Some of the progressives in the Church completely in their post election euphoria of gleefulness for all the lace in the dumpster not to mention fine brocade chasubles, copes, dalmatics and the like as well as other papal accoutrements such as the mozzetta and papal palace going the way of the Edsel (look it up you are too young to know about the Ford Edsel) must be wondering if this is going to be a collegial pope or not or a man who takes command and makes sure his wishes are carried out.
Will he spread his authority and rely upon decentralization of Roman curia's control or will he streamline it (the curia) and make it a mean, lean, grilling machine to quote George Foreman and his griddles, thus making the Roman Curia the monarchical aid that Pope Francis needs in his hierarchical magisterium?
I pray not. There is a very rare instance in which decentralization really works. I understand scoring back some. I don't have a problem with that, but decentralization leads to one of two things anarchy or revolution. All we need do is look at either 18th century France or the Communist Manifesto.
There is talk of him dissolving the Vatican Bank. Bad idea. The Vatican should control it's own money, then it is not beholding to the world. Clean it up, sure. But dissolve it? Mistake.
I think that there are many issues surrounding this Pope which are not come to light. I think that this whole "humility schtick" is impressive to the MSM, but reality is that it will come to bite most Catholics in the a$$, because it undermines what we really are. We understand humility in a totally different way than the world, SINCE the Englightenment. Our understanding didn't change, the world's did. Humility is based not upon how much one gives up, but rather on how much one applies his love to God the Father. That is contrary to the current worldview.
Tied to that is simplicity. Noble simplicity to be exact. Sadly, I think that Papa Francisci has missed the mark (I know, I know, my view means jack squat), but seriously....If a parish in Argentina celebrates the Mass with all the glory it can muster, then it is acting in a nobly simplistic way. Why isn't the same said for St. Peter's? Why must St. Peter's dumb down their liturgical action? That isn't nobly simplistic. THAT is patronizing....but then again, that is exactly what the MSM media wants in a covert way...and Pope Francis has bought that bill of goods hook, line and sinker.
We must reclaim true Christian humility, we must reclaim true Christian noble simplicity. The Church must worship God the Father with all it can muster. To wear the same vestment until it is rags and falls off isn't doing that...but placing Christ's Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity into a gold chalice and on a gold paten is. Pope Francis needs to stop running into one tree and start looking at the whole forest....I'm sure at that point, his head will stop hurting.
I had an acquaintance ask the following questions with regard to my post above.
"Why is it always the laity that have such clarity on this issues? Where are the clergy that speak forthrightly? Are they all muzzled by "obedience"?"
That's what they call it, "obedience," but that isn't really the reason. The real reason is fear. Most priests today are afraid they will lose their standing in the diocese and they are also afraid their peers will abandon them.
I'll fill you in on a more emerging secret. One which isn't talked about much. If a seminarian or young priest speaks against the status quo (ie...the post-Vatican Council II mentality), he will be shown the door, quite unceremoniously. To forward an agenda, those who forward it must buy in. If a priest or a seminarian doesn't buy in, he's dismissed. For a seminarian, he can get a job in the real world...for a priest, it is fatal.
So, to answer your questions, those of us who are "loud-mouthed laity," we're simply not afraid to engage 1983 years of Catholic truths, not simply limit ourselves to the last 48.
Harsh, yes. The truth, also yes.