Dancing With Luther
The last Pussycat Cardinal who has (almost) meowed against Amoris Laetitia is Cardinal Caffarra; one, I must say, of those from which faithful Catholics were most entitled to expect morew than meowing, seen that he co-author books about the matter.
Caffarra is somewhat more critical than Burke, who asks you to just neglect what the Pope says because hey, it’s not magisterial. He even (put here some cries of surprise) criticises the text as “objectively unclear”. But this is a very, very poor show when a Cardinal is called to express his opinion on a text that is openly blasphemous and heretical.
I can’t avoid imagining Luther has been elected Pope, and issues an apostolic exhortation with a clear subtext in many of his paragraphs (say: 298, and 301 to 305; and many others reflecting the heretical spirit of the work) stating that scripture only is the supreme authority in matter of theology. This, of course, mixed with some other parts (because remember: Luther is the Pope now!) which seem more orthodox when taken in isolation. Then Pope Luther adds a footnote stating that, in certain circumstances, faith alone saves.
After that, imagine the following reactions:
Most Cardinals just shut up.
Cardinal Burcus, once believed a fine Catholic theologian, says this is not a problem, because the document is not magisterial. You are bad if you make a ruckus.
Cardinal Caffarrus says that hey, there are some parts that are “unclear”, but no worries: where Pope Luther says that faith alone saves you just read the contrary of what he said; because you see, we must read heresy in the light of truth. Come on, a footnote is not enough to proclaim heresy. When the Pope proclaims heresy from a footnote, you just ignore the footnote. And all the rest, by the way.
Only Cardinal Sartor*, episcopus auxiliarius out of a very far away diocese, has the guts to say that the work has to be re-written.
Only one bishop, out of very probably more than 10,000 among diocesan and auxiliary (if memory serves, only the diocesan bishops exceed 8,000), had the guts to talk. This is the situation we are in.
Like Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Caffarra can keep his criticism for himself. If he can’t call a spade a spade and a heresy a heresy he has no business being a bishop, much less a cardinal.
These people (bar Schneider) are dancing with Luther. All of them.
* (hint: “Schneider” in German means “tailor”)