When I had finished speaking, he took up the discourse and spoke for quite a long time himself on this same subject. One would have said that he wished to make excuses for not doing with a stroke of his pen what I well knew is not granted except after long formalities.
“You know,” he said to me, speaking all the time to me in the third person, “what is customary for the Holy See to do. They still do today what they did a hundred years ago.” And then he entered into all the details so that I should know how matters would proceed. “The Secretary of the Congregation will give me a report on the matter, I will choose a Cardinal to examine it, he, in turn, will make a report on the matter for the Congregation, each Cardinal will give his vote, etc.
Having explained the process, the Pope informed Eugene that they were not approving new congregations but would “praise and encourage” them in their good work.
The great number of these requests, which are coming to us especially from France, has made the Congregation adopt a particular mode of approbation, which consists of praising, of encouraging, without formally approving.”
This was not what Eugene had come for and had worked so hard to try to achieve, so, with his Provencal enthusiasm he made his opinion clear:
I was not afraid to manifest to the Holy Father that this mode would not satisfy me, and I dared to hope they would do something more for us.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 22 December 1825, EO VI n 213
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