So, Pope Francis wants to strip the Roman Curia of executive power. Think it through.
The best case scenario…
- All executive power in the Roman Curia is stripped away.
- With no executive power, all positions can be filled by laity, men or women, just a distraction, to be praised by liberals, though it means nothing, since there is no executive power.
- What’s actually happened is that all Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, Priests, Deacons are replaced, meaning that in one fell swoop, Pope Francis has cleaned out all the liberal knuckleheads in the entire Roman Curia.
- Pope Francis retires, giving a clean slate as a gift to his successor. In this case, it matters not what the motivation actually is, whether he thinks this is an “irreversible move” or not. His successor can do what he wants. Period. Meanwhile, all the riffraff will have been cleaned out. ;-)
The worst case scenario…
- The status quo: Many dicasteries of the Roman Curia presently enjoy varying degrees of executive power enabling them to carry out their purpose. This includes the Secretariat of State, the Doctrine of the Faith, those involved with Bishops, Priests, Religious, etc. There are hundreds of cases making their way to Rome everyday. Life goes on.
- All of those cases will instead go to gate-keepers for Pope Francis, who will decide the tiny handful he might have time to decide from day to day. In other words, the Pope will effectively ignore almost 100% of cases that are brought to Rome, meaning even extremely grave injustices will be ignored on a daily basis.
- Bishops will learn not to be humiliated, and will no longer involve Rome… for anything whatsoever.
- Then bishops will learn that they can do whatever they hell they want in regard to doctrine, morality, liturgy, a free for all of chaos, darkness, bullying, of smashing down those priests who just want to be Catholic priests, taking them out of assignments and then… nothing… that is… until…
In any case…
- Popes come and go.
- Cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests, deacons come and go.
- BTW, laity come and go.
- The Lord is the Lord of History. He sees all.
- Jesus is the One. He’s the only One. Who cares about all this? It’s all seems so self-referential, all so Promethean. Seems that way. But, whatever. What is always absolutely true is that Jesus is the One, not these other guys. Jesus is the only One.
- We have the sacraments, Mass and Confession. Frequent Mass and Confession!
- We can be with Jesus in humble thanksgiving, in reverence before Him, rejoicing that He has overcome the world.
- We can always be enthusiastic to bring souls to Jesus.
- We can always encourage vocations of brave young men willing to lay down their lives for the Lord Jesus.
- We can always, with the grace of God, be on our way to heaven. And you were worried about little chess moves in the Roman Curia? Pfft.
Thinking outside the box:
Gotta wonder with all the purposed confusion in the last few years about differences and connections between Vatican City State and the Holy See if this removal of executive power from everyone but one person will further restructure understanding of these two entities with whatever effects in international relations and international law and international finance, etc., on so many levels.
It seems to me that the only one who can out-politic Pope Francis is God. I’m not saying that I think that’s good or not. It just is what it is.