Apparently Cdl Bertone the former Secretary of State is feeling a little hurt, his predecessor Cdl Sodano was invited to the Synod but he wasn't. Anyhow his auto-biography is soon to hit the bookshops, and for those of you shocked by the horse trading and manipulation that was brought to the fore at the Synod be prepared for more!
And just in case you don't read comments on this blog have a look at this exchange from the post about Cardinal Kasper
Deacon Augustine said...
"Kasper makes more threats."
True to form then because that is how he was appointed a Cardinal in the first place. According to then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, JPII did not want to give the red hat to either Kasper or Lehmann. But the German bishops threatened to withdraw funding for the Polish Church if they were overlooked and JPII caved in. Their names were added to the list separately about 2 days before the consistory.
They were made Cardinals only because of blackmail. Kasper's recent behaviour is simply consistent with the way he has always operated. Pope Frank should beware the company he keeps.
21/10/14 10:28 pm
Ray Blake said...
Deacon Augustine, Where did you read that?
21/10/14 10:31 pm
It raises interesting questions about the influence of the German Church and its influence.Deacon Augustine said...
It was revealed to the leaders of the FIUV in a meeting with Cardinal Ratzinger shortly after the consistory of 21/02/2001. Michael Davies recounted the incident in one of his last interviews before his death.
Apparently the German bishops prevailed upon the Polish bishops to twist JPII's arm. There was a lot of controversy about these appointments at the time in the Catholic press. Kasper had come out strongly against Dominus Iesus, but both Kasper and Lehmann had been in hot water with JPII for providing counselling certificates for women so that they could obtain abortions. They had also signed petitions in the late 90's asking for divorced and remarried Catholics to be re-admitted to Holy Communion. As you can imagine, this did not put them at the top of JPII's Christmas card list.
I am afraid I have long suspected that in Germany having is not important whether it be for a bishop or a layman, all that matters is the money from Church tax. The lovely Amy Welborn has a well researched piece, Kasper, German Bishops, and the Church Tax which shows the simonical nature of the German Church, what she doesn't deal with is the level of dependance of the Vatican on Germany.
Perhaps Bertone might reveal something.
For a 'Church of the poor' it is truly amazing how much influence the rich have.
How much did the German car makers pay for a corporate event in the Sistine Chapel, and of course the question is what else did they buy?