The spokesman for the bishops, Luis Argüello, announces his resignation

"In the next Plenary, the Bishops will have to elect a new secretary, since it does not seem feasible to share both responsibilities." The still secretary general and spokesman for the Episcopal Conference, Luis Argüello, has just been appointed Archbishop of Valladolid by Pope Francis. Y, as advanced weeks ago and the same confirmed in an interview with Religión Digitalwill not continue as 'number three' of the Spanish Church.

And it is that Argüello's departure from his responsibilities in the Episcopal Conference occurs not only because of his promotion (he goes from auxiliary bishop to archbishop of Valladolid, replacing Cardinal Ricardo Blázquez), but because of his controversial interventions on the pederasty scandal in the Spanish Church and the successive fluctuations in the position of the bishops in the face of abuse.

In fact, in recent times, the changes in strategy of the Episcopal Conference regarding the fight against pedophilia have caused a deep division among the bishops, and have forced them, after months of denial, to announce an audit commissioned by the office Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo (which most of the victims do not recognize because of his links to Opus Dei), but they systematically refused to collaborate with the commission that the Ombudsman will present this Monday before the Congress of Deputies.

At 69, moreover, the appointment of Argüello eliminates him, in practice, from the succession race in both Barcelona and Madrid. Pope Francis has confirmed Omella and Osoro in their positions, at least, until their mandate in the EEC ends in March 2024. Argüello was a 'white blackbird' for some conservative sectors that aspired to recover the 'throne' of Madrid , which Bergoglio granted to Osoro despite Rouco Varela's attempts to place his dolphins and pilot his succession.

Argüello's formal ascent is interpreted as Rome's classic kick up. And it is that his meteoric career has been slowed down by the controversial management of abuse cases, with successive changes of course and loud skids in several press conferences included.

Argüello will leave several fronts open for his successor. Outwards: the treatment of the victims of ecclesial pederasty, the participation of the Church in the 'Gabilondo commission', the role of the Cremades law firm in the Catholic investigation or, in another area, the relationship with the Government of Pedro Sánchez. Inside, the main issue is the continuous power struggles between two and even three sectors that fight for control of the House of the Church. Argüello, a man of listening and reflection, has tried without much success to reconcile the opposing extremes. It is expected that, with his departure, his successor will have a free hand to change teams, both in communication and, possibly, also in the economic field.

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