Is Pope Francis’ close aide Msgr. Fabiàn Pedacchio Leaniz the real power behind the Congregation for Bishops?

Msgr. Fabiàn Pedacchio Leaniz is both Pope Francis’ closest aide since March 2013 and an official of the Congregation for the Bishops since 2007. He was nominated to this latter post by Cardinal Bergoglio, and has been described as  “a spy of Cardinal Bergoglio in Rome” within the ranks of the Congregation of Bishops and also as one of the ‘pawns of Bergoglio’.

CNA writes about Msgr. Fabiàn Pedacchio Leaniz’s role as the ‘eyes and ears of Cardinal Bergoglio’:

‘In 2007, the Congregation of Bishops asked Cardinal Bergoglio if he could suggest an Argentinian priest for a post within its ranks. The cardinal chose Msgr. Pedacchio Leaniz, whom the archbishop of Buenos Aires held in great esteem.

Their friendship even led to some speculation about the true role the priest had in the Congregation for the Bishops. In a Dec. 26, 2011 report, an anonymous informant wrote in the Argentinian portal Intereconomia accusing him of being “a spy of Cardinal Bergoglio in Rome” within the ranks of the Congregation of Bishops.

The report insinuated that Msgr. Pedacchio used to inform Cardinal Bergoglio “of any document or letter that reached the Congregation, sealed documents included.” The report also asserted that “when the issue at stake is very important, Msgr. Pedacchio also sends faxes to Bergoglio with all the documentation required” by “his boss.”

Msgr. Pedacchio Leaniz is considered by many to be skilled and attentive. “He used to keep eyes and ears open,” said a Vatican clerk who worked in the Congregation for Bishops and spoke to CNA on the condition of anonymity.’

Now, Msgr. Pedacchio Leaniz is Pope Francis’ full-time second secretary, a position through which he aids the Holy Father in his daily life whether it be as a translator or in answering personal correspondence in the name of the Pope. The first secretary is Msgr. Alfred Xuereb, of Maltese origins, who also served as second secretary to Benedict XVI.

As second secretary, Msgr. Pedacchio will eventually be inserted into the ranks of the Secretariat of State.’

Protect the Pope comment: Now that Cardinal Bergoglio is Pope Francis and  Msgr. Fabiàn Pedacchio Leani is both part of the Holy Father’s inner circle and an official of the Congregation for Bishops it is realistic to assume  that Msgr Fabiàn  is a major player at one of the most important congregations in the Holy See, and will make sure that the congregation nominates bishops that the Holy Father already knows about and approves. When we add Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor to the mix as a close confident and adviser to Pope Francis and Archbishop Nichols’ appointment to the Congregation, the nomination and appointment of bishops to England and Wales looks sown up. This double-lock on appointments looks even more secure with the absence of the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. I leave it to the readers of Protect the Pope to judge the significance of this alliance of interests for the future of the Church in England and Wales.

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-shadow-monsignor-pedacchio-leaniz/

18 comments to Is Pope Francis’ close aide Msgr. Fabiàn Pedacchio Leaniz the real power behind the Congregation for Bishops?

  • Bosco

    “Now, Msgr. Pedacchio Leaniz is Pope Francis’ full-time second secretary, a position through which he aids the Holy Father in his daily life whether it be as a translator…” Translator? The Pope’s Translator? Well now that calls for a spanking new promotion I’d say. ahem cough
    How do you say ‘promotion’ in Spanish or Italian or mebbe…

  • Burt

    Not only is this significant regarding England & Wales Deacon Nick it is very sinister regarding the whole situation in the Vatican right now and makes me wonder if any of this is related to the while situation regarding Benedict’s valet.

    Can I point you to a video link by Michael Matt discussing the recent hardline suppression of the traditionalist leaning of the order of Fransiscan friars of the Immaculate?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tn2nF_b76WA

    We are in interesting times for certain. Always know that the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph.

  • Peter 2

    “this cabal”

    CABAL
    1:the artifices and intrigues of a group of persons secretly united in a plot (as to overturn a government); also :  a group engaged in such artifices and intrigues

    Really? Isn’t that a bit strong? I mean these are things taking place with the full knowledge and approval of the pope…

    • Deacon Nick Donnelly

      how about ‘alliance of interests’ then? Deacon Nick

      • Peter 2

        That’s fine. “Cabal” implies secrecy and plotting. These things are being done in the open with the approval of the pope…

        • Wake Up England

          Peter 2:

          Plotting?? Secrecy?? at the Vatican??

