by Anura Guruge
¤ The background from yesterday‘s post.
Yesterday, upon being informed by Father Anthony’s friend in the Secretariat of State that the administration of the College was now being performed by the ‘Sostituto of the College‘, I wondered whether this referred to Sub-Dean of the College of Cardinals (Roger Etchegaray), Secretary of the College of Cardinals (Manuel Monteiro de Castro) or possibly the Vice-Camerlengo of the Holy See (Archbishop Santos Abril y Castelló).
I was close, but alas cannot lay claim to a chocolate cigar.
I did not want Father Anthony to bother his friend in Rome, BUT Fr. Anthony being who he is, e-mailed his friend for a clarification … and got this response this morning.
Not the Secretary of the College of Cardinals, but his assistant.
The Secretary of the College, an appointment made by the pope [page 303 'The Next Pope 2011'], is traditionally the Secretary of the curial Congregation of Bishops.
The Secretary of the Congregation of Bishops [this being the dicastery responsible for nominating most of the new Western Rites Catholic bishops] is the deputy to the Prefect that heads up this Congregation. [The current Prefect is my #1 papabile, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet].
The Secretary to the Congregation of Bishops has a deputy who is #3 at the Congregation. That deputy, is Deputy Secretary of the College of Cardinals — i.e., the Sostituto Secretary of the College of Cardinals.
This Sostituto of the College of Cardinals is Italian Monsignor Fabio Fabene of Viterbo.
Here is an article that refers to the Monsignor and his post at the College.
This makes sense. Sostituto of the College, however, will only be performing one of the three duties associated with the Camerlengo of the College, viz. recording the details of the consistories. He is in the right place to do that. So, I think we cracked this.
Thank you Father Anthony.