Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Italian influence at Vatican now waning?

Catholic World News - July 23, 2012

A series of personnel changes in the Roman Curia—mostly at the level of second-in-command in various dicasteries—have lowered the level of Italian influence at the Vatican, writes Sandro Magister of L’Espresso.

The changes could become more noticeable, Magister says, when the Pope announces the names of the prelates who will receive red hats at the next consistory—perhaps next year. With relatively few openings in the College of Cardinals, there is a large number of non-Italian prelates occupying positions that ordinarily are held by cardinals: as heads of major curial offices or archbishops or large metropolitan sees. So few if any Italians are likely to join the ranks of papal electors.

On a related issue, Magister said that predictions of the imminent resignation of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, appear to have been premature. By writing a letter thanking Cardinal Bertone for his service, the Italian reporter said, the Pope was signaling that no change is coming soon. (Earlier this month, the same journalist took a different perspective on this question, writing that the Pope’s letter of support for Cardinal Bertone could be interpreted as his "his affectionate accompaniment of Cardinal Bertone toward his sending into retirement.")

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our July expenses ($15,447 to go):
$35,000.00 $19,553.29
44% 56%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Showing the Courage to battle homosexual impulses 5 hours ago
In other words, to be a Christian means this: 7 hours ago
Wanted: a balanced Catholic perspective on immigration 12 hours ago
Renewal with God before Us: Christ Determines All July 30
Sons of Dominic Prepare for Family Synod July 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
New management, new changes coming for reformed Vatican bank CWN - July 8
Sweeping reforms to Vatican's media, financial operations CWN - July 9
‘Even Genghis Khan didn’t do this’: Mosul emptied of Christians CWN - July 21