Tuesday, December 19, 2017
POPE FRANCIS IS AN ENIGMA TO BOTH HETERODOX, ORTHODOX AND "NEOS" OF BOTH GROUPS
Crux reports the following which I have made soundbites:
Another personnel move that shook things up was Francis decision to not to renew German Cardinal Gerhard Müller as head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, choosing instead to promote the second-in-command, Spanish Jesuit Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer.
Given that Ladaria is considered as much a theological conservative as Müller, the transition was seen in Rome not as broad ideological statement by Francis, but one about loyalty. Müller, to some extent, had identified himself with the opposition to Francis’ controversial document on the family, Amoris Laetitia, and its cautious opening to Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, while Ladaria stayed out of the fray.
Decentralization and liturgy
Pope Francis also furthered his push for decentralization, with the biggest note on this regard being his September amendments to Church law governing liturgical translation, the net effect of which is to shift a considerable share of the power away from the Vatican and to local bishops’ conferences.
This decision put the pope in more-or-less open opposition with his chief liturgist, Cardinal Robert Sarah of Ghana, with the pontiff correcting the prelate after Sarah had stated that Rome would continue to have the final word.
Though some saw the move as a victory for Catholic liberals, particularly thinking of the ongoing German and Italian translations, Francis soon cut in the opposite direction on another contested liturgical issue, siding with his predecessor Benedict XVI by insisting that the proper phrasing in the Mass is that Christ died “for many,” instead of using the phrase “for all.”
My Comments: I suspect what Pope Francis dislikes the most is "celebrity" curia figures who gain a following in their own right. What displeases the Holy Father the most, though, and this would displease any pastor in the world, is when someone who is working for His Holiness seems to be stirring the pot against His Holiness, His Holiness won't put up for it for long.
I think we can say that Cardinals Burke, Mueller and Sarah could be in this category. They are known worldwide.
Others older than me can correct me, but I doubt that in the pre-Vatican II days, that those who worked for the pope in the curia would say the things they say that could be interpreted as the loyal opposition. This is a post-Vatican II trend of another sort of "spirit" of Vatican II. No?