"Personnel is policy" as the saying goes. Again and again, Pope Francis shows us how true that statement is. See below for three examples.
Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has been the subject of many of my blog posts (and that of other bloggers). A heterodox progressive, he chairs the so-called "gang of nine", that inner sanctum of papal advisers. Since Maradiaga has made no secret of his leftist leanings, we may safely opine that he has the pope's ear precisely because of those leanings. Today One Peter Five detailed how Maradiaga, in an interview recently given, hurled insults against the four cardinals who issued the dubia in an attempt to mitigate damage being done by Amoralis Lamentia. I won't rehash 1P5's post here. Suffice it to say that because Maradiaga is so close to Pope Francis, we might have a decentl inkling of the responses that the pope might make to the dubia.
This past week the Pope appointed heresy-spewing Jesuit Father James Martin to handle the Vatican tweets. Cardinal Wuerl celebrated the advancement of dissent by inviting Martin to deliver a Good Friday reflection at St. Matthew's Cathedral. I suspected this reflection might be a spewing forth of pig slop. True to fashion, Martin did not fail to disappoint us. I'll highlight one heretical whopper below.
Consider this quote from LifeSiteNews: "Father Martin told those in attendance at the Good Friday liturgy that his favorite theological question to ponder is whether Jesus knew what was going to happen on Easter Sunday before He died." In other words, Martin completely disregards Jesus' Personhood. While He has two natures, human and divine, He is a Divine Person, the Second Person of the Trinity. As such, He possesses omniscience. To insinuate that Jesus didn't know He'd rise on Easter Sunday is to cast doubt on His divinity.
Both Pope Francis and Cardinal Wuerl were fully aware of Martin's embrace of heresy and immorality. They did not do so in spite of these serious flaws, but because of them. He advances their common agenda.
John Zmirak pubished an article yesterday detailing the antics of Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin. Recall that he was recently given his red hat by Pope Francis. Tobin is sponsoring, at his cathedral, a debacle called "LGBT Pilgrimage And Mass". This affair is being conducted by several organizations that shill for perversion. As Zmirak points out, there is no mention of the need to repent of the mortal sin of sodomy and to embrace chastity. Long-time readers of this blog will recall that two years ago, while Tobin was still Archbishop of Indianapolis, we petitioned him to put a halt to a local KofC council's intent to allow lesbians to celebrate their debauched #mowwidge in their hall. Tobin was utter silent. Of course we lamented that silence. However, I must now consider the possibility that perhaps Tobin did have his hand in that sordid affair, perhaps directing the council to allow mortal sin to be celebrated on Catholic property free of charge.
Almost concurrently, Tobin has drawn the long knives on Father Peter West, a priest who stands firm for Christ's teachings on life and marriage. He was formerly associated with both Priests for Life and Human Life International before being called back to Newark.
One might ask, "how could Pope Francis select Tobin to be Cardinal, given his terrible record of fidelity to Christ's teachings?" Regrettably, I believe Tobin's record is precisely the reason why he was selected.
We'll probably be seeing more and more of these squalid associations being foisted on the Church.