- May 11, 2021
Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo, a theologian who led important research on the drafting of St. Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae, has been appointed vice president of Rome’s Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences.
In the wake of revelations surrounding scandals involving ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and accusations by a former Vatican ambassador that Pope Francis and other curial officials knew and said nothing, one prelate has said it’s important to build a new future, rather than getting stuck in the past.
Austrian professor Josef Seifert -who was removed from the Pontifical Academy for Life by Pope Francis – said the new John Paul II Academy would work “against all social or historical pressures of the spirit of our time that wants us to water down or to deny entirely the truth that there are intrinsically evil acts.”
A recent decision by Pope Francis to re-found the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family may have some pro-lifers nervous, but Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and Monsignor Pierangelo Sequeri say there’s no need to be: This isn’t the pope subtracting anything from the institute, they say, but doubling its importance.