From the intrepid Andrea Tornielli comes some chatter about the next Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Will it be Card. Pell of Sydney or not?
It seems that things had progressed far enough that Card. Pell had been assigned an appartment in the Via Rusticucci, near the Vatican. I am guessing that that would be the apartment of my friend and former boss Card. Mayer, who died recently.
Apparently, according to those "sources" out there, Card. Pell has declined the position for reasons of health. At the same time there is also, it is said, an Irish association of victims of sexual abuse who have criticized the choice because they didn’t like the way Card. Pell handled some cases in Australia.
Also rumored for the post is Marc Card. Ouellet of Quebec City. I got to know him a bit in Rome and I found him to be a very impressive fellow. Other names are being bandied about as well, as usual.
We shall see.
This is an important assignment. Perhaps you would, in your goodness, stop and say a prayer to the Holy Father’s guardian angel to help him and protect him as he makes this decision.