Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Joe, Home – In Indy, Appointment Eve

(SVILUPPO6am ET, Thursday 18 October: at Roman Noon, the Pope formally named Archbishop Joseph Tobin to Indianapolis; the other logistics below were officially announced at that hour, and the Appointment Day presser will be livestreamed.)

Building on yesterday's checkered flag for Catholicism's Indy 500Whispers ops indicate that Archbishop Joe Tobin's Appointment Day press conference is scheduled for 10am tomorrow in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul.

Keeping with standard practice, all that's officially emerged is that the event is an unspecified announcement concerning "the leadership of the archdiocese." 

As that's the only permissible alert which may be made before the Vatican's definitive word emerges at Roman Noon (6am Eastern), in essence, the words tend to be a chancery's closest equivalent to white smoke out the chimney.

What's more, according to a "special edition" of Scala – the Redemptorist generalate's internal newsletter, which was a bit ahead of the curve in announcing the move to the worldwide order earlier today  the installation of Indianapolis' sixth archbishop is expected to take place on December 3rd. 

In anything but a coincidence, the proffered date is the feast of St Francis Xavier – albeit a Jesuit, the patron of the Brickyard church since its founding at Vincennes in 1834.

Meanwhile, two sources note that Tobin arrived in Indiana last night, not on Monday, as had been circulated in the Italian press.