HEADS UP – Tune in tomorrow – we might learn who succeeds Cardinal Wuerl as archbishop of Washington.
IS THE PREFECTURE OF THE PAPAL HOUSEHOLD ABOUT TO DISAPPEAR?
From the January 9 blog, Stilum Curiae, by Marco Tosatti:
“From the Vatican, excellent sources tell us that the publication of a Motu proprio that would sanction the disappearance of the Prefecture of the Pontifical Household is close, is not imminent. The Prefecture is the body that deals, in general, with the appointments and audiences of the reigning Pontiff when this does not happen through the Secretariat of State or the particular Secretariat of the Pontiff.
The Prefecture would become an office of the First Section of the Secretariat of State (the section that deals with general and internal affairs), thus losing its autonomy and its role.
The current Prefect, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, formerly the special secretary of Pope Benedict XVI, still in charge of the daily life of Pope emeritus Benedict, would become, according to the voices reported, secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The Congregation secretary now is Msgr. Marcello Bartolucci, born in 1944 (he will then turn 75 on April 9th), nominated in 2010 to this post by Benedict XVI, therefore making possible all the formal elements for a substitution. The Prefect of the Congregation is the former Substitute for the Secretariat of State, Cardinal Angelo Becciu (…)
The same voices (sources) confirm what was written a few days ago, namely the end of Ecclesia Dei, the Commission specialized in dialogue with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X (FSSPX) and charged with ensuring the correct application by the bishops of the Motu proprio Summorum pontificum. We do not know what task will be entrusted to Mons. Guido Pozzo, theologian and philosopher, who guided the Commission”.