Pope reins in Franciscans.
The move was seen as a response to the at-times boisterous anti-globalization and peace demonstrations and the interreligious prayer services held there. Then-Cardinal Ratzinger opposed the latter on theological grounds, though Pope John Paul II participated in them.
"It's about time," said the recently retired bishop of Assisi, Sergio Goretti. "Sometimes I only found out what the monks were doing when I read about it in the newspapers."
Father Vincenzo Coli, custodian of the monastery, was measured in his response: "This is done, I believe, in a spirit of collegiality. In theory, there is no problem. In practice, we will see."
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