Slovenian Jesuit accomplice of Rupnik incardinated in Italian diocese


Father Ivan Bresciani entered the Jesuits in 1993

Archbishop Gianpiero Palmieri welcomed the man who covered Marko Ivan Rupnik to the diocese.

Not only in April did the archbishop-bishop of Ascoli Piceno welcome Ivan Bresciani into his diocese to begin the process, foreseen by the Code of Canon Law, to be able to establish himself but now he is using this former Jesuit as a wild card for any eventuality.

In the Church in which there are no longer rules or even dignity, for which Palmieri has paid the bitter price, we continue to promote those who, instead, should spend their time reflecting on their own shortcomings.

On the eve of the 2023 Diocesan Assembly where the theologian Stella Morra had been invited, the Diocese of Ascoli Piceno announces that there has been a sudden change of program. In her place, in fact, two "exceptional" members of the Aletti Center will intervene with great fanfare: Ivan Bresciani and Maria Campetelli.

The former covered Marko Ivan Rupnik for years and was his deputy, the latter is known in the news for having insulted the Jesuits by saying that they favored a media campaign against Rupnik and the Aletti Center itself. The woman, nicknamed "theologian" in curial circles, has always had the haughty attitude of someone who knows that she will not be touched. At the same time, however, she never explained why she left the Loyola community and why she never denounced Marko Ivan Rupnik when he concelebrated the Eucharist in public despite having been banned by his own order of belonging or when he traveled even though he was not being able to do it.

It is clear that for some people life experiences have served no purpose and an examination of conscience has not been done. In fact, it would be good to keep in mind that Francis carries out a " government by gut feeling" and if today he is happy if you invite these protégés of his, tomorrow for the same reasons he will send you to be a bishop in Zimbabwe.

The circle of protection around the Aletti Center will resist until someone gets tired of holding the thread, as soon as the hand drops, it will be a bitter hour for everyone. The Zanchetta case teaches us exactly this.

It is clear that in light of the shameful intervention of the Vicariate of Rome on the Aletti Centre, everyone feels freer to "do and deal" as best suits them. The only solution is to not participate in these meetings. Priests, above all, but also lay people, leave those chairs free so that these people continue to sing and play it.

Maria Campatelli and Ivan Bresciani are the emblem of disobedience, of what Don Milani would call the "I don't care" (fascist motto). If it is a priest from the outskirts of Milan, who is otherwise innocent, we are ready to talk about a "scandal that has caused damage to the Church", if it is men and women who have bank accounts with millions of euros in them, then we invite them to speak at diocesan assemblies even if they disobeyed, lied and covered up abusers.

This is the Church of hypocrisy that is continuing to claim victims, especially among those cardinals, bishops and priests who have always served in obedience, even when that obedience clearly passed through an abuse of power.


Cathcon: The Archbishop appears to be working his way back into the previous great favour he enjoyed from the Pope.  Or did he ever lose it?  He is certainly following the line of his former Diocese on the Rupnik case.

Diocese of Rome without peace: Pope Francis also torpedoes Bishop Palmieri

Pope Francis' choice to transfer the titular bishop of Idassa and Vicegerent Archbishop of Rome, Monsignor Gianpiero Palmieri, comes like a bolt from the blue. The 55-year-old Roman prelate has in fact been transferred to Ascoli Piceno.

Not even a promotion as removal, in the most classic of Vatican protocols, but a sensational downgrading for one of the most loved and esteemed prelates of the Diocese of Rome.

Behind the choice of the Pontiff, who is no stranger to these tumultuous moves, there are many inferences, but no certainties. Everyone in the Vatican is now resigned to Bergoglio's sudden changes of pace, mood swings that no one is able to predict. This time, it was Monsignor Palmieri who paid the price, a young man, apparently in great harmony with Pope Francis, but in the time of the Argentine Pope, appearances can be deceiving.

Monsignor Gianpiero Palmieri was appointed by the Pope as vicegerent of the diocese of Rome just thirteen months ago: Saturday 19 September, exactly twenty-eight years after his ordination which took place in the parish of the Santissima Annunziata in via Ardeatina. Palmieri, who was auxiliary bishop for the eastern sector, had been conferred the dignity of archbishop in the titular see of Idassa. The position of vicegerent of Rome had been vacant since 2017 and it was assumed that Palmieri was a cornerstone of the Diocese of Rome for many years. Instead, Bergoglio arranged differently.

Monsignor Palmieri: “God stripped me…”

“There are situations in which God dresses us and others in which he undresses us. Now he is stripping me of the Church of Rome." This was underlined by Monsignor Gian Piero Palmieri after his appointment as bishop of Ascoli Piceno.

“I have a hard time saying goodbye. My days – he explained – were made up of faces to meet, places to live, situations to caress with the imagination (who knows how the Lord will make this or that community grow?). Every day I witnessed the power of the Word of God that touches the hearts of people, the energy of the Spirit that pushes many to dedicate themselves to others (especially the poor) and to fight for the kingdom, I participated with passion in the ecclesial mission of fertilizing with the evangelical word the aridity of many internal and external worlds... I "enjoyed" bringing the simple and authentic word of the Gospel even to very secular environments or very rigid institutional situations. Taking leave of all this is difficult."

On the other hand, the joy of arriving in Ascoli Piceno, the greeting to the faithful who are about to welcome him. “My origins are also in the Marche, in the city of Camerino – he recalled in his greeting to the new diocese -. Part of my family lives in Ascoli. Many times, especially as a child and as a teenager, I came to spend a few days with my relatives in Ascoli. And so I fell in love with your (and now our) city."