What Would Rad Trads Think Of Pope Francis If He Made Bishop Fellay A Cardinal & Gave Him A Job In The Vatican?


Two months before the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette the Pope has called an ordinary consistory on 19 July.

The Holy Father could:

Select a cardinal to serve as the camerlengo, the prelate who presides over the day-to-day work of the Holy See after the death or resignation of a Pontiff. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, who was appointed camerlengo in December 2014, died earlier this month.

Name a prelate to fill the office of sostituto, or deputy Secretary of State: the powerful office that supervises the daily workings of the Roman Curia. Cardinal Giovanni Beccui, who had been sostituto, relinquished that role on June 29 when he became a member of the College of Cardinals; he will soon take a new post as prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Choose a new dean and/or vice-dean for the College of Cardinals. Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who has been dean since the election of Pope Benedict XVI, is now over 90 years old. Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, who had been vice-dean, resigned from that post last June, at the age of 94.

The dean and vice-dean of the College of Cardinals are named from among the prelates who hold the rank of cardinal-bishop. Traditionally, the cardinal-bishops have been the titular pastors of the seven churches historically known as Rome’s suburbican sees. Today all seven of the cardinals holding those posts are well beyond retirement age; Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the youngest, at 83.

In June, however, Pope Francis announced that four other cardinals would be “equated” with cardinal-bishops, giving them the same status and dignity “in all respects.” All four are current leaders of the Roman Curia. They are:

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State;
Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization;
Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; and
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

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