Saturday, July 1, 2017

CDF Successor is a Jesuit

(Rome) The Vatican confirmed in the daily bulletin of the Vatican press office has announced the dismissal of Cardinal Gerhard Müller as Prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Francis has appointed the Secretary of the Congregation for the Congregation of the Faith, the Jesuit, the curial bishop, Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer.

The daily bulletin confirmed the dismissal of the Prefect of Faith yesterday. Pope Francis had received Cardinal Mueller in audience yesterday. He gave him his dismissal. Over the past few weeks, this had been increasingly speculated about.

Luis Ladaria Ferrer SJ

Francis has appointed the number two of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Spanish curial bishop, Luis Ladaria. Ladaria has been working for the Holy Office since 1995. At first he was a consultor. In 2008 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop and Secretary of the Congregation. He is the first Jesuit in this office.

When the relationship between Pope Francis and Cardinal Müller rapidly cooled, various names were named as possible successors, including Bruno Forte, Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto and special bishop for the Bishops' Synod on the Family, Victor Manuel Fernandez (Rector of the Catholic University of Argentina and [evil] ghostwriter of the pope), occasionally also Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna.

Since the dismissal of the Prefect of Doctrine and the Faith was a blow in the smoldering conflict surrounding the orientation of the Catholic Church, Francis decided for a less spectacular succession by placing the previous number two at the top. Ladaria is considered a highly qualified and orthodox theologian. Nevertheless, the Catholic Church is likely to compare with him a previous Prefect, Levada. The American William Joseph Cardinal Levada, headed the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 2005-2012. The successor of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger fulfilled his work behind the scenes, but remained colorless and without external influence. [Probably because he was a figurehead.]

In contrast to Cardinal Müller, who was all the more interested in the public, the more Pope Francis isolated him in the Vatican, no such behavior can be expected from Archbishop Ladaria. This is borne out by his previous restraint, and even more so by the fact that the new Prefect of Faith is a Jesuit. Public opposition, whether directly or indirectly, is not to be expected of him against the first Jesuit in the papacy.

This gentle succession can not blind us to the drama of the intervention with which Pope Francis demonstrates once more the determination to carry his will against any resistance with a strong hand.
The resistance concerned the controversial post-synodal letter Amoris laetitia, which is seen by critics as a first step towards the recognition of divorce and second, in the specific case of Cardinal Müller and that "zero tolerance" postulated by Benedict XVI.  against pederastic priests. This received official lip service under Pope Francis. However, implementation seems to depend on the importance and favor enjoyed by an affected cleric. The work of Cardinal Müller was hampered by interventions made by the Pope, such as the cases of a Chilean bishop and "Don Mercedes".

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred


James said...

Whatever. Who really cares at this point. It could be Thomas Aquinas as Prefect of the CDF but with Francis as Pope and Vatican II as something that has to be gushed over and defended at all costs, the collapse will just continue.

Tancred said...

You would't be the first person to apostacize after being confronted with the worldly realities around those who seem to be governing the Church.

Anonymous said...

I've noticed recently (I may be wrong), that Pope Francis has been appointing elderly Cardinals and bishops to posts. This guy is no exception. Perhaps...Francis knows that he won't be around more than 1-2 more years, so he's appointed people who themselves will be 75 in 1-2 years and will have to submit their resignations, either to Francis....or as I think Francis suspects...his successor. I think if he expected to be around for 5-6-7-8 more yers, he'd pick younger men who would grow into the job and assist Francis all the more. I just think Francis knows he won't be here....that's why he's appointing men who won't be in office either..having to submit their exit papers at 75.
Damian Malliapalli

JBQ said...

Sure and begorrah, is it Mueller, Muller (umlaut), or Miiller? It doesn't really matter since "Mighty Casey" just struck out.---The election of a pope is supposed to be dependent on the influence of the Holy Spirit. There was electioneering without a doubt for Francis. There is also evidently a deal concocted to move Benedict out of the way of socialist reform probably with his ascent.

Anonymous said...

The hierarchy revolted against the Faith.We,the laity,didn't ask for nor request a full blown ecclesiastical revolution from 1951-present day.
Secondly,as a Roman Catholic layman,I have a right to valid sacraments and valid Clergy.
This is why I support,with all my heart & soul,the Sedevacantists & both SSPX orders.
Please respond and tell me how rejecting the judaizers with glorified Anglican "holy orders" is tantamount to Apostasy.
P.S. Nostra Aetate outright rejects Sacred Scripture and in so many words,calls Jesus Christ a liar.

Anonymous said...

