Yesterday I read an at Rorate Caeli quoting something that Fr. Thomas Rosica wrote about Pope Francis.
I thought it was exaggerated or Rorate Caeli, which has an ax to grind, was misquoting him. But Rorate Caeli had a link to the actual full article which Zenit owned by the National Catholic Register had published. So I read the article and found the following:
Pope Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants because he is “free from disordered attachments.” Our Church has indeed entered a new phase: with the advent of this first Jesuit pope, it is openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture.
However, this morning, when I followed the link provided by Rorate Caeli to the Zenit article, I could not find the quote I print in blue above. It had been removed from the longer paragraph that is there, but it was there yesterday!
Thus I went to the Salt and Light version by Fr. Rosica and it was still there. So the blue quote above if actually from his article at the Salt and Light webpage which you can read in full by pressing the title:
Those of us who respect the pope and the institution of the papacy have parameters and always have had parameters even when we were accused of being ultramontane. The pope doesn't know anything new about the Catholic faith independently of what is varifiable by Scripture and Tradition that the most humble and least educated lay Catholic can't discover. He can't create new beliefs. He can only clarify or declare something that has been believed by the early Church to the present as a doctrine or dogma. The pope and the papacy must be a servant to the TRUTH discovered in Scripture and Tradition. He must be a servant to it. He is not above it. To think that a pope is above Scripture and Tradition would be to declare the pope in the state of mortal sin of PRIDE. To call this HUMILITY, would be a lie and comes from the father of lies, the devil.
I would say that Fr. Thomas Rosica's quote in blue above is the most ultramontane thing I have ever heard. It would be funny if it weren't so absurd and concerning. And if true (and that's a huge IF) it. would make the pope a Gnostic or heretic. That accusation has serious ramifications.
Speaking of ultramontanism, the National Chismatic Reporter (NCR) has its own take on it. Do you think it quotes Fr. Rosica's ultramontanism? NO!: