Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pope Shuffles Vatican Officials, Keeps Cleric Who Leads Crackdown on Nuns; RELIGION

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pope Shuffles Vatican Officials, Keeps Cleric Who Leads Crackdown on Nuns; RELIGION

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VATICAN CITY * Pope Francis demoted on Saturday a highly conservative Italian cardinal, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, who led the Vatican's department on clergy, but kept in place a German prelate who wages the Roman Catholic church's crackdown on liberal U.S. nuns and helps craft its response to sex abuse by priests.

After six months on the job to study the workings of the Vatican's curia, or bureaucracy, Francis has now put his imprint on several key positions that help administer the church's worldwide flock. His management picks, like his fledgling papacy, are likely to please and disappoint both conservatives and liberals.

In another watched appointment, the official in charge of bishop synods, the occasional gatherings that bring bishops together to discuss important policies or regional problems, was transferred to the Vatican's diplomatic corps. He will now serve as papal ambassador to Germany.

Just how much influence these synods should have at the Vatican has long been debated. …

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