Almost two weeks ago, Zenit published a piece by Father Thomas Rosica entitled "The Ignatian Qualities Of The Petrine Ministry Of Pope Francis". For all his many faults, and they do abound in excess, he certainly seems to be accurate in stating the underpinnings of Pope Francis' thinking. Of course he enthuses about the pope's progressivism, but they do seem to be peas of the same pod.
This most revelatory gem occurred towards the end: "Pope Francis breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants, because he is free from disordered attachments. Our Church has indeed entered a new phase: with the advent of this first Jesuit pope, it is openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture."
"Whenever he wants"? That is a mark of a tin horn dictator, not the "Servant of the Servants of God". Then he says that the Church is ruled by an individual rather than the authority of Scripture and Tradition. Well, so much for all that "collegiality" talk! Sure sounds like papolatry to me!
Rosica also agrees that the pope doesn't care one whit about defending and promulgating Church teaching and Tradition. In fact, Tradition stems from God Himself, so does that mean that the pope might actually be setting himself before God? For an excellent treatment of this problem, we are grateful for Pope St Pius X and his encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis. The current pontiff would do well to read it - if he hasn't already done so and scoffed.
Rosica's piece was published before he and Cdl Wuerl engaged in their mutual-admiration gabfest. I've no reason to doubt that the Cardinal saw it and had not one objection.
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