Friday, January 27, 2006

And They're Off....

Certain illustrious mailboxes have been filled over the last few days with invites to the installation of Archbishop-elect George Niederauer in San Francisco, coming up on 15 February.

Notably, even though incoming nuncio to Washington Archbishop Pietro Sambi will likely be present in the Maytag for the event of events, he will not preside over the rite of installation. By unique arrangement, and for obvious reasons, that role will be filled by the specially-designated papal representative, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

I'm told the presents also make note that the liturgy will be conducted "in the presence" of the cardinal-archbishop of Los Angeles. As is well known already, both the current cardinal and the Eminenza-to-be are Niederauer classmates and lifelong friends.

But could a certain son of the East also be in the house? Stay tuned....