Many were surprised by the news of the appointment of Tucho Fernández as Prefect of the Dicastery for the Demolition of the Faith on July 1st.
«Surprising Trucho Fernández», a well-known priest blogger titled his article. And he continued: «surprising date (…), surprising person (…), surprising bibliography (…), surprising letter of presentation from the Holy Father (…)».
What is truly surprising is that anyone is surprised.
«Conservatives» are now holding their heads in their hands when the negative consequences of the principles that they have advocated and continue to advocate begin to materialize. Today, as in the time of Vázquez de Mella, there are those who continue to «enthrone the causes and condemn the consequences».
Alfredo Ottaviani was the last Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (hereafter DDF) who could be described as a defender of Catholic doctrine. As an example, we will cite the Short Critical Study of the Novus Ordo Missæ, which he wrote together with Cardinal Bacci in September 1969 (when he was already emeritus), and in which they discerned the defects of the Mass of Paul VI.
His successors in the DDF have demolished the Catholic Faith while defending the doctrine of post-conciliar ambiguity, necessary to make the faithful swallow the Modernism that has laid siege to the Church since «The Council» (for many, the only one that seems to have ever existed: Vatican II).
This process of transformation within the DDF has taken place little by little, «by way of concrete steps», to paraphrase Robert Schuman. A process that will lead to the «surprising» boiling of the frog inside the boiling pot without the frog being aware of its tragic end, while it enjoys its hot bath.
Thus, Ottaviani’s successor in the Dicastery, the Croatian Franjo Šeper, Prefect from 1968 to 1981 and described as «conservative», took a first step in this demolition of the Faith by separating liturgy from doctrine and reducing Paul VI’s liturgical reform to a mere canonical and disciplinary question. From «lex orandi, lex credendi», the conservative Šeper moved, in the liturgical question, to «Quia ego dico»: because I say so, period.
Despite this clarity on the liturgical question, Šeper was equivocal on the Vatican’s relationship with the Anglicans, with whom he signed the ambiguous ARCIC documents, which years later would be declared unacceptable by his successor in the Dicastery, then Cardinal Ratzinger.
Šeper only took a first step in the demolition process, although he continued to defend Catholic doctrine on other issues: such as abortion (in the 1974 Declaration on Abortion), the admission of women to the ministerial priesthood (in the 1976 Inter insigniores), etc.
For this last reason, many consider him a «conservative» Prefect, of firm and secure (sic) doctrine… without realizing that the Catholic Doctrine is a system: all the principles and dogmas are interconnected, and if one of them is unfailingly denied, the others are disturbed or broken.
Šeper was followed in the DDF by Cardinals Ratzinger, Levada, Müller and Ladaria. Each one of them took his own small step on the path towards demolition; each was a consequence of his predecessor, and was necessary for the advent of his successor.
Without them, the way would not have been paved for the arrival of Tucho who, with his tricks, is the perfect Prefect for the Dicastery for the Demolition of the Faith.
Josep de Losports, Círculo Tradicionalista Ramón Parés y Vilasau, de Barcelona
Translation: Círculo Carlista Camino Real de Tejas