The Pope appointed primate of Toledo to a bishop, a supporter of return Guadalupe, Extremadura

An anomaly of the church, which faces to the archdiocese of Toledo with the diocese of extremadura, is about to be resolved. It is the territorial belonging of

The Pope appointed primate of Toledo to a bishop, a supporter of return Guadalupe, Extremadura

An anomaly of the church, which faces to the archdiocese of Toledo with the diocese of extremadura, is about to be resolved. It is the territorial belonging of the sanctuary of Guadalupe and its surroundings. They are part of Extremadura (and the virgin of the same name, the patron saint of the civil autonomy extremadura), but depend ecclesiastically on the archbishopric of la mancha, in the past one of the most extensive of christianity thanks to his primatura national, which gave him possessions in Spain and the rank of prelate of the west Indies.

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From this morning, the new primate, Francisco Cerro Chaves, extremadura birth (Malpartida de Cáceres. 1957) bishop of Coria-Cáceres from 2007, is in favour of Toledo returned to Guadalupe, Extremadura. What has been repeatedly said and it is assumed that pope Francis, who is the one who has appointed him, backs that position.

At 12.16, the bells of the cathedral announced the appointment of Cerro Chaves as the substitute of the archbishop Braulio Rodríguez Plaza (Aldea del Fresno, Madrid. 1944), which is removed without having been appointed cardinal primate. What have been their predecessors from centuries ago, mentioned almost always as the beloved of the popes reigning, among others the cardinal Ciriaco Sancha, Enrique Pla y Deniel, Isidro Gomá, Marcelo Gonzalez, Vicente Enrique and Tarancón or Antonio Cañizares.

Braulio Rodriguez, in office since 2009, is retiring without a cardinal's hat, and the anomaly is explained by two reasons: the idea of Francisco de distinguish with that title —still and believing Princes of the Church— the personality of its owners, rather than the range of the archiepiscopal sees. But also the expression of rejection by the positioning of the already exprimado to the reforms carried out by the pontiff argentine, he's a distant next to a large part of the Spanish bishops.

The outgoing archbishop has opposed, in addition, with energy, to the refund of Guadalupe, Extremadura, mutilated as an Autonomous Community on your facet of the Ecclesiastical Province despite the fact that the Agreements signed by Spain in the Vatican in 1976 and 1979, and say that the territorial division of the roman Church in Spain will correspond with the provincial State. With one exception: the cathedral of Urgell, which includes also the Principality of Andorra.

The new primate has pastoral experience and great knowledge of the archdiocese of Toledo, in whose workshop he studied and was ordained a priest in 1981. Months ago that sounded to the charge, and pointed him out in Extremadura as the prelate intended to solve, once and for all, the rock of sanctuary of Guadalupe and its surroundings.

Currently attached to the line moderate of the bishops, Hill was in his youth a part of the so-called "bishops of the Sacred Heart", a group formed in Toledo who were also members of two prominent prelates conservatives, José Ignacio Munilla (prelate of San Sebastian), and Demetrio Fernández (Córdoba). The pastoral care and the reality of one of the diocese's poorest of Spain, as Coria-Cáceres, we broke away from that group. It is the first episcopal appointment was Bernardito Auza, the prelate filipino who has recently assumed the nunciature (embassy) of the Pope in Spain.

doctorate in Spiritual Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University Rome, the Hill is a founding member of the Priestly Fraternity of the Heart of Christ and founder of the Secular Institute Cor Iesu. He worked pastorally in Valladolid and was the bishop of Coria-Cáceres from the June 21, 2007.

In the Episcopal Conference is a member of the Commission for Missions and Cooperation between Churches from 2017. He has written a hundred books, some translated into several languages such as French, Italian, and Portuguese, among others.

Updated Date: 28 December 2019, 14:00

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