Monday, March 10, 2014

Sandro Magister on Jorge & Co. in 2005

(reporter Sandro Magister)
Today we go back in time to 2005 to an article, the excellent reporter Sandro Magister wrote for, L'Espresso,  Progressives, Moderates, Neocons: Notes Before the Conclave (click here to read full article).  Below are some of the highlights we found of interest looking back with hindsight.  As always the underlines for emphasis are ours.
On one side, Ratzinger, Ruini, Bergoglio with their proposal for a new “Papal Revolution.” On the other side, the list of their opponents, with Tettamanzi as the man for all seasons...
...JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO. Archbishop of Buenos Aires, 69 years of age, born in Argentina to parents who had emigrated from the Italian region of Piemonte. Since 2002 he has continually been the Latin American cardinal with the best probability of being elected, in spite of never having lifted a finger to present himself as a candidate: in the conclave, it is Ratzinger’s party that would launch his candidacy. As a bishop, instead of sermons on social justice he preached to the Argentines in the thick of economic disaster that they should put into practice the ten commandments and the Gospel beatitudes.
CLÁUDIO HUMMES. Archbishop of San Paolo in Brazil, 71 years old. As a young bishop, he got himself mixed up in the struggles of laborers and farmers. He then espoused more moderate principles, became close to the charismatics, and was promoted to the largest diocese in Brazil. Lately he has again advanced proposals for social justice and has gained the public support of his friend, president Luiz Inácio da Silva Lula. He is the progressivist alternative to the neoconservative Bergoglio, in the case in which the conclave would opt for a Latin American. But when he was called to the Vatican to preach at the Lenten retreat for the pope and the curia, he ended up boring everybody.
JOSEPH RATZINGER. A German, he was the pillar of doctrine during the pontificate of John Paul II, especially toward the very end. In spite of the fact that he is 78 years old, there would be nothing of the short-term papacy about his election: the scenario he has designated for the Church during the following decades is almost revolutionary, and has won him respect and agreement from beyond the neocon cardinals closest to him, but also strong resistance. If he is chosen, the team he selects will be important: he has never shown great skill in the practical matters of governance.
Very interesting!  The man whom Bergoglio turned to for support in the conclave and the impetus behind him choosing the name Francis is "the progressivist alternative to the neoconservative Bergoglio."  Ratzinger wasn't to have a short papacy and is seen as hailing from the same neocon faction in the Novus Ordo church as Bergoglio!  Both of them, Bergoglio & Ratzinger, want a "Papal Revolution" in the way things are done.  For all those Novus Ordo neocons who pine for the good ol' days of Benedict XVI, the only difference between he and Francis are their styles.  Both of them are cut from the same modernist cloth.

The article is worth reading in full because Magister writes (not quoted above) there are three problems facing the Novus Ordo church;  1)  the biggest opponent of  the Novus Ordo isn't Islam but the secular world, 2) the Novus Ordo church needs to become more democratic, and 3) how to make the Novus Ordo church more "collegial" by having a a “permanent council that would rule the Church together with the pope.”  Does this sound like the program of someone in the Vatican you know?

Francis has tackled the first problem by smothering the secular world with what he terms "mercy."  The second problem Francis took care of by sending out questionnaires to all the dioceses in the world which were in turn filled out by their parishioners.  We doubt this is little more than window dressing as Francis already has his planned agenda.  He will only use this questionnaire to further things he wants.  Lastly, to solve the third problem he created the G8 super-committee to help him rule the Novus Ordo church.  To think all this has happened in little over a year!  Of course he had Benedict XVI laying the foundation during his almost eight year reign for everything he has accomplished so far.  What revolutionary changes are in store for the second year of Francis' rule?

(members of Francis' G8 super-committee)

1 comment:

  1. The neocons - and many traditionalists - will never allow themselves to realize that Ratzinger and Bergoglio are cut from the same modernist cloth.
    The articles about the young and not so young Ratzinger at tradition in action opened my eyes.