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Page 2, 27th June 1969 — Pope rejects reform of envoys' role

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Pope rejects reform of envoys' role

Keywords: Landazuri

AL demands from liberals for a reform in the role of papal envoys throughout the world. In a lengthy decree published this week he reaffirmed their traditional role. This is to report to him on affairs of the Church in each country and to recommend names of clergy for appointment as bishops. Both of these functions have come under criticism from some Church liberals, who have argued they should be entrusted primarily to national bishops' conferences. Some churchmen have also accused papal envoys of unwarranted interference in local Church affairs. The most dramatic example of this occurred recently in Peru, where Cardinal Landazuri Ricketts, the liberal Archbishop of Lima, told Mgr. Romolo Carboni, the Papal Nuncio, that problems of the Peruvian clergy were no business of Vatican diplomatic representatives unless they were referred to them by the bishops. Mgr. Carboni aroused the Cardinal's anger by criticising a group of priests of the Trujillo archdiocese who are seeking social reforms. He called them "hypocrites, clowns and . . . the shame of the Peruvian clergy."

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