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New nominations in the Holy See [Updated]

-Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, OP, former Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, named Vice-President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

- Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds (now Archbishop), a representative of the fine post-conciliar liturgical establishment in Britain, named new Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Congratulations to all involved!

-Vincenzo Paglia, Bishop of Terni (now Archbishop), a grand master of the Sant'Egidio movement, named new President of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Jean-Louis Bruguès OP, Archbishop, Secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, named new Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church

- The Pope has also accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Merlo-Moreno, Argentina, Bishop Fernando Bargalló (previous post on the matter).

Source: Bollettino.

[Update:] 
NOTE FROM THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH 

Vatican City, 26 June 2012 (VIS) - Given below is the text of an English-language note issued today by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Fatih concerning the appointment of Archbishop Augustine Di Noia as vice president of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei": 

"Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P., to the post of vice president of the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei'. The appointment of a high-ranking prelate to this position is a sign of the Holy Father’s pastoral solicitude for traditionalist Catholics in communion with the Holy See and his strong desire for the reconciliation of those traditionalist communities not in union with the See of Peter. The president of the commission is the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal William J. Levada.

"The Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei' was established in 1988 by Blessed John Paul II to facilitate 'full ecclesial communion of priests, seminarians, religious communities or individuals until now linked in various ways to the Fraternity founded by Archbishop Lefebvre' and to promote the pastoral care of the faithful attached to the ancient Latin liturgical tradition of the Catholic Church. In 2009, the Pontifical Commission was structurally linked to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to address the doctrinal issues in the ongoing dialogue between the Holy See and the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X.

"As a respected Dominican theologian, Archbishop Di Noia has devoted much attention to these doctrinal issues, as well as to the priority of the hermeneutic of continuity and reform in the right interpretation of Vatican Council II - a critically important area in the dialogue between the Holy See and the Priestly Fraternity. Under the guidance of Cardinal Levada, with the assistance of Msgr. Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Pontifical Commission, this dialogue has been ongoing over the past three years.

"Previously, Archbishop Di Noia served as secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments where, together with the prefect, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, he oversaw the reorganisation of the dicastery and the preparation of a new 'Regolamento' following the directions of Pope Benedict’s 'motu proprio' of 30 August 2011, 'Quaerit Semper'. Archbishop Di Noia’s experience and continued association with the Congregation for Divine Worship will facilitate the development of certain desired liturgical provisions in the celebration of the 1962 'Missale Romanum'.

"In addition, the broad respect that Archbishop Di Noia enjoys in the Jewish community will help in addressing some issues that have arisen in the area of Catholic-Jewish relations as the journey towards the reconciliation of traditionalist communities has progressed". [See also: Di Noia's interview to CNS today.]

37 comments:

Francis said...

The important question is who will the Holy Father appoint to replace Cardinal Levada at the CDF? I pray that it isn't Gerhard Müller or Cardinal Pell.

Prof. Basto said...

"... a representative of the fine post-conciliar liturgical establishment in Britain, named new Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship. Congratulations to all involved!"

This is sarcasm, right?

I recalled reading an article by the Telegraph's Damian Thompson (and I quickly found that article when googling the name Arthur Roche).

According to that article, Bishop Roche is a protegé of Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, or at least was the Cardinal's favourite candidate to succeed him as Archbishop of Westminster (it was said, then "There is quiet confidence among the bishop's supporters that, partly thanks to the efforts of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Roche will be enthroned in Westminster Cathedral in a few weeks").

The article also records that the now former Bishop of Leeds is "on good terms with the Magic Circle" ("The Bishop of Leeds is a former general secretary of the Bishops' Conference; so is the Archbishop of Birmingham – but, unlike +Vincent, he is still on good terms with the Magic Circle. There will be a huge sigh of relief in Eccleston Square if he is the new leader of the Church in England and Wales.")

