The Archbishopric of La Plata determined that the contract by which, for the last 16 years, the Miles Christi Institute has been in charge of the San Luis Gonzaga Parish and the San Francisco de Asís School be rescinded.
The decision comes after the founder of the Institute, the former priest Roberto Juan Yannuzzi, was expelled in 2020, found “guilty of crimes against the sixth commandment with adults, of acquittal of the accomplice and abuse of authority”, according to what was reported. then by the Archbishopric of La Plata.
Pope Francis further expelled Yannuzzi from the clerical state.
The Holy See then sent a visitor, who made a detailed report on the Institute.
In the last month, the decisions were made by Bishop Jorge García Cuerva, as Pontifical Commissioner appointed by the Dicastery for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life of the Holy See.
Within this framework, the Archdiocese and the Commissioner decided to rescind the contract that dates from 2006, so that the Archdiocese of La Plata will resume the management of the San Luis Gonzaga Parish and the San Francisco de Asís school.
The Archbishop of La Plata, Mons. Víctor Manuel Fernández, appointed Fr. Marcelo Cerniato as the new parish priest of the San Luis Gonzaga parish, who will assume his functions on March 1, 2023.
For its part, at the San Francisco de Asís school, from January 8, Stella Maris Crivelli and Ignacio Manuel Sanguinetti will be legal representatives.
Likewise, the Prelate informed that the other lay people who work as directors, teachers or administrators of the school will continue normally in their functions.
When communicating his decision, the Archbishop affirmed that “all the institutions of the Church have different stages, the parishes change their pastors, but that does not imply a rupture.”
In this sense, he encouraged to “recover everything that was valuable in the previous stage and continue to serve generously, with passion for the Kingdom of God.”
The change in management, he specified, should not be a reason to “destroy all that is good.”
“You just have to be willing that what has already been done can be transformed under the guidance of the Spirit, can be enriched and continue to grow,” he continued.
In addition, he thanked “the task and effort” of the priests of Miles Christi who passed through the school and the parish. “They themselves know that we are all passing through (me too) and that the Lord’s boat is moving forward,” he said, wishing that these changes be “for the greater glory of God.”
The Public Association of the Clerical Miles Christi Faithful was established on December 20, 1994 in the Archdiocese of La Plata. It brings together priests, nuns, coadjutor brothers and lay people. In 1999 it was elevated to the rank of Clerical Religious Institute.
According to its website, its mission is “the sanctification of the laity, mainly the young.”