Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Rector of the Lateran University: "Pope Francis Represents a Break With His Predecessors"

(Rome) The Pontifical Lateran University in Rome is often simply translated to be named "Papstuni". Nevertheless, the rector, Bishop Enrico dal Covolo SDB seems to have taken this term a little too literally when he delivered his reading of the mental world of Pope Francis. The rector has made himself known as an enthusiastic supporter of Pope Francis and did so in a just strange and  embarrassing way. Or did he just turn out to be true-careerist?
During a short stay on the South Pacific island of Guam, the rector met in Yona at the Archbishop's Mission Seminary Redemptoris Mater , seminarians, teachers and the leadership of the Catholic Theological Institute for Oceania, which is named after the Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores. Here, Bishop dal Covolo got carried away with   some embarrassing statements.
He professed himself to be "happy" about the new direction which  the Catholic Church has been given by the reigning pope. He was more than willing to accept this "turn" with enthusiasm. "Words that are already in themselves sibylline," said Corrispondenza Romana. Rector dal Covolo  could but thus only be properly carried away in enthusiasm. Statements, which he later also repeated in a television interview to the PNC-Pacific News Center: "I believe that Pope Francis is a type of break from his predecessor's pontificate, a very positive break, because he  has eliminated all the fears of the past in the Church.  I absolutely agree with the changes that Pope Francis is enacting as they correspond exactly to the challenges we have to face today."
The Salesian dal Covolo is not only rector of the prestigious Pontifical Lateran University, but since 1999 a member of the Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences, head of the Pontifical International Marian Academy and since 2002, Consultor of the Congregation for  Clergy and the CDF.  In 2010 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to the Congregation. as the successor of Monsignor Rino Fisichella rector of the Pontificia Universitas Lateranensis. His remarks seemingly against Pope Benedict XVI.  are all the more disconcerting since he appointed him in 2010  as Lenten Preacher and was thus distinguished particularly in the Roman Curia.
"Obviously, there are those in the Vatican who understand the new pontificate as a signal in the direction of Modernism unleashed to  stage a race for the title of,  'progressive of the year'. In these circles,  the interpretation of the Second Vatican Council as a "Council of rupture" has come out. Some feel called to see the figure of Pope Francis as an element of the faction against his predecessors. It would be interesting indeed to know whether the person concerned recognizes himself in such gallops in word and conviction," said Corrispondenza Romana .
Text: CR / Giuseppe Nardi
image: Corrispondenza Romana
Trans: Tancred vekron99@hotmail.com
AMGD

14 comments:

JB said...

Too funny for words. "has eliminated all the fears of the past in the Church." He sounds like a moron.

This is the hermeneutic of rupture, and the Church can ill afford more of it.

Dane said...

He represents a break with alot of things. The Faith, Humility, Charity both human and divine, Prudence, Wisdom, dignity of his Office, piety, and fear of The Lord.

To the Rector who made this astute observation about Pope Francis..."Here's your sign."

Dane said...

To be fair, his recent predecessors represented a break with some of the very same virtues. Not the ones in tiaras and HALOS.

Michael said...

All rectors are "careerists," duh! Otherwise they wouldn't be "rectors."

Anonymous said...

This break with the past was apparent to me from the very first moment he stepped out onto th loggia...I didn't understand my interior reaction at the time as I did not know who he was..but it was like my heart skipped a beat (negative sense) or it sank to my feet..That first buonasera - help was quite unsettling .I had an interior OH, OH,.and when he asked to be prayed over on the spot by the crowd in St. Peter's Square I began to feel more and more alienated... "What is this?" I said to myself ...then I hit the internet to find out about this new Pope Francis ...alas , I was far from content , but being a faithful Catholic (not a perfect one - far from it) I had hope that Our Lord would straighteh things out ...and this I still have ....this hope...it is His Church after all ...not Pope Francis'...



and it has been one long roller-coaster of ruptures with the past ever since...
There are Catholics who love this rupture...truly genuine people ....I just keep feeling uncomfortable...but I do pray for us all and the Pope that Our Lor's will be done.. but, probably not enough...

Barbara

Anonymous said...

Sorry I made a mess of my last comment when editing it...

Barbara

Anonymous said...

I empathise very much with your (on-going) experience of Pope Francis, Barbara - as I'm sure many people do. It's such a fine-line between 'despair' and trusting that God will see us through - I'm increasingly focusing on the latter because of course He will - the Church has had much worse in its history and despite the apparent mess, Francis is Petrus - we just need to keep praying and trusting. As for this rector, he shows distinct signs of discontinuity between the vertebrae of his spine - like so many of our clergy including Bishops now, sadly. Chris

JB said...

Francis is a break of the worst kind; he is barely comprehensible half the time theologically; actually indulges in name calling, and spends most of his preaching time setting up predictable and illusory straw men, and beating the hell out of them. Obama does the same. It's tedious. Offer it up as penance.

Anonymous said...

Pope Francis will re org the church. Dont like the Idea of 2 Pope at the Vatican ??? The Pope shouls continue with Cardinal Burke..Give him a one way ticket to another assignment out of the Vatican, Rome, Italy.
Parish Priest would be a good assignment in Ice Land..The end of money clergy to gratify themselves.

JB said...

This clown gets up every Sunday and professes to believe in "one" Church. Yet, in practice, he believes in 2: before Vatican II, and after. That isn't Catholicism, sorry. The enemy is in our midst.

schmenz said...

Sir/Madam:

What, precisely, are you trying to say with this comment. As it stands it is incomprehensible.

Unknown said...

He sounds like a puffed up Modernist.For his own sake and ours,I hope he sees the Light.

Anonymous said...

Chris, thank you for your reply to my comment, Can you tell me which Pope was worse and why he was worse?

Thanks a lot,
Barbara

Anonymous said...

Hi Barbara. Sorry, I haven't been back since I left the comment so just seen your question. I wasn't specifically thinking of 'bad popes' but more about difficult times for the faithful. On popes, I suppose we haven't had much worse, although I guess time will ultimately be the judge of that and I just hope and pray things will improve. What do you think? God bless.