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Clearing out the riff-raff



At the last minute, Francis has decided to replace Cardinal Sarah to open the academic year at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family in Rome. He’s going to do it himself.

Some see the replacement of Cardinal Sarah, who heads the Vatican’s department for liturgy, as a blow to the African cardinal whose preference for clarity when it comes to the Church’s moral teaching is well known. His substitution also follows his outspoken comments in July, advocating priests to celebrate Mass facing East, which earned him a reprimand from the Vatican.

This comes after appointing Archbishop Vincenzo (“Communion for the divorced and remarried? Great idea!“) Paglia and the Milanese theologian, Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, as, respectively, the Institute’s new grand chancellor and president.

As Edward Pentin politely puts it, these two “have expressed views that critics say contradict the moral clarity of the Church’s traditional approach to marriage and the family, something the Institute has always tried to uphold.”

More to the point, the JPII Institute has been the biggest academic thorn in the side of the Kasper Plan from the start, and made quite a lot of noise about being shut out of the “Synodal process,” for those two expensive dog-n-pony shows. They have also historically been the biggest defenders in the Church of JPII’s Familiaris Consortio, the document that was specifically being attacked by Francis and his little band of Orcs.

So, putting in the Paglia/Sequeri team is intended to shut down that source of irritation.




8 thoughts on “Clearing out the riff-raff”

  1. Rory Donnellan says:

    This is just another canon across the bow warning any “conservatives” still lingering in the College of Cardinals that if they too oppose Holy Communion to adulterers and keep dragging their heels on climate change, they will surely follow Cardinals Burke and Sarah into extinction! Advocating a return to “ad orientem” worship was another unforgiveable sin!

  2. Gary says:

    In other news, three new U.S. cardinals have been named, including Blase Cupich. This is how NBC News describes them:

    “The three Americans are moderates who follow Francis’ emphasis on mercy over rules.”

  3. Father BLI says:

    Everything is flushed down even further today with the cardinals that Pope Francis has named.

  4. T. Audrey Glamour says:

    And soon we will have Cardinal Cupich.

  5. Evangeline says:

    Cesare, and why not, it is demoralizing to see our champions of the true faith get demoted and dismissed. Cardinal Sarah is a man of God. He knows full well that being faithful to Christ in these times is going to cost him. He’s willing, as we all will hopefully be.

  6. Michael Dowd says:

    Cardinal Sarah is a spiritual martyr.

    By the way, ‘The Power of Silence’ is Cardinal Robert Sarah’s new book published in French. Note: Reviewed on LifeSite:

  7. Cesare says:

    I don’t know exactly why—maybe because I admire Cardinal Sarah and think he’s probably good and holy man—but for whatever reason reading this today depressed and demoralized me more than most of the usual, run-of-the-mill Pope Francis stories.

  8. Fuquaysteve says:

    Yep. The Mystical Body is undergoing a Passion.

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