.- In response to a report in the Italian daily âLa Repubblicaâ that Cardinal Christoph SchÃ¶nborn could become the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the spokesman for the Archdiocese of Vienna, Erich Leitenberger, said on Stephanscom Austrian Radio that the rumor was unfounded.
On May 25, La Repubblica published an article by Marco Politi in which he offered a âgeneral analysisâ of the General Assembly of the Bishopsâ Conference of Italy. Commenting on the rumor about Cardinal SchÃ¶nborn, Politi said a personnel change at the Vatican was possible but that âuntil the Pope has signed offâ on any changes, âeverything is subject to question.â
The German daily Der Standard, picking up on the report in La Repubblica, said that if Cardinal SchÃ¶nborn were to take the post, Cardinal Levada would have to return to the United States.
In response to the speculation, the spokesman for the Archdiocese of Vienna, Erich Leitenberger, said on May 27 that âthe rumor has been brought up numerous timesâ and âhas no basis in reality.â