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FOR THE RECORD: FRANCIS LOSING CONTROL?
Editor note: Over at the Eponymous Flower blog, (see here) the following post appeared that I am re-publishing below. The most important piece of information contained in this post is the observation that Francis is losing control over this staff.
This above mentioned phenomenon is one that this blog has been closely following and recording since Card. Brandmuller’s prescient observation that the “Francis Effect” is superficial. We labeled this phenomenon as the Soap Bubble Papacy™. In the post titled Searching for the “Illusive Francis Effect” from the 19th of March of 2015 (see here), we wrote the following:
After two years of the Bergoglio papacy, it’s begins to dawn on even the average observer as to the most likely reason for the empty stadiums and the empty churches which were all to common in Bergoglio’s dioceses. The most likely explanation is the NOVELTY wore off after a few months or a year of the “Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires experience”. And what was left of the Bergoglian reign were the empty stadiums, empty churches and empty seminaries. And I almost forget, the growing protestant sects. Need to include that in the Bergoglio legacy likewise.
In a follow-up post along this same theme titled Francis is “Home Alone” from the 9th of April 2015 (see here), we observed the surprising appointment of a Ratzingerian, Archbishop Scicluna of Malta by Francis. This led us to make the following observation:
[…] What we could be seeing is Francis becoming more and more isolated inside the Sacred Walls of the Vatican. The continuous reports of the internecine conflict inside the Vatican is most likely taking its toll. (see here) It is beginning to dawn on all concerned that the abysmal failure that is the legacy of the Bergoglio reign in the Buenos Aires dioceses is being replicated in Rome, in the Universal Church. The Bergoglio papacy, which is grounded in a “sugar-coated” media narrative and favorable optics, is nothing more than a “Soap Bubble Papay™” (see here) Francis’ populist antics and attacks on the Catholic faithful might have translated into an appealing “media buzz” initially, but have simultaneously translated into low attendance figures at his audiences and low turnout in St. Peter’s Square for the feast days. And since the entire Francis papacy is constructed on the media narrative and optics, this chronic lack of bodies is nothing short of a death-blow to the Francis
strategy Lord’s pastoral call.
As to the situation inside the Roman hierarchy, these clerics are cognizant of this situation and are rebelling. The “clique” that has helped Francis with administrating his “revolution”, i.e. the homo-lobby, is most likely seeing the writing on the wall and receding into the shadows. This abandonment by his supporting troops is leaving Francis “home alone” and looking for new friends. And it is this situation that explains the new overtures to Benedict, and appears to be a belated effort in “how to win friends and influence people”. (see here)
Summa summarum, the Francis “Soap Bubble Papay™” is beginning to “dry up” from the very same causes that created it in the first place. And the Archbishop Scicluna appointment is another piece of supporting evidence.
To this above information set, we add today’s post from the Eponymous Flower titled What is going on in the Vatican?
What is going on in the Vatican?
As reported in The Week, it looks like Pope Francis has lost control of his staff in the Vatican. Michael Doughtery’s article deserves a close read and clearly expresses the same position of concern and incomprehension at contemporary events that we at the EF take, albeit in a tone less polemical than our own.
A few things to note: In the contemporary church the only thing worse than the hubris of an archbishop towards well-meaning laypeople seeking clarification for his unCatholic behavior, is the hubris of a lay employee in the Vatican towards her critics. What these people would have us believe is that to combat poverty, slavery, and prostitution in the world, we must join forces with those at the UN who think that the murder of the unborn is necessary to save the environment. Shame on them! And instead of engaging in meaningful dialogue with their opponents, these elitists who have only condescension and contempt for their opponents, are only too eager to engage in mudslinging by accusing their opponents of being funded by the Tea Party and the oil industry. And who, pray tell, funds their salaries? Hmm? It does make one wonder if either of them ever took a course in formal logic and learned about the ad hominem.
One last thing: Apparently, Cardinal Pell does not own a cappa magna. I would only suggest that those of you with the money who support the churchiness-of-the-church might want to think about buying him one. That way someone in the anglosphere other than Cardinal Burke can proclaim to his opponents what he really feels.
So now we have evidence that Francis is even losing control over the civilian staff in the Vatican. The post in The Week ends with the following observation:
But right now, Pope Francis looks like a substitute teacher, barely aware of the unseemly machinations in the back of his classroom — or barely in authority to stop them.
It is becoming more than apparently obvious that Francis has lost control over the administration of the Catholic Church. Furthermore, it is exactly this issue that was given as the cause of Pope Benedict’s resignation.
Therefore, the question that needs to be asked is the following:
How long until Francis checks out of the Ricca hotel?