Vatican City, Jun 20, 2010 / 23:18 pm
Andrea Tornielli, the Vatican expert from the Italian newspaper Il Giornale, announced in an article on Sunday that Pope Benedict has decided to appoint as Vatican delegate to the troubled Legionaries of Christ Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, C.S., President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See.
“The Pope has decided the name of the delegate that will take care of the congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, acting as a commissioner after the grave crisis and the emergence of the immoralities of the founder Fr. Marcial Maciel. The new delegate will be Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, an accomplished canon lawyer, President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, (a) close (associate of) the Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone,” Tornielli writes.
Tornielli also says that De Paolis’ appointment “will be made public in the upcoming days, with the appointment of the two vice-delegates, one for the Spanish speaking area and the other for the English speaking.”
Adding support to Tornielli’s prediction is that De Paolis was received in a private audience by the Holy Father last Saturday.