And the new Secretary of Divine Worship is further said to be an enemy of Tradition, or, more precisely, it is said that he issued restrictive guidelines regarding Summorum Pontificum ("Bishop Arthur is decisive, no doubt about it. But readers of this blog won't need to be reminded that some of his decisions are controversial: for example, his issuing of restrictive guidelines for the implementation of Summorum Pontificum, or the abrupt and high-handed closure of churches in Pontefract deanery").

Finally, he is said to be a friend of Piero Marini, the former Master of Pontifical Ceremonies and heir of Archbishop Bugnini ("Also, he gets on well with the Nuncio and with Archbishop Piero Marini, John Paul II's influential Master of Ceremonies").

Alsaticus said...

Clearly it's a turning point.

Bp Roche is a fierce trad-hater and Abp di Noia has no interest in the Mass basically, he has done nothing in the past 2 years to move forward the reform of the N.O.M.

Pope Benedict XVI is apparently turning his back to :
- any reconciliation with SSPX
- any reform of N.O.M.
- any support for Roman Traditionalists.

So now the successor of Levada could be anybody : the "best" would be Abp Forte a die-hard liberal or any other champion of the hermeneutics of rupture.

Is there any hope left in this pontificate ?
We'll if the pope is remembering Joseph Ratzinger before the General chapter of the SSPX and come back to some sense or if the Vatileaks scandal has definitely nailed any hope for a genuine Ratzingerian pontificate.

Very, very sad news in 2 days.

rodrigo said...

Think I'll just keep praying for Cdl Burke at the CDF.

New Catholic said...

Following this line, it is clear one will find Müller as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

AML said...

That is disappointing about Roche, but excellent news about DiNoia. DiNoia is extremely loyal to the Holy Father and will do everything he can to further the Holy Father's plans. He will not be a leaker and will do everything he can to further unity with the SSPX.

While nothing notable has happened with regard to the "reform of the reform" during his time at CDW, he was a major mover and shaker in the formation of the Ordinariates.

Just wondering said...

Which of the Holy Father's plans does he follow? The just, holy and Catholic ones? Or the ones opposed to what is just, holy and Catholic?

Papabile said...

@Alsaticus

You have no grounds to assert DiNoia has "no interest" and "done nothing" to advance the reform of the N.O.M.

Just because someone doesn't insert himself in the press, and constantly leak and take public positions proves nothing.

He has, at every step advance exactly what the Holy Father wants.

How do I know this?

I know DiNoia personally from the time I worked at the NCCB when he was day to day head of Doctrine.

If you think he will not be a friend of tradition at the PCED, you are sorely mistaken.

But, you caan be assured he won't be out touting his own name, but will be a loyal servant in the vinyard.

Robert said...

Well +Arthur will now be in the Holy Father's eye. In Rome!. +Arthur did have a huge role to play in the new translation of the NO Missal. Give him some credit.

Matt said...

Francis said, "I pray it isn't Gerhard Müller or Cardinal Pell."

Well, according to "La Stampa," Müller worked closely with the Holy Father during his tenure heading the CDF. Now, unless Müller croaks before then, it seems pretty much a done deal.

AML said, "DiNoia is extremely loyal to the Holy Father and will do everything he can to further the Holy Father's plans. He will not be a leaker and will do everything he can to further unity with the SSPX."

Wonderful for his character but naught for his efforts if his boss is a flake, but if what Alsaticus said is true about DiNoia, then he's just as pointless also.

New Catholic said, "Following this line, it is clear one will find Müller as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow."

Well, the pot anyway. Whether it's going to be gold or not is yet ot be seen... probably electroplated gold.

Matt said...

Papabile said, "You have no grounds to assert DiNoia has "no interest" and "done nothing" to advance the reform of the N.O.M. Just because someone doesn't insert himself in the press, and constantly leak and take public positions proves nothing. He has, at every step advance exactly what the Holy Father wants. How do I know this? I know DiNoia personally from the time I worked at the NCCB when he was day to day head of Doctrine.

