Pope Benedict XVI addresses members of the Roman Curia during a gathering in Clementine Hall at the Vatican in December 2008. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)
the Vatican announced
that Pope Francis has made several personnel changes in the Roman Curia. In
addition to confirming the already-appointed leadership of two Vatican
congregations, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the
Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, he has also made several significant
new appointments. They include:
Archbishop Beniamino Stella, currently president
of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy (which is responsible for training Vatican diplomats), has been named prefect of the
Congregation for Clergy. The current prefect, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, has been
appointed head of the Apostolic Penitentiary.
American Archbishop Augustine DiNoia, who had
been serving as vice president of the Pontifical Council Ecclesia Dei, will
return to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith as adjunct secretary.
Archbishop DiNoia served as secretary of the CDF from 2009 to 2012.
Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, general secretary of
the Synod of Bishops, has been named apostolic nuncio to Germany, and will be
replaced at the head of the synod by Archbishop Lorezno Baldisseri, currently
secretary for the Congregation for Bishops.
World News provides analysis of several of Pope Francis’ curial
appointments. On Cardinal Piacenza’s move to the Apostolic Penitentiary:
This appointment could raise some eyebrows, since the
prefect of a major congregation has considerably more influence over everyday
Vatican policies than the Major Penitentiary. The Apostolic Penitentiary is the
Vatican tribunal with jurisdiction over matters involving the "internal
forum"--the relationships involving matters of conscience between a
penitent and confessor, or an individual and his spiritual director. Cardinal
Piacenza replaces Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro, who is retiring at the
age of 75.
DiNoia’s return to the CDF:
Pope Benedict XVI had named the American Dominican as
vice-president of the Ecclesia Dei commission last year, in an evident attempt
to reinvigorate dialogue with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).
By detaching him (at least formally) from the Ecclesia Dei commission, Pope
Francis may be signaling that the talks with the SSPX are no longer a high
also been widely noted that the appointment of Archbishop Baldisseri as general
secretary of the Synod of Bishops follows remarks from the Holy Father about
his desire to see significant changes to how that body operates in the
governance of the Church. The pope’s most recent comments on that subject came
in his interview
published in America this week, in
which he said there is a need “to change the methods of the Synod of Bishops,”
as its current operations are “not dynamic” and need to be “less rigid.”
Radio announcement of the new Curia appointments is below:
The Holy Father has implemented the
following changes in the organisation of the Roman Curia.
- He has accepted
the resignation from the role of Major Penitentiary of Cardinal Manuel Monteiro
de Castro, who has reached the age of retirement. He has confirmed as successor
in the same role Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, who until now was Prefect for the
Congregation of the Clergy.
- In the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, he has confirmed as Prefect
Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, and as Secretary Archbishop Luis Francisco
Ladaria Ferrer. He has appointed as Adjunct Secretary Archbishop Joseph
Augustine Di Noia, who until now was Vice President of the Pontifical Council
“Ecclesia Dei”. He has furthermore confirmed the Members and Consultants, and
has appointed as Consultant Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, Adjunct Secretary of the
Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.
- In the Congregation
for the Evangelisation of the People, he has confirmed as Prefect Cardinal
Fernando Filoni, as Secretary Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, and as Adjunct
Secretary Archbishop Protase Rugambwa. He has furthermore confirmed the Members
- In the
Congregation for the Clergy, he has appointed as Prefect Archbishop Beniamino
Stella, who until now was President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.
He has confirmed as Secretary Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta. He has
appointed as Secretary for the Seminaries Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong, who until
now was Bishop of Paplanta, elevating him at the same time to the dignity of
- In the
Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See, he has appointed as
Delegate of the Ordinary Section Msgr. Mauro Rivella, of the Clergy of the
Archdiocese of Turin.
His Holiness has
also appointed as Legate in Germany His Excellency Archbishop Nikola Eterović,
was until now was General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops. He has appointed
as successor in the same role His Excellency Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, who
until now was Secretary of the Congregation for Bishops.
His Holiness has
furthermore appointed as Legate in Sierra Leone Archbishop Mirosław Adamczyk,
Legate in Liberia and Gambia.
His Holiness has
finally appointed as Legate and President of the Pontifical Ecclesiastical
Academy Giampiero Gloder, Head of Office with Special Responsibilities in the
Secretariat of State, elevating him at the same time to the dignity of