AUSTRALIANS TO BE FREED FROM PELLIGAMY

This would be great news for Australian Roman Catholics but incredibly bad news for Roman Catholicism in general. To appoint probably the most reactionary, dictatorial, arrogant (and, intellectually, downright daft) bishop in the English speaking world to such an influential post at this time of crisis for the church is as wrongheaded as giving the job of Secretary-General of the United Nations to Kim Il-sung.

From THE AUSTRALIAN:

Speculation that Australia's Cardinal George Pell is about to be appointed to a senior Vatican post has strengthened in Rome with high-ranking priests now regarding the move as a done deal. And Cardinal Pell's forthcoming book-launch tour of three states is increasingly thought to be a farewell tour, according to prominent Catholic blogs in Europe and Australia.

Yesterday a leading Italian newspaper, Il Giornale, speculated that just days ago, after Cardinal Pell had met Pope Benedict XVI, he had spent an hour with Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re - the current prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. The report by journalist Andrea Tornielli - who has accurately predicted several developments during this pontificate - suggested that the meeting was to discuss Cardinal Pell taking over from 76-year-old Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, who has been prefect for 10 years. It also said Cardinal Pell had been "officially nominated" as Cardinal Battista Re's successor by the Pope.

The Congregation for Bishops oversees the selection of new bishops around the world.

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AUSTRALIANS TO BE FREED FROM PELLIGAMY — 12 Comments

  1. Pell is the bloke who said once on a radio drive time panel discussion, “You didn’t see Jesus going around handing out condoms!” I nearly crashed my car.

    Rome can have him. Let him create traffic havoc over there.

  2. Ever since Cardinal Law, getting appointed to a “senior Vatican post” has to carry more than a bit of stigma.

  3. the most reactionary, dictatorial, arrogant (and, intellectually, downright daft) bishop in the English speaking world

    Australians are always ahead of the rest of the pack at every competitive sport, so it stands to reason we would win “daftest bishop”.

    wv – “pring”

  4. Yes. According to the blessed Pell, there is no such thing as human effected climate change. And he’s going to be in charge of something more than the stationary cupboard at the Vatican? Saints preserve us!

  5. Well that’s it, then. And may I once again remind RC’s in my country: The Episcopal Church welcomes you!

  6. The current regime in Rome will only appoint ultraconservatives. B16 is determined to push the church back to the past.

  7. All together now, 1, 2, 3: CLUELESS! That church full of old men either as a group or as individuals is clueless. At the rate he is going, the only place B16 is going to push the church is over the edge of the abyss.

  8. And he’s going to be in charge of something more than the stationary cupboard at the Vatican?

    Well, of course, we don’t know that.

  9. So how do all of these folks talk to one another when they have confabs at Vatican City since they all have different mother tongues? Do all RC bishops speak fluent Latin or something?

  10. Do all RC bishops speak fluent Latin or something?

    They’re only going to be talking to each other about their favourite sexual practices, so this seems more than likely.