Thursday, May 05, 2005

William Levada rumored for Doctrine of the Faith post

William Levada, the Archbishop of San Francisco, is rumored to be the frontrunner for the post of prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. He would replace Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, who as we all know left the post when he was elected as Pope.

According to this article at CathNews, which cites Catholic News Service:
Catholic News Service says Archbishop Levada was one of the first residential bishops to be granted an audience with Pope Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Levada served on the staff of the Congregation from 1976 through 1982 and remained a close collaborator with Cardinal Ratzinger on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Choosing the Archbishop of San Francisco would make good sense. I am not familiar with the Archbishop, but coming from a city like San Francisco and dealing with its liberal lifestyles, Levada should be familiar with dealing with such issues. Such experience would be essential as the guardian of the Faith.


Suzie said...

Go to and check out some of the comments left about this very same article. Apparently Levada prefers to turn the other way when an insurance company run by a Catholic order supplies info on contraception & abortion; he did not respond well to the sex abuse scandals; he has reckovated churches, as well as participates in the United Religions Initiative, a wacky ecumenical group run by the Episcopals. Personally, I hope this is just a rumor, like a few of the other strange things I've heard coming from the media.

Jacob said...

Thanks for the heads-up, I appreciate it. :) Reading that now, I wouldn't think the rumor is true, could be true.

By the way, anyone who has any links like Suzie is more than welcome to share them. I certainly don't claim to be the most informed person on the Church. This blog is as much for my edification as for yours. :)

Anonymous said...

this story started as a feature in the wires. You know what that means --- some reporter is told to get A story somewhere and he makes one up and calls it a rumor. there was nothing specific in the original feature, but these people knew that everybody would run with it.

Jacob said...

That's what I figured as well. Must be similar to when Arafat suppoedly died two days before he actually did or the really bad reporting the day before John Paul II's death.

That was a pretty good April Fool's joke on Fox, Drudge, Reuters and everyone else.