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Curial appointments seen as signal that Pope plans no dramatic change

October 08, 2010

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter is perceptive, as usual, in his analysis of the latest appointments by Pope Benedict to the Roman Curia.

With the appointments announced on Thursday—of Archbishop Mauro Piacenza as the new prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy and Archbishop Robert Sarah as president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum— the Pope showed a preference for prelates who are well acquainted with the workings of the Vatican. These selections, Allen reasons, argue strongly against the occasional rumors that the Pope plans a major shake-up of the Curia.

The selection of Archbishop Piacenza, a native of Genoa and ally of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (who was Archbishop there before his appointment as Secretary of State) seems a confirmation of the Pope’s confidence in Cardinal Bertone.


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