Friday, August 30, 2013

Pope Francis Names Nuncio Pietro Parolin to Secretary of State -- A Few Days After ++Dolan's Criticism

(Vatican) Pope Francis has appointed Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican diplomat as the new Secretary of State. The decision has been made even if it has not yet officially been announced by the Vatican. Monsignor Parolin, currently Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela, will be the successor of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, whom Pope Benedict XVI. had appointed to the Secretary of State. At age 58, the diplomat from Veneto will soon belong to the youngest cardinals of the Catholic Church.

From 2002 to 2009, Monsignor Parolin was Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs at the State Secretariat of the Roman Curia. The career development shows that the Vatican diplomat comes from the school of former Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano and is close to him. His name was mentioned immediately after the election of Pope Francis among the possible candidates for the highest office in the Roman Curia behind the Pope.

The press agency of the U.S. Bishops Conference Catholic News Agency (CNA) had already reported in late June that Nuncio Parolin would succeed Cardinal Bertone in office and his appointment was predicted for those days ( see separate report ). It came to naught. For the time being. At the end of July the influential Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan unexpectedly issued a harsh criticism of Pope Francis ( see separate report). The main point of criticism was that he had not yet gotten to the appointment of a new Secretary of State. Cardinal Dolan criticized the new Pope in an abrupt tone a lack of "management" and "leadership". The cardinal said in an interview with the National Catholic Reporter, is expected to have a change at the head of the Secretariat of State more concretely before the summer break. "I expect that after the summer break one or the other signal more in the direction of change in the administration." Shortly after the criticism of Cardinal found a wider audience, then the appointment of the Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela is to be number two in the Vatican, as it had already announced CNA one and a half months ago.

As Under Secretary, Monsignor Parolin was responsible for diplomatic negotiations between Israel and the Holy See, inter alia, by 2009. In 2011 the diplomate seemed to be the fifth proposed replacement for the Archdiocese of Milan, but did not reach the three proposed candidates. Benedict XVI. appointed Archbishop, the then Patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Scola.

He was born on 17 January 1955 in Schiavon, Pietro Parolin was ordained a priest on 26 April 1980 of the Diocese of Vicenza. In 2009 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela, and thus in the active service in the Vatican diplomatic corps in this activity. At the same time, Pope Benedict XVI. appointed him Titular Archbishop of Aquipendium. His episcopal consecration was on 12 September 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI. The diocese itself was established in 1649 in the Papal States Acquapendente (Lazio) and was thus abolished in 1986 by John Paul II, and was incorporated into the diocese of Viterbo. In 1991, was the first appointment of a titular bishop.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
 Image: Settimo Cielo
Trans:  Tancred

Holy Father recalls Dietrich von Hildebrand's Warning About False Irenicism.


  1. 'The career development shows that the Vatican diplomat comes from the school of former Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano and is close to him."

    This proves that the Vatican is totally CORRUPT to the core. So is Pope Francis. Don't forget that in the conclave of 2005, and again in 2013, as Cardinal Bergoglio he was the favorite of the radical liberals, and the decadent, corrupt shadowy forces in the Vatican lead by Cardinal Sodano (and his underlings: Cardinals Re, Bertone, Sepe, Tauran, Kasper, Grochelewski, Rylko, Sandri, and of course, Archbishop Piero Marini).

    This group did everything they could to undermine, negate, stall, and destroy the rulings and initiatives of Pope Benedict XVI who they hated. They were against him until he gave up and abdicated the Papacy, opening the doors wide open to the radical Pope Francis, and forces in union with him and Sodano.

    There will be no reform of the Roman Curia. This appointment of a protégé of Sodano proves it.
    Perhaps he's another Monsignor Ricca. Personally, I hope so....I hope there is dirt to dredge up about him....scandal etc. It would be another blow to Pope Francis and the Vatican II Church, and the Sodano regime.

    It would be totally deserved!!
    Let's hope he's another Ricca ( who apparently is still in office. To think that a pervert like Ricca will be made a Bishop is disgusting, and a scandal)

  2. Parolin is a protege of Sodano.

    Sodano was a protege of Casaroli.

    Sodano was a protector of Marcial Maciel.

    Fernando Vergez Alzaga is an L.C. priest and just appointed Secretary General of Vatican State governance.

    Battista Ricca appointed Prelate of the Vatican Bank (pope's personal representative).

    Ubi fumus, ibi ignis.


  3. And so the list goes on of corrupt radical liberal Papal Secretary of States (Parolin, Bertone, Sodano,Casaroli, Villot). You have to go all the way back to about 1967 until we get a decent and truly Catholic Papal Secretary of State(Cicognani.....who was replaced in 1969 by Jean Villot, replaced by Casaroli (aka "the Skull"), replaced by Sodano, replaced by Bertone, replaced by Parolin.

    One consolation is that Pope Francis might not be around long enough to put his own people in all the different offices in the Vatican.

  4. Anonymous,

    I will not argue against your assertions in the first paragraph, I do not know of all the men you list but I am inclined to think you might have a point and your concerns here might be valid.

    But I am sad to see Catholics publicly wish for the death of the Holy Father. Can we pray for him instead?

    1. Not everyone who posts here is a sincere Catholic much less a Traditionalist.

    2. And I don't think anyone was actively wishing for his death, but there's no sin in being relieved when a wicked man goes to his grave.


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