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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Death of a former Roman Catholic bishop

Mario Renato Cornejo Radavero, former titular bishop of Sanavus and former auxiliary bishop of Lima, died at Rouen, France, on 22 November 2015.

Bishop Cornejo left the Roman Catholic Church in 1969 and married. He eventually moved to France and settled in Mont Saint-Aignan, near Rouen, with a traditionalist community, l’Eglise Sainte-Marie, founded by a former Benedictine monk, Father Maurice Cantor. On 7 June 1970 he conferred episcopal ordination on Father Cantor and on 11 October 1987 he conferred episcopal ordination on two priests of the same community, Father Roland Fleury and Father Claude Ducrocq, whom he had previously ordained priests. The above-mentioned episcopal ordinations were conferred without papal mandates.

Several others have claimed to have been ordained bishops by Bishop Cornejo, but I have not seen documentation of those ordinations.

Bishop Cornejo was one of a handful of living council fathers of the Second Vatican Council.

Information concerning Bishop Cornejo has been virtually non-existent for more than a decade and it was during a Google search on 21 November that I found a publication from Mont Saint-Aignan which mentioned his death.

In the January 2016 issue of Le Mag, on page 13, in the list of recent deaths, is the briefest notice of his death: “22/11 Mario CORNEJO, 88 ans.” May he rest in peace.