A couple things popped up on the screen today.
First, Pope Francis has finally named a Secretary of State: Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela. He starts on 15 October 2013.
Also, the Holy Father assigned Spanish-born Fr. Fernando Vergez, LC, to run the Vatican City State’s Governatorato as Secretary General. The interesting thing about this appointment is not that he is a Legionaire of Christ – which I consider unimportant – but rather than he has not been also named an archbishop.
Thus, it seems that Francis is slowing down the career escalator.
A former head of the Governatorato is now Nuncio in these USA, Archbp. Carlo Maria Viganò, the man I hoped would become the Secretary of State. Viganò’s successor, and the immediate predecessor of Vergez, is Bp. Giuseppe Sciacca. Francis created a new position for Sciacca at the tribunal run by Card. Burke, the Apostolic Signatura. That was a little odd, and it probably means that Sciacca isn’t going anywhere else soon. Some traditionalists will read this as a bad sign for them, because Sciacca is known to be interested in traditional liturgical worship. So is Card. Burke, of course. But Sciacca started out as a good canonist. That, more than the liturgical reason, is probably why Sciacca went back to the Signatura.
On that note, it will be interesting to see when Francis calls a consistory for the purpose of making some new cardinals. Parolin will eventually need a red hat. That, however, is also not interesting. What will be interesting to watch is whether or not Francis confirms Archbp. Müller in his post at the CDF and give him a red hat. Benedict XVI did not make him a cardinal, after all.