The Catholic Church is in crisis of authority under Pope Francis, with major figures like Cardinal Robert Sarah subjected to “stinging” papal rebukes and curial power plays, and dissatisfied Catholics positioning themselves to manipulate synods to change Church teaching.
That’s according to an analysis by EWTN’s Papal Posse, which last Thursday galloped through a number of recent developments in the Catholic world during their featured weekly appearance on Raymond Arroyo’s The World Over Live.
Robert Royal, editor-in-chief of The Catholic Thing, and canon lawyer Fr. Gerald Murray agreed Pope Francis’ public correction of Vatican liturgy chief Sarah will still lead to questions over who has final authority to approve translations of liturgical texts in the Roman rite from Latin to the vernacular.
The rebuke is significant in light of the pope’s “relationship with Cardinal Sarah,” Royal noted, pointing out that Francis “has seemed to be very sensitive” in the past about what Sarah has said.
Notably, Sarah’s recommendation that priests say Mass “ad orientem,” or facing the altar, was quickly dismissed by the Vatican as of no force.
Murray blasted the Roman curia for evidently leaking the pope’s correction of Sarah to the media before the cardinal had time to act on it.
“For (Cardinal Sarah) to be in this power move, let’s say, where he’s being leaked on … meaning that people are taking stuff that’s private and putting it out in the public forum, this is not a Christian way of treating him,” Murray said.
“That’s the kind of infighting in the Roman curia that Pope Francis was elected to get rid of, and it’s unfortunate, in my opinion, that Cardinal Sarah is being marginalized.”
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