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of the Patriarch of Collegeville, Minn.
Among the things that will now be handled by papal nuncios or even by the local bishop:
- canonizations of locals. Families and friends can now nominate their deceased loved ones, who will be summarily examined by the local bishop and rubber-stamped by the nuncio.
- dispensations for striking priests. Formerly reserved to the Holy See. In some dioceses can even be purchased in advance now.
- establishing diplomatic relations with states. For instance, the Diocese of Regina has established relations with Cuba, Iran and Chinese Taipei.
- elevations to Doctor of the Church. For instance, the Archdiocese of Hartford has elevated recently-deceased Notre Dame professor, Richard McBrien. He has been given the title Doctor Heterodoxis.
- establishing liturgical rites. For instance, the 'Dancing Nun Rite' was established at one chapel at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The university's chaplain now holds the rank of patriarch.
- declarations of infallibility. Made-man global warming, hugs-not-drugs, first marriage is always annulable - these are now to be held as infallible teachings of the Catholic Church by the judgment of the Supreme Pontiff of Arlington, Virginia.