Pope Orders Cardinal Müller to Dismiss Three CDF Priests

from:1P5: http://www.onepeterfive.com

(Image: Palace of the Holy Office; Headquarters of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith)

Marco Tosatti, the well-informed and well-respected Italian Vatican specialist, has just revealed another quite troubling development in Rome. On 26 December, Tosatti reports on his own website Stilum Curiae that Pope Francis had just ordered the Prefect of one Vatican dicastery to dismiss three of his priests from their duties in their congregation.

My own research has shown that this incident occurred at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), and that it was Cardinal Gerhard Müller himself who now has to obey these peremptory new orders. Additionally, I was able to discover that the three priests involved are, respectively, of a Slovakian-American, French, and Mexican nationality. However, the last of these three might now, after all, be able to remain a little longer in his current position at the Congregation.

Let us now consider some of the specific details of what Marco Tosatti himself has perceptively gathered for us. He starts his article with a reference to Pope Francis’ usual rebuke of the Roman Curia at his Christmas address to the Curia and detects the pope’s obvious anger in his words and gestures. When looking over to the Curia itself, however, Tosatti perceives something else than a reciprocal anger to be present among the curial members: “It is not about their resistance, but about their fear, their discontent, and a kind of feeling that belongs to another context altogether.”

Tosatti then refers to a credible source who told him several recent episodes occurring at the Vatican. Two of them appear to be of great importance and might also give us some additional glimpses into Pope Francis’ own authoritarian methods as well as his somewhat indirect way of ruling the Church. But, we should now first concentrate on the new personnel matter at the Congregation for Doctrine, which Tosatti himself says is “decisively sadder.” Here is Tosatti’s report:

The head of a dicastery has received the order to remove three of his employees (all of whom have worked there for a long time), and it was without any explanation. He [the Prefect] received these official letters: “….I request that you please dismiss ….” The order was: send him [each of them] back into his diocese of origin or to the Religious Family to which he belongs. He [the Prefect of the Congregation] was very perplexed because it was about three excellent priests who are among the most capable professionally. He first avoided obeying and several times asked for an audience with the pope. He had to wait because that meeting was postponed several times. Finally, he was received in an audience. And he said: “Your Holiness, I have received these letters, but I did not do anything because these persons are among the best of my dicastery… what did they do?” The answer was, as follows: “And I am the pope, I do not need to give reasons for any of my decisions. I have decided that they have to leave and they have to leave.” He got up and stretched out his hand in order to indicate that the audience was at an end. On 31 December, two of the three [men] will leave the dicastery in which they have worked for years, and without knowing the why. For the third, there seems to be a certain delay. But then, there is another implication which, if true, would be even more unpleasant. One of the two had freely spoken about certain decisions of the pope – perhaps a little bit too much. A certain person – a friend of a close collaborator of the pope – heard this disclosure and passed it on. The victim received then a very harsh telephone call from Number One [i.e., the pope]. And then soon came the dismissal.” [emphasis added]

In this passage, Tosatti piercingly speaks about an “autocratic fever that seems to have broken out in the Vatican.” [my emphasis] And he concludes his report with the following words:

Thus it is not so astonishing when the atmosphere behind the walls and in the palaces is not really serene. And one may now ask oneself what kind of credit this fact gives altogether to all the elaborate and sustained fanfare about mercy. [my emphasis]

Thus Tosatti adds another piece of the puzzle concerning Pope Francis’ manner and methods of governance through which he seemingly aims at removing – or marginalizing – orthodox prelates, priests, and laymen from positions of formative influence in the Vatican.

Moreover, with specific regard of the Congregation for Doctrine, another source had told me the following, more than a month ago:

One source in Rome says that all those who work for the Holy See are afraid to talk about anything for fear of being chopped because of the presence of informants everywhere. He compared it to Stalinist Russia. He said two priest friends of his, good men, have been fired from the CDF because they were accused of being critical of Pope Francis.

