National Catholic Register


Pastoral Team to Replace Guadalupe Abbot

BY Jim Cosgrove

Oct 13, 1996 Issue | Posted 10/13/96 at 2:00 PM


MEXICO CITY—Archbishop Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City, will officially announce the replacement of Abbot Guillermo Schulemburg, as director of the Guadalupe Basilica on Oct. 30, according to archdiocesean sources.

The abbot, who attracted attention earlier this year for questioning the historical existence of Our Lady of Guadalupe and of Blessed Juan Diego, the Aztec peasant to whom she appeared, will be replaced by a pastoral team headed by the auxiliary bishop emeritus of Mexico City Francisco Maria Aguilera, a highly regarded and popular prelate. The team, whose formation ends the tradition of appointing a life-long abbot, will include Fathers Jesus Guizar Villanueva and Armando Colin, both of the archdiocese.

On Oct. 30, after a Mass at the basilica commemorating the anniversary of Abbot Schulemburg's ordination, Archbishop Rivera will introduce the new pastoral team to the public.

Interviewed by the Mexican daily La Opinion, Father Guizar Villanueva confirmed the future nominations and said Bishop Maria Aguilera “will lead a team which will count renewing devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe and making the shrine a point of Christian renewal for all Mexicans as its main goals." (ACI Prensa)