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More Rumors on the Congregation for Bishops

La Ciguena de la Torre is claiming that Cardinal Pell has declined to accept the post of Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, reportedly due to age (!) and ill-health. (It was reported earlier this year that the Cardinal had been fitted with a pacemaker.)
La Ciguena notes the rumor that with Cardinal Pell declining the appointment, the Congregation for Bishops will go to Leonardo Cardinal Sandri. Other rumors name Cardinal Ouellet. Well, we shall see...


  1. Anonymous3:09 PM

    I don't know much about Sandri ... he seems to be a spiritual clone of Cardinal Re ... but then again I don't know much about him.

  2. Cardinal Ouellet!? I'd be happy to see our cardinal take on such an important post, but I would sure be sorry to see him go...

  3. Anonymous6:07 PM

    Cardinal Ouellet is as good as it gets in Quebec, but not nearly strong enough. If he cannot manage the bishops and priests in Quebec, how is he going to deal with those all over the world?

  4. Canadian1:53 AM

    Cardinal Ouellet is a good man but naive and not wise to the ways of the world.

  5. Benjamin2:59 PM

    Sandri is of the House and Lineage of Sodano

  6. Anonymous11:42 AM

    Pell would have been good. Sandri or Ouellett are both worthless, a continuation of the Cardinal Re/ John Paul II legacy.

  7. Anonymous11:43 AM

    Sandri is worthless. hE IS AS CORRUPT AND AS EVIL AS Sodano and Re.

    With these men mentioned, the corruption of the John Paul II era will be perpetuated.

  8. Anonymous3:33 PM

    Well I for one hope this rumour mill will stop and that +Pell's name will stop being bandied around as it has with no one except him and BXVI knowing the truth. Pell did recently say in Sydney he knew less than the media on this matter so why not take him at his word? He has not been in best health and if moved to Rome he is coming up to 70 and would be third move in 10 years, after Melbourne and Sydney. Maybe he just wants to be a pastor in Australia and go when 75. Then, yes then, +Mark Benedict can take over or someone else appointed by the next Pope. !!!
    Semper Fidelis.

  9. Anonymous9:51 PM

    Today there is a blog report which orignates in Rome re cardinal pell, and I have been waiting for this to surface as it is the story of when Pell stepped aside 8 years ago over alleged abuse matters when he was a young seminarian in Victoria. This matter was bound to be raised one day and it will always prevent him taking a Curia position ever, let alone ever being papabile in the future.
    He was exonerated in the inquiry in Australia but the harm hangs over him as it could always be raised in the future and the feeling must always be that there can be doubt, right or wrong and with today's atmosphere on abuse of kids, this will always be a hindrance to pell moving to Rome.
    So, Sydney it is and will be. Besides if he was ever to go to Rome it would have happened earlier this year and not be a waiting matter.
    The scribes ought have been careful before on this and now it will go quiet and Sydney can keep him for another 5 years, when +Marck Benedict may take over , if he has not gone to Rome (as may well be the case, watch him).
    Semper fidelis

  10. Anonymous6:53 AM

    who is +Marck Benedict

  11. Anonymous10:23 AM

    +Mark (no c i n middle) Benedict is the archbishop of Canberra, the capital of Australia !!


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