It doesn’t look good right now.
Over the weekend, in a move many see as a warm-up to be his successor, Pope Francis tapped Philippine Cdl. Luis Tagle to become the new prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
And for the record, the cardinal prefers to be called by his nickname, Chito, rather than by the title of his office. He’s even been dubbed the “Asian Francis.” He has criticized the Church for using what he says are “harsh words” when talking about homosexuality or divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, whom he has said should be able to receive Holy Communion in some circumstances.
Tagle shares the Pope Francis vision of a synodal Church, which means, in practice, a breaking down of the universality of the Church into what are essentially smaller regional or national churches. In the synodal paradigm, the teachings of the Church, while not necessarily being out-and-out denied, get short shrift and put on the shelf, in the name of needing to “accommodate” local customs and so forth. ….