The anonymous, apparently well-informed blog of Fra’ Cristoforo has published a post announcing Francis’ intention to allow – as a general praxis rather than the exception as it is traditional in the Roman Rite – married men to become priests.
This document, says Fra’ Cristoforo, will be not an encyclical, but a pastoral letter. The application of the rule will be universal. The document will be released before the end of Autumn. I don’t need to tell you that whilst, in a way, strictly a matter of discipline, priest celibacy has in the West such a strong tradition that for most Westerners it is difficult to even imagine a Catholic Church made of married priests as the usual case. I have also read that in many quarters the tradition of priest celibacy is deemed so hallowed by time that it should be considered an unofficial matter of doctrine, a factually untouchable mainstay of the Church in the West. There is no doubt that the news would be historic, and the disruption in the Barque of Peter huge. I will rant against this plan as time allows, which is: not today.
I report this as a humble blogger, because I think it is important enough to be mentioned. I also believe in the good faith of Fra’ Cristoforo.
What I am less convinced of – but ready to change my mind – is the actual truthfulness of his sources. Sources which might, in fact, be using him to promote a “Fake News” narrative and try to discredit the Traditionalist, anti-Francis movement. Which would be a stupid thing to do, but then again many liberal priests, Bishops and Cardinals are stupid.
I published some time ago another explosive revelation of Fra’ Cristoforo, concerning Benedict’s abdication. In it, Fra’ Cristoforo states:
“[…]tra un mese Anonimidellacroce sarà in grado di pubblicare il contenuto della lettera fatidica che Benedetto ricevette prima di decidere di dimettersi”.
“In a month, AnonymousoftheCross will be able to publish the content of the fateful letter Benedict received before deciding to resign”
It is fairly obvious to your humble correspondent that Fra’ Cristoforo does not have the material, but was promised it would be delivered to him.
Well, this is a very simple matter then. Either this famous letter is released and authentic, or it is not released or not authentic. I will personally await for the event (scheduled during Holy week if we take Fra’ Cristoforo literally, though we might give him some slack in the form of a week or two) in order to see how truthful these revelations are.
Again, it’s not that I doubt the personal integrity of the man. I doubt the personal integrity of those who feed him the “scoops”.
As I wait for the Holy Week, I allow myself a last, small reflection: Francis is such a plague that there is no rumor, no matter how savage, that would be dismissed out of hand as not realistic because obviously un-Catholic. Actually, the contrary is the case: the most unCatholic the plan, the more reliable appears the rumor.
And there can be no doubt that this idea of married priests as the usual way is, doctrine or no doctrine, as unCatholic as they come.