First Moves For The After-Francis?



Life site news has an interview with an Austrian Bishop, Laun. I do not know much about the man, though after six years of blogging I dare to think if he had been one of the good ones I would have noticed not one, but several times. It is, therefore, rather notable that a very tepid Vatican II career bishop dares to speak openly, in very frank terms, for the Four Cardinals.

I have written on several occasions that I expect the majority of bishops and cardinals to just shut up when the correction is issued (if it is issued). I have written very recently that I think the situation is made more difficult from the fact that Francis would probably not believe threats of massive uprising even if these were to materialise. What interventions like the one of Bishop Laun tell us is that Francis cannot realistically think it will be a walk in the park, though I am pretty sure he feels now like Hillary in May or June last year: perfectly sure of victory, after some work is done.

Bishop Laun's decision to speak also tells me something different: barring a sudden conversion to orthodox Catholicism, it is not unreasonable to think that the bishops on the side of the Cardinals have started to count themselves, and found that they are certainly not the majority, but at any rate an awful lot.

This opens the door for a smart bishop who thinks in terms of the post-Francis to positioning himself as one of the high profile “orthodox”, safe in the knowledge that if his fraction cannot be crushed by Francis there will be rich pickings in the years to come. Call me cynical, but in the case of your garden variety V II bishop I might get nearer to the truth of the matter than you.

We obviously don't know. We are all waiting for the Great Event, compared with which these little skirmishes are barely worth of our attention. But we can try to profit of the little events to observe the dynamics in play, and try to make some educated guess as to where things are headed.

Bishop Laun's interview seems, to me, to suggest this: that it is not improbable that we might discover a lot of “allies” who, as they say in Italy, are willing to run to help the winner.



Posted on January 5, 2017, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. A Great Event coming from God and directed at the Church, especially the bad actors, is what I think is needed. Also, it might happen that one of the Cardinals, Bishops or someone else may become a modern day Catherine of Siena speak out against the current Papacy.

  2. Mundabor,
    what you are saying may well be true, but Bishop Laun is most definitely not a “very tepid VII career bishop”. There is a reason he is still just an auxiliary bishop after all these years – and it is not incompetence. Laun is considered “ultra-conservative traditionalist fringe” in Austria and Germany and hated by all the right people. He is more conservative than some of the Dubia Cardinals (Meisner especially). Laun is very outspoken on life and family issues as well as solid on (the conservative VII interpretation of) doctrine. If he had been willing to compromise, he would have been given a diocese a decade ago and might wear a red hat by now.

    Bishop Laun is certainly among the ten best, most solid and Catholic German-speaking prelates we have. He may not be the most charismatic, he may not be known as widely as some others, and he is not very focused on liturgical matters, but he is a rock solid and good man as far as VII bishops go.

    The only surprise to me is that it took him almost a month to affirm his support explicitly.

    • Thanks, catocon, this throws more colour.
      However, three years is a long time to attract the attention of this little effort, and he clearly has not managed it.
      However, there is reason to hope what the Germans call ultra-conservative at least passes the test of “orthodox” V II catholicism.

  3. A slight correction to my earlier posting: While he may not be “very focused on liturgy”, he has celebrated the TLM on multiple occasions and is a firm supporter of Summorum Pontificum.

    Moreover, Laun has not only supported the Filial Appeal (see link: but was among its 80 first signatories, along with a mere handful of other bishops that also included Schneider and the Dubia Cardinals Caffara and Burke, but not Brandmüller or Meisner. He has been a strong voice of Catholic Truth on Marriage from the beginning of the disastrous synod process.

  4. Che ci dice di Lutero dichiarato “Testimone del Vangelo” dal Vaticano?

  5. ilovevictoriasbows

    Reminds me of Theresa May. She’ll be a staunch conservative as long as Trump goes first.

    • Catocon has given more colour. However, far more is necessary to make me move him in the column of the “good ones”. Amoris Laetitia is almost nine months old, and this one here is a bishop.

  6. He will cry it´s a coup d´État if corrected and play the part of the persecuted. Once the snowflakes are in, he will surely unleash all the repression he is capable of on the correctors and their followers. After all, he learnt it from Perón, quite a cruel populist dictator.

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