Friday, May 27, 2005

Possible Replacements for Cardinal McCarrick as Archbishop of Washington, DC

Like it or not, the venerable Cardinal McCarrick of Washington will be hitting 75 this July 7th. You know what that means! Our sources tell us his resignation will be accepted "on an expedited timetable." Coupled with his public desire to retire early, Washington should have a new leader within the year. This episcopal see is highly visible due to it being located in our nation's capital and has been rewarded, since its inception, with its archbishops being created cardinals -- O'Boyle, Baum, Hickey, and McCarrick. The next archbishop will almost certainly follow in this tradition.

Here is the first official list, once again, of those candidates most often named as possible successors to McCarrick by our Vatican sources: Edwin O'Brien (U.S. Military Archdiocese), William Lori (Bridgeport), Charles Chaput (Denver), Raymond Burke (St. Louis), and John Foley (Pontifical Council for Social Communications). We tend to think that its O'Brien's to lose. He was rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome for many years prior to being named auxilary bishop in New York and then Archbishop of the Military Ordinate of the U.S. Currently at 66, O'Brien is the ideal age, being neither too young nor too old. Bishop Lori has deep ties to Washington, DC being Cardinal Hickey's longtime close collaborator and vicar general before being called to Bridgeport, CT. His only being 54 may work against him though. Archbishops Chaput and Burke are seen as "Rambo Catholic" bishops -- that is, they are not afraid of teaching the Church's moral truths in a very public manner. Both are seen as emerging leaders of the American episcopacy, and choosing either one would signal Pope Benedict's approval of their pastoral zeal. Their appointments would shake things up in our nation's capital, perhaps exactly what His Holiness desires. Archbishop Foley is a native of Philadelphia, but has been in his Vatican curial seat since 1984 (most likely the current recordholder!). So his time is due to move on to a new pasture. If he isn't named to Washington, he could also have a good chance at Baltimore. So there you have it, my dearest vaticanisti lovers. Start placing your bets.

Monday, May 23, 2005

Papal Coat of Arms Revealed on Sash!


Pope Benedict XVI reads his speech during a meeting with Bulgaria's president Georgi Parvanov in his private library at the Vatican City May 23, 2005. The vaticanisti, though preoccupied with recent episcopal nominations, need not neglect papal fashion. Take note of Benedict's sash -- this is the first photo showing his papal coat of arms emblazoned on the lower section of the white sash. Also notice the traditional red-hued papal shoes. Of course, His Holiness is once again donned in the mozetta (shoulder cape) and lacey rochet over his cassock. Well done!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Possible Replacements for Archbishop Levada in San Francisco

The vaticanisti have compiled the first official list of possible replacements for Archbishop Levada in San Francisco who was named to head the CDF in Rome last week. These five names are most often mentioned by our sources: Bishop Daniel Walsh (Santa Rosa, CA), Bishop Tod Brown (Orange, CA), Joseph Fessio, SJ, Archbishop Charles Chaput (Denver), and Auxilary Bishop Salvatore Cordileone (San Diego, CA). It is well known both Bishops Walsh and Brown highly desire being appointed to San Francisco. The rather more interesting candidates are Fessio, Chaput, and Cordileone. Fessio is a protege of Pope Benedict. Chaput is known for his publically taking strong theological stands and for his pastoral talents. Cordileone is a friend and protege of Archbishop Burke, worked in Rome for a number of years, and has received rave reviews for his episcopal abilities in San Diego. The vaticanisti smiles.

Friday, May 13, 2005

What's In a Name? Part II

Loyola University in New Orleans should take care to avoid suffering the same fate as Marymount College in Manhattan (see this post) (go here for the full story on Loyola). Check this for a Loyola response.

The Vaticanisti can only hope that Archbishop Hughes' statements will be heeded by the Jesuit leadership at Loyola-New Orleans, so that the Archbishop is not forced to take actions similar to those of Cardinal Egan in the Marymount case. Yet again, an historically Catholic college shows itself unable to comprehend what it means to be designated thus.

Loyola was also in the news earlier this Spring in conjunction with the University's policy concerning the performance of the Vagina Monologues on that campus.