This same Rome source, who is personally very honest and well informed, reports that these two priests here mentioned (who do not seem to be the same ones who are involved in the recent three personnel cases) fear that they will not be the only ones to be removed. They see their own removal to be just the beginning of a “massive overhaul” [my emphasis] within the Doctrine Congregation, “not unlike what happened recently to Cardinal Sarah’s Divine Worship Congregation.” (Here we might be reminded of the fact that it was Marco Tosatti himself who had earlier called these recent changes at the Congregation for Divine Worship a “Purge.”)

We have also recently reported about the pope’s earlier decision to remove the members of the Pontifical Academy of Life, which is widely known for its strong stance in defense of human life. Here is what one well-informed source had reported to me then about this incident:

At the end of 2016 the Pontifical Academy for Life was closed and all its members dismissed. The Academy will be reconstituted in 2017 with new statutes and the Academy will be repopulated. The process for naming new members of the Academy is not known.

We also have repeatedly reported on the atmosphere of fear that now increasingly permeates the Vatican, as did a recent report from the co-founder of LifeSiteNews.

During this forthcoming year of 2017 – the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima – may the Blessed Mother increasingly be our help and our trustworthy refuge. May she help us with those graces we shall need to defend the truth more fully and to manifest Christ’s love, as well, even in the face of fear.

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16 Responses to Pope Orders Cardinal Müller to Dismiss Three CDF Priests

  1. John says:

    Tu es Petrus

  2. Gertrude says:

    Yes John. Francis is indeed Peter, and in that context is answerable only to God. It is just a little disturbing to many of us when we see good and holy prelates being replaced for no apparent reason other than their orthodoxy, or their disagreement with a the Holy Father who, on the one hand has said that dialogue is both to be desired, welcome and important, and on the other hand refuses to engage if the dialogue is at variance with his view. Even the most ardent admirer of Pope Francis must have frequent moments of head-scratching.
    God bless.

  3. Isn’t it about time we stopped calling heretics ‘liberal Catholics’ and accusing the the Pope of merely having a ‘tin ear’ to ‘dialogue’ when he silences and removes the orthodox clergy and lay Catholics
    from important teaching and governing positions within the Church?
    Is there not a more damnable term applicable to such behavior by a reigning Pope?

  4. The Raven says:

    This is very bad news. The patterns set by the moves in the CDW were to leave an orthodox figurehead while packing the congregation with modernists; I hope that Cardinal Müller does not find himself in a similar position.

    Given that the present Holy Father was elected on a specific mandate to sort out the Curia and that all actual reform, other than packing dicastries with his fellow travellers, seems to have been kicked into the long grass (e.g. the side-lining of the Secretariat of the Economy), I can see little in terms of legacy that his successor will be bound to honour.

  5. The Raven says:

    So when Peter commanded us to ‘parrhesia’ he just meant for us to be candid in ways that pleased him?

  6. toadspittle says:

    Remarkably respectful – and trusting of – this particular member of the Loony Media, aren’t we? Could it be because he writes the sort of stuff we want to read?

  7. toadspittle says:

    “Is there not a more damnable term applicable to such behavior by a reigning Pope?”
    Well, why don’t you personally suggest one, Mrs. A? No law against it (that I know of.)

    Isn’t it about time we stopped calling heretics ‘liberal Catholics’ ?”
    Yes. I suspect Luther and Calvin would be quite annoyed to be called that.

  8. Daze Inde says:

    What ever happened to the outcry among former hierarchy for “little popes” among the bishops with “equal importance.” We heard it always from liberals during reign of JPII to Benectict XVI. Now the only voice to be heard is the voice of PF? Bishops/Cardinal/clergy voices of no import? Humbug.

