Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei Attached to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Pope Benedict XVI today issued the motu proprio Ecclesiæ Unitatem, attaching the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Prefect of the CDF is now ex offcio President of the PCED (Ecclesiæ Unitatem, no. 6 a). The PCED, however, preserves its own staff, consisting of a Secretary and officials (Ecclesiæ Unitatem, no. 6 b). The text of the motu proprio Ecclesiæ Unitatem has only been published in Latin and Italian, the NLM will endeavour to bring you an English translation as soon as possible.

In agreement with the dispositions of the motu proprio Ecclesiæ Unitatem, the Holy Father appointed the Prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Levada, new President of the PCED. He also named a new Secretary for the Commission, who is an official of the CDF. From today’s bollettino of the Holy See Press Office:

The Holy Father has thanked His Eminence Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, who has reached the term of his service as President of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei”, and has named President of the same Commission His Eminence Card. William Joseph Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Pope has appointed Secretary of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” the Rev. Msgr. Guido Pozzo, until now Adjunct Secretary of the International Theological Commission and Aiutante di Studio of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Msgr. Pozzo works at the CDF since 1987. He is also a professor at the Lateran University. Msgr. Pozzo is a priest of the diocese of Trieste.

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