"Pope Francis on Saturday appointed the leader of the main Franciscan order in his first nomination to the scandal-hit Vatican bureaucracy, the Holy See said in a statement, ahead of an expected overhaul of the administration. Spain's Jose Rodriguez Carballo, 59, will be number two at the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, which oversees all Catholic religious orders. The Vatican department is headed up by Brazilian cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz and is part of the Roman Curia -- the Catholic Church administration, which analysts say is badly in need of reform. Friar Carballo is minister general of the Order of Friars Minor, a post whose holder is regarded as the successor of founder St Francis of Assisi. " AFP
The prospects for a purge in the hierarchy and curia are strengthened by this appointment. The bureacratic "trick" of putting your man in as deputy to make sure your will is done is of long use.
This works well since it does not "spook" the cardinal in charge.
The next thing to look for is more of Francis's men placed in the congregations that deal with diocesan clergy and the ordinaries. pl