Thursday, February 26, 2015

Emeriti Bishops in the Synod? Now it is Possible...

Bishop Frangiskos Papamanolis, President of the
Hellenic Bishops' Conference
(Rome) The Synod of Bishops in 2015 will be a novelty in any case. Among the Synod Fathers who have been chosen by the Bishops' Conferences of the Synod of Bishops in 2015 there are also two emeritus bishops.
One of them is 78-year-old retired Archbishop Cardinal Audrys Backis of Vilnius. Secondly, the Bishop Emeritus Frangiskos Papamanolis of Syros, Santorini and Crete in Greece. However, the Capuchin Papamanolis is still acting President  of the Greek Bishops' Conference .
Earlier, it was not allowed to choose emeritus bishops. Only the Pope could be allowed to appoint emeriti in this context. In 1998 the Italian Episcopal Conference chose Bishop Luigi Bettazzi for the Synod of the Bishops' Synod on Europe, which took place in autumn 1999. The Holy See did not confirm his choice because by then he had completed his 75th year and became emeritus bishop of Ivrea.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Vode dell'Jonio
Trans: Tancred

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, well lMcCarrick 'admits" he was 'lobbied' by Team Bergoglio; Why? When he wasn't eligible to vote? And when he's good friends w/Bergoglio and supported him in 2005?

    His 'admission' came on National Coming Out Day.

    Of course, McCarrick doesn't talk about how all the conclave excitement affected his heart or that his good friend Bergoglio jokes about McCarrick's final resting place in hell:

    WASHINGTON (RNS) The day before a newly elected Pope Francis was to be formally installed at the Vatican in 2013, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica when he passed out at the altar and had to be rushed to the hospital.

    It was a scary moment, and especially odd to see McCarrick stricken; even at 82, the energetic former archbishop of Washington always had a reputation as one of the most peripatetic churchmen in the Catholic hierarchy.

    Doctors in Rome quickly diagnosed a heart problem — McCarrick would eventually get a pacemaker — and the cardinal was soon back at his guest room in the U.S. seminary in Rome when the phone rang. It was Francis. The two men had known each other for years, back when the Argentine pope was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires. McCarrick assured Francis that he was doing fine.

    “I guess the Lord isn’t done with me yet,” he told the pope.

    “Or the devil doesn’t have your accommodations ready!” Francis shot back with a laugh.