At Church Militant there is a piece which accuracy sums up the controversy surrounding Card. Sarah’s recently published book, together with Benedict XVI. The Depths Of Our Hearts. The book is out in French and Italian. The English, inexplicably, languishes in boxes until March.
What sparked the Church Militant piece was a malicious article in The New Yorker of 2 February making false claims about Card. Sarah and Archbp. Gänswein.
Also in the Church Militant piece, but not the primary reason why I bring it to your attention, is some speculation about the recent appointment of a new Vice-Dean of the College of Cardinals, Leonardo Card. Sandri, a hardly uncontroversial figure. The role of the Vice Dean of the College is important, because the new Dean, Card. Re, is over 80. That means that Sandri will run the next papal conclave (assuming that Sandri is still under 80). Some have seen in this move to shift Sandri, an Argentinian, in this key position as being highly significant, an indication that the deck is being stacked. After watching the absurdities called Synods (“walking together”) over the last few years, it is easy to see why people might think that.
From The Depths Of Our Hearts is an important book. It is important on its own merits and it is important because of its timing. The document following the Amazon Synod (“walking together with Pachamama”) is due to be released tomorrow, 12 February.
In any event, have a look.