|Bishop Oliveri of Albenga-Imperia|
(Albenga / Rome) The "compassionate cure" which Pope Francis has bestowed upon the Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate and the deposed Bishop Rogelio Livieres of Ciudad del Este, could be directed against another church representative who in some church circles is more than friendly to tradition. There is talk of Bishop Mario Oliveri of Albenga-Imperia on the Italian Riviera. Bishop Oliveri, born in 1944, was placed under de facto provisional supervision as a coadjutor bishop who has been asked by Pope Francis have an auxiliary bishop to the side.
Since the Diocese of Albenga-Imperia is located near the French border, the allegation that is made to the bishop could also be represented as: " qui veut noyer son chien, l'accuse de la rage ". There are no official allegations. However, it seems to have to do with his friendliness to tradition and above all with a "misstep" in connection with the Franciscans of the Immaculate, which Rome can not seem to forgive.
Growing Number of Candidates for the Priesthood
The diocese of Albenga-Imperia is characterized under Bishop Oliveri, among other things, by a growing number of seminarians. Since the diocese is friendly to tradition and the direction of the training of priests is designed in this sense, priestly vocations are attracted from other diocese in search of a Catholic seminary. The diocese of Albenga-Imperia, which includes only ten percent of the Catholics of Liguria, has more seminarians than the whole rest of Liguria.
The same phenomenon is also experienced by a tradition friendly Diocese of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay. The Bishop has now been dismissed by Pope Francis. Recognize the signs, i.e. a popular slogan of our time, but these signs are not recognized. Some would say they are well recognized, but just to eliminate them. Given the yawning emptiness of many other seminaries has led to resentment of the flowering of Albenga in the past.
"Doctrinal and Liturgical Persecution of Clergé Réfractaire "
"Let us be under no illusions. Some reason will be found. The real reason, however, is a doctrinal and liturgical persecution, which aims to strike the clergé réfractaire which has resisted novel features, as it was already set during the French Revolution," said Messa in Latino.
The decision to appoint a coadjutor was announced today by the Ligurian newspaper Il Secolo XIX . The daily bulletin of the Vatican has published nothing.
Bishop Mario Oliveri was born in the Ligurian diocese of Acqui, consecrated in 1968 where he was incardinated a priest. The thesis of his doctorate at the Lateran University Church in law was published in the Vatican publishing house. After training at the Diplomatic Academy of the Holy See from 1972 to 1990 he was employed in the diplomatic service. In the same year, he was appointed Bishop of Albenga-Imperia. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI. as a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the International Council for Catechesis of Congregation of Clergy.
"Misstep" to Defend the Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate
Bishop Oliveri made the headlines because he celebrated Mass in the Immemorial Rite in the Co-Cathedral of Imperia in 2008 on the occasion of perpetual vows of seven Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. This created considerable media interest because he was the world's first bishop, who celebrated a public Pontifical Mass according to the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum from the episcopal throne.
The bishop granted the Franciscans of the Immaculate spacious accommodations and conferring upon them the care of several churches and places of pilgrimage. When the Order was put under provisional administration in July 2013, the priests were initially banned categorically and have since been allowed only with the greatest restrictions to celebrate in the traditional rite, Bishop Oliveri took pen and paper and sent a letter to Rome, where he himself defended the Order. He supported the requests of the Franciscans of the Immaculate in his diocese to be able to continue to celebrate the Old Rite and referred to the pastoral care of the faithful at the three Mass locations. In the eyes of many in Rome that was a fatal "blunder."
By the end of 2013, all three branches were closed by Commissioner Volpi in the diocese of Albenga-Imperia. Messa in Latino spoke then of "retaliation" because the bishop "had dared to defend the Franciscans of the Immaculate."
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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