PopeWatch: Edgar Pena Parra

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Just in case there are any who think that the Lavender Mafia has anything to fear from the current gang in the Vatican:

From the blog The Eponymous Flower:

 

Today, Vatican diplomat Edgar Pena Parra will take up his post as the new substitute of the Secretary of State. The Venezuelan was appointed last August 15 by Pope Francis as the successor of Curial Archbishop Angelo Becciu. For several days now, a dossier on the new substitute has caused dismay in the Vatican. After the scandal surrounding McCarrick and the scandal Coccopalmerio, does this threaten to be the next scandal that shakes the pontificate of Pope Francis?

After the relationship between Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and his substitute Becciu things more and more distressed, but are both familiar to the Pope, Francis intervened last May to resolve the situation. He appointed Becciu Prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints and at the same time made him Cardinal.

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The appointment as substitute makes the Vatican diplomat number three in the Roman hierarchy. He’ll be right behind the Pope and the Secretary of State. For Pena Parra this means a big career jump from the margins to the center of the universal Church. Because of the importance of the office, the appointment was “extremely sensitive,” according to the weekly magazine.
With the appointment of the diplomat, Francis surprised the Roman hierarchy, as Pena Parra is more or less unknown in the Vatican. “While the nuncio in Rome appears like a Martian, many in Venezuela know him,” says L’Espresso. Not everyone appreciates him.
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n his dossier there is also an indication of Pena Parra. Viganò writes that the Venezuelan has close connections to the primate of Honduras, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga. From 2003-2007 he worked at the Nunciature in Tegucigalpa. Cardinal Maradiaga himself is at the center of a scandal in which he remains exhonerated, at least so far, but had to sacrifice his Auxilaey at the end of July, a Bishop whose aberrosexual double life had exploded into the public eye. Officially, Bishop Pineda was retired at his own request. In this way, any suspicion should be kept away from Cardinal Maradiaga, critics say. Literally Viganò writes this about Pena Parra:

“Disturbing information that concerns him came to me from those responsible for Papal Councils.”

The apostolic nuncio does not elaborate in his dossier on what “worrying information” it was. “It is certain that not only Viganò has doubts about Francis’ decision,” said the weekly magazine.
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Nine days after Pena Parra’s appointment, the paper in the article published yesterday, someone wrote a “very harsh report on allegedly immoral behavior of the priest.” The report was accompanied by photocopies of documents signed by the then archbishop of Maracaibo, Domingo Roa Perez. They refer to doubts and serious allegations against the then seminarian Edgar Pena Parra. Msgr. Roa Perez was from 1961 to 1992 Archbishop of Maracaibo in Venezuela. He passed away in 2000.
The dossier Pena Parra covers 25 pages and is signed with “laity of the archdiocese of Maracaibo”. A few days ago it was sent by e-mail to several prelates who immediately informed Pope Francis – and L’Espresso.
The core of the dossier is a letter written in 1985 by archbishop Roa Perez to the Rector of the Archdiocesan seminary of San Cristobal attended by the young Pena Parra. After studying philosophy in 1985, he had just completed his studies in theology. He was to ordained a priest in August. Archbishop Roa Perez, “who for some time had doubts about the candidate, had just received an anonymous letter,” says L’Espresso. The information was so concrete that he took it seriously enough to seek more clarity.
The Archbishop informed San Cristobal Rain, Pio Leon Cardenas, that the reports on the behavior of the young Pena Parra were “quite negative”, which is why they did not want to dismiss him from the seminary, but did not want him to continue there.” Hoping that the situation would not be so explosive, he decided to send him to another seminary where he had to continue his studies, and to put him under special observation. From Caracas, where he studied theology, came “quite positive reports,” so that the decision was considered appropriate to admit him to the diaconate and shortly thereafter to priestly ordination. “Now I received an anonymous letter from Caracas stating that after the third year Pena Parra was dismissed from the seminary of San Cristobal: for homosexuality.” The case was not known because a priest of the archdiocese had falsified of the report on Pena Parra.
Go here to read the rest.  Pope Francis is the front man in this Pontificate and the Lavender Mafia are the puppeteers.

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  1. “Just in case there are any who think that the Lavender Mafia has anything to fear from the current gang in the Vatican…” Not sure why you are making a distinction between the LM and the Vatican: they are one and the same.

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