Card. Pell: Holder of Vatican purse strings, celebrant of Traditional Roman Rite


Sandro Magister at Settimo Cielo has a piece about the ever more influential Card. Pell, who has control of Vatican purse strings.

Magister’s piece, in Italian, opens with a mention of the upcoming Coetus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum 23-25 October. I am helping with a pilgrimage to Rome which will coincide with the event. Among other things, Card. Pell will celebrate a Pontifical Mass at the traditional parish Ss. Trinità dei Pelegrini.

In any event, Magister’s point is that Card. Pell is on the rise in Rome and he celebrates Mass also in the traditional Roman form.

It isn’t likely that Pope Francis cares one way or another about Card. Pell celebrating the older, traditional Roman Rite.  I, however, am delighted that he does.  When I visited the beautifully appointed Domus Australia in Rome, which while he was still in Sydney Card. Pell undertook to create from the old Marist college, I saw that the chapel’s side altars were equipped with altar cards and traditional books.  I visited the Domus Australia the last time I was in Rome.  HERE

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  1. Robbie says:

    Cardinal Pell one was of my preferred choices at last year’s Conclave. John Allen wrote recently Cardinal Pell may be one of the most influential prelates in several generations. Whether or not that proves to be the case, having a position in the Curia that may wield more power that the Secretary of State should put him in a solid position if a new Conclave is called in the next five years or so.

  2. vetusta ecclesia says:

    I met him once in Sydney and was v. impressed. And, of course, he is an Oxford man!

  3. Andrew says:

    Here is that particular story. Am I lacking in modesty, by saying he mentions me in it? I am delighted that Cardinal Pell has the position that he does, and with a number of controversies in the Holy See at present, I pray his presence is felt.

  4. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    There are, of course, quite a variety of Oxford men… Still, Cardinal Pell, Metropolitan Hilarion, some interesting Oxford men in ‘high places’ , these days (and, for that matter, Tony Abbott, to see Oxford and Australia combined, and, should we extract Australia again to add, Bobby Jindal?).

  5. pjsandstrom says:

    In that photo of Cardinal Pell wearing the Cappa Magna: Is he not supposed to be wearing his scarlet choir cassock and not his black with scarlet piping ‘house cassock’ when he wears this overgarment? It looks like someone ‘mixed up his uniforms’.

  6. anna 6 says:

    I am praying that someone involved in the planning of the pilgrimage is working to try to get a brief meeting with the Pope Emeritus. What a boost that would be for the pilgrims…and Benedict!

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