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The New Camerlengo — U.S. Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, The 1st Non-European Camerlengo.

by Anura Guruge


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It has been 7-months. Click to access my post.


I did foresee the possibility of an American. Click to access my post.


What is MOST significant with Kevin Joseph Farrell’s appointment is that he is a non-European. A first, and as such, of course, the first American Camerlengo.

Do not read too much into this appointment. It does not indicate that a conclave is around the corner. Having a Camerlengo, on tap, is more normal than not having one. The 7-month gap, though possibly a tad long, is not exceptional. Popes like to wait awhile before they fill this post. Not having a Camerlengo, if the pope was to die, is not the end of the world. It happened when Pius XII died in 1958. The Dean of the College of Cardinals deputized on day 1 and then they elected a cardinal to act as the temporary Camerlengo.

We have had non-Italian Camerlenghi. The last Camerlengo, Jean-Louis Tauran, was French. So was Jean Villot, the iconic Camerlengo of the 1970s. We have also had a Spaniard, Eduardo Martínez Somalo, 1993 to 2007. So, these are the recent non-Italians. But, there was also a spate of French ones in the 14th century during the Avignon Papacy.

Choosing Farrell makes sense. At 71 he is of the right age, though one a few years younger would have made more sense. He is also a curialist; i.e., he works at the Vatican. That is a prerequisite. The Camerlengo has to reside in Rome.

So, this is all good.

Just don’t assume that a conclave is around the corner. Just revel in that he is non-European. A most welcome departure from what had been a 2,000-year custom.



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U.S. Cardinal James Michael Harvey: An Inspired Choice As Next Camerlengo.

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There has never been a U.S. Camerlengo. That alone Cardinal Harvey, as a potential candidate, interesting and intriguing. The Vatican has some similarities to NATO — the U.S. is the biggest contributor to its working budget. And it is no secret that since the early 1900s the U.S. Catholics have invariably helped out with conclave costs. So, it would be only fair to appoint a U.S. Camerlengo — given that the next pope, or the one after that … or the one after that will not be American.

James Michael Harvey, had a distinguished career in Rome, as the Prefect of the Papal Household; a post he held for 14-years. But, then, extremely incongruously, he was removed from that position the DAY BEFORE he was created a cardinal. Yes, his replacement was Pope Benedict XVI’s special friend, the handsome and debonair, fellow-German, Archbishop Georg Gänswein (61). So, we might have been trying to read too much into this. Benedict just wanted his friend in charge of his household rather than an American that had been appointed by an ailing John Paul II.

It is also true that ‘Vatileaks‘ came to be during Harvey’s watch and THE BUTLER was arrested six-months prior to Harvey being pushed out. But, this was now 6 years ago.

Harvey has kept his copy book clean.

He has all the qualifications to be a good Camerlengo. He is young, knows the workings of the Vatican inside-out and has demonstrable executive experience.

So, it is a name to think about.


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Next Camerlengo IF It Isn’t Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

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I am still fairly confident that the new Camerlengo will be the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. That is the logical pick.

But, if Pope Francis decides against Parolin here are some other viable names.

There are only two criteria that a Camerlengo needs to meet. He needs to be a Cardinal Elector and he needs to be permanently resident in Rome, The latter being why the Camerlengo is invariably a curalist. Being a seasoned curialist also helps in that the Camerlengo must know how to get things done within the Vatican.

Other than the under-80 requirement to be a Cardinal Elector there is no other age constraints. So, the pope could pick a cardinal in his mid- or late-70s. But, I don’t think that is likely to happen. But, it also depends as to when the Pope thinks the next conclave is likely to be. His unexpected creation of the four irregular Cardinal Bishops is an indication that he thinks that we will have a conclave sooner than later; i.e., within the next 2.5 years.

So, the above 6 is my first cut. I could be dead wrong on these. Basically food for thought.

Let me know what you think. Again, please remember that I think that Cardinal Pietro Parolin is, indubitably, the first pick.


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Cardinal Pietro Parolin Most Likely The Next Camerlengo Following The Death Of Cardinal Louis Tauran.

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Whenever possible, the Secretary of State is the ideal candidate to be the Camerlengo.

Some illustrious Camerlenghi, of recent times were also Secretary of State: viz. ‘my man’ Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B. (2006-2013), Jean Villot (1969-1979) of the two back-to-back 1978 conclaves and Eugenio Pacelli (1930-1939) — who, of course, was elected Pope (i.e., Pius XII) in the only conclave he participated in!

But, PLEASE, do not get excited. Pietro is way, way, way too young to be papabile right now. He will be papabile 7 – 8 years from now.

That he is likely to be the Acting Dean if there was to be a conclave in the next few years is also NOT an issue. Jean Villot was in the same boat.

Being Camerlengo does not in reality interfere with a cardinal doing other sede vacante and conclave duties. In the case of Pietro it gets more interesting. Outside of the Conclave he will not be the most senior Cardinal Bishop and hence the Dean. He will only be Acting Dean inside the Conclave.

