Cardinal George Pell of Australia - in the cappa magna
EDIT @6:24 - It is not on today's Bollettino .... yet. Sometimes it is updated later, but I've seen that happen infrequently. In any event, the rumor has been heating up.
Rumor has been floating for some months, and intensifying in recent days, that Cardinal George Pell of Australia will take the helm at the Congregation for Bishops as Cardinal Giovani Batista Re heads into retirement, having reached the age of 75. The congregation is responsible for making recommendations to the Holy Father on the appointment of bishops. Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, now Prefect of the Signatura (Vatican equivalent of the Supreme Court), was also named last fall to the congregation.
A few notes about Cardinal Pell:
- He was named the Archbishop of Melbourne Australia in 1996 and held that post until being appointed Archbishop of Sydney in 2001. He was elevated to Cardinal in 2003.
- He is the chairman of the Vox Clara committe - an international group which oversaw the new rendering of the Roman Missal, anticipated perhaps around Advent of 2011. He comments on it further here in this May 4th article at Independent Catholic News.
- Celebrated a Pontifical High Mass using the 1962 missal in Sydney on November 14, 2007 (see video embedded below). He has celebrated Mass in the extraordinary form other times - most notably on the web, in Cork, Ireland at Ss Peter and Paul.
- At World Youth Day in 2008, he celebrated Solemn Pontifical Vespers of the Thone (1962 Brevarium Romanum)
- Click here for an interview with Cardinal Pell on Cardinal John Henry Newman. More here on why he thinks Cardinal Newman is relevant today.
- Discussed the effects on pornography in our culture
- Known for his strong pro-life stand
- Condemned climate change extremism and radical environtmentalism.
- Says life-giving practice of priestly celibacy must be preserved.
- Sometime after noon in Rome (about 30 minute from now), you could see a posting on today's Bollettino (watch for May 5th to pop up)
- Father Z
- Rocco Palmo (see yesterday's post leading into anticipation of an announcement which could come today)
- Damian Thompson (see April 30th post)
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