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SVILUPPO: And now, some clean-up notes....
First, intriguingly, a commentor noted that last month's Andrea Tornielli blogpost forecasting Cardinal George Pell's move to the Congregation for Bishops has been taken down.
Indeed, over recent weeks the move has been heard getting no shortage of "blowback" in Rome -- much like another of B16's defining Curial shifts: the pontiff's 2006 appointment of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as his Secretary of State, which was reportedly held up by internal outcry, then given an unprecedented three-month period between its announcement and effective-date to get the natives used to the new reality.
Just further proof that, as they say, it ain't over 'til it's over, and only time will tell what, in fact, shakes out. In the meanwhile, the cardinal has in his possession just one of two bound copies of the new Roman Missal in English -- a work said to have possibly seen some unexpected changes before its final confirmation in late April.
Meanwhile, speaking of the all-powerful "Bishops' Shop," the folks back home know what tomorrow, 8 June, signifies: the anniversary of Cardinal Justin Rigali's appointment to the episcopacy, this year's marking the silver jubilee of his 1985 appointment as the first American to head the Pontifical Ecclesial Academy.
In testimony to Rome's affection, this date has been reserved for episcopal announcements in the River City, which have been made on it in 2004, 2006 and 2009... and a tradition which, by the looks of it, might just continue in the morning.
For now, gloria, gloria, gloria... and as ever, more as it comes.