Rome. They say that a confrontation like this had never been seen before, perhaps not even at the Council. Soon after nine yesterday morning, cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, General Secretary to the Synod, takes the floor and announces that the relationes of the circuli minores would not be made public. A reverse course from what had always happened in the past and affirmed in the previous days. In other words, only the Relatio post disceptationem, signed by Cardinal Erdo and written by Abp. Bruno Forte, would have been fed to the press. Against the novelty presented by Baldisseri, rose up Cardinal George Pell, who strongly contested the decision. After him, a long line of Fathers, from the Archbishop of Brussels, Abp. Léonard, to that of Durban, Cardinal Napier, asked for the matter to be at least put to a vote. Even the Secretary of State took the floor. And all in the atmosphere of a stadium, with standing ovation and even some booing. The Pope, seated at the presidency table, looked on, impassive. At the end, as Cardinal Christoph Schönborn would say some hours later at the press conference, “the decision to render public the relationes of the circuli was taken by large majority.” The texts are clear, and go in an opposite direction as the one upheld by Cardinal Walter Kasper.
In the other main event of Blue Thursday, a clear consequence of Baldisseri’s blunders and Kasper’s Anti-African interview to Edward Pentin, the Pope was constrained to add one African to the original liberals-only six-man papal drafting commitee, Cardinal Napier, and also an Australian, Abp. Denis Hart of Melbourne.
Note 1: To understand the huge power wielded by Cardinal Baldisseri (who also was, let us remember with great care, the Secretary of the 2013 Conclave, for which he was awarded the cardinalatial red zucchetto by the newly-elected pope on the spot) and his procedural henchmen, this text published by Sandro Magister today is useful: he who controls the procedures guides the assemblies and usually reaches his ends. Baldisseri will not take this revolt lightly, and he will respond still now, if possible, and certainly at the even more careful crafting of the 2015 assembly. He wields great power as well because he obviously knows things almost no one else knows.Note 2: What several commentators are saying, we repeat with even greater vehemence: the situation of Card. Kasper and Abp. Forte is untenable from now onwards. Kasper has now been publicly revealed, thanks to the Pentin interview and his denial, as not only a man filled with incomprehensible and anti-Christian racial superiority, but as a liar and a perverter of truth. Forte, as a dangerous manipulator who single-handedly tried to destroy the permanent and unchangeable doctrine of the Church on several sensitive issues, in particular homosexuality, by fiat with no support whatsoever from the Synod Fathers. They were both strongly rebuffed by an Assembly which had been fashioned and manipulated by Baldisseri to be only glorified yes-men, but worked out differently