If you think he will not be a friend of tradition at the PCED, you are sorely mistaken, but, you caan be assured he won't be out touting his own name, but will be a loyal servant in the vinyard.
"


Thanks, but he said, she said. We don't know you from Obama.

Bob F. said...

Alsaticus makes a bald assertion. It is true that DiNoia is not a liturgist by training, but that may be a very good thing in this context.

I can promise you that he is a friend of tradition and we should be glad that he has been placed in charge of PCED to protect it from Levada and potentially Muller.

I had hoped that DiNoia might ultimately be tapped for Prefect of CDF and I wonder wether this move to PCED is a promotion or not.

I think the Holy Father is simply moving him to where he is needed most.

Adfero said...

DiNoia agreed two years go to say a pontifical TLM at the National Basilica in DC then Wuerl canceled it on him.

the Savage said...

While the appointment of Bishop Roche is not encouraging, that of Archbishop Di Noia to Ecclesia Dei is. He is much better equipped than Cardinal Levada or Msgr. Pozzo to continue to the theological dialogue with the SSPX (and his appointment is thus a sign that the talks are not yet finished). It is simply not true that he has taken no interest in the liturgy in his role at CDW. He was instrumental in the approval and implementation of the new translation of the Roman Missal and he was supposed to celebrate a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Washington's Shrine of the Immaculate Conception last year, which was unfortunately blocked apparently by Cardinal Wuerl.

Athelstane said...

Archbp. Di Noia is a good man. Not a traditionalist, but a good man, and there aren't all that many good men in Rome. He's at least willing and happy to celebrate the TLM.

Bp. Roche, on the other hand, is Magic Circle pixie dust, and now sprinkled in a congregation where he can do some of the worst damage. Our English readers will be able to vouch all too well for his troubled track record. This is a very disappointing appointment.

Prof. Basto said...

The uptade is more depressing than the original news itself, almost requiring a new comment thread.

The "desired liturgical provisions" in celebration of the 1962 Missal is diplomatic language, code for thinkering and "reforming" the usus antiquior!

MJ said...

I believe Benedict said something a long time ago about NO prefaces being added to the 1962 Missal. This might be a questionable choice, but it wouldn't be detrimental. The problems is that once a precedent is set, and a mechanism established for modifying the EF, there's nothing standing in the way of a future pontiff who might like to see more substantial changes.

Evagrius said...

Is +Roche a member of the post-conciliar liturgical establishment, or the post-liturgical conciliar establishment?

More seriously, I suspect his appointment has less to do with promoting him and more to do with getting him out of a diocese without punishing a man who, according to canon law, has not actually done anything wrong (or at least, nothing more wrong than anyone else).

Prof. Basto: Thompson also predicted virtually every priest in the British Isles, and quite a few outside, would become Abp. of Westminster, based on his "sources". That should tell you everything about the value of his insight into the English hierarchy, and the Vatican.

Matt said...

the Savage said, "DiNoia... is much better equipped than Cardinal Levada or Msgr. Pozzo to continue to the theological dialogue with the SSPX."

If there is there going to be anymore dialoguing. Anyone know when the SSPX again is supposed to have their General Chapter to vote and discuss all of this? They need to get a move on on this stuff before its too late simply because they got check-mated.

Samuel J. Howard said...

Interesting that the note from the CDF uses the locution "traditionalist Catholics in communion with the Holy See." Have they ever recognized "traditionalism" in that way before?

Alsaticus said...

To "papabile" ...

"Blogger Papabile said...

@Alsaticus

You have no grounds to assert DiNoia has "no interest" and "done nothing" to advance the reform of the N.O.M."

Thanks for the statement full of air.

Now what has Abp di Noia DONE - from the verb to DO, to ACT - in order to start the reform of the linik missal that is afflicting 99.5% of the Latin Church ?

Could you put some substance i.e. some FACTS to validate your "feeling" ?

