- Apr 22, 2021
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.
Father James Gardiner, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, who is director of special projects at the monastery, said the gardens and the replicas are meant to “whet your appetite” for seeing the real things in the Holy Land.
Ireland has been hard hit by scandals involving the sins of priests in recent years, but it’s also home to a new Benedictine priory with a commitment to prayer for the sanctification of priests, rooted in St. Benedict’s example of adaptation to changing circumstances.