Analysis: The Importance of Cardinal Zuppi’s Celebration with Summorum Pontificum Pilgrims


The cardinal therefore decided to keep everything as it was – except to find another non-parochial church – allowing the faithful to attend the traditional Latin mass.

Indeed, Zuppi underlined that “the liturgical tradition has given an unmistakable mark to our local Church. It is a garden to be cultivated with renewed love and passion without ever resigning oneself to weariness and laziness which, even when they do not degenerate into abuse, end up weakening the formidable strength of the liturgy of which the Church was born and is still being built.”

Zuppi’s decision should come as no surprise, given that as a bishop he has also accepted invitations to celebrate the MLT.

His participation this year Sommerum Pontificum pilgrimage was to be expected.

Recently, Zuppi also visited the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP) in Gricigliano, near Florence.

The ICKSP also celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass, and Zuppi would have been impressed by the many seminarians.

Although he is an experienced pastor and a well-respected bishop, Zuppi is not considered a “traditionalist” or a “conservative” and is known for his active support of the Community of Sant’Egidio.

His tendency to act as a bridge builder is also noticeable in a fragmented College of Cardinals.

Pope Francis has appointed Zuppi a member of the Dicastery of Eastern Churches. He is already a member of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development. The Archbishop of Bologna therefore increases his functions in the Curia, becoming a member of a very important dicastery.

Do all these steps make Zuppi a candidate for the succession of Pope Francis? It’s pure speculation. It remains to be seen how the cardinal-electors could decide during a possible conclave.

The only tangible fact is that Zuppi does not want to divide. Instead, he builds bridges – which could yet prove to be a vital role in a Church marred by tensions and divisions.

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