  9. kathleen says:

    Don’t be silly, Toad, you know perfectly well that when people refer to “liberal Catholics” they are describing those who parade as Catholics while they reject, and even openly disobey, many of the Church’s teachings. Mrs Avila is correct in suggesting we call them by their true name, i.e., “heretics”.
    (Luther and Calvin were declared Protestant heretics.)

    —–

    This is an insightful and honest description of the disastrous situation of the workings inside the Vatican under this dictatorial pope, whose pontificating about “mercy” was clearly no more than a smokescreen to impose his modernist agenda. Truly, Francis is seemingly determined to undermine Catholic traditions, and even the orthodoxy of the Faith! I really don’t see any (er) less shocking way of saying it.
    In fact he’s been laying the plans for this liberal takeover from the start of his papacy, although his earlier rather more discreet way of acting has been abandoned, to be replaced by an outright attack on faithful members of the clergy, sinister manipulations to ‘seal the deal’, and deliberately ignoring the cries of protest from faithful members of the laity (except for the odd insult thrown in their direction).

    The last link above (from LifeSiteNews) sums up the situation very well:

    We have to wonder where all of this is going. It is deeply, deeply concerning. The common phrase we kept hearing that week in Rome is that there is a “war” going on in the Church – a war of the “The Spirit of Vatican II” progressives against the orthodox Catholics. One person after another shockingly used that word.

  10. Joe says:

    Of course that remark cuts both ways. When the political views of the pope change some conservatives start calling the pope a dictator. ?

  11. toadspittle says:

    “When people refer to “liberal Catholics” they are describing those who parade as Catholics while they reject, and even openly disobey, many of the Church’s teachings.”
    I remember when the “Church’s teachings” included Limbo, not a thousand years ago.
    So does Gertrude.
    So, the teachings can change. Then what? Who’s disobeying them then?
    Francis and his team certainly seem to believe in a whole different lot of teachings to the trad brigade.
    …And he’s the boss now. Apparently approved by the Holy Ghost.
    So, as the saying goes, “Like it – or lump it.” Or, “Shape up, or ship out,” maybe

    [moderator – this is very wearying… you have been told not less than a dozen times before that LIMBO was never a doctrinal teaching of the Church, only ever a THEORY (or possibility). Do try to keep up for pete’s sake]

  12. toadspittle says:

    I know that I was taught it at school as Utter Gospel. So was Gertrude. So was every Catholic child, back then . Ask her, if you don’t believe me.
    I still remember saying to the priest, “But that’s not fair Sir!” ( we called the priest teachers “Sir, for some reason) He told me it was not for me to judge the workings of God. …So I quit doing that, and quit a doing good deal else besides.
    Can anyone on CP&S imagine the consequences if I’d said, “I don’t have to believe that, Sir, so I won’t – it’s only a theory.”? Expulsion was the least I could expect.
    …Which “theory” was subsequently abandoned as being too preposterous for even the most fanatical Catholic?

  13. The Raven says:

    Well, it looks as though there may be some trouble ahead:

    The Week is reporting that Pope Francis is busy unpicking the good work done by Pope Benedict on dealing with child abusers and is planning to hand over responsibility for dealing with pederasts to a couple of men who actively lobbied for a convicted offender to be returned to the clerical state.

    The article highlights the feeling that there are now two classes of priests within the Church: those with the right ‘Cardinal Friends’ and those without ‘Cardinal Friends’.

  14. toadspittle says:

    It has been suggested that his inability to deal with the paedophile problem was the reason for Benedict’s quitting.
    I don’t know. Very few do, I suspect.
    …But, if Francis is planning to continue the cover up – shame on him.


    I have no idea of the veracity of this. Interesting, though.

  15. Joe says:

    What did the 3 priests say?

  16. toadspittle says:

    “LIMBO was never a doctrinal teaching of the Church, only ever a THEORY (or possibility). “
    I see. Like Gravity, Quantum, Relativity, String, or Natural Selection.
    If Limbo was a theory, how could it ever be falsified? Whose theory was it, anyway?

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