VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI’s unusual nomination on Saturday, Nov. 26, of an American Curial official to be the new apostolic nuncio to Ireland has been widely applauded by Catholics in Rome and Ireland.
Msgr. Charles Brown, 52, a native of New York, has served at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1994 and is thus a striking choice. Unlike most nuncios, he didn’t graduate from the Ecclesiastical Academy — the Holy See’s prestigious school for Vatican diplomats. Rather, his experience dealing with clergy abuse scandals at the CDF made him a strong candidate for the Dublin post.
Archbishop-elect Brown received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre...READ MORE