You know, I have been thinking a lot about some of the great Cardinals who stood up at the Synod and asserted themselves.
Burke, Napier, and Pell are probably the most prominent. Burke has gotten a lot of attention because he has been the most blunt and outspoken, and the African Cardinal was just so sweet to have there making fools out of the Appointed Ones, especially in light of Kaiser’s KKKasper’s imperialism.
But, for me, I think Pell takes the prize for the gold medal. The whole pounding of the desk and staring down Baldiseri and, really, if we are honest, the Pope himself.
There’s only one way to stop this. Cardinal Pell, it’s rumored today, stood up during the proceedings on Thursday when the Synod leaders seemed to have decided on their own authority not to publish the reports of the small groups, presumably because they were uniformly tough on what’s been too soft. He slammed his hand on the table and said, “You must stop manipulating this Synod.” That forced a general vote – and the reports were published. (Source)
Pope Francis has a revolt on his hands from his own bishops lead by one of his trusted advisors, Cardinal Pell
Pell and others insist that the synod stop being manipulated and that the reports from discussion groups be published.
Pope Francis finally agrees (Source)
I mean, c’mon, holy crap. That’s take some huge cajones. With that move, Cardinal Pell has got to be the leading contender for St. Peter’s shoes. Think about what he did. It’s a stare-down, man. The guy would not back down!
Cue the Serenity crowd….but, but, but, but….you can’t do that, he’s….he’s…he’s….the Pope!
Yeah, he’s the Pope and he just got confronted, called on the carpet, and lost. It’s as simple as that.
Cardinal Pell must be one helluva poker player. He’s got to be 5:2 odds to be the next pope. Dang it. It’s the stuff of history books.