Rorate Caeli

Pope Francis appoints a Tradition-friendly Bishop in Italy

It cannot be said that the appointment of bishops has gotten worse in the new Pontificate: as in the past ones, one finds great names favorable to Tradition along with mediocre liberals and liberal careerists. Not any different from what used to happen in the Benedictine years, which did not give us, alas, and contrariwise to what had been expected, a continuous parade of solid episcopal appointments.

The appointment on January 25 by Pope Francis of the rector of the seminary of the diocese of Albenga-Imperia (Liguria), Msgr. Antonio Suetta, as new bishop of the neighboring diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo, on the border with France, was widely welcomed by Tradition-minded Catholics throughout Italy. As we have often reported here, the bishop of Albenga-Imperia, Mario Oliveri, has made his diocese an "oasis for the 1962 Missal in Italy". In contrast the diocese of Ventimiglia-San Remo has not been as welcoming. Bishop-elect Suetta has been a faithful follower of Bp. Oliveri, and will hopefully proceed with at least being open to Traditional practices in the diocese he will now head.

(Tip and image source: Cordialiter)