Rome Newsroom, Aug 1, 2023 / 13:02 pm
Pope Francis has appointed an Italian moral theologian to head the Pontifical Lateran University, an influential Roman institute known as “the pope’s university,” which has incorporated many of the current pontiff’s priorities into its curriculum.
But that’s not the only change at the Lateran. The new rector, Archbishop Alfonso V. Amarante, will also be aided by a papally appointed management director, a new post at the Lateran.
The appointment of Amarante, a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists), to serve as the Lateran’s new rector, was announced by the Vatican on Tuesday, the feast day of the Redemptorist order’s founder, St. Alphonsus Liguori. On the same day, the Vatican announced that the pope had picked the Lateran’s current rector, Vincenzo Buonomo, to serve as the general councilor of the Vatican City.
In a letter to Amarante accompanying the announcement, the pope said he was assigning the moral theologian to a “tiring and hopeful assignment.” The pope tasked Amarante with continuing to make the Lateran University “more robust and agile” in order to aid in its mission of proclaiming the truth and joy of the Gospel “in the historical, ecclesial, and cultural season in which the Lord has called us to live,” and underscoring the university’s “special closeness to the successor of Peter.”