As for Abp di Noia being a so fierce supporter to TLM, it must be a secret whisper in your ear papabile.

Again what significant gesture did he make ?
I only remember his refusal to attend a TLM in the USA because on the vigil of the publication of Universae ecclesiae.

Do you have something substantial ?

Many, many thanks in advance.

But probably the appointment of Bp ROCHE is another "success" according to you ?

As for the negotiations/talks, officially except for the few weeks leading to SSPX general Chapter there won't be none and once again according to what has been written by Bp Fellay, the Society could be excommunicated and declared schismatic as a whole.
So appointing di Noia now seems a rather desperate move. Moreover it's clearly not a "promotion". To have Bp Roche in charge of liturgy is such a blow, like giving the red hat to Piero Marini.

Good news inded ... for who ?
Not for any traditionalist imho.

Alsaticus

Athelstane said...

Hello Alsaticus,

Now what has Abp di Noia DONE - from the verb to DO, to ACT - in order to start the reform of the linik missal that is afflicting 99.5% of the Latin Church ?

He was only the Secretary of the congregation. Not the Prefect. How much power do you think he actually had? And how do you know what he did or did not lobby for behind the scenes?

Consider the titanic struggle that just changing the English translation (in a rather modest way) was. Look at the fight he has faced from German bishops over "pro multis." Imagine what more substantive changes would provoke. The Pope has the power to do so, just as Paul VI did; but that doesn't mean there wouldn't be powerful consequences. The Pope may simply have decided that the time is not ripe yet. He needs more allies on the various benches of bishops.

I'm not saying I agree with that. But if that is the thinking of the Holy Father, di Noia is not now, and has not been, in a place to override that.

P.K.T.P. said...

Desired changes in the 1962 Missal. Desired by whom? By the A.D.L.? Certainly NewMass Prefaces are universally opposed by those who actually attend the T.L.M. Why not take into account *their* desires?

P.K.T.P.

P.K.T.P. said...

Ladies and Gentlemen:

This 1962 Missal bit is obviously a 'blow softener' to appease liberal bawlers. Here is the message, translated out of diplomatic:

The Pope appoints a new man to heal this rift and recognise the Society despite its continued refusal of Vatican II. In return, the S.S.P.X will have to swallow a new Traditional Missal that is marred by the presence of the New Prefaces [but only as options: shh!]. The vile hand of Bugnini the Barbarian must be allowed to to infect the precious liturgical heritage of the traditionalist movement, and that will drive the traddies nut! Imagine their anger! Yeehee! That is the price we shall have to pay.

The Pope needs to extract something, anything, from the S.S.P.X, even if against their wills; otherwise, this will help the smoldering rebellions among the libs in France and Germany, Austria and Ireland.

It's another example of the birthday consolation prize. That brat, my younger brother, was not happy when he saw all the birthday gifts I got. So dad had to get him a 'consolation gift'. (To be fair, the reverse happened on his birthday.) This is the psychology here. I only hope that Di Noia's appointment does not come too late. The knives will be out for Fellay in July.

P.K.T.P.

P.K.T.P. said...

Francis:

Maybe it will be Pell; hence his recent audience with the Pope.

As for my view, I want anyone but Müller (A.B.M.) Those initials usually mean 'Automated Banking Machine' but not in this case.

P.K.T.P.

P.K.T.P. said...

I've just checked my schedule and I can let the Pope know that I would be available to oversee the C.D.F. once Levada is fired, um, I mean, retired.

P.K.T.P.

Jean Michel said...

The "desired changes" are the ardent desire of one Pere Basile of Le Barroux who has made various trips to Rome to try to persuade the authorities to "update" the 1962 Missal. He is also keen on opening the Traditional Mass to allow con-celebration. Pere Basil has a highly developed sense of his own spiritual and moral superiority

Athanasius said...

Maybe Di Noia will be the next Prefect of the CDF. If this is not the intention of the Holy Father, Di Noia suffered a strange demotion. His new post is much inferior to that of Secretary of a Congregation. This could be explained only if Di Noia himself has requested for that.

