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Newspaper continues 'Pell for Rome' speculation

A report in this morning's Melbourne Herald-Sun newspaper repeats speculation that Sydney Archbishop George Pell could be called to the Vatican to replace Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the soon to retire Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

An article in the Weekend Australian a month ago suggested the Sydney Archbishop could be "summoned to a senior post in the Vatican" which might be that of Cardinal Ratzinger. That was followed by a subsequent report suggesting replacements for Pell's Sydney position.

This morning's report, which presents no new evidence, is purely speculative. It follows the Cardinal designate's insistence yesterday that he is committed to doing his job in Sydney and that he would not speculate on possible roles within the Vatican.

"I preach the truth of the Gospels," he said. "My appointment recognises the contribution of the Catholic community to Australian life and I will continue working to maintain and deepen this tradition of service and of worship."

This morning's article points out that Dr Pell has been a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and a consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. He is a member of central commission, and chair of the committee for doctrine and morals.


Speculation puts Pell in Ratzinger job (25/8/03)
Archbishop Carroll welcomes new Australian Cardinal (30/9/03)
Pope announces Pell elevation to College of Cardinals (29/9/03)
Archdiocese of Sydney
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

31 Oct 2003