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Is ‘Mike Pompeo’, Secretary Of State, Also Turning Orange?

by Anura Guruge


Click to access this ‘ABC News’ coverage. Google … this Sunday … for more.


Click to access ‘Mother Jones’ article.


Yes, I am a news junkie. I watch a lot of news shows.

It was very noticeable on Sunday that Mike Pompeo was distinctly orange.

It was scary.

Is this orange thing contagious? How do you catch it. Scratch that. I don’t want to know!

Yikes.

Will Melania turn orange too, or has she, wisely, stopped physical contact with Agent Orange?

Just didn’t want you to miss this.


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by Anura Guruge

Next Camerlengo IF It Isn’t Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

by Anura Guruge


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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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by Anura Guruge

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

by Anura Guruge




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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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by Anura Guruge

Pius XII (#261) And The Camerlengo.

by Anura Guruge



That Pius XII (#261) was camerlengo when elected pope on Thursday, March 2, 1939, his 63rd birthday, is fairly well known. As far as we know he is the only one elected pope on his birthday, and but just one of three on-duty camerlenghi to be elected pope. Two 13th century popes had been camerlenghi earlier in their careers but had relinquished this office by the time they were elected.

Pius XII was also the Secretary of State (S.S.) when elected. Again, just one of three that were ‘S.S.’ when elected pope.

Pius XII was pope for 7,161 days — 19 years, 7 months, 1 week, the 14th longest papacy to date.

During this fairly lengthy papacy, spanning all of WW II, he only had a Secretary of State for 27.82% of the time — and that was his childhood buddy. That was it. One S.S., for 5 years 5 months, and even that a person he had known since his childhood. When this S.S. died, he never appointed a permanent S.S.


Pop Quiz

So we have the stats for the S.S. What about the Camerlengo?

For what percentage of his 19.58 year tenure did Pacelli have an official Camerlengo (and I stress ‘official’ here because saying that Lehnert was his Vice-Pope (VP) doesn’t count). Have a stab?

9.31%. Yes, 667 days — 1 year, 9 months, 3 weeks and 6 days. That was IT. For the remainder of the 6,494 days, 17.78 years, this office was left vacant.

Ill health was a hallmark of his life. He was quite ill for the last 4 years of his life, hiccuping uncontrollably for much of this time! During this time he had many blood transfusions. But, he still did not appoint a Camerlengo to administer his funeral.

When he died, at Castel Gandolfo, with his quack physician taking pictures of the dying pope (per a commission from the French Match magazine), there was no Camerlengo!


The Dean of the College of Cardinals, the ever impeccable, French, Eugène Tisserant, stepped into the breach and performed the death verification duties of the Camerlengo — though he was probably out-of-order for doing so. What he should have done was to have a Camerlengo elected then and there. In reality they did do that, within the day, giving us then 79.3 year old Benedetto Aloisi Masella who would hold that post until he died in September 1970 aged 91.3. [He would have had to have relinquished the post in 3 months as Paul VI’s (#263), 80-year rules were about to kick-in on January 1, 1971. But, he died before the cut-off was even announced in November of 1970.]

Not appointing a S.S. or a Camerlengo does speak to Pius XII’s weak personality — not to mention his conspicuous reluctance to create cardinals. He was obviously an extremely insecure man. Who he did appoint for short stints as S.S. and Camerlengo are also telling. One was a childhood friend, the other was the Major Penitentiary. The M.P. is one office that the pope has to keep filled. So he makes that the Camerlnego too. Very strange. Very sad.

I am always perplexed when people assert that he was a ‘good’ pope. So today I checked. Richard P. McBrien in HIS ratings of the popes totally omits Pius XII. That alone speaks volumes. He doesn’t even get a mention as a historically important pope. Well in this case I am with McBrien.


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by Anura Guruge

HBO’s “The Young Pope” — Egregious Factual Errors Disturbing, Distracting & Disconcerting.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the IMDb.com listing for HBO’s “The Young Pope”.


The Pope with his outspoken and conniving Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello.

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Yes, as is to be expected from a dramatization like this, there are a LOT of liberties taken when it comes to facts, depictions and settings.

Some are inevitable and you can live with them.

Others are just to egregious especially when certain plots revolve around them.

One such BIGGIE was in Episode 3. In that, the RESIGNATION of Cardinal Voiello, the supposed Secretary of State, figures large.

But, the Young Pope never RE-CONFIRMED Voiello as the Secretary of State — or for that matter ANY OTHER Cardinal Prefect heading up a curial ‘department’ (a so called dicastery).

