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Leader of Franciscan order named secretary of Congregation for Religious

April 08, 2013

In his first major appointment to Roman Curia, Pope Francis has named Father José Rodriguez Carballo, the worldwide leader of the Franciscan order, as secretary of the Congregation for Religious.

Father Rodriguez—who will assume the title of archbishop as he takes on his new role—is a Spanish native. In addition to his post as minister general of the Franciscans—a post he has held since 2003-- he was also elected last year to be president of the Union of Superiors General, the umbrella group for religious.

The archbishop-elect replaces Archbishop Joseph Tobin, an American Redemptorist who was named secretary of the Congregation for Religious in 2010 and then, barely two years later, appointed Archbishop of Indianapolis.

During his short stay at the Vatican dicastery, Archbishop Tobin had worked to defuse tensions between the Vatican and American women’s religious orders. As his successor, Archbishop-elect Rodriguez will now play a key role in a related matter, the Vatican’s appraisal of the American Leadership Conference of Women Religious.


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  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Apr. 09, 2013 12:21 PM ET USA

    Touchy issue here! The women religious have an agenda and even a pope will not stand in their way. Their belief is that "Vatican II trumps a pope". They justify their belief in shared power with the radical Jesuit belief of Teilhard de Chardin that power comes from the bottom up from the people. This is in direct contradiction to the fact that Jesus the Christ selected his Apostles to follow His beliefs and to bring the truth to the people and not vice versa.