Saturday, July 30, 2005

Back from the Missions!

Apologies abound to our many readers who were so greatly concerned about our MIA status. The bottom line: we are back! The last month or so, we've been travelling around Europe and South America getting a better handle on the state of the Church. Of course, the fruits of such adventures will filter out in future vaticanisti insights.


Blogger Deo volente said...

Okay. So I'm dying to know. What is the status of the mandatory resignation of the Archbishop of D.C., the search for a new Ordinary in Detroit, the position of the new head of CDF who has been in the news vis-a-vis San Francisco and all things Vatican?

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TYhter are several books out on levada that make it clear he is a disater as a choice for CDF. He goes along to get along. I live in SF and, at the parish level, things have gone from bad to worse during his tenure. Basically every parish is an "affirming" parish - means the faith is defined at the parish level - and with secular/liberal folks in control of most parish councils - well, its pretty bad. I am so disappointed in teh new Pope over this appointment and his comments latelyu. Sounds like he will try to please the culture.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Papabile said...

In my opinion, Levada was chosen for a couple of reasons.

1. Benedict wasnted to dismantle Stato as the Supreme Congregation and return the Holy Office to it's former glory as it used to be.

2. Historically, some Popes have actually acted as the head of the Congregation themselves. Benedict didn't think it viable to do so, but wanted a weak head of the CDF.

3. Levada is the weak head. The previous poster is right, go along to get along. He will do what Benedict wants. While he previously served with Benedict in the curia, he does not have a full handle on its current composition.

4. Stato does not like him. The Secretary and Sub-Secratary of the CDF will act as very real checks on Levada.

5. Levada is a perfect choice for delivering bad news to the American Bishops. Far from this signifying a return to grace for the American Bishops, this appointment paves the way for hard changes.

6. Stato will do all it can to retain any power that it has.

7. What does this mean? The declining strength of the CDF and Stato and the resurgence of a curial reform.

6:17 PM  
Blogger vaticanisti said...


Any theories as to what shape that curial reform may take? (Other patient, but faithful friends--feel free to join as well). The Vaticanisti have some ideas, but would like to hear what others might have to say.

1:16 PM  
Blogger Dymphna said...

I don't think Cardinal McCarrick is going anywhere. Have you seen him lately? He's pink cheeked, there's a sparkle in his eye, and pep in his step. He looks revitalized. He could go on for another 10 years.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Deo volente said...

I must concur with Dymphna. I have a relative in DC and he said the good Cardinal is not going anywhere. I don't know your source, Vaticanisti, but it appears that it is not correct on this call.

7:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You say you believe Leveda was chosen for a "couple" (this means two) reasons, then you proceed to delineate seven quasi-reasons. This is confusing. Please spend more time drafting future contributions with a view towards clarity and consistency.


11:28 AM  
Blogger vaticanisti said...

We reported back in May that Cardinal McCarrick's resignation would be accepted "within a year." We never promised the hatchet falling on his 75th birthday...please, have some class.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Papabile said...


Oh, I am so sorry for offending your better senses.

BTW, could you explain what a "quasi-reason" actually is...

I guess I was writing in a free form, observational sort of way.

Go forward and be as morose as possible.

I'll be happy when the November/Decenmber rescript is released.

1:32 PM  

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