Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rumour Watch: Motu Proprio on the Reorganisation of Ecclesia Dei

Andrea Tornielli writes that within the next weeks, Pope Benedict XVI will issue a motu proprio attaching the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as anticipated in his letter to the bishops on the lifting of the excommunications of the bishops consecrated by Archbishop Lefebvre. Here is an NLM translation of Tornielli's article:

In the coming weeks, the motu proprio of Benedict XVI will be published which makes the Ecclesia Dei commission - originated by will of Pope Wojtyla with the aim of facilitating the return of the Lefebvrians to full communion with Rome - an internal organ of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Pope Ratzinger had already announced this in March, in the letter dedicated to the Williamson case and to the lifting of the excommunications of the prelates consecrated by Lefebvre, sent to bishops around the world. Next 4 July Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, current president of Ecclesia Dei, will turn 80 years old and will leave office on grounds of having reached the age limit. The commission will then be presided over by the Prefect of the former Holy Office, the American Cardinal William Joseph Levada. The Vice President, Monsignor Perl, will remain at his post for now, while a new secretary in place of the late Mario Marini will be appointed. Just this morning, the French agency IMedia has revealed, at the meeting of the "fourth feria" the cardinal members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith have developed a first platform for the beginnig of the dialogue with the Lefebvrians. A dialogue which is comes under the responsibility of the supreme doctrinal dicastery since Lefebvre's followers argue that with the Second Vatican Council the Catholic doctrine has been changed and ask that this be clarified in view of a formal return of the Fraternity of Saint Pius X to the Catholic Church. [NLM note: This is perhaps oversimplified, but it is not the point of the article so let's not focus on this.] Meanwhile, as anticipated by Il Giornale in recent days [cf. NLM article here], this Saturday should be announced the appointment of the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Monsignor Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don, as archbishop of Colombo. In his place will be designated the current undersecretary of the former Holy Office, the Dominican Di Noia.