While we don’t yet have an official notice, it may be that the next Prefect for the Congregation for Bishop will be His Eminence Marc Card. Ouellet, 66 year old Archbishop of Quebec, rather than Card. Pell of Australia.
Andrea Tornielli has news.
As I have mentioned on this blog, I got to know Card. Ouellet a bit in Rome and found him to be an upstanding fellow. I actually mentioned him some years ago as papabile one day. This move would make him even more so.
I mentioned Card. Ouellet for this, here.
Note that, in addition to French, he speaks English perfectly as well as Italian and Spanish and he has the strong use of German because he worked on von Balthasar, if memory serves. For years he has been involved with Communio, the theological journal aligned with the Ratzinger school (rather than Concilium aligned with the Rahner crowd). He taught in a seminary in Colombia with the Sulpicians, he taught in Rome at the John Paul II Institute, worked on the Curia, and went on to be Archbishop Primate in Quebec.
He is an ecclesiastical rocket man.
I have heard him preach several times and, even in Italian, he was impressive.
My theory is that the Prefect of Bishops has to be able to speak English because the Holy Father is focused on reshaping Anglophone bishops conferences. More on that here.
Tornielli says the announcement will be made next week.