This is interesting.
Do you remember my post and comments about Pope Francis and collegiality? Collegiality: an inquiry
This is from Sandro Magister: The pope gives, the pope takes away
VATICAN CITY, January 14, 2014 – In addition to the appointment of cardinals, Pope Francis is also taking liberties with the selection of bishops. [He is free to do so. However, if a Pope wants to be taken serious over time, he will observe the laws that he imposes on others. For example: let him do a, b, or c in complete disregard for the rites on, say, Holy Thursday… yes, he can do that and nobody can say that he can’t. Father Z, however, on Thursday is obliged to follow the rites.]
Above all when it comes to his native Argentina, Jorge Mario Bergoglio often (if not always) neglects to submit the appointment to the judgment of the cardinals and bishops who make up the Vatican congregation set up for this purpose, even though he radically overhauled it before Christmas. [So, does it really matter if Card. Burke isn’t a member of the Congregation?]
In Argentina, during the first ten months of his pontificate, Francis has made fifteen episcopal appointments: eight “ex novo” and seven with transfers from other positions.
But in one of these Argentine appointments, something must not have gone quite right.
It is that concerning one of the two auxiliaries of Lomas de Zamora appointed by the pope last December 3, the Capuchin Carlos Alberto Novoa de Agustini, 47, who – as stated in the official biography published in the bulletin of the Holy See on that date – in May of 1996 had “received priestly ordination from the then-auxiliary of Buenos Aires, Bishop Bergoglio, now Pope Francis.”
It happened, in fact, that on the subsequent December 14 a statement from the diocese said that Novoa de Agustini would not be consecrated bishop because “after mature discernment” he had “requested from the Holy Father Francis a dispensation from his appointment, which he had granted to him.” No details were given on the reasons for this reversal.
Okay… let’s leave aside the fact that one of the men the Pope seems to have selected wasn’t the best choice. The Congregation has made mistakes in the past too.
But… that is not the real point here.
The Pope needs an assist in the governance of the Church, lest he stumble.
The Roman Pontiff has a Congregation to which he has granted a mandate and authority to aid him in the selection of bishops. If he does not use their service, if he does not work in a collegial manner, what does that mean? What does that mean for his view and style of governance?
In my earlier post, I wrote:
It doesn’t make any difference what liberals think about collegiality, or what you think about collegiality, or what I think about collegiality. What matters is what Pope Francis thinks about collegiality. Does anybody know?
He doesn’t always consult in the appointment of bishops?
I think we will all agree that the selection of bishops is pretty important.
Liberals are constantly crying that there isn’t nearly enough grassroots consultation in the selection of bishops, that the appointments come down from on high.
It will be interesting to see if liberals criticize Pope Francis for acting in such a non-collegial manner.