A Pray Tell reader just pointed out to me that tomorrow it will be two months since the appointment of Cardinal Canizares to Valencia, ending his term as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship in the Vatican. But still no appointment of a new prefect at the CDW. What’s going on? Such a two-month vacancy is unprecedented, is it not?
This is a possible precedent, but it’s rather different: when Cardinal Luigi Maglione died in 1943, Pius XII decided to be his own Secretary of State. And the pope remained so until his death in 1958.
As one wag has said, you don’t suppose that Pope Francis will become his own head of the CDW? Ha!
The group of 9 cardinals appointed by Pope Francis to reform the Roman curia are saying that the new Apostolic Constitution isn’t expected until June 2015. Is it possible that CDW remain vacant until then?
Or is an appointment of a new CDW prefect imminent? Maybe tomorrow, as I’ve said to myself every day for the past two months.