Apostolic Nunciature in Switzerland Critical of Anti-Rome rally in Lucerne.
On the occasion of the demonstration "Acting instead of leaving: We are an open church" on Sunday, 8 March 2009, in Lucerne, Francesco has Canalini, Apostolic Nuncio in Switzerland, released a statement:
1. The fact that various Catholic groups, both "conservative" as "liberal" understand the Second Vatican Council as a break with tradition is a cause of great concern and deep suffering.
2. The formation of groups who wish, using public pressure, to achieve free interpretation of various contents of the teaching and discipline of the Church is not in line with the spirit of the Catholic Church.
3. Pope Benedict XVI as well as his predecessors John XXIII, Paul VI and John Paul II are - within the Catholic Church - the guarantors for the proper and faithful interpretation of the Second Vatican Council.
4. In the current situation, it is more than ever, that the faithful of the Catholic Church express their full confidence in the Holy Father, pray for him (Acts 12.15) and live in communion with the Successor of the Apostle Peter, who our Lord Jesus Christ has entrusted to be the Head of his Church on earth (Mt 16,17-19).
+ Francesco Canalini,