Stories and News No. 198
Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe is under investigation for corruption.
He got respect and solidarity from the Vatican.
Those of unconditionally trust to all under investigation friends didn’t invent anything.
However, I’m not here to point the finger on the prelate.
About my last post on the case of cocaine in the Union of Christians Democrats, I was accused of profiteering and I will not give any help to some other mischievous to avoid the problem.
What I will do is simply to compare the lives of two men, two priests of the same church.
None of us here has the right to judge, apart from the judiciary.
But it is essential to form a based on facts opinion…
Once upon a time there were two men.
One was named Crescenzio and the other Andrea.
The latter was born in Genoa in July 1928.
The second came to the world years later, in June of '43, in Carinaro, in the province of Caserta.
Andrea was immediately attracted to the spiritual life of Don Bosco, becoming part of the Salesian novitiate at the age of twenty.
Crescenzio also felt a religious vocation and twenty-four years old was ordained a priest.
In 1953 Andrea asked to be transferred in a mission, to give a stronger sense to his faith.
It Brazil he ended his theological studies but was forced to return home because of the dictatorship. He became priest in July 1959.
Crescenzio started soon a great career.
After serving as a teacher, in 1972, twenty-nine years old, was admitted to the Holy See's diplomatic service, for the Papal Representation in Brazil.
As if to say, the streets - and reasons - to arrive in South America are endless.
In 1960, 32 years old, Andrea was sent as chaplain to the juvenile reformatory La nave scuola Garaventa.
In those years, Andrea tried to change the present repressive methods to introduce two fundamental values to him: freedom and trust.
In 1992, Crescenzio's career continued to rise.
In that year he became Archbishop of the Patriarchate of Grado.
Andrea, after three years of commitment to the reformatory, was transferred.
He said it was without explanation.
In 1964, he left the Salesians and entered the diocese of Genoa, motivating his decision with these words: "The Salesian Congregation was institutionalized and kept me from fully living the priestly vocation."
In November of 1997 Crescenzio got another award.
He was appointed Secretary General of the Jubilee Year 2000.
It was a role of great responsibility, since the value of the event.
Andrea, after joined the diocese of Genoa, was sent by the archbishop the town in Capraia, where he served as chaplain of the local prison.
Two months later he was transferred again, this time to Carmine, as assistant pastor.
Andrea quickly made his church a reference point for all the marginalized people in the area, offering hospitality and listening to everybody.
However, in 1970 he was postponed again to Capraia and many claimed that this happened for some of his sermons, which made him get the accusation of being a communist.
Perhaps, in those years, it was the worst sin that a Catholic priest might receive.
In 2001 the career of Crescenzio became bright.
In a few months Pope John Paul II made him Cardinal and Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
In that year he obtained many other awards too: Chancellor of the Pontifical Urban University, Member of the Congregation for the Clergy and the Doctrine of the Faith, the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Communications, Promotion Christian Unity and for Legislative Texts, Pontifical Commission for Latin America and the Special Council for Asia of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.
Going back to Andrea, in 1970 he refused the transfer to Capraia.
Don Federico Rebora called him in his parish in San Benedetto al Porto.
At this time a new phase in Andrea’s life began.
Indeed, in those years he started to create his idea of church, known as the Community of St. Benedict to the Port.
A community in which to practice the vocation that time ago had prompted him to become a priest: helping the last ones, be with the last ones, living with them.
However, in later years, Andrea became famous for his ideas about the legalization of soft drugs, condom use, for his participation in the protest against the establishment of U.S. base in Vicenza and the Gay Pride in Genoa, rather for his daily commitment near the poor and marginalized people.
The rest is recent history.
In June 2010 Crescenzio is under investigation for corruption in a scandal that is giving further shame to our country, as if there had not been enough.
Nevertheless, the Vatican has renewed respect and solidarity to him.
What about Andrea?
He continued to be a priest, every single day.
Even without those respect and solidarity…
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