Let the games begin!
The Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) is now between a rock and a hard spot.
The NSR and LCWR are practically one flesh. At the same time, NSR has been crooning about Pope Francis new “humble” style.
I have been predicting that liberals will eventually turn on Francis (HERE). He will reaffirm things that they want overturned and they will go for him.
The CDF’s Francis-approved smackdown of the LCWR today present a dilemma.
Over at the NSR, there is a first attempt to spin out from between the rock and hard spot.
The writer, Joshua McElwee, has been among the most zealous supporters of the LCWR.
Watch how McElwee attempts to redirect attention from Francis’ involvement to the role of dicasteries of the Roman Curia.
Pope Francis reaffirms LCWR critique, plan to reform
Joshua J. McElwee
Notice of Monday’s meeting could reawaken a divide between members of the Vatican bureaucracy over how to handle the sisters’ group.
While the doctrinal congregation may be taking a hard-line approach, [the villain of the story] the Vatican congregation responsible for overseeing the work of religious orders [the good guys] around the world recently has taken a more sensitive tack, even indicating it sought dialogue with the sisters. [What a load of … peach cobbler! “hard-line”… “dialogue”… “sensitive”… If you can clear that loud buzzing from your head as you read this, the CDF has been in constant “dialogue” with the LCWR. McElwee suggests that the CDF refuses to “listen”, as opposed to the “sensitive” Congregation. Did an LCWR sister ghost write this for him?]
The April 6 appointment of Franciscan Fr. José Rodríguez Carballo as the second-in-command of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Pope Francis’ first appointment to the Vatican bureaucracy, seemed to approve the softer approach: [Oh?] Rodríguez’s colleagues said he is someone who seeks collaboration rather than conflict.
McElwee is dodging a couple things.
The CDF is the only dicastery that matters for the LCWR right now.
Pope Francis approved what the CDF did today.
Keep your eyes on the ball!