Pentecost (today) is the last day of our Spring Campaign. Please be generous.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope's private secretary will remain, despite rumors, Vatican-watcher reports

Catholic World News - November 26, 2012

Msgr. Georg Ganswein will remain in his post as private secretary to Pope Benedict XVI, despite rumors of a shake-up in the staff of the apostolic palace, according to Sandro Magister of L’Espresso.

Speculation about imminent changes in the Pope’s immediate staff were triggered in October, with the announcement that Archbishop (now Cardinal) James Harvey, the longtime prefect of the pontifical household, would become archpriest of the Vatican basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls. Some Vatican-watchers suggested that Msgr. Ganswein would become the new prefect, while others said that he might leave the Vatican entirely, as part of an overhaul following the “Vatileaks” scandal. Neither change will take place, Magister reports; Msgr. Ganswein will remain at the Pope’s side.

(The Vatican has made no announcements about changes in the pontifical household, apart from the new assignment for Cardinal Harvey.)

A few changes in office procedures have been made, however, Magister reports. The Pope’s new valet, Sandro Mariotti, no longer has desk space in the office reserved for the Pope’s priest-secretaries. The previous valet, Paolo Gabriele, apparently took advantage of his desk’s location to pilfer confidential papal correspondence.

Also, Magister reports that Ingrid Stampa—a longtime aide to the Pope, whose name arose in speculation about other Vatican officials who might have been involved in the “Vatileaks” scandal—no longer has free access to the offices of the Pope’s private staff.

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!

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.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. May 22
What's wrong with these pictures? May 22
What can we learn from the dignity of military services? May 22
Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? May 21
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days