Contrasting opinions about the current pontificate

Source: FSSPX News

Cardinal Walter Kasper has just published a book on the Pope entitled Pope Francis: Revolution of Tenderness and Love. According to him, the Supreme Pontiff “has set many things in motion, and I thank that we need this movement. For if we become stagnant, we fall asleep.” “The Pope will pursue his program,” the German prelate opines, “but what he brought to light in the [Apostolic] Exhortation The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium) is a program for a whole century, that one pope cannot accomplish during his mandate. Francis’ principle is not so much to take positions as to introduce processes that will no longer be reversible. That is his intention.”

In the most recent issue of the journal Herder Korrespondenz Spezial, the German philosopher and ethicist Robert Spaemann declares that no one knows “what the Holy Father now has in mind.” Even the enthusiastic followers of Pope Francis do not really know what destination the “Bergoglio train” is heading for. “You just can’t get over the feeling of chaos,” Spaemann confides.

In these circumstances, it comes as no surprise that Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, says in the March 29 issue of La Croix: “Pope Francis is more a pastor [than a theologian], and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has a mission to structure a pontificate theologically.” The progressive historian Alberto Melloni pounced on this remark; in his view, “structuring the pontificate” of Pope Francis “theologically” is nothing but “a comical outburst of subversive paternalism” (sic). Similarly, the most flattering of the Vaticanists, Andrea Tornielli, declares - according to Sandro Magister (Chiesa dated April 15, 2015) - that "Cardinal Müller’s statement is offensive toward the current pontificate, judged as being insufficient in its theological ’structure’ and stature".

In contrast to this agitation, Sandro Magister states the obvious with calm and lucidity: “Everyone has been able to see that some of the best-known statements of Pope Francis in fact suffer from a lack of clarity.”

Father Alain Lorans