St. Ignatius of Loyola, pray for them . . . and us.

"Blessed" John Paul II: The Fast Track

Today, Pope Benedict XVI announced that the normal five-year period before the cause for beatification is opened has been waived in the case of Pope John Paul the Great. The Holy Father took the occasion of this accouncement as another opportunity to educate the Church, both the clergy and the laity, as he highlighted different aspects of the recently-departed Pope's ministry and life of holiness. You can look here for a full news story on this historic event.

Archbishop Levada Appointed to CDF

Well, what can we say? Our on-the-ground reporting in Rome paid off. The vaticanisti were the first to officially confirm the Levada appointment...even beating out Time Magazine by a few hours. Dear ones, trust the vaticanisti.

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...

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Pope Benedict Takes Possession of His Cathedral Church


Pope Benedict waving to the crowds of Rome as he leaves the Lateran Basilica after taking possession of his cathedral church on May 7, 2005. The open-air Mercedes limo then processed to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore where His Holiness venerated the holy icon of the Virgin. The vaticanisti takes note of the beautiful gold and emerald pectoral cross and the lacey rochet Benedict wears so well.

Editor of Jesuit's America Magazine Forced to Resign by Vatican

Truly remarkable. Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese, editor of America magazine for the past seven years, resigned at the request of his order following pressure from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Once again, a new sheriff is in town. The vaticanisti thanks their beloved Jesuit scholastic brother-in-arms for the breaking news.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Pope Benedict and His Swiss Guards


Pope Benedict XVI is presented the flag of the Vatican's Swiss Guards in Clementina Hall, at the Vatican City, Friday, May 6, 2005. Pope Benedict XVI greeted 31 new members of the Swiss Guard, the elite corps that has helped protect pontiffs for centuries. During the later ceremony in the Vatican courtyard, the recruits raised three fingers in the Trinitarian salute and shouted their allegiance to the pontiff in German, French and Italian. The swearing-in ceremony is held each year on May 6 — the anniversary of the day in 1527 when 147 Swiss Guards died while protecting Pope Clement VII during the sacking of Rome. The guards — outfitted in their trademark halberds, crimson-plumed helmets and gold and blue uniforms — provide ceremonial guard duty, assist at Vatican functions and help protect the pope. Some are armed with guns! The vaticanisti approves of their flamboyant fashion. We wish we were Swiss Guards.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Predictions: CDF Prefect

Although there are rumors floating out there that Americans Cardinal George of Chicago or Archbishop Levada of San Francisco will be appointed to Pope Benedict's old position of prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the vaticanisiti would like to set the record straight. Our inside sources tell us the job will most likely go to an Italian. Those with the best chances are Archbishop Angelo Amato (current secretary at the CDF and Ratzinger's former right-hand man) and Bishop Salvatore Fisichella (current auxiliary bishop of Rome and rector of the Pontifical Lateran University).

Nice French Cufflinks


Pope Benedict XVI talks during the General Audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, as his personal secretary Msgr. Georg Gaenswein adjusts the microphone, Wednesday, May 4, 2005. Notice the very masculine French cuffs with cufflinks. The vaticanisti approves. Correct ecclesiastical fashion is of utmost importance to the apostolic mission of the Church. Nice ring bling too! What was that you said?
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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

What's in a name?

In the wake of its announcement that Sen. Hilary Clinton will be honored with an honorary degree, just the latest in a long line of outrageous actions taken by this college, Marymount Manhattan College has been declared no longer a Catholic college by His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan, fresh off his trip to Rome for JP II's funeral and BXVI's election and coronation. Let this be a lesson to many of the other historically Catholic colleges in this country who barely hold on to that designation, thinking that JP II wrote Ex Corde Ecclesiae for his own health, rather than for the health of the hearts and minds of those educated in these colleges. To state the obvious: the designation "Catholic" does not a Catholic college make.

Monday, May 02, 2005

The Long Goodbye


The incandescent Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Ted McCarrick, doing what he does best. Vaticanisti has it on the down-low that his resignation will, when offered, be quickly accepted. Stay tuned for Vaticanisti predictions of who his successor will be. If past history be our "truth barometer," you'll know before Pope Benedict.
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