Prior related post by Darien: Sudden Resignation of Vincenzo DiMauro, Bishop of Vigevano (Italy) — Is There A Connection? — July 21, 2012.
Prior Darien post: Papabili 2012 — July 27, 2012.
by Darien N Clark
Virginia Tech Catholic Campus Minister & Past Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus (Syracuse University)
On Saturday (August 4, 2012) the Pope accepted and announced the retirement of Bishop Paolo De Nicolo, erstwhile Regent of the Papal Household. The Regent is the immediate deputy to the Prefect of the Papal Household (currently Archbishop James Michael Harvey). De Nicolo’s retirement announcement was on a Saturday; not unheard of, but certainly not the norm. His retirement also comes about seven months after his 75th birthday, which is earlier than most curial retirements but also not unheard of. Any retirement from Rome is certainly going to raise questions concerning the potential link to the Vatileaks case; particularly when the retiree in question worked as the #2 of the Papal Household. Given that De Nicolo is over 75, I am not inclined to make a link at this point.