Today I saw a "priest" from my former childhood parish at grocery store.
He was wearing a cowboy hat,Reese Cup T-shirt,shorts,and tennis shoes.
He was "ordained" in the new rite on January 1969.
This is the caliber of clergy now running the CDF.

Anon said...

Burning the fellow alive would be far too gentle on him.

Blotto said...

"There were no differences between me and Pope Francis.”

That must be why the CDF requested "many, many corrections" to Amoris Lie-Tee-Tee-Ah, all of which were refused. Cardinal Müller (Umlaut? Check!) appears to be suffering from a bout of medium term memory loss...unless of course the corrections were solely concerned with grammatical errors.

Anonymous said...

The old ones always dress like than...and worse. I went to a Catholic seminary a few weeks ago to do some work in their library. While there, a priest, obviously elderly, probably between 60-70 came in dressed in jeans and a orange t-shit with some advertising on it. I didn't bother to read it. But I was disgusted that a priest would dress that way, even on his "off" time.
Before leaving for the day, I visited the chapel, and there, sitting in one of the pews was a young seminarian, in cassock. I was impressed. It was a Saturday. He didn't have to dress like that if he didn't want to. But he was proud of who and what he was, and obviously wanted to dress accordingly. The SSPX and other traditional seminarians dress in their cassock or soutane or habit all the time. But the old guys 60+, and the aged nuns 70+ (the Vatican II crowd), feel compelled to dress like slobs (the priests), or layclothes(the nuns).
Both groups represent a failed experiment in the Church begun after 1965....the era of Vatican II.
With the next Pope, we might get back on track. Benedict XVI tried in many ways, but the old guard was still powerful. When a new Pope comes along, these guys will either be dead, or out of power and so few and enfeebled that they won't be able to mount any opposition to a traditional Pontiff the way they forced Benedict XVI out.
Gaswein, Benedict XVI's assistant and secretary, said last week the Benedict XVI quit because if he had stayed in, he would not have lived much longer. So what! Popes die in office. At least if Benedict had lasted another 1-2 years, he would have named perhaps more traditional cardinals, and one of them would have been elected and we would not have had Francis.
Maybe next time, one still will....even if he's not a Cardinal yet.
Damian Malliapalli

Anonymous said...

Damian, Benedict wanted Scola to be elected and you know what happened, Bergoglio was prepared to do the job since 2005, it's up to him, mala tempora currunt atque peiora veniunt.

Catholic Mission said...

JULY 2, 2017

Cardinal Luiz Ladaria S.j made factual errors in two ITC theological papers which were politically correct

Anonymous said...

All Spanish Jesuits go to heaven

Anon said...

That's what someone else posted yesterday until Cyclops deleted it.

Anonymous said...

He's not a cardinal. And it's possible Francis wont be around for another consistory.
But to be fair to this guy, from what I have read in other Catholic posts, he is NOT a radical...he's NOT even a liberal. He leans to be a Benedict XVI type priest, but he's a wimp who bends in whatever wind Bergoglio makes.
From what I read, the progressives are angry with the appointment, and the conservatives are stunned.
I would take the appointment as a stalemate. Good Catholics didn't win, but we didn't loose either. The liberals didn't actually outright loose, but they didn't gain a big supporter either. Stalemate.
Damian Malliapalli

Unknown said...

Pope Francis fires Card. Gerhard Mueller ? don't follow the "fake" news (ie. MSM). Read the analysis piece from Crux Now by John Allen.

Tancred said...

He's always been a good leftist, but it seems that the office weighed heavily on his shoulders, and he doesn't like Francis' heavy handedness.

Tancred said...

Cux news just ignored all the information that contradicts their version of what just happened. Even the Müller's interview reveals hostility, especially when it comes to Bergoglio firing Müller's people who were enforcing B16s zero tolerance policy, just because Bergoglio happens to want to defend this or that child molester. Why would you not expect a typically leftist organ like them to defend false narratives like Allen always does. I'll wager the man couldn't be impartial if someone paid him to be.

Anonymous said...

How old is Allen? I'm 29, and I'e had an interest in the Church since I was a freshman in HS and I've read his b.s. liberal diatribes about this or that person or issue since then . Seems like forever.
I was the typical altar boy etc, and my grandmom(RIP) encouraged me to pursue the priesthood when I graduated from HS. "NO thanks" I said politely...already knowing more about the Church than she thought. :)
Reading John Allen could turn any good Catholic from wanting to be a priest, or even a Catholic.

Damian Malliapalli

Anonymous said...

Yes, indeed---to the "heaven" of Modernists, which many of us and the Scriptures call by another name.