|Father Charles Morerod, O.P.|
The Vatican announced one intriguing appointment yesterday: Father Charles Morerod was named on November 3 to become Bishop of Lausanne, Switzerland. A native of Switzerland, Bishop-elect Morerod is certainly qualified: he is secretary of the International Theological Commission and rector of Angelicum in Rome.
But what makes his appointment particularly noteworthy is the fact that he was a member of the Vatican commission engaged in talks with traditionalists of the Society of St. Pius X. The Society has its headquarters in Econe, Switzerland--within the boundaries of the Lausanne diocese. So SSPX leaders in Econe can be assured that their local ordinary understands them well. This appointment looks like one more step by the Vatican to ease the path toward reconciliation of the SSPX.