Silent Rome

April 25, 2022

Since the beginning of Lent, an anonymous memorandum has been circulating among the cardinals, with a view to the election of the next pope... In it is written: We used to say: Roma locuta, causa finita, Rome has spoken, the case is closed. Today we say: Roma loquitur, confusio augetur, Rome speaks, confusion increases.”

In reality, we should rather say: “Rome is silent, confusion abounds.”

Thus, Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich, archbishop of Luxembourg and general rapporteur of the next synod on synodality, declared to the German agency Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur, on February 2, that the current teaching of the Church on the homosexuality is “erroneous” and that the “sociological-scientific foundation” of this teaching which condemned it is no longer correct. And Rome is silent.

Thus, Msgr. Georg Bätzing, bishop of Limburg and president of the German Episcopal Conference, claimed to the newspaper Bunte, on March 3, that relations between people of the same sex were authorized and did not constitute a sin, and that the catechism should be partly modified. And Rome is still silent.

Admittedly, Cardinal George Pell made it known on March 11 on German Catholic television K-TV that he had asked the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “to intervene and pass judgment” on this “total and explicit rejection” of the moral teachings of the Church.

But on March 30, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, declared to the weekly Stern: “Homosexuality is not a sin. And it is Christian behavior when two people, regardless of gender, stand up for each other, in joy and in pain.” And Rome is still silent.

But Rome is not always silent, it knows how to be talkative about migrants, the Amazonian ecosystem, and more particularly today, about the synod on synodality where they will talk a lot and dialogue to their heart’s content …

“I’ve seen many chapters,

Who for nothingness have so stood…

We only need to deliberate,

The court in advisers abounds;

Is there a need to execute?

We don’t meet anyone anymore.” [1]

Rather than a “pluralist” synod and a “consensual” dialogue with the world, the Church needs a new Catherine of Siena! To ardently exhort the pope to leave not Avignon but conciliar Rome, and to return to eternal Rome, mistress of wisdom and truth.

[1] Jean de La Fontaine, “The Council Held by the Rats,” Fables, II, 2 (1668).