Religion: U.S. Rota

Last week Pope Pius XII conferred on his Apostolic Delegate to the U.S. power to appoint substitutes for the Sacred Roman Rota (court to which Catholic cases from all over the world are appealed). This is the first time in modern history that the Vatican—final earthly tribunal for all things Roman Catholic—has granted such authority to any one outside Rome.

The Apostolic Delegate, Most Rev. Amleto Giovanni Cicognani of Washington, can now assign appeals from marriage cases to any archdiocesan court in the U.S., instead of forwarding them to the Roman Rota...

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