.- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru said he is hopeful that the archdiocese and city's pontifical university can resolve their ongoing dispute.
Earlier this year, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Cardinal Peter Erdo as apostolic visitor to facilitate a resolution to the conflict. Following a Dec. 7 meeting with Cardinal Erdo, Cardinal Cipriani told reporters, âwe are very thankful that the Holy Father has given us this sign of cordiality and closeness in order to help us resolve this situation.â
In September the university rejected a request by the Vatican to bring its statutes in line with the apostolic exhortation âEx Corde Ecclesiaeâ or risk losing its status as a Catholic and pontifical institution.
After his meeting with Cardinal Erdo, Cardinal Cipriani said, âwe are praying that we can reach an understanding.â The arrival of Cardinal Erdo has been a cause âfor great joyâ and has created âa positive atmosphere,â he said.
While he would not reveal any details about the talks, Cardinal Cipriani said Cardinal Erdo âis doing a wonderful job with much thoughtfulness.â
He expressed his hope that the university would experience a renewal in what it means to be âa pontifical and Catholic university at the service of the Church.â