Friday, November 22, 2013

Loftus attacks Cardinal Ranjith

Cardinal Ramjith. I couldn't find a pic
of him in a cappa magna: maybe he's
not such a 'fetishist' after all.
Fresh from attacking (without naming) Bishop Hugh Gilbert, the very next column takes aim at Malcolm, Cardinal Ranjith, Cardinal Archbishop of Colombo in Sri Lanka, and former Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship. I say 'attack'; this is not exactly a discourse of sweet reason, just an outpouring of vulgar, and possibly racist, abuse. From the Catholic Times,17th November 2013.

[Archbishop] Sorrentino was very briefly Secretary of the Worship Congregation [sic] at the very end of John Paul II's papacy, but was turfed out by Benedict XVI to make way for the Sri Lankan cappa magna fetishist and Tridentine-rite devotee, Malcolm Ranjith.

Further comment seems superfluous. Let's just have Canon 212, which is relevant to all critics of bishops and pastors.

§1. Conscious of their own responsibility, the Christian faithful are bound to follow with Christian obedience those things which the sacred pastors, inasmuch as they represent Christ, declare as teachers of the faith or establish as rulers of the Church.

§2. The Christian faithful are free to make known to the pastors of the Church their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires.

§3. According to the knowledge, competence, and prestige which they possess, they have the right and even at times the duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church and to make their opinion known to the rest of the Christian faithful, without prejudice to the integrity of faith and morals, with reverence toward their pastors, and attentive to common advantage and the dignity of persons.


  1. Canon 220 would also seem apply.

  2. Can. 220 No one is permitted to harm illegitimately the good reputation which a person possesses nor to injure the right of any person to protect his or her own privacy.

    Canon Law really is very reasonable. And of course - as he keeps telling us - Loftus is a canonist.

  3. My son, aged 16, got a Saturday job in a large retail store. After his first day he came home and told us that "not all old people are like Grandma - some are really rude".