Vatican, diplomacy in search of author: foreign policy is a failure

Vatican, diplomacy in search of author: foreign policy is a failure

Dear Director, esteemed Vatican Secretaries of State of the caliber of Casaroli, Antonelli and Cicognani turn in disbelief in their tombs. The blatant failure of Cardinal Matteo Maria Zuppi’s mission to Ukraine and Russia, in fact, is on the lips of all foreign ministries that count and who ask themselves the same question: “Who directs foreign policy in the Vatican?”. Answers vary: “Are you guided by the fluctuating moods of the papal residence in Santa Marta? Or disconnected pieces of the Secretary of State? Or the Community of Sant’Egidio? Or, perhaps, all together in constant struggle with each other?» And the situation is increasingly embarrassing as the war continues. After all, the good day had begun in the morning, when Bergoglio, a few days after the invasion, went like a carbonari without even notifying Secretary of State Parolin, to the headquarters of the Russian Embassy in Via della Conciliazione. Today, almost a year and a half after the start of the war in Ukraine, it is legitimate to ask: “Why? What had they promised him? Who? As? Maybe he got a call from Tsar Putin?” A useless and humiliating wait for a gesture of so much mercy. After the unsuccessful episode, Bergoglio attacked Patriarch Kirill calling him the “altar boy of the state”, using a lexicon more appropriate for the San Lorenzo stadium – the Argentine team in Francis’ heart – than for the Holy Roman Church. This is perhaps to ensure the capitatio benevolentiae of Russia which then chose the president of the CIS from Sant’Egidino Zuppi, escorted to Moscow by the vice-president of the Community of Sant’Egidio Adriano Rocucci, for a mission which the Russians, for their part, sent back to the sender.

And who was Cardinal Parolin referring to when, in an interview with Tg1, he stated that “if the humanitarian intentions of the Holy See were accepted by both parties, would the Vatican join other humanitarian organizations to carry out the mission?”. Could it be what is defined as Andrea Riccardi’s “United Nations of Trastevere”, which is now everywhere like salsa? Another fact is certain: on Sunday, July 9, the day following the interview with his Secretary of State, the Pope announced yet another consistory, omitting, as usual, prestigious Italian prelates, such as the Archbishop of Milan, Mario Delpini, who now it seems to have the sole aim of shuffling the cards of his succession. But that’s not all, Francis still has three aces up his sleeve to play: the first, precisely that of Cardinal Parolin, the “Mister Vatican Wolf” capable of remedying at all times, with moderation and diplomacy, the institutional disorder created by the Pope and by its “jurists”, such as the Jesuit Ghirlanda, author of the incongruous reform of the curia and the vicariate of Rome, so much so that he was dubbed the “Exterminator” in the Vatican. The second ace corresponds to the name of the Hungarian Peter Erdo, student of Gabrio Lombardi, solid jurist and highly esteemed by the political class of his country, starting with Viktor Orbán, who, according to many “Bergolians of the curia”, if he ascended to the papal throne , he would call himself Adolf. The third, on the contrary, is represented, once again, by Cardinal Matteo Zuppi, a sincere Bergoglian also considered the best interpreter of Francis’ “preferential option for the poor”, which is the great legacy of the Second Vatican Council. However, the three-card game will end on September 30, when at least four other names will come into play in the consistory. The first is certainly the Argentinean Victor Fernández, who had the same role as a doctrinal referent for Pope Francis that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had for John Paul II.

However, Fernández is currently at the center of a thousand gossip in Buenos Aires: in fact, with the nickname of Touch, he is considered a great «expert in kisses», so much so that one of his most successful books has a rating that is at least questionable title “Heal me with your mouth”. Sent to the former Holy Office, Bergoglio asked it to archive, by tabula, a past marked by “immoral methods” and to pursue “any doctrinal errors”. With these credentials, Fernández is seen as the successor to Bergoglio’s ideological legacy. The second is the Italian Claudio Gugerotti: great diplomatic experience in Eastern Europe, he knows the Russian-Orthodox context very well and is certainly the most capable figure to face the current geopolitical scenario dominated by the aftermath of the war in Ukraine. Then there is the future French Cardinal Christophe Pierre, acting Apostolic Nuncio in the USA, considered too “armored” to give substance, with greater doctrinal and diplomatic intelligence, to the tortuous and improvised paths through which this pontificate has led the Catholic Church. Another “papabile” on the list is Jerusalem Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who brought the tormented diocese impoverished by Patriarchs Sabbah and Twal to its feet and deftly navigated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it should be easy for him to heal the tensions of a divided Catholic Church and shattered. Last but not least, surprisingly, this could be the turn of the first African cardinal, Robert Sarah, for years prefect of the divine cult from which he was removed without any special consideration for his 75th birthday. A candidate that Bergoglio certainly doesn’t like, so much so that in recent months he has done everything to corner two of his main fans, Cardinals Gerhard Müller and Raymond Burke; the latter recently removed, without too much kindness, from the post of Patron Emeritus of the Order of Malta and replaced by the usual Gianfranco Ghirlanda. In short, a Pope who is always vigilant and suspicious, who is not afraid of tiredness because, as he wrote in a letter to Eugenio Scalfari, there is plenty of time to rest in the afterlife. Long live the Pope.

Source: IL Tempo