Vatican City, Sep 27, 2010 / 11:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
A Legion of Christ bishop is among the four counselors Pope Benedict XVI will likely choose to assist his official delegate in reorganizing the order's constitutions. Accompanying these much-awaited nominations could also be the appointment of a familiar name to carry out the Apostolic Visitation of the Legion's lay movement, Regnum Christi.
According to Vatican sources, the nominations will be made in the coming days.
Three out of the four counselors thought to be probable picks for work within the Legion under the direction of pontifical delegate Archbishop Velasio De Paolis are members of religious communities. In addition to the diocesan Msgr. Mario Marchesi, Jesuit Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, Legion Bishop Brian Farrell and Josephine Father of Murialdo, Fr. Agostino Montan, may all be tapped for duty under the leadership of the president of the Prefecture for Economic Affairs of the Holy See.
Msgr. Marchesi is currently the vicar general for the Italian Diocese of Cremona, but in the past has worked in the Vatican as undersecretary at the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and director of the law office of the Italian Bishops' Conference.
Fr. Ghirlanda only recently stepped down from his post as rector of the Jesuit's Pontifical Gregorian University, where he has served for the last six years. A doctor of Canon Law, he taught for 30 years before being promoted to the head of the university.