Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò: ‘The Holy Father Wants Bishops in Tune With Their People’


BALTIMORE — During a brief, but pointed address before the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gathered for their annual fall meeting Nov. 11-13, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, delivered a striking message from Rome.

“The Holy Father wants bishops in tune with their people. When, this past June, I met with him in his simple apartment at the Casa Santa Marta for a fruitful discussion, he made a special point of saying that he wants ‘pastoral’ bishops, not bishops who profess or follow a particular ideology.”

Archbishop Viganò, the Pope’s personal representative in the U.S., told the assembly Nov. 11 that Francis was calling on them to deepen their love for the Church, embrace a life of simplicity and Christian witness in conformity with the Gospel and adopt a pastoral program purified of partisan agendas and united to the Vicar of Christ.


by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND 11/12/2013

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