I read first at Rorate that a 57 year old bishop of the Diocese of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, was summarily removed from the diocese by Francis the Merciful, first of his name.
He was asked to resign. He refused. He was s-canned.
There was no reason given. He hasn’t been charged with anything. If he had been an abuser, like Francis’ friend Zanchetta, perhaps he would have been promoted… like Francis’ friend Zanchetta.
I did see this on Crux, which places two issues side by side and which I’m convinced are related.
Fernandez Torres was also accused of refusing to transfer seminarians from his diocese to the new Interdiocesan Seminary of Puerto Rico, and he was the only prelate not signing several statements made by the bishops’ conference, including a national ban on the Tridentine Mass following Pope Francis’ motu proprio Traditionis custodes, that limits the use of the traditional Latin liturgy. The bishop also voiced his opposition to a bill that would have banned “conversion therapy” for homosexuals.
So, he wasn’t cooperating with the other bishops, who are trying to crush people who want the Traditional Latin Mass and who are soft on sodomy.
Remember about the Bishop of Mayagüez, forbade Roman chasubles, linen tablecloths, chalice veils, maniples, birettas…. That’s what is going on in PR.
Again I had my thought of gathering the cancelled priests, bishops and even cardinals at some monastic complex of a now extinct lib order and starting a seminary.