Bicycling in the Sanctuary — The “Model” of the “Merciful” Bishops
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Archbishop Lorefice Travels With His Bike Through the Presbyterium of his Cathedral
(Rome) The new Archbishop of Palermo, recently appointed by Pope Francis, Msgr. Corrado Lorefice, swung himself in a bicycle and drove through the presbyterium of his Cathedral.
“Sometimes I ask myself whether certain prelates do not invent these surprises from a mere desire to see if they come into the media and land especially on certain blogs, for example, ours …” according to the traditional website Messa in Latino.
News and pictures were published by the official website of the Archdiocese of Palermo with the following text:
Palermo. Primatiale Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption, Wednesday, April 27, 2016: Feast of the Athletes. Image: His Excellency Most Reverend Monsignor Corrado Lorefice, Archbishop-Metropolitan, Primate of Sicily, on a bicycle in the chancel of his cathedral.
Biking Archbishop applauded by his enthusiasatic audience
The Archbishop was given a bike that he didn’t want to try outside the church. Instead, he rose immediately and in full regalia as celebrant, chasuble and miter, got on the bike and drove it through the presbytery of his episcopal church. The Cathedral of Palermo is not only where lay the Stauferkaisers Henry VI. and Frederick II. and the Norman King, Roger II. It is above all one of the oldest Christian places of worship in Europe. The area of the Cathedral was secret at the latest in the second century gathering of Christians in underground tunnels. Here the martyrs of the persecution of Christians were buried. The Christians gathered at their graves. In the early fourth century, the construction of the first cathedral was carried out. Under Pope Gregory the Great, the second cathedral was built around 600.
Msgr. Lorefice belongs to the so-called “compassionate” bishops appointed by Pope Francis. Observers speak of “progressive” appointments.
Born in 1962 in Sicily, he was ordained in 1987 a priest in the Diocese of Noto. On October 27, 2015, Pope Francis surprised with his appoinment as the new primate of Sicily. Last 5 December, the inauguration took place. Officially, church-related media cheered him as a “bishop of a Church of the poor and for the poor”. Traditional media, however, spoke of an “ultra progressive slap for conservatives” in the Church.
Lorefice followed Cardinal Paolo Romeo, who made the ominous prediction in late 2011 that Pope Benedict XVI. would die within the year 2012. Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, of Benedict XVI. taught thereat, in his exposition of the facts of an “assassination plot”.
Pop music of Noemi and “School of Bologna”
Lorefice belongs to the progressive “school of Bologna”, that historian school, looking at the Second Vatican Council as a “break” with the recent ecclesial tradition and as a “new beginning” in the modern age. Lorefice contributed to this school in a book about Gisueppe Dossetti and Cardinal Lercaro, who were both central figures of the progressive “Rhenish Alliance”.
Dossetti was a left Catholic politician, who was consecrated a priest in 1959 consecrated by Cardinal Lercaro priest. Thanks to his political and parliamentary experience, he was the one who steered the Second Vatican Council for the “Rheinische Alliance” from the background. The lever which he used was the Rules of Procedure. Until an incensed Pope Paul VI. forced him to leave Rome.
Lorefice had become, before his appointment, less known because of a clerical draft, but especially because of his unusual sermons on the music of Noemi and other pop singers.
Messa in Latina wrote sarcastically about the Archbishop biking in his church: “Ad perpetuam rei memoriam.” The conspicuous drive into the presbyterate seems to proportionally match its desacralization.