Denver Newsroom, Aug 10, 2020 / 15:34 pm
An Argentine bishop said Friday the seminary in his diocese was ordered closed last month by a decision of the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy, after a controversy surrounding the reception of the Eucharist during the coronavirus pandemic.
Bishop Eduardo Maria Taussig of San Rafael said Aug. 7 that the Santa Maria Madre de Dios Seminary in Mendoza, Argentina was ordered to close in December, at the conclusion of the academic year, by the Congregation for Clergy, and not the Diocese of San Rafael.
"The decision took me by surprise, but it is a directive that comes directly from the Holy See," Taussig said.
The bishop said the decision to close the seminary was deeply upsetting, and he has since been discussing with the Vatican where the former students of the school will be sent to in order to continue their studies.