Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Archbishop Levada to be made CDF Prefect

Our sources in Rome have confirmed that the rumors of Pope Benedict naming Archbishop William Levada of San Francisco as the new prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) are true. The offical press release will be within the week. The vaticanisti were surprised by this news, but trusts the judgement of the Holy Father in these matters. These same sources have mentioned the name of Joseph Fessio, SJ as a possible replacement for Levada in San Francisco. Developing hot...

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Anonymous Hard Right said...

The Vaticanisti trust the Holy Father's judgment in these matters more than we do. Bishop Leveda would not seem to be in union with Pope Benedict's liturgical vision, first of all. As Ratzinger, the Pope consistently called for a "more generous" application of the Ecclesia Dei provision for Mass to be said according to the 1962 Missal, an "application" that was consistently denied in Levada's San Francisco Archdiocese. Whatever excuses might be advanced for this lapse, it can hardly be argued that Leveda has championed liturgical tradition. Moreover, Leveda has not been a vocal advocate for the Church's controversial teachings on sexual morality in that very place where their implementation would seem to be most called for. His "compromise" with the city on same-sex benefits a number of years ago was widely viewed by traditionalist and conservative Catholics as weak and short-sighted.

On the other hand, were he to be replaced with Fessio (which we find highly implausible), these courses would likely be reversed in SF. It bodes well more for San Francisco than for the CDF and the Church universal - this odd decision.

Additional note: the very thought of Fessio riding back into SF as Archbishop from whence he had been virtually exiled and banished by his Jesuit rival-superiors - The thought is too splendid. It would be worth it just for this. Perhaps this decision is stemming from an aspect of Ratzinger's peculiar German sense of humor?

8:20 AM  
Blogger Dale said...

Joseph Fessio, S.J., as Archbishop of San Francisco....

I'd chortle for a month. No--months.

And I'd pay a mint for a videotaped reaction of Fr. Privett at the announcement.

9:55 AM  
Blogger vaticanisti said...

The Vaticanisti would like a dual cam, recording the reactions of both brothers Fr. Privett: John, the former CalProv Provincial, and Stephen, president of USF. Perhaps it would be most entertaining to see Fr. Stephen Privett's reaction, considering he singlehandedly dismantled the only worthwhile program USF had (i.e., the Saint Ignatius Institute).

To see some of Fr. Pres.'s recent happenings, see this: http://www.gracecathedral.org/forum/for_20050501.shtml. The Vaticanisti can only imagine how worthwhile this presentation must have been: Privett and the Dean of SF's Episcopal Cathedral. Wow!

Perhaps it's too much of a pipe-dream to think that Fessio could become His Excellency, Most Reverend Joseph Fessio, S.J., Archbishop of San Francisco. Nevertheless, a wise man once said, "If you will it, dude, it is no dream." Well, the Vaticanisti will it.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Disillusioned Ave Maria grad said...

I don't know whether Fessio would be agood Archbishop or not. for all his theological acumen, he's shown a distressing willingness to overlook systemic unethical administrative actions in his new position, as well as a hesitation to put Catholci social teaching int action by treating employees and former employees well. The whole AMU thing is a mess internally, however birght, shiny, and hopeful it looks from the outside.

But then, maybe better Fessio is pulled away from AMU and back into a more ecclesiastical position - for his sake.

Whatever.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous piss ant said...

A Vatican official has denied the Leveda rumor, and the author of this article brings forward other evidences that, contrary to the reporting of Time magazine, the selection has not, in fact, been made and that the Pope is still considering alternatives.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=749022

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Kenjiro Shoda said...

I hope that the Time article is correct and that a selection has not been made by the Holy Father.
Levada as Prefect of the Doctrinal Congregation would be a disaster. It would be like dousing gasoline on a fire in an attempt to put it out.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fessio has run three separate projects into the ground financially already...do we need another bankrupt diocese?

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Pete said...

It seems that Levada has been named the prefect. Has there been any more development regarding his replacement in S.F. I was in one of the last classes of the St. Ignatius Institute before it was eviscerated, and though Fr. Fessio has his rough edges (as we all do), I think an archdiocese like S.F. (or L.A.) need a serious jolt. Fessio would definitely provide that. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

11:06 AM  
Blogger John Walter said...

Several people commenting here have questioned Fr. Fessio's administrative and pastoral qualities. If such things are true, I'd sure like to see some links on that.

5:16 PM  
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