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Some Cardinal Questions

February 14th, 2017, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Is Cardinal Sarah being forced out?

Lifesite News is doing a masterful job of following the roller-coaster of Vatican politics.  Jan Bentz writes: “While Cardinal Sarah (Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments) seems to have perfectly continued the Benedictine idea of the ‘reform of the reform’ of the liturgy, it does not seem that Pope Francis sees much value in putting these kinds of questions into a public discussion. That is why he has asked Cardinal Sarah not to follow up on this thought [of the ‘reform of the reform’] in his function as prefect for the Congregation for Liturgy and also not to use the term ‘reform of the reform’ anymore.”  This came in the wake of Pope Francis’ changing all of the people who served in the dicastery headed by Cardinal Sarah to a more liberal breed.   More of the apparent recent silencing can be read here:

Is Cardinal Coccopalmerio a Vatican chess piece? 

Is Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio’s new booklet an attempt to answer the dubia? An attempt to destroy 2000 year old teaching?  A move to suppress dissent? “The Eighth Chapter of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia” seems to argue for violating the fundamental principle that adulterers should refrain from receiving the Holy Eucharist, a principle of millennial standing. and  and

Is Cardinal Burke being harassed?  

Is he a ‘victim soul’ for love of the Church?   Is the Malta situation being used as a straw man to defame Cardinal Burke?

Are all the Cardinals still Catholic?

Well that is harder to assess. Pope Francis set up a little cabinet for himself of geographically diverse Cardinals, called the “Council of Cardinals.”  IMO this shows the serious stress created in any institution when some are given more power and influence than colleagues previously seen as “equals.”  The endower of such distinction usually expects a certain level of personal loyalty for having differentiated such members of the inner circle, and eventually the chit is called.  Apparently that has just happened with the little cabinet. It is hard to serve two masters.  Read it carefully. What is “his” magisterium? And how is it different from the Church’s magisterium?  And a follow-up to the Vatican intrigue:

Cult of Obedience — a Danger to Souls?

There seems to be a poison running through the veins of the Vatican and in my opinion it stems from the mindless obedience of the Jesuit order historically.  To read more on the problem of dehumanizing control, read the second part of an excellent article on Rotate Coeli here:  Scroll down to II. “True and False Obedience.”  If ‘ordered’ to support and agree with Pope Francis, those who subscribe to this as a required obedience simply see any guilt they may have as transferred to the person doing the ordering.

I have personally experienced this attitude even in the Diocese of Rochester.  Twice I heard a priest preach:  “If the Pope said something was black and I could clearly see it was white, I would say it is black.”  I asked “Father, how could you say that?  You would be lying!” Nevertheless, he maintained that is what he would do.  For me, it was simply a warning to stay far away from such Jesuitical and Clericalist influence, as I believe it is a threat to souls. How can anything built on falsehood not be an affront to God?

Even Peter and John had the experience with the Sanhedrin of being ordered by high level religious authority: “And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest questioned them, saying, “We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.” But Peter and the apostles answered:  We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:27 – 29). How much is this ‘blind obedience’ factor influencing what is occurring in Rome? How much does it deform souls and their ability to discern rationally?



2 Responses to “Some Cardinal Questions”

  1. JLo says:

    I haven’t read all you’ve linked yet, Diane, but on the subject of obedience, the best advice I ever had on troublesome directives from authority came from Fr. Benedict Goreschel: obedience to disobedience is not obedience.

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