Former Vatican chief appointed new Archbishop of Malta

Former Vatican chief prosecutor Charles Scicluna has been named as the new Archbishop of Malta.

Born in Toronto, Canada in 1959, Dr Scicluna began working in Rome as Substitute Promoter of Justice for the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura before becoming Promoter of Justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

It was in this capacity that he was tasked in 2005 by the then Cardinal Ratzinger with leading an investigation into Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, who died in disgrace in 2008 after being sentence to live out his final years in penitential seclusion. 

In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Msgr Scicluna auxiliary bishop of Malta and made him a member of the CDF, in which capacity he helped develop new guidelines for handling clerical sex abuse cases. Since October, he has been administrator of the Maltese Church, on behalf of the ill Archbishop Paul Cremona, and in January he was appointed to head a new Vatican appeals board for priests accused of abuse. 

Responding to the news of his appointment, he publicly thanked Pope Francis for entrusting him with “this mission as shepherd” and said “I promise to lay down my life, following the example of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.”