- Mar 1, 2021
After closing one of their locations and setting it aside for the exclusive use of their founder, Italy’s Bose Monastery has announced their decision to reopen the property after the refusal of founder Enzo Bianchi to leave after twice being ordered to do so by the Vatican.
Most observers of new movements in the Catholic Church would say they tend to share a number of characteristics, one of which is a strong cult of personality around the founder that tends to insulate such figures from suspicion and creates a series of disincentives for bringing forth accusations or complaints.
Nearly a year after refusing to comply with a Vatican order to leave the monastery he founded, Italian layman Enzo Bianchi will now relocate to one of his community’s former properties, which has permanently closed in a bid to end a months-long stalemate.
After the founder of an Italian community denied that he has disobeyed a papal order to vacate his monastery over issues of governance, a papal delegate to the group has said the founder is in fact still living on the premises.
After their founder’s removal last month due to problems of governance, an Italian monastery has issued a public apology for the scandal created by the episode, offering a tic-toc of the events which led to their leader’s exile.
Some fans of Pope Francis seem anxious that his legacy might be “rolled back” when he’s gone, but here’s the thing: Catholicism isn’t a zero/sum tradition, in which veering in one direction for a while means repealing what came before.