Rorate Caeli

What's inside Cardinal Castrillón's briefcase?

Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos met Pope Francis in annouced private audience yesterday, the second such audience granted to him in this pontificate. The first was on May 20, and there have almost certainly been other unannounced informal meetings.

Why is this relevant? Because we know Cardinal Castrillón is the Pope's main contact for all Traditional Catholic matters. And how do we know that? Because a few months ago, when Bishop Fernando Rifan (Apostolic Administrator of the Personal Ap.Adm. of St. John Mary Vianney, in Campos, Brazil) first met the Pope in person after his election, the Pope told him Cardinal Castrillón kept him informed on traditional matters - or words to that effect.

And this past Saturday, of course, Cardinal Castrillón was the celebrant of the Pontifical Mass at the Altar of the Chair in the Vatican Basilica. The President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission 'Ecclesia Dei' still is the point man of some intractable matters in the Holy See. 

Anyway, yesterday, when meeting the Pope, Cardinal Castrillón did not come by for some tea, but to speak of matters that he brought in his own briefcase:

(Tip and images: Secretum meum mihi)