The Bolletino today shows that His Holiness had a meeting with the heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia this morning.
Does this mean anything?
It is particularly interesting in that it happened directly on the heels of the public release of the dubia from The Four Cardinals. Of course, this could have simply been a routine, scheduled meeting. It probably was. But the timing is interesting.
Meanwhile, north of the Alps, in that bastion of ecclesiastical revolt Germany, now-retired Card. Lehman (a discipline of Jesuit Karl Rahner) said this as reported by LifeSite’s Jan Bentz:
November 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Liberal-minded Cardinal Karl Lehmann is urging his fellow German bishops to change Church discipline quickly while Francis is still Pope.
In an interview with German website katholisch.de, he pressed the bishops to use the “freedom that has been granted by the Pope.”
“Francis wants us to explore new paths. Sometimes you don’t have to wait until the large tanker begins to move,” he added, alluding to the alleged slowness of the Curia in making changes, an attack often uttered by German liberal churchmen.
Also, I saw (I’m not watching a stream) that, in these USA, His Eminence Card. DiNardo was chosen by his brother bishops to be the next President of the USCCB and Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles was chosen to be the VP. DiNardo was the next in line, of course. So, Gomez is now the next in line… if the line holds.
Also, I learned that Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese for Military Services was chosen to be the head of the Justice and Peace Committee, and Bishop McElroy of San Diego was not.
Does this mean anything?
It looks as if there was no sweeping change in the USCCB in a kind of “Francis Effect”. The majority of the US bishops opted for pretty much the same course that they have been on for a while without any sudden changes of vector. This is also interesting in light of a talk that the new Nuncio to these USA gave at Jesuit-run Georgetown as the bishops were to meet. A Jesuit (what else) wrote at Fishwrap:
In response to the election of Donald Trump, the pope’s representative in the United States believes that the church needs “to assume a prophetic role.” Speaking at a luncheon at Georgetown University discussing nuclear disarmament, Archbishop Christophe Pierre acknowledged that “the pope is more prophetic than the Catholic bishops here today.”
For example, on refugees, he said, “we have not done much, to be honest with you, on the issue of refugees in the United States. And we could do much more.”
“We [the Vatican] can send some ideas, and these ideas have to be thought about in the bishops’ conference,” he said. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops “is the place to express the vision of the Catholic bishops.”
These are all mere tessera in a larger mosaic. There really aren’t enough to get a good picture, and the picture itself is a moving picture, even a “talkie”… a really ‘talkie”.
It’s all interesting.
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