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Pope to open academic year for John Paul II Institute, replacing Cardinal Sarah

October 06, 2016

Pope Francis will speak at the inauguration of the new academic year for the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, the Vatican has announced.

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, had originally been scheduled to preside at the event, which will be held on October 27. The Pope’s decision to appear personally seems to underline his hope for change in the direction of the Institute.

In August, the Pope replaced both the chancellor and the president of the John Paul II Institute. The newly appointed leaders, Archbishop Vincenzio Paglia and Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, have taken notably more liberal views on questions involving marriage and family than their predecessors, Cardinal Agostino Vallini and Msgr. Livio Melina.

Cardinal Sarah is also strongly associated with the defense of traditional Church teachings on marriage, family, and sexuality, for which the John Paul II Institute has been known.


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  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Oct. 08, 2016 1:11 AM ET USA

    Actions always speak louder than words if you will but look. It will be interesting to see what transpires next with the new presider.

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Oct. 07, 2016 10:30 AM ET USA

    More and more I fear outright schism.

  • Posted by: Faustina01 - Oct. 07, 2016 12:40 AM ET USA

    Cardinal Sarah for our next Pope! And please God, soon!

  • Posted by: bernie4871 - Oct. 06, 2016 9:30 PM ET USA

    We continue to have ominous indications of the Pope's determination to cause radical change to long settled issues and all out of some attachment to an agenda of the people who conspired to put him in Office. Questions relating to marriage are being treated as if they were merely optional views and a married clergy is not the tradition going back to the Apostles themselves, regardless of a sinning clergy. Sarah and Burke cast aside! Where is his judgment?

  • Posted by: Cincinnatus - Oct. 06, 2016 8:44 PM ET USA

    The views of Archbishop Paglia and Msgr. Siqueri almostall in Italian negatively filtered through English-language Catholic media not known for careful or thoughtful analysis, and you pick up their reports without, in my view, sufficient critical examination. Fort example, ook at Abp. Paglia's widely circulated message to 40 Says for Life, which you could have covered appropriately but did not