I was sent a link to a video with some of an interview by Bishop Enrico dal Covolo, who is presently rector of my old school, the Pontifical Lateran University. dal Covolo, an SDB (aka Socio di Bertone aka Salesian) has done some work on the Fathers of the Church.
In any event, before last Christmas dal Covolo went to Guam to visit one of the many global spin offs of the aforementioned Lateran. Inter alia, in the interview (btw the newsie calls him “dal Covólo. Fail. It’s “dal Cóvolo”) he made some comments about the differences between Pope Francis and Pope Benedict.
The video includes and English translation voice-over, so I can’t hear the actual Italian original, but:
“I believe that the… Pope Francis is a figure of discontinuity with the previous …ahhh pontificate, but a very very good discontinuity because he’s pushing the Church, he’s exorcising the Church from all its fears that he had in the past. … I agree totally with these changes that Pope Francis is doing because they correspond precisely to the challenges that we face today.”
Et tu, Brute?
You don’t use a word like “discontinuity” in this way unless you intend to dump on Benedict.
The irony in this is that were you to check the word “clericalism” in an illustrated dictionary, dal Covolo’s picture would grace the entry.
Benedict XVI raised dal Covolo up with his own hand to the episcopate and rectorate of the Lateran. Also, I suspect that dal Covolo – a patrologist more than a patristicist – was one of the ghost writers behind Benedict’s Wednesday General Audience address in his series on the Fathers of the Church. Benedict treated dal Covolo very well indeed.
I see that Rorate has something on this. The poster over there accuses dal Covolo of ingratitude. Yah, that too.