Wednesday, February 15, 2006

A Battle Royale In Rome?
In this corner, the Rumblin' Colombian, Cardinal Castrillion Hoyos! And in this corner, the Pummelin' Prefect, Cardinal Arinze!

On the 14th of Feb, we had this from Spero News; "Pope Benedict XVI confirmed his intention to find a rapid solution to the issue of the followers of monsignor Marcel Lefebvre, who seem willing to join back the Church."

Hmmm... Interesting. In the very same article, we see this;

Cardinal Arinze is quoted in that interview as saying that the Pope "cannot disown Vatican II in order to make the Lefebvrites happy. The pope cannot reinvent everything, or act as if Vatican II did not take place."

And on the very next day, we have this from EWTN; At a Monday meeting of the Roman Curia, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos presented a plan to regularize the status of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, according to informed sources...

At the February 13 meeting, Cardinal Castrillon-- the prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, who was appointed by Pope John Paul II as the leading Vatican figure in discussions with the SSPX-- outlined a plan in which the excommunication would be lifted and the traditionalist group would receive canonical approval.

Hmmm... interesting. And in the very same article, we see this;

The plan met some resistance. Informed sources say that Cardinal Francis Arinze, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, insisted that the SSPX should be required to acknowledge the validity of the documents of Vatican II and the post-conciliar liturgy. The traditionalist group insists on celebrating the old Latin Mass, but the Nigerian cardinal was cited as saying that SSPX priests should be expected to participate in Novus Ordo as well.

Now here's the part I find... to be completely honest... laughable;

Cardinal Arinze, sources reported, suggested that instead of a sweeping papal directive giving all priests the explicit right to use the Tridentine liturgy, the Holy See should issue a new document asking diocesan bishops to accommodate the desires of Catholics who prefer the Latin Mass. If the reports are accurate, it is not clear how the directive proposed by Cardinal Arinze's proposal would differ from the apostolic letter Ecclesia Dei, issued by Pope John Paul II, calling upon diocesan bishops to offer a "wide and generous application" of the papal indult allowing the use of the Tridentine rite.

Did ya catch that last sentence? Cardinal Arinze's solution? More of the same old tired garbage that got us in this morass to begin with. If I had to lay a wager, I'd bet that Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos is the one who has the ear of the Holy Father.

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