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New prelate of Order of Malta

July 06, 2015

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Pope Francis has named Bishop Jean Laffitte, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family since 2009, as the prelate of the Sovereign Order of Malta.

Bishop Laffitte, 63, succeeds Archbishop Angelo Acerbi, 89, who has held the position since 2001.

The Pontiff chooses the prelate from three candidates presented by the Sovereign Order. The prelate serves as the superior of the Sovereign Order’s clergy and also assists the cardinal patron, Cardinal Raymond Burke, in his work.

As secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Bishop Laffitte warned against oversexualized interpretations of St. John Paul II’s theology of the body. Following last October’s Synod of Bishops, he spoke about the indissolubility of marriage and the incompatibility of adultery and the reception of Holy Communion.


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  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Jul. 06, 2015 6:50 PM ET USA

    We're supposed to pray for a miracle at the Synod for the Family. The while, another Bishop joins Cdl. Burke after he spoke up for indissolubility and the impossibility of Holy Communion for those caught in a second adulterous marriages. If it acts like a plot, talks like a plot, smells like a plot, maybe it . . . . . Naw! that's nonsense.