“How Do You Dare To Investigate My Friends!!??”
We already knew this as a rumour. But now Cardinal Mueller himself has confirmed:
- Francis did order Mueller to stop the investigation against Cardinal Murphy O’Connor
- With sacrilegious callousness, he forced the Cardinal to interrupt Mass and go to him immediately to receive his orders.
The two points exemplify Francis’ character in an admirable way. On the one hand, the willed sabotage of investigations for homopaedobehaviour or cover up of such behaviour, whenever these investigations concern people belonging to his own Mafia.
On the other hand, the shocking lack of faith, with the man clearly considering the celebration of Mass nothing more than a time-consuming formality that must be followed to keep deceiving the dumb, but can be not only discarded, but interrupted every time the man has, actually, something to say to someone. The Cardinal was, also, celebrating for a group of Germans. Therefore, the affront happened in public, though we don’t know to what extent the Germans present actually realised the Pope is actually forcing a cardinal to interrupt a mass because he wants to speak to him.
I also see a further profile here. In my eyes, Francis’ angry summoning of Cardinal Mueller had a subtext that is never mentioned, but is there nevertheless: the message “how do you dare to investigate my friends!!??”, so clear that he probably had no need to even make it explicit.
Boorish, complicit, shameless, and totally faithless.
Francis described in one line.