This is a headline on an article that shows how the media is manipulating us into believing that the culprits with the Vati-Leaks II episode are rigid conservative, traditionalists who hate Pope Francis and his liberalizing agenda. Isn't this how you would read this headline?:
Actually the headline above is for an interview which puts the lie of the headline to rest. It is actually a good, straightforward article/interview. It is from Canada's National Post and the interview is by the National Post’s Joseph Brean who spoke with John L. Allen, Jr., a leading American Vatican watcher and author of papal biographies, about the latest Vatileaks scandal. You can read the full article HERE.
But the last question nips the lie of the headline in the bud:
A: (John Allen) To some extent, yes, with the odd twist that the reformers and traditionalists on money in the Vatican are not the reformers and traditionalists on doctrine. The guy who’s in charge of this reform, an Australian cardinal by the name of George Pell, on virtually any political or theological issue you could name, would come off as a hyper-traditionalist, a very strong conservative. And yet, on this stuff, he clearly is the reformer facing off against elements of the Vatican’s old guard.
My final comments: The Vati-leaks II episode seems to want to discredit not only the Pope, but also Cardinal Pell. When it comes to cleaning up the mess that is the curia's financial issues, especially the bank, Pope Francis is the man and for the most part why he was elected to the papacy by the cardinals. Given the waste in the Vatican, Pope Francis' first words as pope, that he wants a poor Church had double meanings and those in the Vatican knew it! He has the will to clean it up and the guts. So does Cardinal Pell, Pope Francis' handpicked henchman--this is a good reform and liberalizing the Vatican's money and bookkeeping practices and making it transparent is a wonderful liberalization and I am in favor of it completely. All of us should be!
But the other scandal is the one that is doctrinal and of concern to those who are faithful, orthodox Catholics.
Oddly enough, Cardinal Pell is the ring leader of the orthodox concern. But there is no scandal or skulduggery in what Cardinal Pell organized during or before the Synod on the family and marriage.
He was able to get about 13 cardinals to sign a letter of concern that was given to Pope Francis concerning some skulduggery with the synod last year and perhaps this year, that things were rigged in favor of heterodoxy.
This should have been a private letter to the pope, but someone leaked it? Who? The orthodox, faithful Catholics in the curia? I think not--it was the heterodox and they did it to humiliate poor old Cardinal Pell on this front too. One thinks that it might be the same group that is opposing Pell and the Pope on financial reforms in the Vatican.
I am not even sure you can call these people who are so immoral and unethical heterodox. I think they have long since abandoned the authentic Catholic faith in particular and Christianity in general. They are criminals who are greedy and see in their positions in the Vatican a sugar daddy. It really is disgusting and one thinks that perhaps not only reform is needed but also an exorcism. It is the smoke of Satan and the roar of the lion and the fulfillment of the prayer of St. Michael, that Satan prowls the world seeking the ruin of souls, but not only of souls, but also the Church!
How odd that we would have two scandals simultaneously and from the same source!