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A name change, rewritten statutes, professors replaced, a revised order of studies. With Pope Francis an authentic earthquake has struck the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family - this being the original designation - founded by pope Karol Wojtyla in the early years of his pontificate and initially entrusted to the leadership of Carlo Caffarra, a theologian of great expertise on the subject and a future cardinal.
In the previous post, Settimo Cielo highlighted the justified revolt of numerous students and of many tenured professors against this revolution, a revolt that reached a point of no return after the public support given by pope emeritus Benedict XVI to the most authoritative of the purgees, former dean of the Institute Livio Melina:
Francis - Determination - Change - Motion - Maneuver
It is unlikely, however, that Francis will backtrack. This can be deduced from the implacable determination with which he set the change in motion, with a maneuver planned for years and entirely brought down from above, implemented by his ever-faithful enforcer Vincenzo Paglia, the archbishop placed by the pope at the head of the Institute with the title of Grand Chancellor.
In comparison with Paglia, the role of the current dean of the Institute, Pierangelo Sequeri - a Milanese theologian of recognized expertise inexplicably adapted to this task - appears tenuous, unsteady, and entirely subordinate, as can be intuited from the timeline of events of the past two years, carefully reconstructed by the American vaticanista Diane Montagna for LifeSite News and reproduced a little further below on this page.
Timeline - Appointment - Paglia - Grand - Chancellor
The timeline starts off with the appointment of Paglia as Grand Chancellor, in August of 2016, and with the motu prprio with which the following year Pope Francis changed the name - and prospectively the substance - of the Institute.
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