Cardinal Rigali Out of Top Vatican Committee

Former Philadelphia bishop has lost power.

The New York Times reports this morning that Philadelphia’s former top Catholic, Cardinal Justin Rigali, has been replaced on one of the Vatican’s most powerful committees, part of a broader shuffling of personnel.

The pope also removed Cardinal Justin Rigali, the former archbishop of Philadelphia, from the Congregation for Bishops. From his committee post, Cardinal Rigali has long been a crucial player in shaping the American hierarchy. He stepped down as archbishop of Philadelphia amid a scandal over his handling of priest abuse cases there.

How big a deal is this?

“The Congregation for Bishops is the most important congregation in the Vatican,” said the Rev. Thomas J. Reese, a Jesuit priest and the author of “Inside the Vatican: The Politics and Organization of the Catholic Church.”

“It decides who are going to be the bishops all over the world,” he added. “This is what has the most direct impact on the life of the local church.”

Philly-based Whispers in the Loggia blog has the big picture;

While a Franciscan “flush” of the membership of the Congregation for Bishops has been expected for months, the move’s execution came with a flourish at Roman Noon as the Pope reshuffled roughly half the prior makeup of the all-powerful “Thursday table” that recommends nominees for episcopal appointments in the developed world.

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  • Don Giordano

    Cardinal Riggatoni attended several of our Feast of the Seven Fishes at the dump at 13th & Locust

  • Jane Yavis

    I like what the Pope is doing. I don’t know how many more hints he has to send to American Clergy and a politically driven laity headed by Bill Donohue from the catholic League that ours is a Universal not American Church, and that he, the Pope can Speak for himself. Those using the Message of Jesus Christ for Political purposes are not welcome at that Table.

    The priest abuse scandal was not well handled, and to give Cardinal Rigali the position he was given did not send a good message.

    Remember, unlike politicians, our Pope has no concerns with those threatening some kind of Primary Challenge, doesn’t care that Bill Donohue defends Glenn Beck and Rush Limbauagh,,,,,,has legitimate work to do. .

  • maycorruptionfall1

    The Power Abuses & Documented Cover-ups of Cardinal Donald Wuerl