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“The removal of a Great Cardinal” (via the Rorate Caeli blog) is the title of Roberto de Mattei’s latest salvo fired at the Bergoglian Vatican. De Mattei piece is precision guided at the most vulnerable aspects of not so much the Bergolian papacy (this will end soon enough), but rather at the entire post conciliar church structure. This article will no doubt have little or no impact on the main player and his inner circle, but what it should do is provoke a pause for reflection for de Mattei’s target audience, the Vatican nomenclatura. He is telling them that it is Burke today, it could be you tomorrow and besides, Bergoglio is on his last legs.

There are several notable observations that de Mattei makes, that should provide food for thought to anyone close to the present power structure. The first observation for why cd. Burke was punished pertains to the Kirchensteuer. De Mattei writes:

The only plausible reason is that the Pope has offered the head of Cardinal Burke on a plate to Cardinal Kasper and, through him, to Cardinal Karl Lehmann, the ex-President of the German Episcopal Conference. Everyone knows, actually, at least in Germany, that the one who is still pulling the strings of dissent against Rome is precisely Lehmann, an old disciple of Karl Rahner.

By highlighting the German church tax from the onset, a topic of much discussion in Vatican circles these day, de Mattei is hitting directly at the funding arm of the present regime. By shining more sunlight at this open cancerous lesion, and without going into the specifics, specifics who everyone in those circles knows all too well, de Mattei is telling the nomenclatura not to count on the Kirchensteuer to fund their retirement benefits.

Next observation is how nicely de Mattei works the Rahner disciples into the story line. He writes:

Fifty years after Vatican II, Rahner’s shadow is hovering once again over the Catholic Church, making his voice heard in the pro-homosexual positions of some of his followers, younger than Lehmann and Kasper, like Cardinal Archbishop of Munich, Reinhard Marx and Archbishop of Chieti, Bruno Forte.

He brings them in for two reasons. First is to highlight the irrational cult like emotional attachment that these folks have for their former “el comandante”. More importantly thought, what de Mattei is doing is naming names. Once again, he is telling the nomenclatura to “choose their friends wisely”.

The third observation relates to what’s known in secular academia as the law of unintended consequences. This is also aimed at de Mattei target audience. When he writes:

We wonder what the consequences of these politics will be, keeping in mind two principles: the philosophical one of the heterogeneous of the ends, for which certain actions produce effects contrary to the intentions, and the theological principle of the action of Providence in history, through which, according to the words of St. Paul omnia cooperantur in bonum. (Rom 8.28). All things in the designs of God work for the good.

de Mattei is once again reinforcing the concept that when things go horribly wrong, it’s not the senior management that will bear the brunt of the consequences, but rather the junior staff and the office help.

And just to drive the point home, de Mattei uses the “no matter how much lipstick is put on the V II pig” argument when he writes:

The cases of Cardinal Burke and the Franciscans of the Immaculate, like the one of the Society of Saint Pius X (although on a different level) are only signs of a widespread malaise which makes the Church look like a ship adrift. Yet even if the Society of St. Pius X were closed down, the Franciscans of the Immaculate dissolved or “re-educated” and Cardinal Burke reduced to silence, the crisis in the Church would not cease to be grave.

It is what it is, and nothing that these named parties do, either individually or collectively will stop the disintegration of the Church brought about by the “new springtime”, is the message that de Mattei delivers.

And the final observation which I think is important is that de Mattei tells the nomenclatura that no matter how bad it looks now, all is not lost. There is a solution to their problem. All they need to do is close ranks, put their faith in Tradition and pray, and the storm will pass. De Mattei writes:

Faithful Catholics are not discouraged: they close ranks, direct their eyes to the perennial and immutable Magisterium of the Church, which coincides with Tradition; they look for strength in the Sacraments, continue to pray and act, in the conviction that in the history of the Church, as in the life of men, the Lord intervenes only when everything appears lost. What is asked of us is not resigned inaction, but a confident struggle in the assurance of victory.

So stay calm, fight the good fight and all will be well.

Sound advice for the Faithful as well as for the rest.