Related post: Post Cardinal Farina Retirement Today, The Oldest Curialist, Retirement Pending Cardinals Down To 20 — June 9, 2012.
17 days after Cardinal Farina’s departure on a Saturday, a new Pro [i.e., 'acting] Archivist and Pro Librarian of the Holy Roman Church has been appointed, viz. the 69-year old French, Dominican Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès O.P., who until then had been the Secretary [i.e., #2] of the Congregation for Catholic Education as of November 2007. He had been the Bishop of Angers [in France].
The librarian cum archivist of the Holy Roman Church is a cardinalate post going back to the 16th century. So Bruguès will get created — the only question being whether he will make the cut at the next cardinal creating consistory if the numbers are tight and the pope is already up to 135 electors (à la John Paul II (#266) towards the end). So, Bruguès is a cardinalabili, indubitably.
Related post: Papabile #5, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli’s Retirement Accepted Just 221 Days After Turning 75. Incongruous? — June 26, 2012.
The replacement for Cardinal Antonelli as Pro President, Pontifical Council for the Family, the 67-year old Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, however, is odds onto get created at the next cardinal creating consistory. That was a given ever since his name was announced on Tuesday as a part of Antonelli’s resignation notice. Our cardinalabili expert, Darien N. Clark, the creator of the 2013 cardinalabili list, e-mailed me Tuesday itself to make sure that I made this known to all of you. Paglia, on Tuesday morning was Bishop of Terni-Narni-Amelia [Italy]. He was promoted, on the fly, to Archbishop with the announcement of his new post. From what I can see he hasn’t had that much curial exposure. Starting in 2011 he was a ‘inaugural’ member of the newly [i.e., June 2010] created Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation. So this was a big break for him.
Related post: Reconcilliation With SSPX May Be Close. Pope Appoints Seasoned Curialist Archbishop As V.P. of Ecclesia Dei — June 26, 2012.
There was a 3rd high-profile appointment this week: Another Dominincan, 68-year old U.S. Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, O.P., a seasoned curialist, as Vice President of the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei‘. This post, however, is definitely of 2nd in command stature — the head of Ecclesia Dei as of 2009 being the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Benedict XVI’s (#266) old job). So Di Noia may not be getting a read hat at the next cardinal creating consistory.