(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
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