This is a big week coming up in Rome. This could be a pivotal week in this pontificate.
9-11 Feb – Meeting of the Gang of Nine
12-13 Feb – Consistory meetings of all the Cardinals
14-15 Feb – Public events for the Consistory for Cardinals
And that’s just the surface. Imagine what is going on behind the scenes.
It was a year ago that Card. Kasper presented his looooong ramble to the Consistory, which provoked the storm in the Synod of Bishops last October. You will recall that that is Card. Kasper proposed his incredible “tolerated but not accepted” approach to Communion for the divorced and remarried without annulment.
Here we go again!
This time it seems that the Cardinals will be presented with updates on the economic situation of the Holy See as well as proposals about reform of the Curia. Stakes are huge.
As you know, John Paul II’s constitution establishing the structure of the Curia and competence of its offices was called Pastor bonus (cf John 10:12). Since what is going to be proposed is surely going to overturn John Paul’s vision, I have imagined that the new document might be called Mercenarius malus.
And the make up of the College of Cardinals changes as of next week. Again, stakes are huge.
Between now and the Synod in October, tension is going to rise. Last month in Rome I sense a lot of pressure and uncertainty. Anxiety and tension will build until October.