I admit that panic set in when I read the headlines that the pope appointed a Jesuit to the CDF.
With the exception of heading the going-no-where kangaroo commission to 'study possibility of women as deacons', I was relieved when google searches didn't dig up the usual and customary Jesuitical unfaithfulness and misleading of Christ's people.
I couldn't find the link this morning, but Robbie George released a glowing statement saying he's worked with Archbishop Ferrer on several projects, he's faithful and solid and George is pleased with the appointment. This is also hopeful. Sometimes Robbie puts on his rose colored glasses to see things but at least we know the guy isn't a doctrinal dunderhead.
Fr. Z put it best when he says 'we dodged a big one'.
Fr. Z is pleased with the appointment. I won't go out on that limb until I see the fruit blossom.
Here are my gut instincts:
Cardinal Müller put Christ and His Church first. There were definitely times when he'd pretend he didn't see the elephant in the room, but when push came to shove, he put his role to preserve the Deposit of Faith above service to the Romans.
Müller was silent for a year as the narrative took foothold that Pope Francis had deliberately introduced his approval of living in a perpetual state of mortal sin.
I believe Cardinal Müller was being pressured by the Romans to remain silent, which is actually contrary to his service to Christ and His Church. I also believe Müller's statement that the four Cardinals are 'harming the Church' was a pathetic attempt to please the pope to keep his job at the CDF.
Let's not kid ourselves. Müller is savvy enough to know that a pope who is authoring and affirming heretical documents is what is 'harming the Church', not the 'four Cardinals' bringing the damage he's doing to the family to his attention and asking him to do something about it.
I think his recent statements on Amoris Laeitia led to his own waterloo. Or perhaps he knew he was out and decided to do his job while packing his desk. Whichever it was, the timing of Cardinal Müller's recent attempt to preserve the Faith and his departure are related.
This tells us the appointment of Archbishop Ferrer is somehow strategic to the plans being carried out that lead our people to see mortal sin as virtue and Church teaching as their enemy.
Since the pope has confirmed the door to ordaining women as deacons or anything else is closed, I do believe his appointment of Archbishop Ferrer to the daffy women's ordination commission indicates he knew Ferrer would string them up and take them on a rope-a-dope ride that would conclude that women can not be ordained. That tells us the Holy Father is aware that he is doctrinally faithful.
At the same time, I'm suspicious that Cardinal Müller was replaced with Archbishop Ferrer because Archbishop Ferrer will serve mammon in a Roman squeezola.
Time will tell. With the changing of the guard, we need to step up our own squeezola and make him talk on Amoris Laetitia.
He needs to be asked to explain what Christ's people are to believe when the Holy Father has affirmed a heretical interpretation of Argentine Bishops and his predecessor confirmed the teachings of the Church on a perpetual state of adultery and reception of the Eucharist.
In the interim, all eyes in Christendom are on deck waiting to see if Cardinal Müller becomes the 'fifth' Cardinal. As Fr. Z amusingly puts it, he's 'off of the leash'.