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From the CNS article:

He was ordained to the priesthood on 18 March 1961, and taught canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Since his doctorate in Canon Law, De Paolis became an accomplished scholar in the field, teaching in several pontifical universities. He was appointed Dean at the Faculty of Canon Law at the Pontifical Urban University in 1998.

On December 30, 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed de Paolis as Secretary of the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican equivalent to the Supreme Court.

On April 2008, Pope Benedict appointed him President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, making him the chief auditor for the Vatican.

On January 25 of 2010 he was appointed member of the Apostolic Signatura, where he will remain on as a member until his 80th birthday.

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.”

In Italy, De Paolis is also known for being very strong worded in the rare occasions in which he makes public statements.

Here's more from Rocco's post: A Scalabrinian priest, De Paolis has served as head of the prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See since 2008; prior to that, he spent five years as #2 of the Apostolic Signatura, the church's highest court. According to Tornielli, the archbishop is "close" with the pontiff's influential Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone SDB.

Does anyone know any more about him?
Can you get this post to the top of the page?

Repost---I put these two posts in the wrong place.

"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.”

In Italy, De Paolis is also known for being very strong worded in the rare occasions in which he makes public statements.

In 2008, he explained that the Vatican denied access to Catholic churches in Rome to the producers of “Angels and Demons,” the Dan Brown novel turned into a film by American director Ron Howard, because Brown had “turned the gospels upside down to poison the faith”.

“It would be unacceptable to transform churches into film sets so that his blasphemous novels can be made into films in the name of business,” he said, adding that Brown’s work “wounds common religious feelings”."

If this rumored delegate feels so strongly about how much a work of fiction can damage the Church, wait till he gets his hands on the LC norms/constitutions/real history and sees how badly this outfit has poisoned the gospels and wounded common religious feelings. And discovers just how much Maciel and his "order" have blasphemed the very meaning of religious life as a "sign" of things to come.

Apparently he's not into using religion to make a buck, either:

"Early this year, he locked horns with the city of Turin after the city council announced a special tax to pilgrims visiting the famous Shroud, allegedly to cover for the “carbon footprint” of the buses coming into the city.

“You don’t greet visitors, especially pilgrims, with a tax to offset some debatable costs. You welcome them, not only because their presence already brings benefits to the city, but especially because they come following the deepest motivation of the human soul,” De Paolis said."

No wonder Alvaro had not much to say after Friday meeting. I would imagine he and his band of complicit brothers were rather in a sour mood this weekend.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/vatican-expert-announces-possible-name-of-vatican-delegate-to-the-legion/

http://www.romereports.com/palio/

"His task will be to bring normalcy to the congregation". Poor man! I feel like we should send him a pallet of fine wine to help ease the pain of this monumental task for him. lol (Wonder if the Pope told Alvaro about this specific task of the delegate---thus informing Alvaro that the LC is abnormal? This explains why we didn't hear much of the mouths of Alvaro&Co this weekend. Instead of being the healthiest order of priests around, they have been declared abnormal. Yikes)

This piece also specifically mentions the Archbishop's economic and legal expertise could help resolve the financial woes brought on by Maciel. (hadn't really heard about these woes yet? not that I am surprised to hear there might be some)

Seems to be the man for the job. He doesn`t mince words, and he is an expert on both religious life and ethical economics. If the leaks are this strong, it must be more than sending up a trial balloon. The announcement must be imminent.

He also sounds like he would be a good man for the Commission that will be studying the Legion`s rules. He won`t need any explanations and should be able to proceed to implementation very quickly.

Considering that pride in this organization is the "root sin" of 99.9% of it's members and it was fed steak and lobster on a daily basis, I can't imagine most LC's sticking around for a well-deserved beating when apparently they've done nothing wrong. It will be an interesting summer in Legionland. Ahh the shame of it all!

New article by Jason Berry, mostly centered around the story of the son who is filing a lawsuit against the Legion in CT today:

http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/maciel%E2%80%99s-son-sue-legionaries-details-abuse-tells-ncr-dad-promised-6-million

"By Gonzalez's account, he was 10 when Maciel sexually abused him and Omar on a trip to Madrid, in 1989, and photographed them in the process. "My dad told me his uncle, this guy, used to masturbate him, and I have to masturbate him. ... Why do you say that to a kid?"

Am I reading it right when I understand Maciel actually photographed his boys during the sexual abuse? Not that I am surprised he would descend to any level of depravity, but the idea of photographing your own kids while sexually abusing them (no doubt to use those photos as masturbatory fantasy material for years to come) is so beyond the pale.

And I wonder if it's true that Maciel's uncle abused him? And which one? I've long suspected it was probably family rather than ranch hands who may very well have sexually molested Maciel.

I'm sure we'll never know, but seriously, this story just gets seedier and seedier the more that comes out about it. Kool is right to confirm the wisdom of Weigel's suggestion to publicly acknowledge ALL the crimes of this sociopath---otherwise they will trickle out painfully in tabloid fashion for years to come.

LC theme song for a general council:

"We're off to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, becuz, becuz, becuz, becuuuuz... Becuz of the wonderful things he does!"

"thus informing Alvaro that the LC is abnormal?"

