Historian Roberto de Mattei has been fired from his broadcast at Radio Maria for being critical of aspects of this pontificate.
This follows on the heels of Radio Maria firing two long time hosts, Mario Palmaro and Alessandro Gnocchi, for a similar infraction after a critical article at the height of the papal interview parade last fall.
So this is how it is to be now. The Pope commands us to shake up the Church. Shake it up, but don’t step out of line.
Well, actually, you can step out of line as long as you step to the left. An entire Episcopal conference can be in open rebellion and that is tolerated because they are stepping away from long held Church teaching. You can openly ridicule the head of the CDF and you will be tolerated.
If you step the other direction, you will be squashed. Just ask Mario Palmaro, Alessandro Gnocchi, the Franciscans of the Immaculate, and now Roberto de Mattei.
Welcome to the open Church where nobody judges anymore.
Yesterday (Friday, Feb. 14), Pope Francis held an audience with the Bishops of the Czech Republic who came to Rome for their ad limina visit.
In the visit, as it usually happens in such cases, other than the formal address, the Pope heard the questions and comments of the bishops. Archbishop Jan Graubner, of Olomouc, told the Czech section of Vatican Radio what the Pope told him:
[Abp. Jan Graubner speaks:] When we were discussing those who are fond of the ancient liturgy and wish to return to it, it was evident that the Pope speaks with great affection, attention, and sensitivity for all in order not to hurt anyone. However, he made a quite strong statement when he said that he understands when the old generation returns to what it experienced, but that he cannot understand the younger generation wishing to return to it. “When I search more thoroughly – the Pope said – I find that it is rather a kind of fashion [in Czech: ‘móda’, Italian ‘moda’]. And if it is a fashion, therefore it is a matter that does not need that much attention. It is just necessary to show some patience and kindness to people who are addicted to a certain fashion. But I consider greatly important to go deep into things, because if we do not go deep, no liturgical form, this or that one, can save us.”
Quite so. As the Holy Father reminds us in Evangelii Gaudium (§108):
“The elderly bring with them memory and the wisdom of experience, which warns us not to foolishly repeat our past mistakes. Young people call us to renewed and expansive hope, for they represent new directions for humanity and open us up to the future, lest we cling to a nostalgia for structures and customs which are no longer life-giving in today’s world.”
It’s no surprise that Esquire‘s Best Dressed Man of 2013 would be vigilant of counter-trends to his most fashionable mind, but if we take his words at face value, maybe it’s time for the entrenched masses to relinquish the modish talisman of the Novus Ordo. After all, it’s only the divine liturgy. Liturgy is irrelevant to the Serious Catholic life. As Pope Francis reminds us, we should be focused on the deeper things (just ask Protestants and Jews). I myself certainly feel neck-deep in the current intellectual climate in the Church. Come to think of it, I wonder why Eastern Catholics are so hung up on their antiquated fashions? Let us pray that they may be healed of their addiction and simply homologize.