16 December 2017

Pope and Curia

In his recent Interview, Cardinal Mueller said: "As the first and the last, the highest most important interpreter of that revelation of God in Christ Jesus, [the pope] is not an isolated person, but head of the Roman Church ... and, therefore, he is reliant on the qualified and engaged cooperation of that Roman Church in the form of the Cardinals and the dicasteries of the Roman Curia".

Obvious stuff ... but perhaps not so obvious in this ultrahyperueberpapalist age, in which PF shows himself impatient of the more intelligent and theologically formed members of his Curia; and happily dependant upon questionable collaborators. I wrote about this not very long ago; I venture to repeat my earlier pieces below. As Cardinal M emphasises, the Curia has a theological status.


Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Saint Vincent of Lerins taught:

For it has always been the case in the Church, that the more a man is under the influence of religion, so much the more prompt is he to oppose innovations

Liam Ronan said...

Kudos Cardinal Mueller. Bravely and publicly leading with your chin that way. But why ever did you choose to publish your book "The Dictator Pope" anonymously?

It was you, Your Eminence, wasn't it? Well, perhaps not.

mark wauck said...

All of this raises the question of what exactly is the status of a pope, and the status of his actions/teachings, if that pope 1) refuses to exercise his proper teaching ministry by refusing to respond directly to legitimate dubia, and 2) refuses to consult with the responsible members of his council of elders, i.e., the Roman Curia.

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

Dear Mr. Wauck

One could say he routinely flunks the Pope quizzes but we all pray he does better on the final.