In Rome today, the Vatican announced that the Pope has chosen a young Italian theologian priest, as the second-in-command of the Vatican's doctrinal office. Msgr. Giacomo Morandi was appointed as the new secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and he was also elevated to level of Archbishop.
In less than three weeks, the Pope has reshuffled the top leadership of the congregation when on July 1st, the Pope appointed Archbishop Ladaria to succeed Cardinal Müller as prefect of the C.D.F. Archbishop Ladaria is the first Jesuit to ever to hold that position in the oldest congregation of the Roman Curia, which was founded in 1542 and today has a staff of 47 people.
Some good news from Scotland - Ordinations to the priesthood in that country, have reached a 20-year high and some have attributed this spike in vocations to a 'Benedict bounce' triggered by the former Pope's visit in 2010.
The Catholic church in Scotland has seen a surge in ordinations, with 12 priests ordained this year, the largest in 20 years, including a large growth in inquiries into religious life by women. Bishop John Keenan of Paisley, and President of Priests for Scotland, credits the Church’s vocations directors for its “fresh ideas” and use of social media “to help identify and accompany those who feel God calling them. We can see this good work beginning to pay off.” he said.
Since 1997, there has been an average of five ordinations a year in Scotland and in 2008 there were none. Last autumn there were 30 students in seminaries.“On top of that, there seems to be a general rise in the number of men approaching our vocations directors to apply for seminary,” the bishop said.
In other news, the Catholic church in India is openly criticizing growing mob violence targeting religious minorities over cow protection.
A statement issued by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India said that "The vast majority of the people of India, in all communities are shocked by the lynching and violence in various states on the pretext of protecting cows." The statement asks that the government step in to end the impunity.
Some Hindus worship the cow as a goddess and oppose slaughter for food.and some states in India are even running care centers for cows. A June report from the The Times of India said that since 2014, when the Hindu nationalist Party came to power, vigilantes have killed over 32 people in attacks over allegations of cow slaughter, smuggling, eating or even the possessing beef, all in the name of protecting the sacred cow.
The secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India told CNS yesterday that, "We are going through difficult times. The lynching that we see on the TV over this is frightening.”
And finally, as you know, we Canadians are celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. I recently had a chance to talk to Toronto Archbishop Cardinal Collins about the first Bishop of Toronto, Michael Power, and why the process of his beatification is underway. Have a look:
That's all for today. Join us again tomorrow, when I bring you more news and stories from a Perspective of a Catholic Lens.