Pope Francis has appointed Redemptorist Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. to the Ad Quinquennium, the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.
Members of the Apostolic Signature serve as judges in the tribunal’s cases, which mainly involve appeals of lower-court decisions or of administrative decisions by other offices of the Holy See. The appeals involve everything from challenges to the decisions of marriage tribunals to recourse against the dismissal of a religious, the transfer of a parish priest, the restriction of a priest’s ministry, removal of ministerial faculties, renovation of a parish church and dismissal from a teaching position.
The complete list of the Pope’s appointees to the Tribunal is below:
His Eminence Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, C.SS.R., archbishop of Newark, United States of America; His Eminence Cardinal James Michael Harvey, archpriest of the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls; His Eminence Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; His Eminence Cardinal Mario Grech, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops; Archbishop Cyril Vasil’, S.J., titular of Ptolemais in Libya, apostolic administrator sede plan of Košice for Catholics of Byzantine rite, Slovakia; Archbishop Celso Morga Iruzubieta of Mérida-Badajoz, Spain; Bishop Christoph Hegge, titular of Sicilibba and auxiliary of Münster, Germany; Bishop Mark Leonard Bartchak of Altoona-Johnstown, United States of America; Bishop Dominicus Meier, O.S.B., titular of Castro di Sardegna and auxiliary of Paderborn, Germany; Bishop Andrea Migliavacca of San Miniato, Italy; Bishop Pierantonio Pavanello of Adria-Rovigo, Italy; and Bishop Egidio Miragoli of Mondovì, Italy.