New nuncio to put the US episcopate on a Bergoglian course
[He will be helped by LaDonna Cardinal, who is a member of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops – especially for their selection and advancement]
Text: Il Foglio / Giuseppe Nardi
The Eponymous Flower
Nuncio Christophe Pierre
Pope Francis is aware that the Catholic Church in the US is a major obstacle to put the world church on another course. Therefore, he aims at restructuring the staff of the episcopate. With the appointment of the left outsider, Blaise Cupich, as Archbishop of Chicago and thus one of the most important dioceses of the United States [as well as of Robert McElroy to San Diego], he has sent his clearest signal to date in this direction. It was taken by many Catholics of the country, but especially by the majority of bishops, with astonishment and horror.
With a new nuncio faithful to Francis, it is to be expected that the reports for the selection of episcopal candidates will take on a new Bergoglian dimension. The “conversion” of the US episcopate should now proceed at an accelerated pace.
The Francophone nuncio in Washington
Msgr. Jean Jadot
Christophe Pierre is the first Frenchman as nuncio in Washington, but only the second francophones in this office. Before him was the Walloon Jean Jadot of 1973-1980 who held this position. Jadot is considered a “hero” in the progressive US Catholics, says Magister, because he was responsible for a series of “progressive” episcopal appointments, including those of Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee and Raymond Hunthausen in Seattle.
Jadot’s struggles for an “other” Church was the reason why Pope John Paul II briefly brought him back to the Vatican after his election and entrusted him with only a minor supporting role. Jadot was so far the only nuncio to the United States who had not been awarded the dignity of Cardinal. With Viganò it could, albeit for different reasons, be one of two. “His elevation to Cardinal status is far from certain,” said Magister.