Dr. Frankenstein: Would you mind telling me whose charism I DID put in?
Igor: Then you won't be angry?
Dr. Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.
Igor: Abby Someone.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Abby Someone. Abby who?
Igor: Abby Normal.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Abby Normal?
Igor: I'm almost sure that was the name.

Seems like a great choice and has all of the credentials to handle all of the scandals in the Legion. Now hurry up and get to work, there is no time to waste, we are dealing with souls here!!!!

Financial-legal smarts, psychology and exorcism. Sounds like whoever the delegate will be Papa Ben means business.

Those are, after all, three of the gravest concerns over the past year: what will be done about the financial fraud and legal repayments, what will be done about the unhealthy psychology (which may be an understatement, but there's the basic category), and is the Church going to make sure there isn't any demonic meddling (in both senses of "make sure there isn't": check whether there is and get rid of it if there is).

The only other crucial factor, unless something's slipping my mind, is catechesis -- but if you're reforming any religious order to any extent at all that ought to go without saying, and virtually any genuinely orthodox leader could be assigned for that.

Other positives are he has been photographed with grey clergymen collars/shirtfronts and also he can't part his hair to the side.

I wonder does he eat pastries mainly with a fork?

Seems early reports on the choice are confirming what the candidate meant for me: The LC will be dealt with the maximum rigor, (cfr. http://www.periodistadigital.com/religion/mundo/2010/06/21/velasio-de-paolis-comisario-pontificio-legionarios-cristo-iglesia-papa-vaticano.shtml )

The operational team (Delegate + Sub Delegates) and the skills (Canonist, and Financial Wiz are what you put in place when you mean to do some serious overhaul.

De Paolis is known a discreet operator (a doer- not merely a talker), pastoral enough given his approach to both money and the law, but a deeply principled iron hand.

It seems none of the team (at least the early names of the sub-delegates) are latino, which means to me they specifically wanted individuals who have no special tie to where the LCs operate or work. Nor were they interested in reforming a spirituality from the perspective of its cultural origins.

This is clearly a complete Re-Foundation at the very least, and a total dissolution should that effort not coalesce.

However this choice will require a lot more startup time before any plan can come into place, given that De Paolis and other sub-delegates were not part of the original group of Visitors.

It seems DePaolis doesn't mince words. Let's pray that he puts a quick end to the Legion's propensity to twist meanings. That, in and of itself, has caused so much immediate and direct harm to the members.

Hopefully DePaolis' first order of business will be to cut them off at the pass by eliminating their ability to put out press releases without his signature.

Commentator, what do you think will be the liklihood that DePaolis will shut down the Apostolic Schools in the near future?

ATL Granny: My guess is that will be depend on how how much of the Holy See's plan is put on the table, upfront for all to see. Personally I would love it, if a lot of their objectives were made known this way, given transparency in the process in these days has done a lot more good than harm. But past practice and other prudential reason would likely indicate the contrary.

If most of the plan is under the table, then De Paolis will need bonding time with the institute before he can start the more heavyhanded policy decisions. Remember shutting down the Apostolic Schools will send a very strong signal to rank and file LC (this would disturb their morning cornflakes as I would call it) , if the Holy See offers little upfront and wants all to roll off the Delegate's own desk, then it will have to follow his sense as to how much the institute can take without making it come apart at the seams overnight.

I hope you're wrong Commentator. I can't see "bonding" time doing anything more than prolong the inevtable. If DePaolis sees the negative impact of taxing visitors who see the Shroud, surely he can see the negative impact of continuing "business as usual" until he gets LC to understand the importance of his mission. I fear that they will continue to deny that MM had any untoward effect on them or their apostolates, continuing to recruit at warp speed.

Speaking of recruiting, I hear that Cheshire has had just three candidates come on board.

I know an LC in the midwest who has decided not to encourage any incorporations until the work of the Delegate has been carried out. I think some parts of the message of deconstruction are getting out. But will it ever be complete enough? Only time will tell.

"Speaking of recruiting, I hear that Cheshire has had just three candidates come on board."

There should be zero. How can they form new men when the pope has said their formation is corrupted?

How could any sane parent permit their son to go to Cheshire?

By Cheshire, it's too late---they are adults at that point and can make their own decision, apart from their parents.

It's like asking what sane parent lets her 20 yr old daughter sleep with her abusive boyfriend. At that point, it's beyond your control.

Not that I don't think there are plenty of rah-rah-Movement-is-beautiful-just-tweak it-a-bit-and-we-are-good to-go-RC parents left out there in Legionland. They honestly still buy into the "Father So-and-So, LC, is such a holy priest he would never let our son be harmed in any way!" fantasy.

Hopefully, and likely, the three candidates will equal NO entrants come September.

The three candidates are probably WHY the Vatican is moving slowly.

Think about it...the truth has come out...the Vatican Communique was devestating and direct, and yet STILL grown men are entering the order!

The pope et al. are probably trying to prevent this from turning into another Pius X situation.

But, Pius X, Old Catholic Church, Pius V, the random 'popes' in Nebraska, etc, show us that it doesn't MATTER how crazy a group is, or WHAT the pope does to try to bring them back into the Church... there will ALWAYS be some people who prefer the crazy group.

Right now is a key period.. the people who were involved because they thought that the group was church-approved are leaving because of the communique. LC/RC will be left with the people who think it IS the Church. And, honestly, there probably won't be much we can do to get them to leave. It will be easier to convince Mormons to convert.....

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