From the article:
"Sandro says that, on one side, are "Ratzinger, Ruini, Bergoglio, Scola with their proposal for a new 'Papal Revolution.'"
On the other side, are a group of more "progressive" cardinals, "with Tettamanzi as the man for all seasons."
Like many others, Sandro believes that Ratzinger is "the favorite" as of today. "The indisputable front runner in this conclave at the beginning of the third millennium is...Joseph Ratzinger."
Noting that the votes needed to win are two-thirds of 115 cardinals, or 77 votes, Sandro argues that Ratzinger will open the conclave with nearly that number.
But, Sandro argues, Ratzinger and his party are feared by some cardinals, because the program they have presented to the cardinal electors is "fearsome and demanding." He writes: "They want 'a Church that is not folded in upon itself, not timid, not lacking in trust, a Church burning with the love of Christ for the salvation of all men,' as Cardinal Camillo Ruini said in a homily at a Saint Peters basilica overflowing with crowds, two days after the funeral for John Paul II."
Sandro argues that Ratzinger and Ruini have, in recent months, been preparing for the "post-Wojtyla" transition, attracting to their standard "many leading cardinals...some of them likely candidates for the papacy themselves."
He continues: "In the curia there is the German cardinal Walter Kasper, one of Ratzinger and Ruinis scholarly colleagues since the three were simple theology professors. In Latin America, there is the Argentine of Italian origin Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires. In the United States, there is Francis E. George, archbishop of Chicago. In Canada, there is Marc Ouellet, archbishop of Québec. In Australia, there is George Pell, archbishop of Sydney. In Eastern Europe there is Józef Glemp, archbishop of Warsaw. In Italy, there are Angelo Scola, patriarch of Venice, and Giacomo Biffi, archbishop emeritus of Bologna. This is the framework for the neoconservative party whose beacon is Ratzinger."
He continues: "Another group of cardinals that has recently drawn closer to this party is the circle of cardinals who are friends of Opus Dei, led by the two who are members of Opus: in the Vatican, Julián Herranz, the leading authority on canon law in the curia, and in Latin America, Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, archbishop of Lima."
What does this Ratzinger-Ruini-Scola-Bergoglio group want? "They want a resumption of the active management of the Church's ordinary governance, its cleansing from 'filthiness,' a reinforcement of the doctrinal and moral formation of the clergy, a renewal of basic evangelization and the teaching of the catechism, a qualitative improvement in the celebration of the liturgy, a new missionary campaign."
In short, they want to really get to work to re-build the Church.
The problem is, that this program will likely lead to a head-on confrontation with what John Paul II used to call "the culture of death" and with what is commonly called "secular humanism."
Something to think about: If in 2005 Bergoglio was fully in Ratzinger's camp, as was Scola, and these three were the top vote getters then, and Scola and Bergoglio were the top vote getters now, then the college of Cardinals is fully under the control of those who support this conservative/orthodox position! That is a great sign of hope for the Church!
He visits the Vatican only when strictly necessary, the four or five times a year they summon him. He reserves a small room in a residence for clergy (the "Casa del Clero" on Via della Scrofa), and every morning at 5:30 he´s already awake and praying in the chapel.First Francis requested prayers for BXVI, then prayers for himself, and finished with his desire to pray to Mary tomorrow... well, what can one say? That's a triune of hope. Welcome Pope Francis!
he still has a view of the world that includes ‘social justice’.....this is a very bad thing
To read tomorrow. Thanks for posting. Today was truly a joyful day, one I’m sure we all sorely needed.
Viva il Papa!