The Schönborn/Sodano dust-up got some “clarification” from the top. This is just so interesting and snark-friendly on so many levels, I can’t resist.
Rock and a few commentators noted that while Cardinal Schönborn may have been “slapped,” the Austrian archbishop hasn’t publicly withdrawn his criticism of the former Vatican Secretary of State, nor his suggestion that some aspects of Church discipline are worth examining for possible reform. One tactic when confronted by someone is to nod and affirm their words without words of one’s own. A lack of objection makes it seem agreement is at hand. But in truth, a person keeps her or his own opinions. All while nodding and smiling.
So now we know only the pope can officially criticize cardinals. It sure seems that only God can discipline them.
It borders on disrespect, but this seems like another “Benedict moment.” The same day the council for re-evangelizing Europe kick-starts, this. And Belgium. It’s not an attractive moment for the institution. How many Catholics are hung out to dry over this with friends querying just what the heck is going on with the Church these days.