July 5, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – The report today is that Cardinal Joachim Meisner, one of the four “dubia cardinals,” has passed away (see here). God rest his soul. Now the “four” are three. Recent events of the last few days would seemingly suggest the “correlation of forces” are shifting toward the permissive interpretation of Amoris Laetitia with regard to communion for adulterers. The Pope names five more cardinals at the recent consistory (nearly 50% have been created by him), Cardinal Muller – who. for any faults he may or may not have, did oppose communion for adulterers – is out at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and now Cardinal Meisner has passed away. All are telling examples, it seems to me, of the Pope’s strategy of “time is greater than space.” Time, like a python, will choke all opposition to death. It may be a slow death, but death assuredly comes. . .or such is the cynical hope. However, the truth is the truth, and the Lord will be victorious – although it may be a painful road for the Church before that day comes.
Humanly speaking, we are currently on track, at the rate of replacements to the College of Cardinals, to one day have a Pope Francis II. If popes such as John Paul II and Benedict XVI could give us the bishop appointments, a College of Cardinals and a conclave that could produce a Pope Francis, imagine what Pope Francis will bequeath to us in the next conclave. As the dubia cardinals gather together next time, there will be one less person at that conference table. Before their numbers dwindle still further, and the composition of the College of Cardinal shifts even more against them than it has already, the dubia cardinals (as well as any silent partners they have) need to act – in my humble opinion – with greater urgency and boldness. I recently, again, outlined my suggestion for the next course of action (see here). I am not saying it is the best plan, but whatever might be out there as alternatives – I hope the dubia cardinals have one; and that their plan doesn’t include too much time as a variable. The time to act is now. . .before we run out of dubia cardinals. Fortune favors the bold. Who dares, wins.