Rorate Caeli

Changes in the Curia

As it had been announced for many months by several news organizations, the Holy Father has named Argentinian Leonardo Sandri, up to now Sostituto (Substitute for General Affairs) of the Secretary of State, one of the most important positions in the Vatican bureaucracy, as the new Prefect of Oriental Churches - replacing Syrian Cardinal Daoud, former Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians.

Italian Archbishop Fernando Filoni, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, has been named as the new Sostituto, as some Italian outlets had recently hinted.

Both have issued personal statements after the changing of chairs (in Italian: Sandri; Filoni).

[In the picture, former Sostituto Sandri in his capacity as head of the "First Section of the Secretariat of State", responsible, among many other duties, for the publication of official documents and for the guardianship of the seal, presents the encyclical letter "Deus Caritas Est" to the Holy Father for signing. For more information, read Articles 41 to 44 of Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus.]

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this the equivalent of being sent to Siberia?

New Catholic said...

Not at all. Sandri, a Sodano protegé, has his overall influence within the Church at large extremely reduced, but is promoted to a traditionally Cardinalatial position. He knows many, is known by many, and may be seen (as an Italian-Latin-American) as an interesting "bridge" between Europe and Latin America in a future Conclave, who knows?...

This is a classic example of "Promoveatur ut amoveatur" -- very far from Siberia, or Iran...

Anonymous said...

A Latin Rite prelate in charge of Oriental Churches... when is the last time that happened?

New Catholic said...

It has been quite common -- all Prefects of Oriental Churches have been bishops of the Latin Church, except for Daoud himself.

Anonymous said...

Was'nt Gregory Cardinal Agaganian (who died afew years before Paul VI in 1978), Prefect of this Congregation, and originally a member of an Oriental branch of the Church. He was born in Armenia.
IN 1958, He was a strong candidate for Pope, unfortunatly being beaten out by Angelo Cardinal Roncalli who became, John XXIII.

New Catholic said...

No, Cardinal Agagianian was Pro-Prefect and afterwards Prefect of Propaganda Fidei (of which Oriental Churches had been a part up to 1917). There were no Prefects for Oriental Churches before the Second Vatican Council: the superior was the Pope himself, in an arrangement similar to that of the Holy Office, and the uppermost position was that of Secretary.

humboldt said...

I think that that the Curia should be reformed so as to make the Pope the head of the CDF, again, and also to reinstitute the repressive faculties that CDF had before the reform by Paul VI, while mantaining the faculties instituted by Paul VI.

Simon-Peter, The 9th Viscount Vickers-Buckley. said...

Do you think this means the next encyclical will be correctly rendered into English, or has this nothing to do with it?

thanks.

Hum: now I agree with that. The CDF should oversee the SOS and everyone.