Bishop Francesco Moraglia is described as "Ratzingerian," in both theology and liturgy
January 31, 2012 11:59 EST
From Sandro Magister of Chiesa:
Born in Genoa on May 25 59 years ago, he was ordained a priest on June
29, 1977, by Cardinal Giuseppe Siri, with whom he became assistant
pastor, and in 1986 he became a professor of theology at the Institute
for Religious Studies of Liguria. With Siri's successor, Cardinal
Giovanni Canestri, he became in 1989 a professor in the Genoese section
of the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy, in 1990 a diocesan
assistant with the MEIC, and in 1994 the president of the aforementioned
institute for religious studies. With Canestri's successor, Cardinal
Dionigi Tettamanzi, in 1996 he became director of the diocesan office
for culture. With Tettamanzi's successor, Tarcisio Bertone, in 2004 he
became a canon of the metropolitan chapter of the cathedral of San
Lorenzo. In 2007, when he was appointed bishop of La Spezia, he was
consecrated bishop in Genoa on February 3, 2008 by Cardinal Angelo
Bagnasco, archbishop of Genoa and president of the CEI, and Archbishop
Mauro Piacenza, now cardinal prefect of the congregation for the clergy,
who has always followed Moraglia's ecclesiastical career very closely.
with a decree of April 23, 2010, appointed Moraglia president of the
administrative board of the foundation "Communication and Culture,"
which oversees the television channel of the CEI, TV 2000, directed by
In short, Moraglia has drawn a rare convergence of
consensus among personalities who in other respects are not always in
harmony with each other, like the cardinals Bagnasco and Bertone. As
well as other cardinals consulted, like Carlo Caffarra, Camillo Ruini,
Angelo Scola, and Crescenzio Sepe.
But the new patriarch of
Venice is also respected by the elderly but still clear-minded cardinal
Giacomo Biffi, who although he does not know him from up close had spent
all of his substantial authoritativeness with pope Ratzinger to promote
him as archbishop of Milan Moraglia still has Ambrosian blood in his
veins, from his mother's side with a heartfelt letter that made a big
impression in the other halls of the Apostolic Palace.
can be defined without the shadow of a doubt as "Ratzingerian," in both
theology and liturgy. He is a man of culture, but always attentive to
making the presence of the Church felt alongside the world of work, with
special attention to the weakest sectors, following in this a tradition
that comes down from Siri. So in January of 2009, he could be seen in
his impeccable episcopal garments, holding a megaphone to speak with the
workers of a factory who had mobilized to defend their jobs (in the
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