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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