|Dom Wilson is Disturbed by Kneeling Communion|
(Brasilia) Do Luis Angotti Wilson Filho made the worst start possible start as he takes over his diocese. During Communion he asked kneeling faithful to stand up. Fratres in Unum criticized the behavior of the new bishop as "outrageous behavior" criticized Frates in Unum the new bishop.
On June 13, the inauguration of the new Bishop of Taubaté in Brazil took place. Pope Francis had appointed Dom Luís Angotti Wilson Filho last April 15th as the new bishop of the southern Brazilian diocese. Taubaté is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Aparecida. It was established in 1908 by Pope Pius X by making territorial concessions to the Archdioese of Sao Paulo. As Pius XII. established the Archdiocese of Aparecida in 1958, the reduced diocese of Taubaté became the new archdiocese.
"Your Excellency, are You not Ashamed?"
A native of the State of Sao Paulo Dom Wilson was conferred ordination in 1982. In 2011 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Belo Horizonte in the State of Minas Gerais and Titular Bishop of Tabae, a defunct diocese in southwestern Turkey today.
As for the faithful who knelt for Communion at the inauguration last Saturday, they were "shamelessly" asked by their new bishop, said Fratres in Unum , to stand up and receive Hand Communion. "Excellency, are you not ashamed to begin your episcopal ministry in this historic diocese by such an embarrassing disregard of the law of the Church, which assures the faithful that right?" The Canon Law explicitly provides oral communion as the full and actual form of the reception of Communion while Communion in the hand had been authorized only in the post-conciliar period as an exception.
As Cardinal Baldisseri Was Apostolic Nuncio in Brazil
The Spanish church historian and well-known Catholic blogger Francisco Fernandez de la Cigoña described the new bishop for his handling of the believers, in its direct and colorful language, as "Chulo de mierda". "If the bishop does not respect the faithful, why should the faithful respect their bishop? I am not subject fortunately, to this idiot and therefore am without fear of his shepherd's crook to say what I think," said de la Cigoña.
The appointment of Dom Luís Angotti Wilson Filho auxiliary bishop of Belo Horizonte took place, when Msgr. Lorenzo Baldisseri was Apostolic Nuncio in Brazil. Pope Francis named Baldisseri in September 2013, Secretary-General of the Synod of Bishops and raised him in February 2014 to the cardinal state. At the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops last October, he played an inglorious role.
In 2013 there was another Brazilian Bishop, Archbishop Milton Antonio dos Santos of Cuiabá, who did not allow the faithful of his diocese to kneel for communion in a magisterial statement. After violent protests of the faithful, the Archbishop backed down and took back the ban (see Liturgy scandal before Pope's visit to Brazil - Archbishop Wanted Kneeling Communion Ban in German).
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: La Torre de la Cigüeña
Image: La Torre de la Cigüeña
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