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An extra job for Cardinal Pell

Cardinal Pell

Nice news I’ve just seen:

Vatican City, 22 September 2012 (VIS) – The Holy Father appointed:

– Cardinal George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, Australia, as a member of the Congregation for Bishops.

I’m making this post on a train in Italy – somewhere between Bologna and Milan!

Our visits to the dicasteries of the Roman Curia have finished, and we are currently scattering to the ends of the earth.  Three of us will spend the weekend in Milan and then return to North America on Monday.  I’ll have a couple of nights in Ottawa and then continue the journey to Australia.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone back home again!

Dicastery visits continue

It’s Monday morning here in Rome.

Three of us concelebrated Mass at the Mater Ecclesiae altar in Saint Peter’s Basilica this morning.  Yesterday several of us joined the concelebration of the 10.30am Mass in Latin at the Altar of the Chair in Saint Peter’s.

We resume our visits to the dicasteries of the Curia this morning.  Today we will visit the Congregations for Divine Worship, Causes of Saints, and also the Secretariat of State.

News from Rome

Greetings from the Eternal City!

Our visit has been going well, and so far the group has been to see the Congregations for Clergy, Catholic Education, Doctrine of the Faith, and the Pontifical Councils for Legislative Texts, and Christian Unity.

It was nice that, at the General Audience on Wednesday, the Holy Father mentioned our group by name in his additional remarks in English:

I offer a warm welcome to the General Chapter of the Brothers of Saint Gabriel. I also greet the group from the Faculty of Canon Law of Saint Paul’s University in Ottawa, Canada. I thank the choirs for their praise of God in song. Upon all the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors, including those from England, Ireland, Finland, South Africa, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, Trinidad, Canada and the United States, I invoke the joy and peace of the Risen Lord (Source: http://www.zenit.org/article-34630?l=english).

Our hotel does not have wi-fi, unfortunately, so I’ve not had the opportunity to upload any more photos from the trip.

We have a free day tomorrow – Sunday – and then resume our visits to the dicasteries on Monday.


Pope has final power

Following what I posted recently regarding the Toowoomba situation,  I draw readers’ attention to the following from the website of the Archdiocese of Melbourne:

Saturday 4 February 2012

Archbishop Denis Hart wrote yesterday to the Editor’s of both The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald in response to an article published in both newspapers last Thursday. The article presented opinions that suggested that former Toowoomba Bishop Bill Morris was denied procedural fairness and natural justice and that the Pope had breached canon law and exceeded his authority in removing Morris. The Archbishop’s letter to The Age is presented below.

Dear Sir,

The opinion piece “Bishop’s sacking reveals the Inquisition’s heavy hand remains ready to strike” (Age 2/2) re the removal of Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba is unfair and inaccurate. I understand WJ Carter QC is an eminent civil lawyer. Father Ian Waters’ Canon Law reflection is based solely on the Carter report.

In fact, the Holy See conducted a pastoral process of dialogue with Bishop Morris over eleven years involving senior officials of three offices of the Roman Curia, a number of meetings in Rome and a personal meeting with Pope Benedict. An Archbishop of another diocese from overseas appointed by the Holy See to investigate the matter has stated that he did discuss the contents of his report with Bishop Morris while he was in Toowoomba. Last October, in Rome, the Australian Bishops were informed of the care taken and the efforts made by the Holy See to achieve a mutually acceptable resolution.

In the Catholic Church, because the Pope is the Vicar of Christ and Pastor of the Universal Church, he has final power throughout the Church and can always freely exercise that power. This includes the appointment, transfer and removal of bishops.

Father Waters is misrepresented by the statement that the Pope has breached Canon Law and exceeded his authority.

In the final analysis the Pope always has freedom to act for the good of the Church in the appointment and removal of bishops.

Yours sincerely

[signed] + Denis J. Hart

There is more commentary over at Australia Incognita.