Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In cauda venenum -- Cardinal Pell and the Czar's Favor

Cardinal Pell and the Czar
(Rome) On 14-15th  February there appeared a full wave of interviews  of the  increasingly important Australian Cardinal George Pell, Prefect of the new Economy Secretariat in the Vatican. From the Boston Globe to the Corriere della Sera up to La Croix, everything was represented, as the Vatican expert Sandro Magister represents. The cardinal announced that had prevailed on his proposal at Cardinal Consistory a "general consensus" all directions "from the left, right and center", control and management of the moveable and immovable property of all Vatican agencies to submit to the new Pontifical Council.

Roman Coordinates

The consistory was informed by the C9 Council of Cardinal Advisors on the plans for reform of the Curia and discussed this. George Pell belongs in the C9 Council as a representative of Oceania. He is considered the "most conservative" and traditional friendly member. When Pope Francis formed the Council of Cardinal Advisers for the reform of the Curia and to assist him in the management of the universal Church and from every continent appointed a representative, Cardinal Pell was the sole representative for Oceania. He was "slid" in, as it was said then in Rome. A few days ago Francis was concerned about assistance. He appointed Archbishop John Dew of Wellington, who is, so to speak, Pell's progressive counterpart. Moreover, even an unknown Bishop of Tonga. The axis on the top of the hierarchy of Oceania is moved with it. In addition, Cardinal Pell could now be replaced any time in the C9 Council, especially since he was called to Rome by  Francis and thus no longer acts on his continent.
The Cardinal did not deny to the press that he had experienced   "resistance" in some parts of the Secretariat of State and of the Governorate of Vatican City against his reform proposal, however, he was convinced that they were overcome.
At his side, the South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier appeared before the press, a member of the Economic Council.The South African had   been appointed following Cardinal Kasper's racist belch during the current Synod of 2014 by Francis for the third Co-President. It was a gesture to calm the excited African minds who defended  Catholic teaching on marriage and family in Rome. Cardinal Napier is described by the press conference with Cardinal Pell as being among the "resisters" along with the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and especially the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, headed by Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio. The Pontifical Council had rejected the draft of the Articles of Incorporation of the new Economy Secretariat  precisely in those parts which provided for a centralization of the administration of goods.
Nevertheless, Cardinal Pell was confident of achieving his goal, as the Economic Council denied the objections of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts.

Pell's Account Without his Landlord? From Tsar and boyars

"But maybe Pell makes the reckoning without the landlord, which in this case, is the Pope," said Sandro Magister. On Monday the House and Palace Vaticanista of Francis, Andrea Tornielli, published  an article point by point seeming to reflect the thoughts of the Pope in Vatican Insider.
Tornielli recalled that the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts acted in the express order of the Pope. He remembered also that the Pope is entitled to make "the final decision to the statutes." In other words: "About Cardinal Pell there is one, Tsar  named Francis who is more powerful than he, and does not want to withdraw the power claimed by the  'boyars',  to use  the terminology of the Russian Empire, which has become common in English-language media," said Magister.

"The poison is in the tail"

But that is not enough, because "in cauda venenum," said Master, the poison follows to some extent at the end of Tornielli's article, which is the plea against Cardinal Pell.
"In light of what has happened in these days, it is worthwhile to read the words of Francis in his speech to the Roman Curia last December. The fifteenth and last illness  the Pope described was "worldly profit, display, when the apostle turns his ministry into power and his power was turned into merchandise to gain worldly benefits or more influence. It is the disease of people striving insatiably then to multiply powers, and which are capable of slander for this purpose, the other to defame and discredit,  even in newspapers and magazines. Of course, in order to excel and to prove himself better than the other.   Also, this disease damages the body a lot, because it leads people to justify the use of any means, just to achieve this goal - often in the name of justice and transparency."
Thus, the last paragraph in Tornielli's article is about Cardinal George Pell. Two hours after Sandro Magister expressed the belief that Tornielli directly reflects the thoughts of Pope Francis, thus confirming that Cardinal Pell is not in the Pope's favor, the last paragraph had been deleted (see also Slinky maneuver against Cardinal George Pell in progress  & Here.) The last paragraph "was published verbatim as it's here to read  and bore the title: The disease of worldly profit, " said Sandro Magister in a supplement to his article.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
image: Settimo Cielo


Anonymous said...

We need to pray for cardinal Pell so
that he is not conveniently "replaced"
before the synod

Anonymous said...

Cardinal Pell when he was Archbishop of Sydney said he welcomed Muslim immigration into Australia as it would provide ample 'opportunities for inter-faith dialogue'. With that crackpot statement he has lost any credibility. The cardinal is touted as an 'intellectual', well that says a lot about his less gifted brother cardinals.

Tancred said...

This post doesn't have anything to do with immigration, and +Pell's erroneous position on a single sociological problem wouldn't invalidate his credibility.

susan said...

He also denies a literal belief in Adam and Eve, thus invalidating the nonnegotiable dogma of original sin....sorry Tancred, that's pretty bad. Pell's not a terribly good guy; he just happens to be marginally better than the ravening wolves and outright Christ deniers infesting Peter's Throne and Court....and that's enough for the small-minded, leprous-of-soul francis to boot him.

Anon said...

Thanks, susan. I was just about to say the same thing. His denial of that most basic tenet puts him outside the Church according to legitimate Councils and even my Baltimore Catechism.

I would love to ask him where the need for a Savior arises if there was no Adam and Eve. No first parents, original sin. Which is the REAL reason the Atheist religion keeps trying to push their dogma of Evolution. Dishonest God-deniers.

Tancred said...

Whether it makes him a heretic or not, whether or not it's something he hasn't thought much about, he's still defended traditional teaching about marriage, and that has him out of favor. I don't like him myself for all kinds of reasons, but these are the facts, as out I'd joint and inconsistent they are.

Marie said...

Well, to be honestly frivolous, he was my candidate in the last conclave. He was head-and-shoulders taller than most of the others, literally and figuratively. I thought he'd have an enormous presence on the world stage.

susan said...

Don't get me wrong...I think he's better than most of the lot...but that's a dang low bar.

Anonymous said...


At bare minimum he's a material heretic. Church teaching on Adam and Eve is very clear, I'm sure a man of high education like Cardinal Pell has read Ludwig Ott or Denzinger on this matter.

Anonymous said...

He was one of the worst candidates possible. He got absolutely wrecked and torn apart by Richard Dawkins. Pell would have been an embarrassment to the whole Church.

Cardinal Pell is a prime example of the intellectual poverty and logical depravity of a Catholic who rejects Thomism. Pell has brought to light the complete idiocy that is the Nouvelle Théologie.

Vatican II is stupid and utterly embarrassing. I can't even get angry and call it heretical anymore, it's just a joke - a mundane comedy show. Francis has even dressed up as a clown! People like Pell should not be taken seriously anymore, it's time we make fun and tease people like this like we're bullies in a school yard. They deserve to wear a dunce cap and not a mitre.

Tancred said...

He's not as bad as +Newman.

Anonymous said...

Very true! Many of us still get angry because in our powerless frustration we want the abuses addressed and the problems fixed. But the machine is broken with no spares in sight.