by Sandro Magister
VATICAN CITY, August 7, 2014 – There are those who maintain, and even say they are certain, that Pope Francis wants to reform the papacy to the point of “destructuring” the role of the Roman pontiff as it was developed in the second millennium of the Christian era, beginning with the Gregorian reform and continuing through the magisterium of the Council of Trent and of Vatican I.
This seems to be the gist of two significant declarations that have come in recent weeks.
The author of one of these is the lay monk Enzo Bianchi (in the photo), founder and prior of the monastery of Bose.
On July 23, after Pope Francis appointed him as a consultant for the pontifical council for the promotion of Christian unity, Bianchi released shattering statements to the website Vatican Insider.
The position that the prior of Bose received is not of great significance in itself. But it received enthusiastic coverage in the media, given the vast influence of Bianchi's words in the Catholic world - and not only among progressives - and his regular contributions to the front pages of important Italian secular newspapers like “la Repubblica” and “La Stampa.”