Monday, January 14, 2008

New man In the running to be Cardinal Vicar of Rome?

Cathcon translation of Kein Hinterstubengerücht from the ever well informed

No rumour from the back room

In the range of candidates for the post of the next Cardinal Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, a new name has emerged.

Cardinal Agostino Vallini (67) could be the next cardinal vicar of the Diocese of Rome. Maurizio di Giacomo, the Italian Vaticanist of the 'Nuova Agenzia Radicale' reported this on Sunday.

The resignation of the current incumbent, Cardinal Camillo Ruini (76), is due in August 2008.

The Roman Cardinal Vicar resides in the Roman Lateran Basilica and manages the day-to-day official business of the Diocese of Rome, whose bishop is officially Pope Benedict XVI. .

Vallini is currently Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signature - the supreme juridical body of the Holy See.

Vaticanist di Giacomo believes the move of Cardinal Vallini to the Lateran to be more than a back stairs rumour.

Cardinal Vallini was born in Poli, a village of the 2,300-souls in the Diocese of Tivoli - thirty miles east of Rome. In July 1964, he was consecrated a priest in the Archdiocese of Naples.

From 1989 to 1999, he served as Bishop in Naples. There he proved himself in diocesan administration.

He also protested in black and white terms against certain decisions of the then archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Michele Giordano.

With great recklessness, the Cardinal had been implicated in the dark financial transactions of his brother and triggered a media scandal.

Mons. Vallini was then moved and appointed Bishop of Albano Laziale on whose territory can be found the Papal summer residence of Castelgandolfo.

According to di Giacomo, some observers have noticed that Cardinal Vallini has for some months been behaving in a discreet and restrained compared to a few months ago.

This is taken as a typical reflex action of a Curial official who feels an important appointment is in the air.

The appointment of Cardinal Vallini could solve another problem.

The prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski (68), can then be asked to take over the office which Cardinal Vallini presently holds.

Cardinal Grocholewski is canonist and apparently does not feel at home in the Education Congregation, where he feels his prospects are reduced.

The Cardinal Ruini candidate for his own successor is the current Secretary General of the Italian Bishops' conference, Msgr. Giuseppe Betori.

But in September 2006, he suffered a slight stroke. This makes it more likely that he will have a career rather in the Roman Curia.

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I have been amazed in the interest.

Cranmer leaps to the defence

of Catholic journalist who Cardinal is seeking to silence.

Cardinal Schotte has died

He was a builder of peace and justice.

"Is it possible to happily love? The Gospel of today gives us an answer, and the life of Cardinal Schotte gives us the same in substance," noted Father Hugo Vanermen, Rector of the Royal Belgian Church and the St.-Julian-of the-Flemish Convent, in his homilie during the Memorial Mass. He stood silent after the Gospel and then made some interesting links to the life of Cardinal Schotte.

"Cardinal Schotte in his vocation as a religious, as a priest, as bishop and Cardinal was increasingly aware of the love of Him who had created him and who had called him", stressed Hugo Vanermen. "This conviction has made him a servant of the Church as he did when a few weeks before the latter's death, he represented in Washington his intimate friend, Pope John Paul II, for the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady."

He was General Secretary of the Episcopal Synods in Rome.

"For long years he sought with the world episcopate the updating of the message of the Gospel according to the documents of the Second Vatican Council."

He was a Scheut Father, who are missionaries. Was this the best use of his talents, one wonders.

There is now only one Belgian Cardinal, following the deaths of Cardinal Schotte and the Lion in Winter, Cardinal Joos.

In the race to succeed Cardinal Danneels, Belgium TV reported last night that it has been impossible so far to find a compromise candidate between the liberals and the conservatives. Par for the course, in a country that cannot compromise between the French and Dutch speaking halves.

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Cathcon readers will not be slow in coming forward

I suspect. Holy Smoke of the UK's Daily Telegraph is giving all a chance to be heard about who should succeed Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor as Archbishop of Westminster.

All you have to do is send a name of a priest or bishop who you would like to suggest to Also tell your many friends!

See also Vote for the next cardinal

"My little exercise in direct democracy has really annoyed the hierarchy. For a Church that talks endlessly about the “role of the laity”, it doesn’t much like it when lay people interfere in such a sensitive matter.

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor is expected to step down in the next 18 months, and the “magic circle” of smug liberals is desperate to see one of its own promoted to Westminster. We’ll see.

All I can say now is that precious few of the candidates submitted to my web address belong to the old boys’ club: the inbox is filling up with the names of talented clergy who would make marvellous bishops but don’t tick the right PC boxes. Please, tell your friends to write in. This is your only chance – because, let’s face it, no one in the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales is going to ask your opinion."

English and Welsh Catholics deserve better.
Just what are the Bishops trying to prove here at the Bilateral meeting between the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Church of England House of Bishops, Leeds November 2006.