I am scratching my head this morning.
Pope Francis has moved the former Secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“, who was eventually consecrated bishop and became the Papal Almoner, back to the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei“… as Secretary… again.
From the Bolletino:
RINUNCE E NOMINE
NOMINA DEL SEGRETARIO DELLA PONTIFICIA COMMISSIONE «ECCLESIA DEI»
Il Santo Padre Francesco ha nominato Segretario della Pontificia Commissione «Ecclesia Dei» S.E. Mons. Guido Pozzo, Arcivescovo titolare di Bagnoregio, finora Elemosiniere di Sua Santità.
“But Father! But Father!”, people will ask, “What does this mean? Wasn’t Archbp. Pozzo involved somehow with the degeneration of the talks with the SSPX?”
He was around, yes, when things started to become more difficult, yes. But I suspect that there would have been complications no matter who was there.
There is little doubt that Pozzo knows the material and terrain. He is arguably one of the better informed men in the Curia when it comes to dealings with the SSPX.
Will that make any difference?
I have a few less-optimistic interpretations, but I will keep them to myself.
My initial guess is that in this move the PCED, which is now under the CDF, has been “beefed up” a little. Now the PCED has not only a Vice-President in the person of Archbp. Di Noia, it also has a Secretary who is a bishop. This does give the PCED a little more “weight”, in a sense.
However, with a Prefect who seems not to want to have anything to do with the SSPX and now the return of Archbp. Pozzo to the PCED, one wonders how Archbp. Di Noia and Pozzo will “tag team” this complicated mess to a positive conclusion.
Color me puzzled.
In the meantime, everyone, surge forward!
Use the provisions of Summorum Ponticum.