Companions in the Spanish School


A no today from the Vatican is a yes tomorrow. The Cardinal and Archbishop Emeritus of Seville, Carlos Amigo, responded with these words to the priest Fermín Romero when he raised the Canarian aspiration to become an archdiocese, with its titular and auxiliary bishops, both in Gran Canaria and in Tenerife, and stop depending on ecclesiastically of Seville. An anomaly in the history of the Church as slow in his movements as wise in his decisions. Amigo and Romero were talking back in 2004 when Bernardo Álvarez from Palma had just taken office as head of the Nivarian episcopal see. Only 17 years since then and how much the Canary Islands and the Catholic Church have changed.

Yesterday, the Diocese of the Canary Islands took a first step on the historic path towards the Archdiocese. Everything must be said, which Lorenzo Olarte also claimed. José Mazuelos, with only two years in the headquarters of Vegueta, makes history with the promotion of a bishop from Valsequillo. Everything that goes to Rome comes from Rome, is repeated in the ecclesiastical adage to interpret these events. In other words, the Bishop of the Canary Islands has the listening and attention in Madrid and Rome, from the nunciature, through the Vatican dicasteries and, of course, by Pope Francis, who follows the appointment of bishops to the smallest detail.

Mazuelos has just arrived from the five-year visit to the Holy See, where he contracted coronavirus and forced him to be in quarantine at his residence in Plaza de Santa Ana, but the effort has been worth it. Other bishops, and even archbishops, do not get the 'placet' of the Holy Father to appoint an auxiliary and also among the priests of the diocesan clergy.

José Mazuelos, a doctor before he became a priest, went to Rome to further his studies at an advanced age and shared a student residence with a young Cristóbal Deniz. Those companions of the Roman Spanish College will soon be brothers in the episcopate.



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