May 04, 2005

Former Portland Archbishop may be appointed as high Vatican official



Associated Press

Former Portland Archbishop William Levada could become the next guardian of religious orthodoxy in the Vatican, charged with safeguarding church doctrine and morals.

The position was previously held by former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before his election as Pope Benedict XVI.

"It's a quiet rumor that I have heard," current Portland Archbishop John G. Vlazny told The Oregonian. ...

Pope John Paul II decided that bishops struggling with clergy sex-abuse cases should report them to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. As prefect of that particular congregation, Levada would receive reports and recommendations from bishops and decide what steps to take, Brennan said.

Posted by kshaw at May 4, 2005 08:52 AM