[The purge of “traditionally friendly” bishops continues]
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
(Rome) As predicted the tradition friendly Bishop of Albenga-Imperia, Msgr. Mario Olivieri, has been retired by Pope Francis at the age of 72 years.
As was announced in this day’s Bulletin of the Holy See, “Pope Francis has accepted the resignation by S. Ex. Msgr. Mario Olivieri from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Albenga-Imperia (Italy).”
For successor, Francis has appointed Msgr. Guglielmo Borghetti, the former Bishop Coadjutor.
Bishop Olivieri was among the most tradition friendly bishops of the Catholic episcopate. A group of priests of his diocese had railed his appointment in 1990, but have had no success in removing him under John Paul II. And Benedict XVI.
Under Pope Francis there were changing conditions. The intra-diocesan critics saw a way up and began using a sympathetic media to make a new public campaign of accusations against the bishop.
On January 10, 2015 Francis appointed a coadjutor bishop, who has since held the governance of the diocese. Now Msgr. Olivieri has acted in obedience to the Pope’s desire, to take a step back and offer him his resignation.
More info from Catholic World News: Bishop Oliveri has drawn support from traditionalist Catholics, who praised his defense of orthodoxy and his success in attracting men to the priesthood. But critics argue that the large number of young priests and seminarians reflects the willingness of the diocese to overlook problems of character.