Long time vaticanista Aldo Maria Valli gave an interview about all things Francesco/Bergoglio. He talks about the rumors concerning Francis’s health, a conclave, the scandal of Becciu, synods (“walking together”), Hungary and Orban.
Valli’s most telling comments were about the ethos of Rome and about Traditionis custodes. Concerning the former, I felt this the last few times I was there.
What atmosphere do you really breathe in the Vatican these days? [What’s the mood like?]
“The feeling of temporariness (provvisorietà) and insecurity is palpable. This is accompanied by a climate of tension and suspicion, for fear of being subjected to purges and retaliation »
“In the recent case of the motu proprio which effectively abolishes Summorum Pontificum, the bishops have been clearly told that if they do not align they will be removed without too many compliments.”
About the cruel Motu Proprio TC with my zisk:
Meanwhile, as you recalled, the Pontiff made sure to prepare the ground for the suppression of the Latin Mass. Why launch this war?
“Because it is precisely by unleashing a war and provoking dissensions and protests that Bergoglio can demonstrate that the Tridentine Mass is ‘divisive'”. [Jesuits are famous for their general lack of liturgical knowledge and interest. TC must come from that, surely. However, it is also useful because it caused a distraction from something else. I think it will backfire.]
It is not so?
“With a wise and generous application of Benedict XVI’s previous motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, communities linked to the ancient rite have never found themselves in conflict with other faithful and priests”. [Do you see the key word there? “Faithful” and priests. Conflicts might arise with priest and “faithful” who are not faithful.]
Does Francesco want to fuel a conflict that did not exist?
“Arousing the casus belli is typical of Francis’ Peronist [!] mentality: first he provokes the exasperated reaction of those he wants to hit, and then in the face of their protest he shows himself authoritarian and despotic and accuses them of disobedience”.
Isn’t it paradoxical that the apostolic letter, which practically tried to eliminate the ancient rite, is called Traditionis custodes?
“Francis, citing the Council, defines bishops as “guardians of Tradition” precisely when he forces them to abolish their main expression, which is the liturgical one. Anyone who sees this as a sort of mockery is not completely wrong ».
“It is painful that someone who is called “Holy Father” shows himself so cruel to his children, and so tolerant with those who are declared enemies of Christ, the Church and the Pope”.
I remind the readership of the post I made about the four “lynch” (an appropriate word) pins of Francis’ reign.
This includes a description of Caudillismo – a quintessentially Argentinian socio-political phenomonon of a “strong man”, the most famous of whom have been Juan Manuel de Rosas (1793– 1877) – from whose writing Francis drew his “Four Postulates” – and, of course, Juan Peròn (+1974).
Please go review that post. It is really useful.