Pell named to Vatican economic council

Pope Benedict has named Sydney's Cardinal George Pell to a new Vatican post as a member of a council dealing with organisational and economic issues for the Vatican.

Catholic Online reports that Cardinal Pell is among the eight new members of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of Organisational and Economic Questions of the Apostolic See.

The other newly appointed members are South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Peruvian Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, Nigerian Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, Brazilian Cardinal Eusebio Oscar Scheid, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Filipino Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales and South Korean Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-Suk.

The Council consists of 15 cardinals, all of them archbishops who head particular churches from various parts of the world, and are appointed by the Pontiff for a five-year term.

Pope John Paul II's apostolic constitution "Pastor Bonus" (No 24-25) explains: "The council is convened by the cardinal secretary of state, usually twice a year, to consider those economic and organisational questions which relate to the administration of the Holy See, with the assistance, if needed, of experts in these affairs.

"The council also considers the activities of the special institute which is erected and located within the state of Vatican City in order to safeguard and administer economic goods placed in its care with the purpose of supporting works of religion and charity."

8 Leaders of Local Churches to Join Council (Catholic Online, 5/2/07)

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6 Feb 2007