Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope adds bishop to staff of top Vatican tribunal

Catholic World News - August 26, 2013

Pope Francis has named Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca as adjunct secretary of the Apostolic Signatura.

Bishop Sciacca, a 58-year old Italian, had been the secretary of the Governorate of the Vatican city-state. He will serve alongside the current secretary, Bishop Frans Daneels, under Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the Church’s top canonical tribunal.

The appointment could be significant for two reasons:

First, Bishop Sciacca has been serving in an office that was embroiled in controversy before his arrival. At the Vatican governorate he succeeded Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, who is now apostolic nuncio to the US. Archbishop Vigano’s letters to Pope Benedict XVI, complaining of corruption in the Vatican government, were the most provocative documents unearthed by the “Vatileaks” scandal. Calm returned to the office after Bishop Sciacca’s arrival. His new appointment could therefore mean that he has earned the Pope’s trust, and/or that he is being transferred to an office less troubled by Vatican internal disputes.

Second, for the second time in recent weeks Pope Francis has added a new official to the staff of a Vatican office rather than replacing an outgoing official. Early this month he named Archbishop Guido Pozzo as secretary of the Ecclesia Dei commission, returning him to a position that had been vacant.

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 September expenses ($33,416 to go):
$35,000.00 $1,584.25
95% 5%
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

Liberal visions of Catholicism: Kickstarter and the world's largest NGO 10 hours ago
The Blessed Book of Beasts August 30
Weekend reading August 29
Frustrating the Moral Law August 29
Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam August 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8