P.K.T.P. said...

Jean Michel:

Does Abbé Basile have a close connexion with Archbishop Di Noia?

P.K.T.P.

Augustinus said...

"He was only the Secretary of the congregation. Not the Prefect. How much power do you think he actually had? And how do you know what he did or did not lobby for behind the scenes?"

Athelstane:

The Secretaries are the ones who run the day to day affairs of the Congregations. In the CDW that would be more significant in light of Cardinal Canizares' frequent trips back home to Spain (so much so that there are longstanding rumors that he'll be eventually assigned back to Spain, as Archbishop of Madrid -- but those are just rumors).

Matt said...

Samuel J. Howard said, "Interesting that the note from the CDF uses the locution "traditionalist Catholics in communion with the Holy See." Have they ever recognized 'traditionalism' in that way before?"

Very interesting. I haven't seen that reference made before, but it's all spin. They are trying to convey things are getting "better" in Rome. I wonder if little Greggie Burke as hit the ground running. You know we Americans are among the greatest at spinning things.


P.K.T.P. said, "Desired changes in the 1962 Missal. Desired by whom? By the A.D.L.? Certainly NewMass Prefaces are universally opposed by those who actually attend the T.L.M. Why not take into account *their* desires?"

It's because *our* feelings are never their regard, that's why; only their insidous agenda. Many of them believe the SPPX matter is only a bump in the road in their wreckovation efforts.

Regarding, "The Pope needs to extract something, anything, from the S.S.P.X, even if against their wills; otherwise, this will help the smoldering rebellions among the libs in France and Germany, Austria and Ireland."

BS! The SSPX is already getting their biretta handed to them. Don't think Rome hasn't drawn some blood already. Extract something from the SSPX! How demented.

To this, so what if it "helps the smoldering rebellions?" Who cares? I don't. What's really going to happen? They're going to leave? Whatever. The less liberals there are in the Church by whatever manner is fine with me.

Jean Michel said...

P.K.T.P

In answer to your question, all I can say is that I'm sure that Pere Basile and Archb. di Noia must know each other, but beyond that I don 't know how well. With the blessing of his Abbot, Pere Basile has bombarded Rome with requests to "update" the 1962 Missal. His energy and persistence have actually irritated people in the Vatican who might have been expected to be more sympathetic. And le Barroux has annoyed the other Ecclesia Dei communities by assuming a seniority over them all and presuming to speak on their behalf. Le Barroux isn't what it was, and is actually a force that works against Tradition these days. All very sad. The SSPX-affiliated Benedictine monastery at Bellaigue, in contrast, is booming.

Alsaticus said...

Athelstane said...

Hello Alsaticus,

Now what has Abp di Noia DONE - from the verb to DO, to ACT - in order to start the reform of the linik missal that is afflicting 99.5% of the Latin Church ?

He was only the Secretary of the congregation. Not the Prefect. How much power do you think he actually had? And how do you know what he did or did not lobby for behind the scenes?

Consider the titanic struggle that just changing the English translation (in a rather modest way) was. Look at the fight he has faced from German bishops over "pro multis." Imagine what more substantive changes would provoke. The Pope has the power to do so, just as Paul VI did; but that doesn't mean there wouldn't be powerful consequences. The Pope may simply have decided that the time is not ripe yet. He needs more allies on the various benches of bishops.

I'm not saying I agree with that. But if that is the thinking of the Holy Father, di Noia is not now, and has not been, in a place to override that.
-----------------

Do you consider Bp (now Abp) ROCHE as the best "ally" for this mission ?

I don't know indeed what Abp di Noia may have dreamt to do without ever giving any public statement even on his wishes. But nobody can put that on the table.
Pope Innocent III had a dream of a little man coming to prevent the Church as a building to fall ; then he acted and supported saint Francis of Assisi.
A dream without action is nothing.

