Xavier Novell: The personal and nationalist drift of the Bishop of Solsona

Something has happened in Solsona. The Bishop has left without saying goodbye to his parishioners after more than a decade in command of the diocese of just o

Xavier Novell: The personal and nationalist drift of the Bishop of Solsona

Something has happened in Solsona. The Bishop has left without saying goodbye to his parishioners after more than a decade in command of the diocese of just over 140,000 inhabitants without a concrete cause in the resignation of him. Pope Francis accepted it agile on August 23, motivated by "strictly personal reasons". Now everything is rumorology and stalks the shadow of a woman. "I have fallen in love and I want to do things right," says the specialized medium digital religion that she has declared to El Allegados of her.

The way of leaving Xavier Novell I Gomà (52) is far from its mediatic landing, followed by a radio tour and television sets sponsored by the condition of being with 41 years the youngest bishop of Spain, attractive for some and Susceptible to a genuine modernity for others. After the Episcopal Consecration of Him, on December 12, 2010, he went through as little places for the clergy as the Late Night by Andreu Buenafuente or the newspaper El País, as well as the special interest awakened on TV3.

Novell was then a moderate Catalanist who in 2013 suffered the harassment of independentism for asking his priests who did not rest the bells during the diadus, as the independence parties and the ANC had asked for. Some priests rebelled, but he remained firm: "It does not correspond to us to opt for a certain proposal to these new challenges," he wrote in a pastoral letter.

However, the nationalist drift was his own. Only four years later he took a game. The bells and the character folded before the Procès and on October 1, 2017, abandoned neutrality, he asked the faithful of him from him to participate in the illegal referendum.

The policy is not the first metamorphosis of Xavier Novell, whose trajectory is full of swings. His university years in Lérida, where he graduated in 1990 in Agricultural Technical Engineering, were marked "for a Bohemian life", according to Loc a knowledgeable person of his youth, who describes a young man considered "very intelligent" at that time . "His homilies of him are very interesting, very prepared intellectually," he explains.

Scarce years later he became the insumpeable seminarist who defended voluntary celibacy or the access of women to the priesthood, causing the stupor of those present at the 1995 Tarraconense Council. It did not last long. The Auxiliary Bishop of Barcelona and Residencial de Solsona, Jaume Retera sent him to study Rome. There he graduated in theology by the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1997, the same institution where he received himself seven years later.

Little by little he left those progressive positions until cementing his notoriety in famous and strident allegations. This became a reactionary bishop, famous to argue that homosexuality is the result of the lack of a paternal figure, a disease that had to be "cured" - by this, the City of Cervera named him person Non Grata-, always refer to to abortion as the greatest of genocide or by continuous anti-bullyberry soflamas.

All sources consulted coincide in the strength of the political and ecclesiastical pressures received. "She has been able to petar," holds one of them, which describes the impression of "rarity and disorientation" that he woke up lately at the partner's interlocutors. In addition, the activity of him in recent months had been very poor, always on board a car where he was accompanied by his secretary, his mother and the father of him, who did the time as a deacon.

Unviable its transfer to another Spanish diocese for obvious reasons, neither in Catalonia, Novell's chances of changing demarcation were very limited. It remains to clarify a resignation that has generated very few samples of affection, yes that of two famous parishioners that he visited in the prison of Lerdoners: the former Jordi Turull counselors and Josep Rull.

Updated Date: 05 September 2021, 10:57

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