The bishop of Solsona presents a request to marry his girlfriend in a civil way

The Bishop Emeritus of Solsona, Xavier Novell, who resigned last August “for strictly personal reasons”, has requested the documentation to marry your girlfriend in a civil way, the writer Silvia Caballol.

Novell, which still has not given explanations of the reasons for leaving his post or about his new personal situation, presented last October 7 in the Civil Registry of Sùria (Barcelona) the request to marry, according to an edict signed by the justice of the peace, Jaume Bransuela Alsina, and that has advanced the newspaper The world.

In the edict, and in compliance with article 246 of the Civil Registry, the judge invites all people who know “any legal impediment”, such as that any of the applicants is a minor, is married or has consanguinity, among other reasons, For the celebration of this civil marriage that “manifest it in writing or orally to this court within a period of fifteen days.”

The edict is dated October 7, so the term would expire on the next day 22.

Bishop Novell, controversial character and opinions, he unexpectedly resigned from the Solsona bishopric last August and the Pope accepted his resignation on August 23, although since then he has not given explanations on the reasons and only the bishopric issued a note citing “strictly personal reasons.”

Lack of explanations

After a few days, the media attributed the bishop’s resignation to his having a romantic relationship with a psychologist and writer, expert in satanic subjects, that Novell, an exorcist of his diocese, would have known in some courses on the subject.


Archive - Cardinal Joan Josep Omella speaks during the Càritas Catalunya telematic press conference.  In Barcelona, ​​Catalunya, (Spain), on September 10, 2020

Although the archbishop of Barcelona and president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, Juan José Omella, requested respect for the bishop’s privacy and hoped that he would give explanations later about his situation, Novell maintains his silence and It is not known whether he has requested the Vatican to secularize him in order to marry.

The lack of information and explanations about Novell’s resignation The bishopric of Solsona has fostered all kinds of speculation and the case has become media, with journalists stationed where he now lives, in an apartment in Manresa (Barcelona), to capture him while he goes out for a run every morning, without Novell have made any statement.

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