When Will Bryan and the Jasons Notice?

Papal power cannot even control what happens closest to home (think subsidiarity):

In short, the motu proprio released on Saturday is another blow to the cause of transparency and accountability at the Vatican. As veteran Vatican-watcher John Allen observed, it is a victory for the “old guard”—the entrenched bureaucracy that blocks any significant change in the way the Roman Curia do business.

Just to make things clear, Cardinal Pell’s office is not having its wings clipped because of financial scandals. (“Pope reins in Vatican’s finance minister after scandal,” read one widely circulated headline, getting the story completely upside-down.) The Secretariat for the Economy was created because of the scandals. The money-laundering charges, the massive cost overruns, the no-bid contracts, the undervalued assets, the leaked confidential information, the undocumented expenses—all these took place before Cardinal Pell set up his new shop in 2014. The Secretariat helped bring these problems to light, set up procedures to guard against them, and in some cases took over the responsibilities that other offices had proven unable to handle cleanly.

Now the main work of financial management, which had temporarily been handled by the Secretariat, will return to the purview of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (APSA). This is the agency responsible for much of the trouble that Cardinal Pell discovered in Vatican financial management. Remember Msgr. Nunzio Scarano: the infamous “Msgr. €500” who was arrested in 2013 and now faces several different criminal charges for financial misconduct? He worked for years at APSA, rising to be the head of the accounting department—the accounting department—without causing his superiors to question how he was amassing a personal fortune on his modest salary. APSA is one of the major reasons why the Secretariat for the Economy was needed: part of the problem, not the solution.

Nor can papal authority insureensure faithful teaching:

A group of Catholic academics and pastors has submitted an appeal to Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals in Rome, requesting that the Cardinals and Eastern Catholic Patriarchs petition His Holiness, Pope Francis, to repudiate a list of erroneous propositions that can be drawn from a natural reading of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris laetitia. During the coming weeks this submission will be sent in various languages to every one of the Cardinals and Patriarchs, of whom there are 218 living at present.

Describing the exhortation as containing “a number of statements that can be understood in a sense that is contrary to Catholic faith and morals,” the signatories submitted, along with their appeal, a documented list of applicable theological censures specifying “the nature and degree of the errors that could be attributed to Amoris laetitia.”

Among the 45 signatories are Catholic prelates, scholars, professors, authors, and clergy from various pontifical universities, seminaries, colleges, theological institutes, religious orders, and dioceses around the world. They have asked the College of Cardinals, in their capacity as the Pope’s official advisers, to approach the Holy Father with a request that he repudiate “the errors listed in the document in a definitive and final manner, and to authoritatively state that Amoris laetitia does not require any of them to be believed or considered as possibly true.”

“We are not accusing the pope of heresy,” said a spokesman for the authors, “but we consider that numerous propositions in Amoris laetitia can be construed as heretical upon a natural reading of the text. Additional statements would fall under other established theological censures, such as scandalous, erroneous in faith, and ambiguous, among others.”

While the world turns, Bryan still debates Tim Challies.


3 thoughts on “When Will Bryan and the Jasons Notice?

  1. Bryan Cross… is who exactly? Other than a Steve Ray, embarrassing hat-copycat. Or a Covenant Seminary-type who now apes Gerry Metatics? If Rome is the clear voice of authority, it might want to be clear, ’cause I am far, far clearer myself on what Reformed Presbyterians “believe” than what Chris Schonborn thinks is catechetical truth. Catholics, now, believe John Paul II was a “The Great” saint, and Benedict XVI is the best grandfather ever. Both of which strain credibility to the breaking point, what with Archbishop Cupich leading us into the Great Yonder. Catholicism has been many things — credible is hardly right now one of them. “We are a Church that changes, but really nothing has changed”… Thanks, Bishop Wuerled-Peas. Right, just like nothing has changed with American racial or sexual attitudes. And they wonder why priests come across as asexual, time-blind figure heads? Poor guys. First blame-culprit would be the cuddly Argentine who speaks platitudinal nonsense like it is hard whiskey. A joke. It feels good going down while it shreds history and Scripture. But it makes great press opps. #CatholicFotoOppsMatter


  2. Forget about U.S. Roman Catholics, notice the cardinals in the Vatican:

    Pope Francis says he does not like to “cut off heads”; that is, fire people.

    And when it comes to facing opposition from the Church’s “ultra-conservatives”, he says he refuses to engage in conflict.

    But it looks like he could be running out of patience with Cardinal Robert Sarah.

    And he may now be regretting the peace-making gesture he made in November 2014 (more on that in a moment) when he appointed the African prelate as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments.

    The pope called the 71-year-old cardinal into his office on July 9 and took him to task for the divisive and controversial remarks on the liturgy that the prefect had made just few days earlier in London.

    At a conference attended mainly by enthusiasts of the Tridentine Mass — before it was reformed in the wake of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) — Sarah said the pope had asked him to form a commission to study the possibility of carrying out a “reform of the reform.”

    The Guinea native also appealed to all priests around the world to return to the pre-Vatican II custom of celebrating Mass versus orientem (facing East), or what is often called “priest with his back to the people”. He suggested they implement this on the first Sunday of Advent (next November 27).

    But a statement from the Holy See Press Office on July 11, though written in the classic diplomatic style of the Roman Curia, made it clear that Pope Francis — like most of the world’s bishops — is opposed to making ad orientem worship normative. And, even more importantly, it indicated that he does not support any such “reform of the [post-Vatican II liturgical] reform”, despite Cardinal Sarah’s claim.

    There is no other way one can read the Vatican communiqué except that the pope corrected the cardinal — and distanced himself from his views — in a very clear and public way.

    And, in doing so, he has a sent a strong message to the tiny minority of Catholics who continue to push for incorporating parts of the (unreformed) Tridentine Rite into the (reformed) post-Vatican II liturgy. It’s not going to happen.


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