In a commentary I post below by Damian Thompson, he makes this observation about a possible new pope in the near future:
At the moment, however, all eyes are on Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, the rake-thin bicycling Archbishop of Bologna, 66, who is gay-friendly while unobtrusively sticking to the line that homosexual acts are sinful. That could be enough to satisfy the African cardinals. Zuppi’s political credentials are likely to help him: he’s associated with the centre-Left Sant’Egidio movement, which is obsessed with pulling strings — no bad thing during a conclave. He’s also nice to traditionalists: as a bishop he asked them to teach him how to celebrate the old Mass, and he hasn’t clamped down on it in his diocese.
I think Pope Francis made several terrible mistakes and from the very moment of his election and first step on the loggia of St. Peter’s. He made it clear that he was a humble pope, more humble than any pope before him, especially his still living predecessor.
He slammed traditionalists and this is on steroids now as his papacy is coming to a conclusion. I think much of what he wanted to do much earlier wasn’t done because of the Emeritus pope who is still living. But now that it appears that Francis might well succumb before Benedict, either through death or resignation, he is doing everything he wanted to do much earlier.
If Pope Francis had only asked the bishops of the world to work closely with traditionalists and follow the desire of Pope Benedict for both forms to exert influence on the other, how much better off would we be today?
Monday, March 31, 2014