The Archbishop Emeritus of Paris, Mgr Michel Aupetit, had an exchange with Pope Francis ” warm “, he says in a brief interview published Friday, February 4 on the official Vatican News website. During the meeting between the two men, which took place on February 3, according to our information, the Pope asked Bishop Aupetit to remain a member of the Congregation of Bishops.
The interview was not among the hearings officially announced by the Vatican.
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“The pope) also wanted to show his confidence by asking me to stay at the Roman Congregation for Bishops of which, as you know, I am already a part, and where I come every fortnight”says the former archbishop of Paris, whose resignation was accepted by the pope on December 2, following articles in Point citing issues regarding its governance and privacy.
“He repeated that he considered me a victim of hypocrisy and clericalism”
In Rome, the members of the Congregation for Bishops have the task of proposing to the pope men who are considered to become bishops in half of the dioceses of the world. The other half of the dioceses, located in the countries of the South, depend on the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. “Pope Francis renewed his support for me after my resignation as Archbishop of Paris, continues Bishop Aupetit. He repeated that he considered me a victim of hypocrisy and clericalism. »
The successor of Cardinal André Vingt-Trois at the head of the diocese of Paris claims to have “long spoken” with Francis of “the situation of the Church of France”. It also states, without providing further details, that this situation “worries the pope”.
Addressing his future, Bishop Aupetit announces that he has the project “to accompany the many initiatives of young baptized lay people at the service of the poorest and of the mission of evangelization”, as the “Francis’ house” near Toulouse, and “the Sainte-Marie house in the desert, where we will welcome different people in vulnerable situations or who have been hurt by life”.