Press the above title for an interview with a Venezuelan Cardinal calling out those who are vocally critical of Pope Francis. To be honest with you, while I agree with some of the notion “that one should not air one’s dirty laundry” it is this mentality that has allowed the sexual abuse scandal in the Church to fester, multiply and destroy the lives, as well as Catholicism, of so many.
I remember so many of rank and file Catholics, both clergy and laity, who criticized the National Catholic Reporter who began airing stories of priests sexually abusing minors. So many thought they should have kept that to themselves when they first began reporting it in the early 1980’s. I felt the same way then, thinking it was “airing dirty laundry and unseemly”. We know the rest of the story now.
Pope Francis has created the climate in the Church where we are in a catastrophic and unprecedented position in the Church not ever seen. I say, don’t blame the whistle blowers, no matter how indelicate they may be, but praise them and place the criticism onto the right person.
The other thing I fear the Cardinal is doing is dogmatizing the pastoral ecclesiology of Vatican II which is not a dogma but a pastoral theology. It’s theology, not dogma, especially what he believes, by a tremendous leap of logic that is not supported by Vatican II in any way, that Vatican II wanted the kind of synodality being imposed, not proposed, by Pope Francis.
I am glad for the transparency of Gaenswain, Muller, Pell and others. It is healthy. It is also important to hear the other side.