Will [Layman and Self-styled Monk/Prior] Enzo Bianchi [and Other Controversial Characters] Be Raised to Cardinal by FrankenPope?
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Friday, January 8, 2016
Pope Francis and the “Monk”
(Rome) The rumors in Rome that Enzo Bianchi is to be elevated to cardinal are accumulating. Bianchi is not a priest but a layman, which would be not be news in the church itself. But Bianchi is also the founder and leader of a bizarre association (but why he is called “Prior” and “Monk”), who is not actually Catholic. Because of his unorthodox teaching Msgr. Antonio Livi, the former dean of the Faculty of Arts of the Lateran University described him as a “false prophet”.
A date for the next extraordinary consistory in which Pope Francis creates new cardinals, is not fixed yet. However, names are being eagerly passed around in Rome, among which are found mainly those belonging to the inner court of the Pope, and who represent his course with particular zeal. Traditionally, Italian names are particularly mentioned in Rome. Besides Enzo Bianchi,,
three four names are frequently quoted:: Monsignor Marcello Semeraro, Bishop of Albano Laziale, Secretary of the C9-Cardinal Council and the editorial board of the final report of the Synod on the Family, Curial Bishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Community of Sant’Egidio, President of the Pontifical Council Family, and Mons. Bruno Forte, Archbishop of Chieti [as well as Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Papal household preacher].
Enzo Bianchi and the abolition of the papacy
For Enzo Bianchi, born in 1943, Fatima is a “fraud,” the Church should be “silent” on homosexuality, the family is “a form that society gives it” and therefore is arbitrarily changeable and Mary is “not a suitable role model for women in the Church”. That Bianchi, who wants to overcome the papacy in favor of ecumenism, is a guest welcome in the Vatican, will be seen as an irony of history. Enzo Bianchi, from whom Pope Benedict XVI kept away from Rome, finds himself in harmony with Pope Francis. Francis also shows his appreciation by Bianchi’s appointment in July 2014 as Consultor of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity.
Bishop Semeraro and the “morality of the person”
Bishop Marcello Semeraro, born in 1947, was personally appointed by Pope Francis to the Synod on the Family. Since thirteen cardinals at the suggestion of Cardinal George Pell, including the prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, against the procedure for the Synod of Bishops in a letter, wherein they hurled all of their dissatisfaction against the papal stalwart, Semeraro. The thirteen cardinals voiced the suspicion that there was the intention “prefabricate results on important controversial issues.” At the same time they criticized the prepared working paper, after which the Synod was held, as “unacceptable”. Semeraro clattered against it: “I feel a feeling of disgust about the publication of the letter.” He who knows the language and customs of the Church, could read out Semeraro’s outbreak of displeasure. First, the bishop of Albano Laziale knew himself to be covered by the pope. Secondly, the cardinal’s letter annoyingly thwarted the plans of the Synod Director.
Semeraro had just published a small treatise on the family Synod, in which he argued for a possible admission of divorced and remarried to Communion and considered this to be a “return” to a “practice” before the “restorative” phase of John Paul II. and Benedict XVI. The Synod had to whit, under the “decisive” leadership of Pope Francis, transformed the Church “from the morality of the law to the morality of the person,” which raises the personal conscience to the highest authority.
As early as October 2014 Semeraro had, in a pastoral letter to the faithful of his Diocese who received the sacraments at the SSPX from priests (SSPX), threatened excommunication.
Vincenzo Paglia and the homophilic Kasperians
Msgr. Vincenzo Paglia, born in 1945, was the first bishop from the Community of Sant’Egidio. They developed the idea for the controversial inter-religious meeting for peace in Assisi. Benedict XVI. had, shortly before his unexpected resignation, appointed him as Chairman of the Pontifical Family Council. He is considered as a candidate for the Cardinal purple. Since then, the Curial Bishop is less noticed for a defense of marriage and family, rather than as a representative for an “opening” towards homosexuality and for the divorced and remarried. Right at his first press conference as “Family Minister” of the Vatican, he caused a stir with homophilic tones. An unexplained shortfall of 20 million euros, which he had left in 2012 in the coffers of his diocese of Terni, earned him an investigation by the public prosecutor, but it is now archived. In May 2015 Paglia took part in the secret meeting at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where the Kasperians prepared for the Synod of Bishops in the autumn.
Bruno Forte and the “Legend” the empty grave
Msgr. Bruno Forte, born in 1949, Archbishop of Chieti, a few months was appointed archbishop by Pope John Paul II. before his death, while his career under Benedict XVI. was at a substantial standstill. Forte headed the working group of the International Theological Commission, which prepared the document for the “Day of Pardon” in the Holy Year 2000, for the Pope John Paul II. A public confession was given and he begged God for forgiveness for the mistakes of the past 2000 years that people “had committed crimes in the Church in the name of faith and morals.” In 2009 he set out on the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum Pope Benedict XVI. provided comical and stubborn resistance to the invitation of the German pope, to render the words of consecration “pro multis” in the local languages as “many” instead of “for all.” Incitement of the Italian bishops, like the German. has failed to date. In 2011 Forte suggested that the empty grave of the risen Christ was just a legend.
With the election of Pope Francis Forte also found a new approval in Rome. The new pope appointed him special secretary of the Synod on the Family. As such Forte formulated the controversial interim report of the Synod 2014’s passages on homosexuality and the divorced and remarried, which have been rejected by the Synod.
Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Papal household preacher
Then-Cardinal Bergoglio allowed himself to be blessed in 2006 by Protestant preachers and P. Cantalamessa at Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires.
There is also currently whispering that there is a Cardinal beret for Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the Papal household preacher. During Advent, the Capuchin designated Mary as an obstacle to unity with the Protestants in a sermon for the Roman Curia. The Pontifical House preacher spoke indeed of “particular forms” of Marian devotion, however, the statement was a devaluation and reduction of Marian devotion as a concession to the Protestants who reject Mary as a bulwark of faith.The Capuchin, however, would no longer belong to the Papal electors. The Capuchin will complete his 82nd year next July.
Some of those named were already contenders for the purple in 2014 and 2015 without having been raised to the cardinal state. Until an official confirmation these are just rumors.