Monday, September 06, 2010

Archbishop Agostino Marchetto Resigns Curial Position to Study History of Vatican II

Many of our readers will by now be familiar with the name of Archbishop Agostino Marchetto whose critical study on the Bologna school interpretation of the Second Vatican Council, The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council: A Counterpoint for the History of the Council, we have been eagerly awaiting in English translation.

Many may not realize, however, that this same archbishop was the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travellers. Recently, Archbishop Marchetto resigned this position, and as Zenit reports this was precisely for the reason that Archbishop Marchetto wishes to devote more time to his study of the history of the Council:

The prelate, who turned 70 on Aug. 28, had been requesting permission to leave his work in the dicastery before the usual age of retirement (75 years), to be able to dedicate himself to the study of the history of the Second Vatican Council.

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He told Vatican Radio that he wishes to stay in Rome, but does not want to stop working. He stated, "I want to continue my research on the Second Vatican Council, a work that fascinates me as much as the issues of human mobility."