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For the last last 6 weeks, ever since it was announced that U.S. James Michael Harvey, the then Prefect of the Pontifical Household, was to be appointed as Archpriest Of The Papal Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls, those that have interest in such matters have realized that there had to be a Vatileaks connection. It seems obvious. Harvey, who had been a career curialist and diplomat since 1980 (after spending a number of years studying in Rome), had been appointed Prefect of the Pontifical Household by Pope John Paul II (#265), on February 7, 1998. So he had held that post for 14 years; albeit aided and abetted for the first 6 years of that term by the self-serving ‘Above the Law’ Dziwisz, who like the new Prefect, Georg Gänswein, was the Pope’s personal secretary.
As our knowledgeable friend ‘Prospero‘ noted a few days ago, though he was talking on the possible future of Gänswein, what happened to Harvey, appears to be: `promoveatur ut amoveatur´ (Let him be promoted so that he can be removed). The October 24, 2012, announcement of the consistory to create 6 new cardinals went to great pains to also point out that Harvey would be appointed as Archpriest of St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls.
Yes, it is true that of late, i.e., as of 1968, the Prefect of the of the Papal Household is not a cardinal. So, per that Harvey had to move out when he became a cardinal. But, it did not have to be in this fashion. He could have been given another post other than that of this ceremonial, relatively new title. Also there was nothing to stop the pope, all powerful, in having a cardinal run the Household.
It all boils down to how the ex-butler, Paolo Gabriele, the supposed mastermind of Vatileaks, relates to Harvey. I did find something that is rather germane and very interesting. Paolo started working at the Vatican c. 1996 as a cleaner in the Secretariat of State. He would have been around 30 years old at the time. He entered the Pontifical Household, as an assistant to the butler, in 1998. You guessed it. Harvey had become Prefect in February 1998. Harvey must have hired him! So Poor Paolo’s tenure in the fabled household mirrors that of Harvey, one-for-one. They have had to have known each other very well. They were a part of the household for 14 years. That more than anything else has to do with Harvey’s downfall.
Whether Paolo, as Butler, worked for Harvey is open to debate. Despite the wording of the title, the household ‘help’ may not come under the jurisdiction of the Prefect of the Pontifical Household. In addition to the butler and his assistant, there are also two two private secretaries: the German Georg Gaenswein and the Maltese Alfred Xuereb (both ordained priests), and four Italian consecrated nuns: Carmela, Loredana, Cristina and Rosella, who perform all the domestic duties including those of cooking, serving, cleaning and laundry. And then there is the pope’s ‘muse’ Ingrid.
The Prefect of the Pontifical Household per his brief is responsible for the Papal Chapel (Cappella Pontificia) and the Papal Family (Familia Pontificia). Most of the members of these two bodies are VIPs. So, whether the Prefect actually has direct control of the ‘help’, in particular the butler, is open to question. Most likely the butler worked directly for the pope and took ‘discipline and provisions’ from one of the secretaries (or in the case of this pope, Ingrid). But, it appears Harvey is being implicated.
So this brings up another issue. From the start the Vatican has maintained than no clerics, let alone any prelates, were involved in Vatileaks — despite all indications to the contrary. But, now we have Harvey, who just happens to be an American. Isn’t that odd. All those Europeans in the Vatican and the only cleric to be associated, if indirectly, happens to be an American.