pope John Paul II, being replaced by the Msgr Guido Marini who has a much sounder liturgical sensibility.

Piero Marini was a pupil of Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, of evil memory, who was responsible for the preparatory work for the new Mass but who was instantly exiled to diplomatic work in Iran when it was discovered he was a freemason.

 Archbishop Marini speaks for himself.

 "Go to this Father Bugnini and do what he tells you".

Father Bergoglio ostracised by the Jesuits

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Marginalized by his own Jesuit brothers, forced for six years to be a confessor in a church in Cordoba, more than 700 km from Buenos Aires, and even forbidden from visiting other Jesuit communities. The story of the relationship between Jorge Mario Bergoglio and the Society founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola is very painful. There is even a letter of the Superior General of the Society, Dutchman Peter Hans Kolvenbach, that establishes an express prohibition to other houses and communities to receive Bergoglio, at any moment he might have wished to leave the church assigned to him in Cordoba. A true a proper ostracism, that takes place within the most difficult and troubles years of the Society, guided first by Spanish Father Pedro Arrupe, then intervened by John Paul II through Father Paolo Dezza, then returned to the hands of Father Kolvenbach.

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Pope's first Curial appointment indicates desire to Franciscanise religious orders

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Jose Rodriguez Carballo (59), Minister General of the Franciscan Order, has been appointed by Pope Francis, secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Religious. As the Vatican announced this on Saturday, the Pope raised the Spanish friar to the rank of Archbishop.

As secretary Rodriguez Carballo's Curial authority is second only to the Prefect, the Brazilian Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz. Rodriguez and the Pope also know eachother very well personally. The Franciscan is successor toy the American Joseph William Tobin, who Benedict XVI in October appointed Archbishop of Indianapolis . The appointment Carballos Rodriguez is the first Curial appointment of the new pope, having previously confirmed as is customary all heads of Curia authorities in their offices (Cathcon- but delayed this annoucement in contrast to his predecessors)

Pope Francis is the first religious for 167 years (1846) to sit on the the Chair of Peter, and the first Jesuit Pope. He had based his choice of name on St. Francis of Assisi, whose legacy is the Franciscan order. The Franciscans currently have over 14,000 members worldwide. This Order, Jose Rodriguez Carballo, born 11 August 1953, in the Spanish town of Lodoselo has governed as Minister General for ten years. Since 2012 he was also chairman of the Union of Superiors General. He was one of the two non-Cardinals who concelebrated Mass with Pope Francis at his assumption of office in St Peter's Square.

Rodriguez Carballo's predecessor Joseph William Tobin was only two years second in command of the Curial body responsible for religious communities. Vatican experts reported that the background for his return to his American home was the conflict over the "rebel" U.S. women religious. Tobin was following a softer line, which was not agreeable to the U.S. bishops,than Cardinal Franc Rode, who led the congregation until 2011, it was said.

"St. Francis will be satisfied"

Jose Rodriguez Carballo has written on the 13th March in his welcome to the new Pope after his election that the name chosen Francis was a sign "for the world, for the church and of course for all Franciscans. All successors of St. Francis of Assisi stood by the new head of the church . "Sincere obedience and constant prayer to the side- you can count on us for this, Holiness."

And he recalled a meeting with the then Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio 2004 in Argentina. Bergoglio in arranging a meeting has insisted on visiting the Franciscan in the convent, and he had come despite the slight rain on foot. "The moment he arrived, I felt I had a real Franciscan friarin front of me," said Rodriguez. He believes that the Catholic Church in the present pope has "a 21st Century Francis - St. Francis of Assisi will certainly be very happy with this," he stressed.

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Cathcon- the new orders which have been founded since the Council are likely to be pushed very much in a Franciscan direction, which in a sense could move them closer to a more conservative religious life. 

Pope receives Curial Cardinals responsible for Bishops and Liturgy

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Pope Francis received in private audience on Saturday the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet (68). Ouellet is like a head of human resources for the bishops in a large part of the world church. His department prepares the nominations. Ouellet's role is considered one of the most influential in the Vatican. The head of the Congregation for Bishops, was up to now, next to the prefect of the CDF, the only one of the Vatican's ministers who had regular access to the Pope, without an appointment being required. The Franco-Canadian Ouellet has led the Congregation for Bishops since 2010.

Also received by the Pope was the prefect of the Congregation for Worship, Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera (67). The former archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain since December 2008, is the person responsible at the top of the Curia for the liturgy, above all the sacraments. Cardinal Canizares has in the past gone out several times to meet the followers of the "Old Mass" (extraordinary form of the Roman Rite) . So in November last year, he was the first top Curial representative to celebrate the pre-Conciliar liturgy for an international group of pilgrims on the Cathedra Altar at St Peter's Basilica. The pilgrims belonged to movements from several countries who had come together under the title "Coetus internationalis Summorum Pontificum".

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Cathcon- expect announcements soon in both departments. The big fear is that Ecclesia Dei will be abolished in the name of administrative simplicity.  Cardinal Llovera was known as "Little Ratzinger"- so if he is replaced, it will be a clear sign of the changing times.