Rorate Caeli

Vatican news today

1. From Radio Vaticana: Paolo Gabriele has been convicted of theft of confidential papers and sentenced to 18 months in jail. A papal pardon is possible.

2. From the Bollettino: Msgr. Charles Scicluna, the Maltese-Canadian promoter of justice responsible for several abuse investigations in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has been named auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Malta. Msgr. Scicluna was not exactly a friend of the Traditional rites and uses of the Latin Church in his CDF work - for instance, it was said by several sources at the time that he might have been instrumental in the several attempts to block, derail, or distort the contents of what would become the Instruction Universae Ecclesiae.


Matt said...

There seems to be a shift in mindset or attitude of the Holy Father. For a while he seemedto be going pretty strong in way of much more level-headed bishops, and the way Summorum Pontificum suddenly popped up on the scene. Could it be now that there is out and out open challange of the faults of Vatican II in a much wider forum, the Holy Father is all defensive? This plus the supposed stalemate with the SSPX and the recent changes (or coming changes) in the Curia makes one very apprehensive. It looks like now, however, his recent appointments (Muller, DiNoia, and now Scicluna, et al.) looks like the HOly Father is trying to entrench the Vatican II thinking, and that hostility towards Tradition is now the bar.

Am I mistaken, or does it seem like "questionable" bishops began to be appointed after Ouellette became head of his division?

Athanasius said...

Matt said...

Am I mistaken, or does it seem like "questionable" bishops began to be appointed after Ouellette [sic] became head of his division?

I think you are mistaken. Look at some of the recent appointments in the US (eg Archbishop Cordilione in San Fran) - to say nothing or Bishops Mark Davies and Philip Egan here in the UK - you won't find two more bishops in this country than those two.

Benedict Carter said...

Matt, good questions and my take is this:

Tradition is going to have to come to terms with Vatican II.

That may be via a number of routes involving this or that level of discussion in the Church as a whole about the nature of this or that Vatican II document, but railing against in toto it is no longer the way forward in my view.

We are going to have to come to terms with it, and THEN, from the inside, try to influence and in time dominate, the interpretation of it.

I have day-dreams of a Pope announcing that it is a flase Council etc etc., but these are truly day-dreams and not reality.

Beefy Levinson said...

The Church as a whole has to come to terms with Vatican II, not just those who count themselves Traditionalists. For all their faults, the wreckovators by and large thought they were doing what the Council wanted them to do. It's all well and good to say that the ambiguities of the documents must be "read in the light of Tradition," but unfortunately that's not enough. As Rorate has been saying, the crisis of the Church is a crisis of bishops. It's a crisis of leadership.

For whatever reason, prelates have been reluctant to use the fullness of their authority. Pastors let themselves be pushed around by mean faced, pant suited old women. Bishops let themselves be pushed around by modernist theologians and bean counters. And the past few popes let themselves be pushed around by churchmen who, whatever their intentions might have been, have wrecked the Church.

I don't claim to have all the answers, but a good start would be the "Syllabus of Errors concerning Vatican II" proposed by Bishop Schneider." The crisis won't fully abate until the Holy Father or one of his successors starts saying things like, "THIS is what paragraph 36 of SC means, and whosoever says otherwise, anathema sit."

Gratias said...

Glad the butler got a well-deserved prison sentence. Hope the Pope does not pardon him, and that his family is sent away from their Vatican apartment promptly.

As for Scicluna, his transfer to Malta does not seem like a promotion. It is understandable that abp. Müller would want to have his own people at the CDF.

GQ Rep said...

I read at another site that the radical liberal Archbishop Joseph Tobin,CSSR, secretary of the Sacred Congregation for Religious (a known radical liberal priest and supporter of the LCWR nuns), will soon be sacked from his position due to the fact that he has made very concilliatory statements to and about the LCWR without if to stall the just disipline of these "nuns".
Sounds like he will be booted back to the USA.

AS FOR Scicluna, it's not a promotion. He got the boot. He could very well end his ecclesiastical career just as an auxiliary bishop. A big come down from what he had been doing!

oremus pro antistite nostro said...

Scicluna's move is the Church's loss. His position at the CDF enabled an efficient clean-up operation which is now surely hampered by his departure. This new appointment seems bad for the Church as a whole.

Prof. Basto said...

Speaking of news, tomorrow two new Doctors of the Church universal will be proclaimed. The "booklet for the celebration" has been released, and the Proclamation will be done with a verbal formula, as is also the case when canonizations are declared.

In the case of canonizations, we know that formal decretal letters are also issued to record the Proclamation.

In the case of concessions of the title "Doctor of the Church", the proclamations of the more recent Doctors have been accompanied by the signature of an Apostolic Letter.

Consider the Apostolic Letter Divini Amoris Scientia, for the declaration of St. Thérèse as Doctor of the Church by Pope John Paul II, or Pius XII's Apostolic Letter "Exsulta, Lusitainia felix", on the declaration of St. Anthony of Padua as a Doctor of the Church.

