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Pope: minor changes within the Roman Curia, explains mini-Consistory

From the final allocution of Pope Benedict XVI to the Synod of Bishops:

Before thanking you on my part, I would like to make an announcement. In the context of the reflections of the Synod of Bishops, "The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith," and at the end of a process of reflection on the themes of seminaries and Catechesis, I am pleased to announce that I have decided, after further reflection and prayer to transfer jurisdiction over Seminaries from the Congregation for Catholic Education, to the Congregation for the Clergy and competence of Catechesis from the Congregation for the Clergy, to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

The relative documents will be forthcoming in the form of an Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio to identify the fields and their faculties. Let us pray to the Lord to accompany the three Dicasteries of the Roman Curia in this important mission, with the collaboration of the entire Church.

I would also like to express my cordial greetings to the new Cardinals. With this little Consistory I wanted to complete the Consistory of February, in the context of the new evangelization, with a gesture of the universality of the Church, showing that the Church is the Church of all peoples, she speaks in all languages, she is always a Church of Pentecost; not the Church of one continent, but a universal Church. This was precisely my intention, to express this in this context, this universality of the Church, which is also the beautiful expression of this Synod. For me it was really uplifting, comforting and encouraging to see here a reflection of the universal Church with its suffering, threats, dangers and joys, experiences of the Lord's presence, even in difficult situations. [Source. Translation: Radio Vaticana]


  1. I had rather expected that Archbishop Vincent Nichols would have got the red biretta: after all, since the 80th birthday of Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, England has now no voting Cardinal. But perhaps there is a Plan.

  2. Oh dear: just as seminaries in the U.S. are diversifying, with graduate programs in religious studies, catechesis, theology and "lay ministry".

  3. Move ++Nichols to a sinecure at the Vatican where he can do little harm and appoint someone to Westminster who will restore orthodox and traditional Catholicism to the Province.

    That would be a great plan.

  4. Happy to be a docile shepherd5:16 PM

    Honestly, let's leave our 'great plans' aside and trust that the Holy Spirit is capable of leading the Church through the persons and institutions He has established for the purpose. Let's trust that the Holy Father has at least as much information as any one of us, and with the view of the greater common good as well, not to mention the graces of his Office.

  5. Donnacha5:40 PM

    +Nichols not getting a Red Hat speaks for itself. He should be moved where he can do no doctrinal harm. Last thing that man should have is a vote in the next conclave!

  6. Capitan9:14 PM

    Shuffling the decks on the Titanic. Great!

  7. Capitan10:53 PM

    deck chairs, that is.

  8. Could this also be another indication of "moves" within the Curia? This just off of Fr Z's site.

    Declaration of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” about the SSPX and the discussions

    Posted on 27 October 2012 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

    From VIS:

    The Pontifical ommission “Ecclesia Dei” takes this occasion to announce that, in its most recent official communication (6 September 2012), the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X has indicated that additional time for reflection and study is needed on their part as they prepare their response to the Holy See’s latest initiatives.The current stage in the ongoing discussions between the Holy See and the Priestly Fraternity follows three years of doctrinal and theological dialogues during which a joint commission met eight times to study and discuss, among other matters, some disputed issues in the interpretation of certain documents of Vatican Council II. Once these doctrinal dialogues were concluded, it became possible to proceed to a phase of discussion more directly focused on the greatly desired reconciliation of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X with the See of Peter.

    Other critical steps in this positive process of gradual reintegration had already been taken by the Holy See in 2007 with the extension of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite to the Universal Church by the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum and in 2009 with the lifting of the excommunications. Just a few months ago, a culminating point along this difficult path was reached when, on 13 June 2012, the Pontifical Commission presented to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X a doctrinal declaration together with a proposal for the canonical normalization of its status within the Catholic Church.

    At the present time, the Holy See is awaiting the official response of the superiors of the Priestly Fraternity to these two documents. After thirty years of separation, it is understandable that time is needed to absorb the significance of these recent developments. As Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI seeks to foster and preserve the unity of the Church by realizing the long hoped-for reconciliation of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X with the See of Peter – a dramatic manifestation of the munus Petrinum in action – patience, serenity, perseverance and trust are needed. [Not to mention prayers.]

    [01402-02.01] [Original text: English]

    Fr Z: Consider that, just a while ago, the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbp. Müller, gave an interview during which he used less than optimistic language about the SSPX. Soon after, Archbp. Müller walked that back a bit with more optimistic language. Then the SSPX expelled SSPX Bp. Williamson from their fraternity. He had been making waves contrary to reintegration. Now the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” (under the CDF) issues this statement with the indication the original text is in English.

    Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian unity.

    (We'll see.)

  9. Docile, the assumption that the Holy Spirit is behind every move that man makes is what got the church into the ruins of modernism in the first place. Man is a creature of Free Will, endowed by his Creator with that god-LIKE capacity. Therefore we have the ability to use it, OR to abuse it. And we do, allowing or deliberately inserting the spirit of the world into places it does not belong. So lets be as trusting as children, and as wise as serpents, as Our Lord instructed us to be, in our dealings with the Spirit of the World. "Never assume [that the Holy Spirit is automatically behind something], it makes an ASS of U and ME." (Old mid-Western Proverb)

  10. Capitan, you beat me with the post on the Titanic. EXACTLY what I was going to say.

  11. JonPatrick2:44 PM

    I guess I'm confused: Catholic Church = Titanic? What about Mt. 16:18?

  12. Capitan4:57 PM

    JonPatrick, I understand your confusion. I should have made clear that I was talking about the Conciliar "Church," not the Catholic Church.

  13. Captain, so you are saying that Sancta Sede vacansest ? Or you still hold that pope Benedict XVI is the pope of the Catholic Church or just some strange institution that you call Conciliar Church? All these plays with "conciliar" vs "catholic" sounds very protestant indeed, only from the, let's say, right side, instead of the left, as in case of ordinary protestantism. I dare to say so, because your claim is pure ideology (the same as protestantism in its essence) and not one true Faith. Regards

  14. Anonymous5:27 PM

    Capitan, we cannot edit your remarks. Please submit them again.

  15. Anonymous6:17 PM

    Re the recent new 'little consistory' of the pope, it is worth noting that Venice, Turin, Westminster, Los Angeles and the new Head of the Congregation for the Faith were not elevated. Their time will obviously come soon, but presently the Holy Father saw fit to name a half dozen. Perhaps the elevation of +James Harvey is the most interesting. Why name him now at 63 and also move him out at this time?
    That does not seem right but perhaps his successor will be more interesting. Could it be another 'foreigner' brought in or maybe Mons Marini of the liturgical office. Waiting with great interest. Pax.


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