May 07, 2013 11:53 AM
Today’s bizarre public statement from the Vatican press office, denying what any intelligent observer recognizes as the truth, does contain one nugget of reality.
The statement denies that there has been any difference of opinion between Cardinal Braz de Aviz and Archbishop Müller, when the cardinal has already made their differences public.
The statement claims that two Vatican congregations have been collaborating closely, when the cardinal has already revealed that one congregation didn’t know what the other was doing.
Thus after making a few claims that will be quickly and rightly dismissed, the Vatican statement actually underlines an important point: that the reform of the LCWR is required, and that Pope Francis supports that reform.
If Cardinal Braz de Aviz hoped to undermine the CDF plans for reform by going public with his dissatisfaction, that move backfired.