I have always been under the impression Abp Ranjith had been "exiled" because he was too active and talkative and Abp di Noia was there to do what he has done i.e. technically nothing to improve the N.O.M (apart from achieving the English translation supervision but Vox Clara was already in charge of that ; not a single other revised translation French ? German ? Spanish ? Italian ?... during his tenure) and above all to stay mute.

He recovered the right to speak loud yesterday because it is important for him to speak due to his delicate mission.

Ranjith then di Noia then ... Roche.
If you remove the very pink glasses, the conclusion of these quick changes is obvious : Benedict XVI will not proceed with any reform of N.O.M alas.

That being said, I wish the best for Abp di Noia in his new mission and his success would be more than necessary.

nb. the promotion but somewhat marginalization of Bp Bruguès has not been commented ; he has been a very active and quite incisive secretary. Are we going to get another Roche-like secretary to help diluting Catholic education and weaken the Roman action on this thorny topic ?

Alsaticus

P.K.T.P. said...

Matt,

You don't seem to realise the Pope's position: it is not your position. First of all, the Pope is only a liturgical traditionalist, not a theological one. Secondly, the Pope wants to keep the liberals and the traditionalists all in the same boat, the Ship of Church. He sees that as his mission, for the highest law is to save souls.

This latest edition of the Preamble was called 'papal evaluations' (based on a comment of Cardinal Levada). Now it is being called Cardinal Levada's or the C.D.F.'s intervention. The fact is that the Pope vetted what the Feria Quarta wrote and no doubt considered this text seriously.

The Pope will want at least the appearance that he has extracted something from the S.S.P.X. This may only mean their agreement to continue working on the Preamble. What everyone fears on the traditional side, deep down, is that the Society will sign something and find out later that they have agreed to a compromise on doctrine. That fear alone is adequate payment to the liberals.

You may not like it and I may not like it but this Pope is not a traditionalist and never was. He's trying to keep everyone together so that he can gradually and gently lead all parties towards the 'centre' of his own persective.

P.K.T.P.

Helmut Herschel said...

Muller is not interested in Rome. He wants the See of Munich. He's looking ahead. I know this because I know him. Not as a friend but as a connoseur from the Stuttgart days.

Helmut Herschel

Matt said...

"Archbishop Di Noia’s experience and continued association with the Congregation for Divine Worship will facilitate the development of certain desired liturgical provisions in the celebration of the 1962 'Missale Romanum."

I have had it with this Tridentine Missal development BS. They can't even get their Novus Ordo IN ORDO, and they want to play around with the EF books. The word I would like to use is sabotage. I think the Holy Father knew quite well what he was doing by moving in DiNoia and Muller. Notice how in all of their recent interviews nothing kind or considerate was said about Traditionalists.

Matt said...

P.K.T.P. said, "You don't seem to realise the Pope's position: it is not your position. First of all, the Pope is only a liturgical traditionalist, not a theological one. Secondly, the Pope wants to keep the liberals and the traditionalists all in the same boat, the Ship of Church. He sees that as his mission, for the highest law is to save souls.

This latest edition of the Preamble was called 'papal evaluations' (based on a comment of Cardinal Levada). Now it is being called Cardinal Levada's or the C.D.F.'s intervention. The fact is that the Pope vetted what the Feria Quarta wrote and no doubt considered this text seriously.

The Pope will want at least the appearance that he has extracted something from the S.S.P.X. This may only mean their agreement to continue working on the Preamble. What everyone fears on the traditional side, deep down, is that the Society will sign something and find out later that they have agreed to a compromise on doctrine. That fear alone is adequate payment to the liberals.

You may not like it and I may not like it but this Pope is not a traditionalist and never was. He's trying to keep everyone together so that he can gradually and gently lead all parties towards the 'centre' of his own persective.
"


Great. Next time you have a conversation with the Holy Father, please let me know. I have note for you to pass on to him.