ACI Prensa Staff, Sep 7, 2022 / 14:34 pm
The Discalced Carmelite sisters of the monastery of San Bernardo in Salta, Argentina, signed an agreement Aug. 27 with the local archbishop, Mario Antonio Cargnello, following the conflict caused by alleged Marian apparitions and a complaint by the nuns against the prelate accusing him of gender violence, which the archdiocese denies.
In a statement published Sept. 3, Cardinal João Braz De Aviz, prefect of the Dicastery for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said that the agreement “is the fruit of the spirit of conciliation that the parties have shown in responding to the call of the Holy Father Francis made through Dr. D. Javier Belda Iniesta.”
The Holy Father appointed Father Belda Iniesta as his delegate “to help restore fraternal dialogue between the two institutions, always respecting the autonomy of the secular world and the powers that belong to the bishop, the competent dicastery, and the prioress of the community.”
Belda Iniesta is the canon lawyer of the bishop emeritus of Oran, Gustavo Zanchetta, sentenced to prison for sexual abuse and who is now serving his time under house arrest in a convent in Argentina.