Pope to open academic year for John Paul II Institute, replacing Cardinal Sarah

Pope to open academic year for John Paul II Institute, replacing Cardinal Sarah

Is this part of what Sandro Magister describes as “With Cardinal Robert Sarah Pope Francis cultivates a relationship with two distinct profile: Benevolent up front, hostile at a distance”?]

Catholic World News – October 06, 2016

Pope Francis will speak at the inauguration of the new academic year for the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, the Vatican has announced.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, had originally been scheduled to preside at the event, which will be held on October 27. The Pope’s decision to appear personally seems to underline his hope for change in the direction of the Institute.

In August, the Pope replaced both the chancellor and the president of the John Paul II Institute. The newly appointed leaders, Archbishop Vincenzio Paglia and Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, have taken notably more liberal views on questions involving marriage and family than their predecessors, Cardinal Agostino Vallini and Msgr. Livio Melina.

Cardinal Sarah is also strongly associated with the defense of traditional Church teachings on marriage, family, and sexuality, for which the John Paul II Institute has been known.

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One comment on “Pope to open academic year for John Paul II Institute, replacing Cardinal Sarah

  1. Clearing out the riff-raff

    OCT 07, 2016 by HILARY WHITE

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    At the last minute, Francis has decided to replace Cardinal Sarah to open the academic year at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Rome. He’s going to do it himself.

    Some see the replacement of Cardinal Sarah, who heads the Vatican’s department for liturgy, as a blow to the African cardinal whose preference for clarity when it comes to the Church’s moral teaching is well known. His substitution also follows his outspoken comments in July, advocating priests to celebrate Mass facing East, which earned him a reprimand from the Vatican.

    This comes after appointing Archbishop Vincenzo (“Communion for the divorced and remarried? Great idea!“) Paglia and the Milanese theologian, Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, as, respectively, the Institute’s new grand chancellor and president.

    As Edward Pentin politely puts it, these two “have expressed views that critics say contradict the moral clarity of the Church’s traditional approach to marriage and the family, something the Institute has always tried to uphold.”

    More to the point, the JPII Institute has been the biggest academic thorn in the side of the Kasper Plan from the start, and made quite a lot of noise about being shut out of the “Synodal process,” for those two expensive dog-n-pony shows. They have also historically been the biggest defenders in the Church of JPII’s Familiaris Consortio, the document that was specifically being attacked by Francis and his little band of Orcs.

    So, putting in the Paglia/Sequeri team is intended to shut down that source of irritation.

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