The new Archbishop of Lima, "the opposite of Cipriani Thorne"
(Lima) As announced recently, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne was retired as Archbishop of Lima and Primate of Peru by Pope Francis. At the same time Francis immediately appointed his new successor.
The retirement and new appointment was announced on Friday by the Vatican Press Office. Peru's daily newspaper has already put the picture of the successor on the front page of their current issue.
The Spanish columnist Francisco Fernandez de la Cigoña puts it more clearly than the daily bulletin of the Vatican:
"Cipriani has fallen".
Like Archbishop Aguer of La Plata, the Argentinean opponent of Bergoglio, Francis also granted Cardinal Cipriani "not a month of extra time" after reaching the age of 75.
Pope Francis appointed his ghostwriter, Archbishop Victor Manuel Fernandez, as successor to Monsignor Aguer in La Plata. "The successor to the Archbishop of Lima is even worse," said Fernandez de la Cigoña.
The opposite of Cipriani
For the new Archbishop of Lima and Primate of Peru, Pope Francis has appointed Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio, priest of the Archdiocese and professor of theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.
It corresponds exactly to the description that he published yesterday.
"It is a diocesan priest of Lima, student of Gustavo Gutierrez and friend of the leadership at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.
And to sum up the other side of the coin, he is totally against the Cipriani line.
He is a priest who rebelled against the bishop during the 20 years of Cipriani in Lima. He never participated in retreats or priestly meetings with the Cardinal. He never participated in liturgical ceremonies with the Cardinal, such as Corpus Christi, Chrism Mass, etc. "
Fernandez de la Cigoña, very knowledgeable about the Church in the Hispanic world, uses harsh words:
"What happened in Peru today is not describable. It's a shame. Never before would an unsuitable person obtain the seat of the primate of Peru. But you do not know where the greater blame lies, with the appointee or with the appointed."
Close association to the terrorist organization Shining Path?
The appointment takes place in a rather eventful moment for the Church in Spanish America. Pope Francis is in Panama. The Church in Chile is in a serious crisis. Venezuela faces the abyss and the Church does not know which side it is on. The church in Venezuela already knows it, against Maduro, but Pope Francis does not seem to know. Peru was a relatively quiet port under Cardinal Cipriani Thorne, although liberation theologians never gave up their rioting.
According to InfoVaticana, Carlos Castillo Mattasoglio was close to the Maoist Partido Comunista del Perú - of Sendero Luminoso de José Carlos Mariátegui (Communist Party of Peru - on the Shining Path). The "Shining Path" terrorist attacks from 1980 to the arrest of their leader Abimael Guzman in 1992, cost at least 70,000 Peruvians lives. The terrorist organization still exists today, albeit on a smaller scale, and continue to commit crimes. Elena Iparraguirre, name "Camarada Miriam," Abimael Guzman's longtime companion, pen name "Presidente Gonzalo," recently wrote a letter to Pope Francis asking him to visit the terrorist leader in prison. Iparraguirre, who held a high rank in the terrorist organization, was arrested in 1992 with Guzman and also sentenced to life imprisonment. Guzman and Iparraguirre were arrested in 2010.
The territory of the Archdiocese of Lima, whose Archbishop Carlos Castillo is now suffering, suffered particularly from Communist terrorism.
Castillo and the rebel university
Castillo, who was ordained a priest of the archdiocese of Lima in 1984, acquired in 1987 at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome a doctorate in Dogmatics. His focus in recent years has been on the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, which Cardinal Cipriani called a rebel university. Castillo was there until then university professor and adviser to the local campus ministry for the university. In other words, he "overwintered" during the episcopate of Cardinal Cipriani Thorne at the Rebel University, where the Primate was in a long-standing dispute. Not least because he accused the university of spreading heresies.
Under Benedict XVI., the Cardinal found support in Rome, although the Vatican showed the greatest patience and forbearance with the rebels. Pope Francis stood on the side of the rebels and left the Cardinal in the rain. It was a decision for Peru, and it was only a matter of time before Cardinal Cipriani Thorne reached the age limit of 75.
With today's appointment, Pope Francis has radically changed the situation in the Church of Peru. Fernandez de la Cigoña wrote after this news:
"And Cipriani, an extraordinary archbishop whose immense work they want to destroy, knows that at the last moment one can not prevent the decreed death by shameful moaning, as some have said. Today it was shown that it was pointless. He will now die with dignity without lamenting the dagger that struck him down. That's the way it is with Opus Dei. Just like that."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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