Monday, July 5, 2010

Vatican Watching: Schonborn, Sepe, Bertone, Amato and more...

Following the unannounced summit of Cardinal Schonborn with Pope Benedict, distinguished Italian journalist Sandro Magister, who also has his blogposts translated into English, mentioned that he had a much more indepth analysis of the case forthcoming.  With veil-tip to Kevin Symmonds, I learned that Magister has written that piece on this subject and more.   Here is the introduction to the post, "While Rome Is Under Siege, the Cardinals Quarrel" (emphases mine):

Schönborn against Sodano, Sepe against Bertone. The serious case of the archbishop of Vienna. Benedict XVI chastises, makes peace, and takes the long view. Including with three appointments to three key posts in the curia.

William Oddie of the UK's Catholic Herald also has a piece up on Cardinal Schonborn today, entitled: "What on earth has happened to Cardinal Schonborn?"

In other news, it looks like there is additional speculation on chess pieces moving around and off the board at the Holy See.  Is Archbishop Amato heading over to the Congregation for Religious?  Rorate Caeli writes:

The admirable Spanish blogger Francisco José Fernández de la Cigoña mentioned last Friday that rumors on the nomination of Archbishop Angelo Amato, S.D.B., 72, current Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and former Secretary of Cardinal Ratzinger at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as new Prefect of Religious ("Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life") are rampant in Rome. He would replace Cardinal Rodé, 75.

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