PopeWatch: Keep Smiling!
Father Z, here, links to an interesting story at The Eponymous Flower blog:
Finally, Sandro Magister gave his contribution as a lecture on which Katholisches.info already reported (see separate report Pope Francis and the Liturgy – “Pure Functional Access” Reservations to Tradition, weakness in the knees before the Lord ). Master analyzed in a critical manner, the previous decisions of Pope Francis in the Liturgy: The ban for celebration in the old rite by the Franciscans of the Immaculate, the dismissal of all five consultants for the Office of Papal Liturgical Celebrations, who were close to the liturgical understanding of Benedict XVI., the refusal to genuflect in the Holy Mass at the words of consecration, although from papal Mass to papal Mass always newly master of ceremonies Guido Marini always included the two relevant points and finally the halting by CDF, that they no longer check the bizarre special forms in the Mass of the Neocatechumenal Way, as Benedict XVI. had ordered. Magister has also expressed the opinion that the Pope is “friendly” to everyone, “except with the traditionalists.”
The lecture finally came to a scandal. Magister so openly expressed his criticism of Pope Francis, that Cardinal Burke and Archbishop Pozzo had to leave the room. “The response of Cardinal Burke and Archbishop Pozzo is indicative of the currently prevailing climate in Rome,” the website Chiesa e Postconcilio (Church and Post-Conciliar). “Was it because of the time for both of them or was it simply a precaution, because of the polite but harsh criticism by Magister of Pope Francis? The withdrawal of a Cardinal during a major event is something glaring. All interpretations are allowed, “said the Spanish Catholic blogger Francisco de la Cigoña.
Go here to read the rest. Cardinals being so scandalized at criticism of the Pope that they leave a room isn’t too unusual I suspect, at least at public meetings, although this is intriguing since Cardinals Burke and Pozzo have been supporters and friends of the traditional Latin Mass. However, what really caught my eye about this was Father Z’s comment on it: Remember, friends. Those of you who uphold the traditional ways had better tread lightly, and with a smile. It is still possible to lose everything. Now I love Father Z. I read his blog every day and have quoted him on TAC quite frequently. I am sure his remark was well intentioned advice, but I must say it rubbed me the wrong way. For far too long in their own Church since Vatican II, orthodox traditional Catholics have been treated with, at best, grudging tolerance, and at worst contempt, by far too many of those who hold positions of power within the Church. The situation vastly improved under Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, and it is quite disheartening that orthodox Catholics are now being told by one of their friends, and Father Z is a friend, that they have to walk around on egg shells and smile, or the tolerance they had under Benedict could be revoked. If Father Z’s analysis is correct, and I fear it is, the pontificate of Pope Francis could well be for orthodox Catholics a long, and turbulent, one.