06 April 2013

F1 makes his first curial appointment

Our Holy Father has made his first curial appointment. . .

Father José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM will serve as secretary to the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, meaning the Spanish Franciscan will serve as the point-man for the Vatican's relations with religious orders. 

It is a very good sign that the Holy Father's first curial appt. was made to this Congregation. It signals (I hope) that he is looking closely at the Church's religious orders with an eye toward reform and renewal--REAL reform and renewal. . .not a repeat of the disastrous secularizing upheaval following VC2.

I am looking forward to seeing who he appoints to serve as his Papal Household Theologian.  Traditionally, this position is been held by a Dominican friar since St. Dominic was the first OP to hold it. Let's see if F1 is going to uphold this tradition, or continue to surprise us by appointing. . .say. . .a JESUIT! 

Also, let's pray that our Holy Father appoints a Dominican to serve as his Papal Household Preacher. It just makes sense.  By papal decree, this office is reserved for Capuchins.  But. . .F1 is just full of surprises these days.
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6 comments:

  1. fr. Dismas, OP2:42 PM

    No "1"! He himself would like to be called just "Francis." How about making it +F? :)

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    1. [insert eye roll here]

      Fine. "+F" it is.

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    2. A technicality, but despite his express wish, doesn't the fact that he's the first Pope to use the name Francis automatically makes him Francis I...? It will anyway, whenever a second Pope chooses the name, right...?

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  2. I do not think the Papal Household Theologian will be anybody but a Dominican. Yes, he's full of surprises but rocking the boat till it capsizes is not a good idea.

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    1. There have been PHT from other orders, specifically, the Franciscans.

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  3. Francis is fun to watch, isn't he? I know a lady who wakes up every morning and says, "God of surprises, show us your face!" Wish I coulda seen HER face when Francis was elected. :-)

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