I followed a Catholic Herald link to these Rorate Caeli musings that it now, somehow, open season on conservatives. Whatever that means.
Church politics is always complex. I suspect that it might be less a shift and more about a removal of certain protections to individuals and groups that might have existed in 2005-13. Or before that, even.
Do we interpret the fall of the Legion of Christ as open season, like it was some kind of an international turkey shoot? Or did an immoral and criminal leader lose a major ally?
The impression is that the work accomplished by Benedict XVI to give citizenship back to various sensibilities within the Church is about to be cancelled. What a shame! It was in fact Vittorio Messori, a long time ago, that the Catholic Church is based on the et-et [and-and: and the one, and the other], on the living together of Catholics who are diverse, but united, while the sects are the ones that practice the aut-aut [either-or: either the one, or the other]. Pope Bergoglio certainly does not want a Church of the aut-aut; but perhaps there is a problem of “Bergoglistas”, by conviction or by opportunism, who think they will meet his favor.
I think with the shift in administration, and some different truth-telling about things, that some of what was considered moral, acceptable, and laudable may no longer be considered so.
It’s too bad that such judgments depend on the person in charge. If only more Christians were strong and self-secure enough that they didn’t require the leadership of another to set the tone in all or most things.
As for me, I don’t think the new pope has changed the tone of this blog very much. I’ve said and written the same things I said and wrote under the past two popes. Maybe it’s less likely I’ll get bounced out of a job these days. Maybe some conservative Catholics grit their teeth a little more because they might think they no longer have the one who warms the Chair of Peter in their back pocket.
Another difference is that while I might admire Pope Francis, and I think I make a better effort than some to understand his Ignatian training in practice, what he says and does shouldn’t really make a huge difference in my life. I’d like to think I’ve been practicing a more mature Christian discipleship as a family man and as a church minister anyway. It seems pretty easy to discern who depends more on external human forces for their self-regard than an inner orientation to Jesus Christ and what he urges us to do on his behalf.
And while I’ve been told that it is customary in some circles to refer to the ministries of popes by their family name and not their taken name, I do notice that the citation above mentions “Benedict” and “Bergoglio.” Some people, clearly, haven’t gotten over the winter and Lent of 2013, and have not, for all their self-professed Catholicity, totally gotten behind a Church led by a person with whom they disagree.
Interpret that as you will. I think the blanket is no longer snugly.