Friday, June 29, 2007
PAYING ATTENTION TO BISHOPS
In Sandro Magister's article, linked at NOR, which talks about Benedict's reform of the curia, or rather lack of it, this short passage appears near the end:
Much more than curia appointments, Benedict XVI has at heart the appointment of bishops.
He dedicates much greater attention to these than John Paul II did. Before giving his permission, the pope keeps the dossiers of the designates on his desk for up to two or three weeks. And sometimes he rejects them, without giving an explanation to the competent curia dicastery presided over by cardinal Giovanni Battista Re.
Pope Ratzinger is very demanding; he wants bishops of quality, and doesn’t always find them. The pace of episcopal appointments has fallen by a quarter with him, in comparison with the previous pontificate.
That sounds good.