          You’re winding us up, mate.

          • Peter 2

            Oh I don’t doubt there is plenty of plotting and secrecy at the Vatican. But it just seems sort of intellectually dishonest to suggest that in this case people are being appointed and decisions being made as if it was being done in secret, as if the pope had absolutely no knowledge of it, as if he himself were not a part of the aforementioned alliance. We can say we are being driven off a cliff, but we are not allowed to say that the pope is the one behind the wheel. It’s just disingenuous…

  • Fr B

    Yes. this is a very strong rumour in Rome, ironic if part of the dossier dealing with Vatileaks handed over to Francis by Benedict had a section on leaks from Congregation of Bishops via Leaniz to Cdn Bergoglio.

    It is perhaps evidence that runner up in the previous Conclave was ‘groomed’ to be the winner in the subsequent Conclave, and was himself neither surprised or unprepared by his election.

    Who was grooming him? Presumably that is what the dossier revealed.
    The extent of the plot against Benedict XVI? A Pope in waiting, Francis, the antithesis of Benedict.
    Why did Benedict go so quickly? Because it was obvious everything did would be undone by his successor.
    Who was grooming Bergoglio? In Rome the talk is of the confederation of the old guard surrounding JPII Cdnds Sodano/Re and other supporters of Marcel Maciel, joined to the Liberals Kaspar, Martini, the Germans and maybe not surprisingly Cormac, who entertained Bergoglio to dinner the night before the Conclave and has had a hand in few pies since.

    Yes, it is all rather murky, there was a brief time when Truth flourished, now we are reduced to spin, hence the voluntary departure of a large number of junior and middle ranking priests from the dicasteries.

    What we have seen in 2013 is nothing less than a palace coup and the return of the tainted old guard, skilled in cover-up, plotting and realpolitik.

    • Andrzej

      “Why did Benedict go so quickly? Because it was obvious everything did would be undone by his successor.”

      You will need to come up with a better reason than this. This is the weak point of your theory.

    • tro

      “What we have seen in 2013 is nothing less than a palace coup and the return of the tainted old guard, skilled in cover-up, plotting and realpolitik.”

      Makes sense to me.

      Benedict seems hale and hearty. The ‘health grounds’ story just isn’t credible.

    • Deacon Paul

      If your analysis were true then Satan has taken over the Vatican. However if that were true Satan’s biggest ally was Benedict in resigning – an unprecedented possibility. There is no doubt we are at a moment of significant upheaval but we need to allow time to see the frit of these changes. If I were a conspiracy theorist then the Pope making Time magazine man of the year would be cause for concern rather than jubilation.

  • Joseph Matthew

    Interestingly,if this was happening last year the secular media/Tablet headlines would have been “clericalism and ambition in the Vatican” etc.
    Now it is regarded as just good clean fun. How things change.

  • David Malloch

    If Benedict was concerned that Bergoglio was being groomed as a successor, far from it leading to his resignation, it would more logically have led him to stay. If he had stayed, he would only have needed to live for three and a half years to see Bergoglio turn 80 and be out of the running. The theory doesn’t add up.

  • Shaun the Sheep

    ‘It is what it is” and ”Good luck to them”. Those are two sayings and outlooks I’m keeping in my hat in these interesting times… We all have the universal call to holiness and everything we need to get to heaven. Even if the Holy Mass is a bit off, the Lord is still present. We’re being challenged, surely, and it is great that so many Catholics, including bloggers, are on the ball, watching what is happening, reading the signs of the times. But let our hearts not be troubled. Trust in God.

  • Bosco

    Do you remember what happened to Angelo Cardinal Scola’s chances of being elected Pope just moments before the cardinals entered the 2013 conclave? Vague rumours of mafia affiliation suddenly arose all over the media and spiked his candidacy. I thought that most odd at the time.

    • tro

      “I thought that most odd at the time.”

      Benedict clearly had good reason to ask us to pray for him that he would have the strength not to “flee from the wolves.”

  • Bosco

    @tro,
    It crossed my mind at the time that Pope Benedict XVI may have been forced from office by those wolves he’d spoken of and, if so, if his resignation was made under duress, i.e. not freely. Now there’s a can of vermicelli for you.
    I was surprised…no suspicious…that Angelo Cardinal Scola’s chances of election as the next Pope were scuppered deliberately and cunningly by those same wolves.

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