Two Words About The Cleaning

I am sure I am not the only one to notice this, but I want to mention it nevertheless.

Pope Francis was elected with the vote of 91 Cardinals. A rather large majority. How possible is it that the 23 who have voted for him (assuming he voted for someone else) were all the culprits for the Curia's inefficiency?

And if this were, for a moment, to be the case, how does it square with the fact that the Cardinals considered followers of the most powerful men in the Curia present or past (Sodano, Bertone, Re) appears to have voted for him?

This reminds me of a Politburo where a great reformer is elected, but getting the vote of all those who are least willing to reform; at the end of which there is a great PR success and a great talk of reform, but the reform never comes. Think Gorbachev.

Now, no Gorbachev ever enjoyed the power and freedom of action of a Pope, and one could rightly argue that once Pope, Francis does not have to care two straws about who voted for him. Still, it looks like all those who have something to fear are enthusiastic about Bergoglio, with Daneels and Mahony oh so very excited. Again, you can reverse this thinking and imagine they voted for him to gain some points and hope he will not treat them too badly, but he won't care anyway.

Still, it is something that gives food for thought: a Great Reformer is elected, and those who are the culprits for the need of Great Reform are his most fervent supporters…



Posted on March 21, 2013, in Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I am beginning to wonder whether a hard core of cardinals, (quite a few, actually), pushed Benedict to fall on his sword. Everything the new Pope does seems to shout: “Look! I’m not Benedict”.

    • Oh, it might well have been so.
      But again, only if Benedict was ready to be unduly influenced.
      I am inclined to think he simply saw he was not in a position to fight the battle as a Pope should, and preferred – very honestly, I think – to make way for someone able to make it better.

      I think, though, that he failed in his appointment of cardinals, as better choices would not have put us in the situation where we are now, with a Pope praised by the Kuengs and Mahonys of this world and, as you say, shouting “I am not Benedict!” at every step…


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