And now down to business?

Even though it’s Holy Week, from this morning’s Vatican bulletin, it seems that, with all the ceremonies, etc., over with, the Holy Father is getting down to the normal business of the Vatican.

This morning he received two important prefects of the Roman Curia:

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, and
Cardinal Jose Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

With Cardinal Oullet, there are two possibilities. One is that Pope Francis is getting down to the task of naming new bishops and accepting the resignations of bishops who had already sent in their resignations to Benedict XVI. The other is that Cardinal Ouellet is about to be named Secretary of State — something that has been buzzing around the Curia since Francis was elected. I think it probably a little of both, but wouldn’t bet on the appointment as Secretary of State to come this quickly. There is always the need for the “bella figura,” or putting on a good face as the Italians would have it. Plans have to be made for the graceful departure of the current Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, if that is to happen. As far as bishops are concerned, I have a gut feeling that Pope Francis will be acting a little bit more swiftly on these matters than his predecessor.

The Pope has nothing else on his published schedule for this week except for the ceremonies of the Triduum and Easter. That doesn’t mean nothing else is going to happen.

Stay tuned!

The Concho Padre

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