Until Created Cardinal, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Will Be PRO-Secretary Of State, Holy See, Not Secretary Of State.
.by Anura Guruge
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In their excitement to break the news the media is losing sight of two key points.
First: Appointment is as of October 15, 2013; not immediate.
Second: Only a CARDINAL can be Secretary of State, Holy See. Pietro Parolin is not a cardinal as yet — though now a cardinalate is guaranteed. ‘Pro-‘, in Latin, means ‘acting’. So until he becomes a cardinal his official title is Pro-. This is true for the heads of nearly all of the important curial dicasteries. You have to be a cardinal in order to officially head them. If not, you can still hold the office, but not the title!
That it is ‘Pro-‘ is not a problem. Quite a few Secretaries of State started off as Pro-, including the current Dean of the College, the holder of three Roman titles (churches), Angelo Sodano.
What is funny is that just yesterday I started thinking about cardinalabili and the next consistory now that my work on comets was coming to an end. November has traditionally been popular for consistories. A November consistory would work. But, then again Pope Francis, not that interested in tradition, might take my recommendation and just have a micro-consistory and just create Parolin.
I, a confirmed pedant, especially when it comes to papal history, just wanted to make sure that we all had the facts right.
I am, of course, sorry to see the departure of ‘my man’, My Lord, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who in my opinion (and I do follow curial politics better than most) was an outstanding Secretary of State. Thank YOU, Lord Bertone for all of your wonderful work, non-stop inspiration and for being a good and decent human being.
.by Anura Guruge
Saw this on national news this morning.
Wow. This is pretty close to home.
Luckily nobody was hurt which amazes me because DD’s always seem to be very full.
The Always Delightful ‘Annie & The Orphans’ At Cate Park, Wolfeboro, N.H., For Free Tonight, 7 pm — Sat. August 31, 2013.
.by Anura Guruge
1/ ‘Country Mile‘ at Wolfeboro — July 21, 2013.
2/ Beatles Tribute Band ‘All Together Now‘
>>in Wolfeboro — July 14, 2013.
3/ ‘Blues Brothers the Next Generation‘ in Wolfeboro — July 7, 2013.
Regulars at the ‘Sandwich Fair‘ will know, very well, and with delight, ‘Annie & The Orphans‘. They have been a much beloved perennial at the Fair for years (though I don’t think we ‘caught’ them the last two years).
I have seen them at Sandwich seven or eight times (maybe more) and once in Meredith at a ‘block party’ many years ago.
They are a load of non-stop fun with an eclectic selection of music going back to the 60s. You can’t help but tap your feet with their music.
Was never sure about their name. It has to be Freudian. ‘Anatole’ –> ‘Annie’. But, overlook that or ask him. He is very approachable. He sure doesn’t look like an ‘Annie’ though I have as yet to see him in a skirt!
Just realized that we haven’t been to the Cate Park concerts since July 21. And that was after going to the first three, without fail, and having a ball. It has been a busy Summer.
We are supposed to be going to the Greek Fest in Dover tonight — weather willing.
If you can, and the weather is cooperating, you should go. They are fun. Promise.
IF Art Harriman, who is not part of the group, is there that should be a bonus. I called him up the other day to see if I can get the ‘Blues Brothers the Next Generation‘ into Sandwich. Such a gentleman. He was very polite and helpful.