Back in March the Holy See announced that the Holy Father was proclaim St. John Vianney as patron of all priests, not just of parish priests.
Paolo Rodari of Palazzo Apostolico has an entry, entitled in Italian "Incuria d’Ars" ("sloppiness of Ars").
The year for priests, writes Rodari, "is ending with a mystery (un giallo)." L’Osservatore Romano had announced on 9 June.
Why this about-face?
According to I.Media they have changed plans because St. John Vianney is not sufficiently representative of the priesthood of the 21st century, nor is he sufficiently universal, that is, representative of all priests in different ministries. Furthermore, he isn’t entirely representative of today’s priest, in the age of communication.
Rodari opines that this could have been a bureaucratic decision. Something perhaps wasn’t right with the Motu Proprio for the proclamatio.
In any event, this head-scratcher sure leaves the impression that someone in those upper hallways doesn’t have a clear idea of what he is doing. Whoever either didn’t get the work done or consult widely enough in the preparation process left the Pope exposed to some embarrassment.
The positive side is that something that was not deemed entirely opportune wasn’t in fact done.