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The article published on the 3rd of November at www.chiesa caused unsurprising irritation in the two figures mentioned.
However, it also inspired further criticism about the ecumenical project promoted by both of them, especially the Prior of Bose, fresh from his papal nomination as consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Unity of Christians.
The author of the following note is a priest in the diocese of Bari, Professor of Liturgy and Consultant of the Congregation for Divine Worship along with the Congregation for the Cause of Saints.
THE NON-CATHOLIC ECUMENISM OF ENZO BIANCH
By Nicola Bux
The “deconstruction of the papacy in its present form” – as Sandro Magister noted – is dear to the Prior of Bose, who thinks that there is nothing more to hope for as regards the unity of the great Traditional Churches, inasmuch as their separation about who has primacy would be exactly what prevents the unity of Christians today.
“It is written in the Gospel that the disciples began arguing among themselves about who was the first. It seems to me that this argument has continued throughout the history of the Church and is still one of the central cruxes on the question of unity. What is not taken into account is that each tradition is limited and partial and arriving at the full truth is possible only if we are all united..” (E. Bianchi, “Ricominciare”, [Beginning Again] Marietti, Genova, 1999, p 73-74).
In reality, Jesus Himself resolved the pre- Pasqual discussion among His disciples by establishing the primacy of Simon-Cefa.
Furthermore, those who are truly Catholic know that “traditional Churches” do not exist, but only one Church and that those Christians who autonomously set up Churches and Communities between the first and second millennium must come to recognizing the Apostolic Tradition shared and sealed by the Roman Church.
So Bianchi does not dissimulate a relativist idea of unity in the Church; nor does he hide sharing the vision of Jean-Marie Tillard, whose idea is that the Church is made up in the totality of “sister Churches”. In order to highlight the wrongness of such a concept, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a notification on 30th June 2000:
Note on the expression “Sister Churches”: (in English)
Further, Bianchi appeals to the fact that the Pope should not decide anything by himself, but on the other hand he would ascribe him the power “to restore unity to the Church”. (”Ricominciare”, pp. 72-73).
Instead, the ecumenical theologian, Max Thurian, described the ecumenical consequences of the Credo common to Christian confessions thus:
“Visible unity among Christians may only be achieved in the recognition of the Eucharistic celebrations and in the high offices that structure the Church, in the apostolic succession and communion with the Bishop of Rome.[…] For the Catholic Church, the fullness of apostolicity lies in the succession of bishops after the Apostles and in their communion recognized in the office of Peter continued through the Bishop of Rome.” (Avvenire, 39th June 1997).
For Bianchi, it’s the opposite, the recognition of papal primacy is the real barrier to unity in the Church.
I don’t know if Pope Francis knew all of this when he nominated the Prior of Bose consultant to the Ecumenical Office of the Holy See last July 22nd.
Enzo Bianchi’s ideas express that “hermeneutic of discontinuity and break” which includes the “philo-red” of the Bolognese publication (in several volumes), “Conciliorum oecumenicorum generaliumque decreta”, in which, “some reservations of a doctrinal nature remain,” according to Vatican authorities.
To this, Archbishop Agostino Marchetto has punctually, in a detailed and documented way, made a counterpoint. And the Pope has defined him “as the best interpreter of the Second Vatican Council.”
Therefore there should be no doubts about who is not telling it right.
Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana.