According to the lead Italian vaticanista of the moment, the Holy See's top money man will be named to oversee the reinvention of the scandal-scarred Legionaries of Christ.
In a freshly-released dispatch, Il Giornale's Andrea Tornielli reports that "in the coming days" B16 will formally tap Archbishop Velasio DePaolis, 74, as his Apostolic Delegate with full powers to lead the reconstitution of the controversial community, which received an Apostolic Visitation after revelations that its late founder, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, fathered at least one child, alongside allegations of widespread fiscal and moral improprieties. In its final communiqué on the yearlong investigation, a Vatican statement concluded that Maciel's "serious and objectively immoral behavior... at times constitutes real crimes, and manifests a life devoid of scruples and of genuine religious feeling."
According to Tornielli, two deputies will likewise be provided to the delegate by papal appointment: one for the Legion's Spanish-speaking sector, and another for its Anglophone component.
DePaolis met with the pontiff yesterday morning.
On top of the Legion news, Tornielli added in the aforementioned post that "the coming days will also see [formal] notice of other appointments" already reported upon, listing those of Quebec's Cardinal Marc Ouellet as the next prefect of the all-powerful Congregation for Bishops; the Swiss Bishop Kurt Koch of Basel, 60, to succeed Cardinal Walter Kasper as the Vatican's top ecumenist, leading the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and -- as the Il Giornale scribe broke in April -- the naming of Archbishop Rino Fisichella, currently head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, as the founding president of a new "Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization," the first Curial dicastery to be created in a quarter-century.
More from the combox referencing CNA:
"De Paolis has always kept a low profile in the Roman curia; nevertheless, inside the Vatican he is not only known as an accomplished canon lawyer, but as one of the top experts on religious life from the canonical standpoint. In fact, this year, Marcianum Press published De Paolis’s latest book, a 758-page long work titled “La vita consacrata nella Chiesa” (Consecrated Life in the Church.) He has been author or co-author of several other books on Canon Law, religious life, and the financing of the Church, including “Non per denaro. Il sostegno economico alla Chiesa,” (Not Because of Money, economic support to the Church.”