CDF True To Form

CDF? Chamomile!

Swiss religious news agency APIC confirms the official delivery by Cardinal Levada (in French/ in German), but no real new development is added, other than the confirmation that “the pope can now directly decide the outcome of the discussions with the Lefebvrists or can wait for ‘new developments’ on the doctrinal questions wished by the members of the CDF.”

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read this (in case you ask: on Rorate Caeli, of course).

Please make yourself a chamomile tea and read it again: (some) members of the CDF wish that the Holy Father “waits for new developments”.

Your humble correspondent is at a loss to understand what sensible (not V II) meaning can be given to this. The SSPX do not “evolve” their doctrine, and there is no way they can “evolve” it to make it, say, nearer to the wishes of a Cardinal Schoenborn.   The august prelates know this very well. They know it, because this is what they have witnessed these past several  decades, and know the SSPX has retained all the stubborn orthodoxy of its founder.

Which means, some of the members of the CDF suggest the Pope simply do nothing and let the thing die quietly, possibly accusing the SSPX when they inevitably make some remarks about the decision which seems never to come. What is more worrying is that this opinion is represented strongly enough as to form part of the CDF’s report to the Pope. In plain English, the report reads “we know you want this, but please reflect one last time whether it would not be better to reconsider”.

In three words: true to form.


Posted on May 18, 2012, in Catholicism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. M.

    You have definitely piqued my interest in the SSPX. I have followed your interesting posts and with many others have prayed and fasted that they are soon in full communion once again.

    There was consternation when Archbishop (Cardinal?)
    Levada was made head of CDF. Coming from San Francisco seemed to be a big issue. I too, scratched my head as I think I understood the consternation. Is Levada undermining this effort? And cannot Benedict just pooh-pooh any undermining that is going on?

  2. Every Conclave is crucial: the next one tens times so. Please God give us a real Pope, a Pius IX or XII, or for perfection’s sake, a St. Pius X.

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