I have been thinking more about His Eminence Oscar Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga’s shot in the German newspaper at Archbp. Gerhard Müller of the CDF. HERE
In his public criticism Card. Rodriguez said of Müller:
Er ist Deutscher – ja, ich muss das sagen, er ist obendrein Professor, ein deutscher Theologieprofessor. In seiner Mentalität gibt es nur richtig oder falsch, das war’s. Aber ich sage: “Die Welt, mein Bruder, die Welt ist nicht so. Du solltest ein wenig flexibel sein, wenn du andere Stimmen hörst, damit du nicht nur zuhörst und sagst, nein, hier ist die Wand.”
“He’s a German – yes, I have to say it – and above all he’s a professor, a German theology professor. In his mentality there is only true or false. But I say: The world, my brother, the world is not like that. You should be a little flexible, if you hear other voices, so as not to only hear them and say, no, here is the wall. ”
Rodriguez is, essentially saying in that last part, that German theology professors say “talk to the hand”.
However, I am more and more convinced that Card. Rodriguez’s remark about German theologians is a shot at Benedict XVI, along with Archbp. Müller.
Maybe even more at Benedict than at Müller.
Why would he do that?
This shot could be payback for the way that Benedict XVI’s administration punished Card. Rodriguez when he was president of Caritas Internationalis. In illo tempore, then Secretary of State Card. Bertone intervened in the selection/election of Card. Rodriguez’s Secretary. This was a move to rein in Caritas, if not quite a hostile take-over.
Caritas, under Card. Rodriguez – whom I am convinced contributed heavily to certain paragraphs on economics in Evangelii gaudium – and that secretary seems to have developed too much of an NGO mentality. It was also flirting with pro-abortion organizations and contraception. HERE Even America Magazine saw this. HERE Remember this controversy? In part:
On 15 February the Cardinal Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone, wrote to the bishops’ conferences of the world to explain why the Vatican was not going to renew Dr Knight’s mandate following the CI’s general assembly in May. In the three-page letter, reported by The Tablet last weekend, Cardinal Bertone said Caritas needed a stronger Catholic identity. The next four years, he explained, would need to focus on “harmonizing the theological dimension of Caritas Internationalis … with its role as an organization operating on the international stage”. This would require, he said, greater cooperation with other ecclesial bodies and with Vatican dicasteries that have an “interest” in CI activities. Caritas’s advocacy work, he explained, needs to be better coordinated “in strict cooperation with the Holy See, which is specifically competent in this regard.”[…]
Caritas members are appalled. CI’s president, Honduran cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez de Maradiaga, has made clear his “incomprehension” at the decision. …
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