Rorate Caeli

Tauran back in business

Fifteen months ago, the unification of the presidencies of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for Culture, under the joint chairmanship of Cardinal Poupard, was considered a first step in the restructuring of the Curia. However, there have never been further steps: the overall arrangement of both Councils has remained completely in place.

Today, the Holy Father ended the joint chairmanship of both commissions, by naming Cardinal Tauran, Archivist and Librarian of the Apostolic See, to head the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Tauran was a very important member of the Sodano entourage (as Secretary of Relations with States, Foreign Secretary of the Vatican, a position now occupied by another Frenchman, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti), but was consigned to a golden early retirement as Archivist and Librarian of the Holy See in 2003.

Cardinal Tauran will begin his activities in the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue on September 1, 2007. He will be replaced in his current positions by the present prefect of the Apostolic Library, Raffaele Farina, who in his turn will be replaced in his position by the Vice-Prefect of the Ambrosian Library, the Library of the Archdiocese of Milan, Cesare Pasini.


  1. Anonymous11:53 AM

    "Tauran was a very important member of the Sodano entourage"

    Is Sodano entourage a good reference? Sodano's influence was never a favorite of mine.

    Any thoughts on your part?

  2. It isn't necessarily a problem, provided the Holy Father doesn't let him actually DO anything. Provided he isn't allowed to plan any scandalous events, or publish any documents that the Pope hasn't scoured first, then it remains somewhere to put him. Such offices are required for senior figures from the former regime. It's not a position in which the active cooperation of someone of good will is actively required; unlike, say, the Secretariat of State or the CDW.

  3. Anonymous1:48 PM

    If Levada can be sent to the Holy Office, for the purpose of making His Holiness the chief doctrinal officer, would it make sense to promote someone else to an office in which he couldn't do any meaningful damage? Is Pope Benedict restructuring the Curia in his own way?

  4. Anonymous4:33 PM

    Not at all, the liberal oligarchy continue to rule with iron hand.

  5. Anonymous5:28 PM

    Eric g.
    Your comment is very harsh.
    The Pope is the smartest man I've read in a long time so don't pass judgement too soon. If you want to second guess his motive maybe you should try for the job of Pope yourself. Meanwhile, recognise humbly that God has blessed us with a giant and let him do his job. Pray for him to carry it out successfully and in accordance with God's Will.


  6. Anonymous5:54 PM

    Opus Dei will be very content.

  7. Anonymous6:54 PM

    "Pray for him to carry it out successfully and in accordance with God's Will"

    I contantly pray for the pope to govern the Church in accordance with God's will, not his own or those of the majority or the media.

  8. Anonymous8:08 PM

    yip, Opus Dei is very content... why, I've seen a number of black robed monks lounging about the beach drinking martinis in between flagellation bouts and plotting murder in order to protect the dark secrets of the Catholic cabal. (that’s sarcasm, putz)


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