An interesting Curial shift coming up

Here is an interesting story I have been sitting on for various reasons.  The news is hard to confirm, and you never know until the actual change takes place… but…

It looks like the high profile, highly efficient, very capable, very close friend of H.E. Piero Marini, His Excellency Renato Boccardo, will be leaving his post as secretary of the Governatorato of the Vatican City State.

We will see what really happens.

Also, it may be that Msgr. Giorgio Corbellini, vice-secretary may be moving along also.

Nella foto Sua Eccellenza Mons. Renato Boccardo

16 July

La notizia ha suscitato grande interesse

Governatorato Vaticano, Boccardo lascia l’incarico di segretario generale

Lo apprende Ign. Ricopriva il ruolo dal febbraio 2005. Al momento non si conoscono le ragioni di questo improvviso cambio di guardia. Sarà avvicendato anche il vice segretario generale Mons. Giorgio Corbellini

Città del Vaticano, 16 lug. (Ign) – A quanto apprende IGN, testata on line del Gruppo Adnkronos, Sua Eccellenza Mons. Renato Boccardo (nella foto), sarà avvicendato nel suo attuale incarico di segretario generale del Governatorato della Città del Vaticano, assunto dal febbraio 2005. Anche il vice segretario generale Mons. Giorgio Corbellini non ricoprirà più il ruolo svolto dal 1993 fino ad oggi. La notizia ha suscitato grande interesse, ma al momento non si conoscono le ragioni di questo improvviso cambio di guardia.

Nato a Sant’Ambrogio in provincia di Torino, Mons. Boccardo è stato ordinato sacerdote per la diocesi di Susa il 25 giugno 1977all’età di 24 anni. Laureato in diritto canonico, nel 1982, è entrato nel servizio diplomatico della Santa Sede. Nel 1988 è diventato cerimoniere pontificio e dal 1992 al 2001 è stato capo ufficio della sezione giovani presso il Pontificio Consiglio per i laici.

Ha organizzato le GMG di Denver, Manila, Parigi e Roma. Nel 2001 è stato nominato capo del Protocollo con incarichi speciali presso la Sezione affari generali della Segreteria di Stato e ha assunto l’incarico di organizzatore dei viaggi del Papa. Infine, il 29 novembre 2003 è stato nominato segretario del Pontificio Consiglio per le comunicazioni sociali. È stato ordinato vescovo il 24 gennaio 2004. Dal 22 febbraio 2005 ha ricoperto l’incarico di segretario generale del Governatorato della Città del Vaticano che ora abbandona.

Il Governatorato, articolato in direzioni ed uffici centrali, è il complesso degli organismi attraverso i quali il presidente, con l’aiuto del segretario generale e del vice segretario generale, esercita il potere legislativo ed esecutivo dello Stato della Città del Vaticano.

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17 Responses to An interesting Curial shift coming up

  1. Chironomo says:

    Hmm…??? And this would mean what maybe? Possible appointment somewhere else? If so, where?

  2. Tim Ferguson says:

    Boccardo’s only 55. Is he someone destined for a more pastoral position (I note that Turin, near his place of birth, is currently headed by a superannuated archbishop; and on the other end of the world, the diocese of Umzimkulu, South Africa remains open), or is there some other curial position for which his talents would be useful?

  3. Tim F: I wonder if the Nuntiature of Burkina Faso is open?

  4. Tim Ferguson says:

    Nope, Vito Rallo is there…but Uzbekistan is open…

  5. Tim: Given his great talents, perhaps he needs some place where he could really shine. Nothing in, for example, Rwanda or Burma?

  6. TJM says:

    I take it, Father Z, you’re not enamoured with this guy. Tom

  7. Felipe says:

    Or maybe… the Congregation for the Divine Worship…
    Oh no!….

  8. John says:

    What does the secretary of the Governatorato of the Vatican City State actually do or what is he responsible for?

  9. Friend of Pietro Marini? Friendship often hides radical differnce. The late Bishop Dozier ultra liberal pastor from Virginia and then supra liberal Bishop of Memphis was very close friends with the late Cardinal Wrightl

  10. Phil says:

    Fr. Z., if you really want a nice job for him, don’t forget to consider a pastoral appointment in the Kerguelen.

  11. Phil says:

    Seems my html was off. The link can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerguelen

  12. mike says:

    Wha? Are we importing clatsch threads from Whispers In The Loggia now? Easy ladies – don’t spill the crumb cake on your skirts – er um – cassocks.

    m

  13. TJM says:

    Whispers in the Loggia? YUK. Tom

  14. Matt Q says:

    Father Z wrote:

    “It looks like… Renato Boccardo, will be leaving his post as secretary of the Governatorato of the Vatican City State.

    We will see what really happens.

    Also, it may be that Msgr. Giorgio Corbellini, vice-secretary may be moving along also.”

    )(

    As Chironomo asks, where, pray tell. Where?!

    Father states his abilities as being very astute… fine. I take nothing away from that, but it’s his mentality we have to be concerned about. If he’s going to another merely administrative position, so what. If it’s a doctrinal position, then we have to be concerned, especially if he’s buddy-buddy with P. Marini.
    I don’t mean to sound negative but times being what they are, we have to be concerned. My opinion.

    More ecclesiastical dreading.

  15. Okay! So he’s consecrated by Sodano with Piero Marini as a co-consecrator (what a ceremony that must have been! I’m glad I missed it) but his position would seem to be a rather nuts and bolts position with his vice secretary being even lower. Was he in a position to cause problems? Do we know he’s even leaving the Curia? There is more to this than you are telling us, Father!

  16. Miguel says:

    So, as best as I can tell, as Governatorato he is in charge of the day-to-day operation of the Vatican museums, archives, fire department, personnel records, telecommunications and security of Vatican City, etc. Yes?

    If so, is he holding the triple tiara hostage in the back room or what?

  17. Miguel says:

    Corbellini is listed as head of the Vatican “legal office”.

    Do these two have any role in the paperwork surrounding excommunications? Or the lifting thereof? [No. Different legal concerns, not so much canon law.]