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We all know that “Pope” Francis is a big friend of migration, but even he has his limits when it comes to tolerating persistent moving about.
The expert Vatican journalist Marco Tosatti reports on his blog today that “Bishop” Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary of the diocese of Maria Santissima in Astana, Kazakhstan, has “received a verbal [i.e. oral] injunction from the Vatican asking him to reduce the frequency of his trips abroad” (“Il Papa Impone ‘i Domiciliari’ al Vescovo Athanasius Schneider”, Stilum Curiae, Nov. 6, 2018; Google translation). The person who communicated this restriction to him was “Abp.” Francis Chullikatt, the Vatican’s nuncio to Kazakhstan.
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The curtailment had been issued by “Cardinal” Pietro Parolin, who, as the Vatican Secretary of State, acts on Francis’ behalf. Apparently someone in the Vatican had taken notice of the fact that Schneider spends an incredible amount of time outside of his diocese, traveling the globe from conference to conference to speak about apostasy, schism, and other problems he sees in the Vatican II Church.
According to Tosatti, because the Vatican restriction was delivered only by spoken word and not in writing, Schneider is unable to appeal the decision to the Congregation of Bishops or some ecclesiastical tribunal. No reasons were given for the sanction, which was communicated to Schneider in April of this year.
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What does this mean now in practice for any trips the Kazakh auxiliary wishes to take outside his home country? Tosatti writes: “Every time he plans a trip abroad, he must inform the Nuncio.” Whether this will remain a simple notification or become in effect a request for permission will have to be seen, but it is clear that if the nuncio — or his ultimate boss — doesn’t like the frequency, the destination, or the purpose of the trips, Schneider will quickly come to...
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