Paving The Way For Anarchy?
It is, as always, difficult to know what generic affirmations really mean – better said: you know what they mean; you do not know to what extent the intent will become concrete action – but if what is brewing is what is hinted at in this “Homograph” article, we are in for a mess on a planetary scale.
The core is issue is the one described below:
“Cardinal Maradiaga is hinting that the Pope is asking the fundamental question: What can be decided in Rome and what at local level? How can the Roman Curia serve bishops instead of being an office of censure and control?”
Note the two concepts:
1. The Roman curia should “serve” the Bishops. I thought the Roman Curia should control them and pay attention that they transmit the faith whole. A huge shift of power might be taking place here, with the dioceses making their own soup according to local recipes and Rome not daring to question either the nourishment or the flavour.
2. The very same fact that today Rome direct things is seen as “censure and control”. For the avoidance of doubt, both have here a negative connotation. It is bad that Rome controls, and it is bad that Rome censures. Rome’s power of control and censure must be, therefore, reduced.
You see already where this is going: a paradise for Pinocchio liturgists, where everyone makes things according to what the “Spirit” decides it is “best” locally, and the Pope happily presiding over this liturgical and doctrinal cacophony whilst kissing people on wheelchairs. Those from whom the worst problems have come (the local liberal dioceses) are then set free to give their own shape certainly to the liturgy, and probably to important parts of the teaching; like, say, not being “obsessed” with this, or being “dynamic” on that (communion for “remarried”, say).
Too clever by half, Cardinal Maradiaga tries to impress us with the example of the Japanese, a language which almost no one in the West masters. But his little kindergarten trick does not hide the fact that if the Vatican can’t decide over the very words with which the Latin blueprint must be translated in the local languages, abuses of all kinds will soon mushroom in all liberal dioceses, creating a confusion of almost Presbyterian proportions in perhaps less of a generation, or until a Pope decides to go back to sanity again.
What appears immediate in the Liturgy – and the example of Cardinal Maradiaga directly refers to it – must perforce be true in the teaching: Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi. Make a mess of the liturgy and the theology will go to the dogs just as surely. Look at the … bishop of Rome of the Pinocchio Mass and tell me if his Lex Credendi is any better than his Lex Orandi.
We will see how much of these, admittedly, easily said slogans are going to be translated in practice. Still, Francis had, for example, already hinted he would prefer heresies and dissent should be dealt with at diocesan level – by the heretical and dissenting bishop, it is to be supposed -, so one seems to understand where he comes from and what his idea of orthodoxy is.
Early days, and I might be wrong; but it seems to me that a program of dismantling of what, inefficient as it is, is still the most effective brake to heresy – a Roman curia with the power to intervene everywhere, and decide about the details of the liturgy – is being implemented with a true revolutionary spirit.
Some of you will know Che Guevara was, actually, Argentinian.