Is it know whether or not tommorow's joint proclamation of two doctors of the Church will be accompanied by the publication of an Apostolic Letter on them? It would be a shame if this was not done.

A Canberra Observer said...

If you look at episcopal appointments in Australia, one might be forgiven for concluding this process is governed by Msnr X and Fr Y throwing 2 dice - almost random.

Peter said...

Things in the Church will not improve for a long tme. In the first place, there are two few traditional bishops. Oh yes, there are a few, but that is not enough.

These few men may want to reform things in their dioceses, but their task is made doubly difficult by entrenched interests who will fight them all the way, and by their being in a minority. It is not easy to pull in one direction, when the vast majority are pulling in the opposite direction.

The other great problem is education. There are now many people who have no proper knowledge or understanding of the Catholic faith. This is not their fault. They were never taught it, either at shool, at home, or from the pulpit.

Forty years of poor catechesis have brought this about.

There are Catholics who have no true understanding of the Sacrifice of the Mass, or even do not believe in the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

The only answer is true catechesis, but what a mountain to climb ! And where to start ? The classroom ? Well, you can't just fire the teachers. They are protected by their contract. The headteachers, then ? Same thing. The parish priest ? No, he won't want to be involved .

The pulpit ? Yes ! But we need priests who will fearlessly preach sound doctrine. And that means sound leadership from the bishops. And where do we get enough sound bishops ? From Rome, and, at the moment, it is just not happenening, or is happening far too slowly, in for too few places. What is the answer ? Well, I suppose reform of the Curia, but we all know that is not going to happen tommorrow, or the day after.

So, what can we do ? Stick to the true Catholic faith where it can be found. And pray. Pray for the Pope, pray for more holy and zealous bishops and priests. No prayer goes unheard.

Above all. keep the faith !

NIANTIC said...

We have to remember that all of the current priests, out of whom bishops are appointed, have been indoctrinated in their seminaries with the spirit of Vatican ll.

All of these must pass from the scene and must be, pray God, replaced by Tradition minded priests, out of whom the then Pope can appoint Tradition minded bishops. This "cleansing" will take at least another 20 years.

Thanks be to God, many new seminarians are interested in, and leaning toward, Tradition. There is hope.

Unknown said...

I doubt being made an auxiliary bishop of Malta is anything other than a way to get rid of the guy.

Hidden One said...

@Beefy Levinson,

The greatest crisis in the Church is of sanctity, and that is something that the traditionalist movement is well-equipped to fix.

Manfred said...

Scicluna was the investigator who, at the instigation of Cdl Ratzinger, uncovered all the evidence agains Fr. Marcel Macial which led to his being placed in a monastery where he died. He was also working on some other substantial cases which I am sure Cdl Muller wanted ended before they began. Scicluna is an excellent priest who rails against the opportunism in the priesthood/hierarchy.

Prof. Basto said...

He may not be a friend of tradition and he may perhaps - as some report - even be hostile towards it. But he did a good job exposing Maciel Macial, and handling with appropriate severity and seriousness the cases of sexual abuse. Priests guilty of those crimes are a cancer in the Catholic clergy. Scicluna for the first time established an atmosphere of competence in the handling of sexual abuse cases.

Handling processes in which the CDF functions as an Apostolic Tribunal was his job; he was the Promoter of Justice, i.e., the prosecutor. And in that role he did a good job, particularly in the response to the cases of sexual abuse that emerged from Ireland. He came to the spotlight precisely because he was the man who explained exactly what Crimen Sollicitationis was, that there was no intention of coverup, etc. He was took part in the drafting and announcement of the streamlined procedures used by the CDF when handling graviora delicta, etc.

In short, while the world of tradition hails the departure of an unfriendly officer from the ranks of the CDF, the Church lost a competent prosecutor who did his best to purge the clergy of sexual offenders.

Lots of commentators here are saying that promotion to Auxiliary Bishop of Malta is actually a demotion, and that may well be the case.

The problem is, however, that it is assumed that he was demoted because of his attempts to block the progress of traditionalist causes, but it may well be that his demotion is due to conflicts he created in his unvaluable activity as promoter of Justice. Perhaps, in handling sexual abuse cases, he hit a nerve somewhere, or he made to many enemies, or too many people had friends asking for his head, etc. Who knows?

Peter said...

Niantic said :

This "cleansing" [of the Church] will take at least another 20 years.

Yes, I would say that timescale is about right.

Another 20 years seems a long time to wait for orthodoxy to return, but let us remember orthodoxy was thrown out 40 - 50 years ago. The high water mark of Modernism is already past (although its influence lingers on in many, if not most, places).

Summorum Pontificum was promulgated in 2007. There is no way this could have happened in 1987. So, the tide is turning. But, yes, I agree, it's going to take the best part of a generation to educate people in the Truth. I shan't live to see it. But it will happen !