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A Romand could be the Bishop of Chur

What a coincidence: The Easter Sunday to Bishop Vitus Huonders 77. Birthday on the 21. April. On this day, Pope Francis had accepted two years before his resign

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A Romand could be the Bishop of Chur

What a coincidence: The Easter Sunday to Bishop Vitus Huonders 77. Birthday on the 21. April. On this day, Pope Francis had accepted two years before his resignation. The opinions differ as to whether the Bishop election will take place before Easter or at the latest before the summer holidays. In any case Nuncio Thomas Gullickson, in Bern at the time of consultation to the clergy of the Chur diocese.

On the day of the election itself, and in the Chur Cathedral Chapter elects the Bishop of Rome, submitted to three list. A 1948 guaranteed special rights the Bishop's choice, granted to the 24 canons. In theory, at least. In fact, it has come in the last 70 years never a free choice. As Rome 1988 Wolfgang Haas began as an auxiliary Bishop with the Successor, it has skipped the Chapter entirely. The choice of Huonders of 2007, many feel that it is a "Farce": Rome had presented to the Cathedral Chapter on the three list a Blind man, a lame man, and the desire candidates Huonder.

Blunt provocations

Even the so-conservative papal Nuncio Gullickson said in March 2017, immediately prior to the expected resignation Huonders to his 75. Birthday, the last Episcopal elections had been flawed. He assured to ensure the normality of the Bishop of Chur, To the Roman list, only the names of priests would be, you know.

Hardly be said, came from Rome to the completely unexpected notice that Pope Francis Huonders extended mandate to two years. Speculation about the " Why " shot to the herb. The most plausible sounds is the answer, according to Bishop Huonder obtained via his direct line to Rome, the extension of the term of office, in order to make his favorite vicar-General Martin Grichting as the successor.

The Zurich-based with the blunt provocations showed in the result than previously: for example, in comments on Islam, or for freedom of expression in the NZZ, sometimes in this newspaper, or at a stylish book launch in the Episcopal Palace with civic prominence, such as CVP, President, Gerhard Pfister, and FDP-Chief Petra Gössi.

Couchepin intervened

Many observers consider it impossible that the unloved Grichting be a Bishop, or even on the list. In the spring of 2008, as Huonder tried to make Grichting his Bishop, and even intervened in the then Federal President Pascal Couchepin.

Others argue that Vitus could Huonder used again, the official channels passing directly in Rome for Grichting. Anyway, some people do according to the Urschweizer vicar General Martin Kopp all that in Rome all the way up to the Pope, the Swiss state Church up the legal System with the democratic cantonal churches are bad and to give the impression that you need a Bishop, of the wayward Swiss Church trim back to Rome course.

has only Just ask Huonder in Rome, whether the Swiss state Church structure, it should be portable: The diocese was fired before the Federal court with the appeal against the decision of the Grisons country Church, to support a club that offers the deliberations abortions.

And also recently has expanded Huonder his house in the Cathedral Chapter by the appointment of the conservative Grisons pilgrimage priest Paul schlienger.

According to the Zurich Canon, Franz Stampfli 24 are canons today, the majority of Huonder loyalty. In any case, the diocese of lace has strengthened your Definition so that you, if not Grichting, a different line would bring the faithful priest: About Cathedral rector Gion-Luzi, Buhler or Roland Graf, known as the life protection activist and Secretary of the Huonder-faithful Chur priest circle.

Friendly, but colorless

but the Bishop of the diocese of Lausanne-Geneva-Fribourg, Alain de Raemy. The friendly, but colourless man of the Church is reminiscent of the earlier Freiburg, Bishop Amédée Grab, which was in 1998, surprisingly, the successor of Wolfgang Haas, and a temporary peace to the troubled diocese. De Raemy is regarded as a loyal Apparatchik, is likely to make as a Bishop Grichting to his vicar General.

As a possible Bishop candidate on the liberal side of the hermit, to be Abbot Urban Federer or the Horgen pastor Adrian Lüchinger. 70 to 80 clergyman belong to the "Forum Chur priest", has asked Pope Francis in a letter for the Bishop of Chur, in the service of reconciliation. Forum member Andreas Rellstab, the Zurich pastor and Canon, regrets that the Chapter has no influence on the Roman three list.

progressive clergy such as Martin Kopp hold, it is still possible that Rome will be the first to employ an Administrator who could make in the diocese of procedure. This vicar General, Kopp is hoping for a power word of Pope Francis personally.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 19.03.2019, 18:29 PM

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