Following the accusations of violence against Cargnello, the Discalced Carmelite nuns signed an agreement with the Archbishopric

September 2, 2022 – 18:23
A delegate of Pope Francis acted as mediator and will periodically visit Salta to monitor the situation. It follows from the agreement that the nuns are free to express their faith in the Virgen del Cerro, an issue over which they had had a conflict with the Archbishopric.

Five months after denouncing Archbishop Mario Cargnello for gender violence, the Discalced Carmelite nuns signed an agreement with the Church and the police custody they had at the door of the convent was lifted by order of Justice. A delegate of Pope Francis acted as mediator between the parties and will periodically visit Salta to monitor the situation.
In mid-April, the archbishop was denounced by nuns from the San Bernardo Convent. The accusation of the cloistered nuns was for psychological, economic and physical violence. The judge in charge of the case, Carolina Cáceres Moreno, had ordered that there be a fixed police slogan outside the monastery, located on Caseros street.
On August 27, the complainants and the Archbishopric reached an agreement with the mediation of a Vatican lawyer who from now on will be a kind of mediator who will have to supervise how the relationship continues to develop: Javier Belda Iniesta.
In the document they signed, the parties assumed commitments to continue with the link from now on.
It was specified that “each sister can practice the particular devotions she wishes, always bearing in mind the obligation to preserve communion with the Church.” This clause, without making it explicit, settles one of the conflicts between the Archbishopric -which disapproves of the Virgen del Cerro- and the Carmelites, who from the beginning were linked to the faith movement of the so-called “Immaculate Mother of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus”. and with María Livia Galliano, the Salta woman who claims to have received messages from that virgin.
Some versions even reported that the complaint of violence against Cargnello arose after the archbishop was upset because there was an image of the Virgen del Cerro in the Convent, which would have led to a strong discussion.
The parties also agreed that the Archbishopric would designate a delegate for the election of the “prioress”, who is the highest authority of the Convent. The nuns had denounced that Cargnello put obstacles in the way of carrying out this procedure and that, without a formally designated authority, the nuns had difficulties managing their income, which generated economic complications in the management of the monastery.
Eduardo Romani, Archbishop Mario Cargnello’s lawyer, confirmed that after the signing of the document and, with the agreement of both parties before the court, the police slogan outside the Convent was suspended. He also indicated that the ban on approaching the monastery that had been imposed on the archbishop was reconsidered: before it was 300 meters and it was established at 100.
The nuns, for their part, assumed the commitment to periodically submit to the Archbishopric balances on their income and expenses.

Claudia Zerda Lamas, a lawyer for the Discalced Carmelites, preferred not to make a statement to El Tribuno about the terms of the agreement and the continuity of the legal case they initiated against Mario Cargnello.

“private devotion”

The same day that the Church and the Barefoot Carmelites signed an agreement, on August 27, the Archbishopric of Salta issued a statement authorizing a mass to be celebrated on the hill of the Virgin on December 10 and that the priests confess to the faithful who are concentrated in the place.
Although the document recalls that the Church does not legitimize the movement of the hill or the alleged apparitions and messages of the Virgin to María Livia Galliano, the archbishop yields in some aspects. On the one hand, he allows the priests to participate in the party that is usually held on the hill on the first or second Saturday of December, with a massive concentration of faithful and a procession. In addition, he admits that “it is a fact that in the territory that has been entrusted to me the presence of faithful who make a pilgrimage is frequent” to one of the peaks of Tres Cerritos and that “such a practice is part of the universal right of all faithful of power profess the particular devotions that he wishes, always keeping in mind the obligation to preserve communion with the Church.
“The authorization of the celebration of the Holy Eucharist and the administration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation exclusively implies a way of guaranteeing pilgrims access to the spiritual goods administered by the Church, without being understood as an authorization, legitimation or advance payment. of the Church’s judgment as to the possible supernatural (sic) nature of the events and messages surrounding this private devotion. Such a judgment concerns the competent authority of the Church, to which every believer must submit, “says the statement signed by the archbishop.

Following the accusations of violence against Cargnello, the Discalced Carmelite nuns signed an agreement with the Archbishopric