After Pope Francis’ election, rumors abounded that Francis would make Piero Marini the head of the CDW. Traditionalists were concerned and progressives were practically giddy. Traditionalists said it was a long shot, but apparently the rumors were spot on.
From the Rome desk, covered by Fr. Anthony who is on sabbatical there for a month:
I have learned that Pope Francis had pretty much decided to appoint Piero Marini to the CDW post. But this was opposed by the very highest levels of the previous administration, and Francis relented out of respect for his predecessor.
So now you know. Marini, the champion of the progressive left and the cause of fear among the traditional right, was practically confirmed as the head of the CDW until vestiges of Benedict’s papacy ensured he would be passed over.
Of course the story is much ado about nothing at this point, since the new head of the CDW has been installed. However, perhaps this will provide closure to those who are still lamenting the fact that Marini was passed over for the job despite the rumors to the contrary.