A potpourri of nuggets from a week on the Vatican beat

(Crux) Sometimes on the Vatican beat, there’s one clearly dominant storyline in a given week: The pope releases a document that causes massive controversy, a bishop is named who’s destined to set the tone for an entire region, or some new scandal erupts.

Other times, however, there’s a collection of smaller stories that may not add up to one grand narrative, but nevertheless contain interesting little nuggets of insight. This felt like one of those weeks, so herewith a potpourri of small Vatican or Church-related developments over the last few days, along with a stab at finding a couple of those nuggets.

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Two very striking events took place on Thursday: Pope Francis gave his annual address to newly appointed Catholic bishops over the last 12 months, and an annual summit of Latin Mass devotees at the Dominican-run Angelicum University sponsored a one-day summit on the 10th anniversary of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI’s document Summorum Pontificum.

Among the Rome press corps, that annual get-together of traditionally minded Catholics is usually covered the way political reporters covered CPAC meetings during the Clinton and Obama years, i.e., as the main gathering of the opposition and its leadership. This year, the heavy-hitters included German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, recently replaced as head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, whose wings were recently clipped on liturgical translation as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. [More]