Monday, October 10, 2005

Pompedda again

I ranted a few weeks ago against Cardinal Pompedda's bomb-throwing as Bishop Fellay of the SSPX met with Ratzing. . . . er . . . Pope Benedict. Maybe it wasn't in this blog, but in comments to another one. I just wanted to know whether Pompedda, a retired curial cardinal was actually in attendance at the meeting between Fellay and the Pope. Indeed, he was not. He was just trying to get some headlines for himself and poison the well of any traditionalist reconciliation.

Well, who's name surfaces in the latest round conclave secrecy breaches? Chiesa mentions that Cardinal Pompedda has been connected to them.

John Paul II entrusted the writing of “Universi Dominici Gregis” above all to a cardinal with expertise in canon law, Mario Francesco Pompedda, now retired from his position as prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic segnatura. Pompedda is the one in particular who sought and obtained the possibility of lowering the quorum to half plus one of the votes – a much-criticized innovation. Unruly observers are now identifying Cardinal Pompedda as the hidden influence behind the diary published in “Limes.”


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