A Little Cape Goes a Long Way
CWNews wants to ballyhoo the pro-Pian Rite statements of Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez, so they've taken to calling him "an influential Vatican official."
It could be true if it were accurate, but -- surprise, surprise -- it's not.
Medina -- the Chilean protodeacon of the Sacred College who waved to the Piazza S. Pietro crowd as he proclaimed the name "Ratzinger" on Election Day -- retired as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on 1 October 2002, so he hasn't been "an influential Vatican official" for three years on Saturday. He is a delegate to the upcoming Synod, which raised some eyebrows in Rome, but of course Synods do not exercise the vicarious power of the Pope; that's the Curia's job.
Here's my question: If Piero Marini got CDW in succession to that renowned uber-liturgist Arinze, would CWN call him an "influential Vatican official"? Well, they would in pushing for his removal, but they probably wouldn't do it three years after his departure from the Curia.
Now, if we're talking about inconsistencies, this is not the treatment that Cardinal Pompedda -- the retired prefect of the Apostolic Signatura -- got after he reminded everyone that the SSPX was still in formal schism on the day after Bernard Fellay wailed and B16 listened. Pompedda was accused of being an agent of Satan, of being misinformed, irrelevant and an obstruction to church unity.
And Medina -- the caped one in the photo above -- gets the white-glove treatment from the Conservative Cyber-Fatwa Tribunal, as our good friend Mr Shea calls it.
As usual, par for the course.