Eugene had dropped everything in Marseilles to rush to Rome to respond to the Pope’s urgent call. Yet, when he arrived in Rome, it took the Pope two weeks before he received Eugene in audience.
Gradually it became clear to Eugene that he was the victim of the political intrigues of the French government, and also of lack of communication between two of the Vatican dicasteries. The details are too complicated to deal with in this blog, but I refer you to the article “Icosia” in the Oblate Historical Dictionary https://www.omiworld.org/lemma/icosia-bishop-of/ and chapter 5 of the book by Hubenig and Motte, Living in the Spirit’s Fire https://www.omiworld.org/wp-content/uploads/Living-in-the-Spirits-Fire.pdf
Eugene explained the discovery of the reason for his call to Rome to Fr Tempier:
The Cardinal Prefect of Propaganda… welcomed me with his usual kindness. He confirmed my suspicions of Saturday, namely that I am the victim of a governmental intrigue…
The whole thing is nothing but an intrigue of the French Government which wished to suppress the diocese of Marseilles and fears my influence in the country. It is a poor government that does not realize what it owes me precisely by reason of that influence it so foolishly dreads.
Complaint was laid before the Pope, threats made to charge me before the courts on the ground that I had been ordained bishop without consultation. How I wish I had known about this charge before leaving!
…It is by means of harassments of this sort that these gentlemen think to win the support of the clergy! I have just been told that the “Gazette du Midi” (one of the local Provence newspapers) reports certain other facts which prove that someone has set about subverting in particular the ecclesiastical administration at Marseilles. This, in the light of moves made elsewhere, is proof of the method that they wish to adopt, namely, the suppression of this ancient diocese to the confusion of a great and predominantly Catholic population
Letter to Henri Tempier, 20 August 1833, EO VIII n 454
Jesus also faced this problem – and his followers continue to experience it today in many parts of the world.