Rome Newsroom, Feb 5, 2022 / 10:47 am
Archbishop Michel Aupetit said on Friday he will stay on in his position as a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, after receiving encouragement from Pope Francis.
In an interview with Vatican News on Feb. 4, Aupetit said Pope Francis “renewed his support for me” and again said he thought the former archbishop of Paris had been a “victim of hypocrisy and clericalism.”
“He also wanted to show his confidence by asking me to remain in the Roman Congregation for Bishops, of which, as you know, I am already a member, and where I come every two weeks,” Aupetit told the French webpage of the Vatican’s news office.
The Congregation for Bishops is the department of the Roman Curia responsible for identifying and selecting candidates for bishop, before presenting them to the pope for a final decision.