At Corriere today there is an odd story that might interest you.
Papa Francesco scrive al cardinale Müller: disgelo con i tradizionalisti
Il Papa in una lettera di 7 righe: «Caro fratello, molte grazie per il tuo libro: il tuo testo sul post-sinodo mi piace»
Pope Francis writes to Card. Müller: detente with the traditionalists
The Pope in a letter of 7 lines: “Dear brother, thank you very much for your book: I like your text on the post-Synod”
The letter to the obviously side-lined former CDF Prefect was dated 12 February.
“Cardinal Müller: ‘Querida Amazonia’ Is a Document of Reconciliation… “The entire letter is written in a personal and attractive tone. The Successor of Peter [wants] to win all Catholics and Christians of other denominations, but also all people of good will, for a positive development of this region,” so that “all living there may experience the uplifting and unifying power of the Gospel.”
Being a German bishop, Müller has a valuable perspective on the machinations of his countryman when it comes to their instrumentalization of money and the Amazonians and every else who fell for it. He is also detested by the junta surrounding Papa Bergoglio and the New catholic Red Guards who slavishly curry favor with the junta in nearly papalatrous determination.
It looks like olive branches have been exchanged.
The writer at Corriere then devolves into typical Italian fantasies about a new rapprochement perhaps being the spark of schism: “Negli Stati Uniti, ma non solo, qualcuno aveva di nuovo evocato scenari scismatici. … In the United States, but not only, some have once again evoked schismatic scenario.”
Meanwhile, hard-core Team Bergoglio is trying to spin Francis’ door slam on the pet projects of the left. For example, the quondam ghost writer Argentinian Bp. Victor Manuel Fernandez (who penned that super-creepy book about kissing), said that, in fact, Francis didn’t really close the door definitively on a hypothetical “Amazonian Rite”.
That slam has clearly left them rattled.
Although Müller is maybe extending an olive branch, and receiving one back, he did also comment in strong opposition to aspects of the Amazon Synod. Thus, Corriere:
“Those forty or so Indians with feathers on their heads, colored faces and idols of Mother Earth, received by the Pope, did not seem to me that they came from the Amazon rainforest. I have the impression that they were brought to Italy from Brasilia, from San Paolo, and hosted in Rome in five-star hotels, paid for by the German bishops”, explains Müller. Abrasive words from which it is sensed that the ‘document of reconciliation’ is seen by the conservative Catholicism camp as partial payback, and by Francesco’s usual allies as a retreat or in any case a slowing down of the reforms. In sum, the rebuilding of the Church still seems an more of a attempt rather than a reality.