The Secretary of State makes the ideal Camerlengo since their duties never overlap or intersect. The Secretary of State loses his office immediately upon the start of the Sede Vacante. And that is exactly when the duties of the Camerlengo begin. The Secretary of State, essentially the Vice-Pope, is invariably the Pope’s #1 Man. So, if a Pope wants that same person to oversee the Papal transition he will also make him Camerlengo — if the ‘vacancy’ is available.

So, hence the logic. Plus the Camerlengo, by law, has to be resident in Rome (so that he is handy as soon as there is a sede vacante). The Secretary of State also has to be Rome-based. So, it all works out nicely.

One possible crimp to this scenario is Pietro Parolin’s health. In October 2013, before he became a cardinal he had some liver related surgery. This matter does not get talked about these days. So, not sure whether he still has any lingering health concerns. He looks healthy enough BUT liver problems can be serious. You only have to think Steve Jobs.

So, that is the whole story as to why it would make sense, barring health issues, for Pietro Parolin to be appointed the next Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church.


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CNN Series: “Pope” Episode 2 — Riddled With Errors; Part I.

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Click to ENLARGE. From my “Next Pope” books. See below.


Click to ENLARGE. From page 106 of my “The Next Pope — 2011” book. Click image of book below for details.



Errors & Omissions in Episode 1 of the CNN “Pope” Series.

  1. Fake News re. St. Peter being 1st pope — Click here for my post.
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  2. Additional Errors and Omissions — Click here for my post.


Oh, dear, dear, dear! It was bad. Painful. Excruciating.

Error upon error. Not sure whether it was ignorance or a desire to just put out ALTERNATE FACTS.

This was very unbecoming. I like CNN. I expected better.

I don’t have the time to go through ALL the errors! At one point I thought I thought I spotted an error EVERY 4th SENTENCE!

I will try and do a series of posts as time permits. This, as such, is Part 1.


The electoral process for Popes prior to the “College of Cardinals” being Formed.

Contrary to what they said (and implied) multiple times, it wasn’t just the cardinals who were involved in the process. Priests, Roman laity and nobles had a say and hand. So, to continually talk about just the cardinals, vis-à-vis papal elections is WRONG.


Explicit statements that the Cardinals decided to form the “College of Cardinals“.

Wrong! The cardinals NEVER had the authority to do anything of this scale. In those days, or even now, the ONLY thing they could really organize, as a gathering, without explicit papal consent, would be an orgy. And I kid you NOT (and they did organize and participate in a lot of those (i.e., orgies)).

Yes, the cardinals, started CALLING themselves as a ‘College’ at a ‘synod’ — BUT that was JUST a name. There was no such College or ‘officials’ — i.e., Dean & a Camerlengo — until Pope Eugene III mandated its creation.


IF only they had bothered to leaf through any one of my 10 Pope books or just called me. Pity. Shame.

FAKE NEWS.


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CNN Series: “Pope” Episode 1 — Egregious Errors & Omissions.

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Now that the gripping 2nd South Africa v Australia Test Match is over, I finally got to finish watching Episode 1 of the CNN “Pope” series tonight.

I was shocked at some fairly basic stuff they got wrong — dead wrong. There was a lot of FAKE NEWS.

I am pressed for time, and it is 1:07am in the morning, so I am going to make this pithy. So, here are the MAJOR, most egregious errors and omissions that infuriated I.

  1. The claim that St. Peter was the 1st pope is without basis and I already discussed that (in this post).
  2. Claims that the supremacy of the “Bishop of Rome” (i.e., the Pope) was immediately recognized and respected by the other bishops because Rome was the capital of the Empire. Not so, by a long chalk. It took many centuries and much contention before this came to pass. To say that was BAD. Very bad.
    ….
  3.  Claimed that Constantine the Great was the 1st Christian emperor. Not so in reality. Constantine, though he made Christianity an official religion, did NOT become a Christian, i.e., get baptized, until he was in his deathbed! So. yes he was the 1st Christian emperor, but he never ruled as such since he died within hours of becoming a Christian.
    ….
  4. Misrepresents how the term ‘pope’ — meaning ‘father’ in Greek came to be used. Nearly all senior monks in the first few centuries CE were called ‘father’.
    ….
  5. Claims that the bishops that attended the ‘First Council of Nicea‘ created the framework for what would become the College of Cardinals! Hogwash. Fake News. The College of Cardinals came much, much, much later and the cardinals, to begin with, were very Rome-centric. Nothing, whatsoever, to do with the ‘First Council of Nicea’. That was BAD. Very BAD.
    ….
  6. No mention, whatsoever, of St. Paul and that Rome was a TWO Apostle city.

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CNN Series “Pope” Episode 1 Re. St. Peter Is FAKE NEWS!

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From my book “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia“.


The first episode of CNN’sPope‘ series, which aired on Sunday, March 11, 2018, is titled “How Peter Became The First Pope“.

That is FAKE NEWS.

That is akin to having a documentary entitled “How Hillary Became The First Female President“.

It basically did NOT happen.

There is absolutely no proof, historic or Biblical, that Peter was the first pope. There is not even any evidence that St. Peter, unlike St. Paul, ever came to Rome!

That Peter is said to be the first pope is a tradition. A custom.

CNN never mentions that. Fake news.

It prattles on as if this was all true.

Fake news.

I have written about this till I am bue in the face. Do your own research.


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