All of these, as you can see from above, are AUTOMATICALLY relieved of their office and title. They have to be RE-APPOINTED by the new pope. That never happened.

So, a lot of what has gone on is fairy tales.

I am not that thrilled with this series. It is, alas, not very good.


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John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State — Greetings To Sri Lanka On The Sinhala New Year.

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U.S. Catholic Priest, A Cardinalabili (New Cardinals) Expert, Provides Me With His Top Picks For Pope Francis’ 1st Consistory.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This priest, with whom I have collaborated off-and-on for many years,
usually with resounding success,
e-mailed me this list tonight.

The whole list, rationales and justification are posted at my ‘popes-and-papacy’ blog.
Click here if you want to access that post for more details.


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Pope Francis To Create Female Cardinals? Stupidest Thing I Have Read In A Long Time …

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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This even surpassess the very low bar set by
The Braysider‘!

Click to access. Though it is my 2nd favorite newspaper, the Mail my favorite, I do know that they aren't always on the ball when it comes to matters Catholic.

Click to access. Though it is my 2nd favorite newspaper, the Mail my favorite, I do know that they aren’t always on the ball when it comes to matters Catholic.



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I Nailed The Cardinal Creating Consistory, Already Published Cardinalabili — Alton, N.H. Will Again Be Consistory-Central For The World.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I published this on September 3, 2013.


Since 2010 my ‘Popes-and-Papacy‘ blog has been Consistory-Central for the World because I proactively canvass and publish cardinalabili lists (most of which have been remarkably accurate) whereas others, for reasons that elude me, are ‘squeamish’ to do so. I have also compiled some very detailed and unique stats on the last 100 years (+) of consistories. Not sure whether I will update those — now. Time for somebody else to do the hard work. I am frying other fish.



The dedicated 'Consistory' page at 'popes-and-papacy', in addition to the 100s of consistory-related posts. Click to access.

The dedicated ‘Consistory’ page at ‘popes-and-papacy’, in addition to the 100s of consistory-related posts. Click to access.



As soon as I read about the appointment of the new Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, I predicted that we would have a cardinal creating consistory soon BECAUSE if nothing else HE had to be made a cardinal. I am quoted on Wikipedia on this!

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I started soliciting cardinalabili lists at once. I don’t do cardinalabili lists myself. I know my limitations. My forte is papabili lists — and my record on those is currently 100%.

I have two lists of caradinalabili on ‘popes-and-papacy‘ right now. Go check them out.

I get a feeling that my life is going to get even more hectic now. C’est la vie.

I am NOT going to devote as much time as I have done in the past to this consistory. ROI is near ZERO. So, I will do just enough, but that is all.

But, stay tuned. Exciting times.

Pope Francis’ Newly Appointed PRO-Secretary Of State, Pietro Parolin, Sidelined With Liver Complications! Also NO Camerlengo.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to read Vatican 'VIS' original from today.

Click to read Vatican ‘VIS’ original from today.


Archbishop Pietro Parolin only became pro, i.e., acting, Secretary of State for the Holy See on October 15, 2013. That was just 10 days ago.

It now appears that he has been in hospital, undergoing surgery, much of that time!

Hepatobiliary‘, stated in the VIS communique above, like ‘hepatitis’, has to do with the liver. So it would appear that he has liver problems. Hhhmmm. Catholics prelates do have a well deserved reputation for being rather partial to expensive liquor (possibly as a reaction for having to maintain a public visage of celibacy).

This is rather awkward for the pope. He has a chunk of his lung missing and now his #2 has major liver problems. Oh, dear. I guess the Vatican vetting process is even worse that that used by John McCain.

Also notice that the VIS communique uses a totally manufactured, new term: ‘Archbishop Secretary of State‘. That is BECAUSE he is not a cardinal — as I pointed out on day one. Nothing wrong. Just something to be aware of.

It also occurred to me that the pope has not appointed a new Camerlengo.

The current Camerlengo, is my favorite, Lord Tarcisio Bertone — who until October 15, 2013 was also the commanding Secretary of State (and I think he did a very good job). On December 2, 2013, Lord Bertone will be 79. He can continue to be Camerlengo till be is 80. So he has another 14 months grace. But, an over-80 Camerlengo is about as useful as an illiterate man in a spelling bee. He can’t enter the conclave — and much of duties are within the conclave! So, keep an eye on that.

It is possible that the Pope might have to replace Parolin. IF so, will be still make cardinal?

Fascinating stuff. Stay tuned.