Piano di Sorrento, Domenico Cinque’s reflection: “The Giuspatronato’s boat”
Piano di Sorrento. In this last month we have returned to talk insistently of the Giuspatronato after the unexpected news of the transfer of Don Pasquale Irolla who in September will leave the Parish of San Michele Arcangelo for his new destination on the island of Capri. News that has thrown the parish community into despair, which sees itself deprived of his guidance.
On the topic of Giuspatronato we report the text published today by Domenico Cinque, who for years has been fighting for the right to elect his own parish priest: «For 16 years, I and a few other adventure colleagues have been trying to advance the knowledge of the law of patronage by claiming its application. This long experience seems to me like a long navigation on a ramshackle boat launched in 2007 and still looking for a port. The little boat sails slowly because it is propelled only by my small sail. Occasionally the pace increases when I add that of temporary sailors to my sail. The faithful of Meta, Trinità, Mortora and Sant’Agnello embarked at different times, sails raised quickly when their parish was affected by the alternation of the parish administrator. They raised their sail, my little boat picked up speed only to return to its snail-like pace when the guest’s sail as fast as it had been hoisted just as fast was lowered. These occasional passengers, driven on board by necessity, obviously before and after boarding were intent on mocking the few who have never abandoned that boat and will never abandon it. They accused us of waging personal wars, wanting to hurt our Diocese and other amenities. None of them ever thought that we just wanted defend our history, our traditions and legality because when the rules are disregarded, it inevitably slips into illegality. Now the boat is ready to receive a new visit, a new beautiful, black and powerful sail will be hoisted, the boat will surely pick up speed and the wish of all of us is that that sail will remain beautifully high until the result is achieved but given the previous I beg to doubt. I would add only that if, instead of taking turns aboard, we tried to get on all together, regardless of contingent interests, and hoisted all the sails together (Meta, Sant’Agnello, Trinità, Mortora and Piano) the boat would become a mighty galleon and perhaps would have a better chance of reaching the goal. Simple to say, difficult to realize ».