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Cardinal Pell: Bishop-maker?

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The Australian newspaper is reporting that Pope Benedict may be preparing to name Cardinal George Pell as the new prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

It says:

One possible senior job becoming vacant in Rome is the powerful position of Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, which helps advise the Pope on the appointment of new bishops across the world.

Its Prefect, Cardinal Battista Re, who has held the job since 2000, reached the retirement age of 75 this year.

Priests in Australia believe the frontrunners for the role of Archbishop of Sydney in the event of his promotion to Rome, would be Canberra’s Archbishop Mark Coleridge, 61, or Cardinal Pell’s auxiliary bishop, Anthony Fisher, a Dominican priest who at 49 is the youngest bishop in the country.

Both are highly qualified scholars. Bishop Fisher, who was in charge of overseeing World Youth Day, has a doctorate in bioethics from Oxford and Archbishop Coleridge holds a doctorate in scripture from Rome.

Rocco Palmo points out that there is a long history of speculation that Cardinal Pell will end his ecclesiastical career in Rome.

Photo: Cardinal Pell carries his crosier on to the main stage to celebrate the opening Mass for World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008 (CNS photo/Daniel Munoz, Reuters)

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 28, 2009 at 8:17 am

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