A look at the possibility of a conclave soon and the transformation of the Church. On the new Cardinal-Electors see here.
From FSSPX News
For several months, Pope Francis has been exhibiting serious difficulties getting around. On April 30, 2022, when receiving pilgrims from Slovakia, he declared that his leg was “not good,” even adding: “it does not work.” He said his doctor told him not to walk.
On May 2, he had to receive his visitors at St. Martha’s House and not at the Apostolic Palace, to avoid travel. On May 3, he received an injection in his right knee for relief. On May 5, he showed up in a wheelchair at an audience given to a group of leaders of female religious orders. And on May 9, we learned without surprise that the Pope's trip to Lebanon, scheduled for June 12 and 13, has been postponed.
This worrying state of health has made Roman observers increasingly asking themselves about the future pope. Thus Fr. Nicola Bux, former consultant to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, returns in an interview granted to Diane Montagna for The Remnant of April 16, to the mysterious memorandum signed “Demos,” published by Sandro Magister (DICI n°419 , April 2022).
The Roman theologian draws a severe balance sheet of the current pontificate: “For most experts in the Vatican, the balance sheet of Francis’ pontificate, from the doctrine of faith to morals, shows a deficit compared to his predecessors, not to mention in finances. This pontificate has contributed to exacerbating the secularization of the West, because the Pope has intervened on the social and political side and supported a spirituality without identity. And so the question arises: what is the Petrine ministry?”
Fr. Bux notes, in passing, that “many who were Bergoglians at the beginning have distanced themselves from the current pontificate and consider it chaotic and despotic.”
He shows how the dechristianization of the South American continent manifests itself concretely: “In the Vatican they are well aware of the apostasy of Catholics in Latin America, which has fallen to 52% in the face of a 25% growth in sects.”
“On January 13, the Wall Street Journal ran the headline (because the Church is losing Latin America), ‘The Catholic Church has opted for the poor and the poor have opted for the Pentecostals.’ This is a tremendous contribution to the process of self-demolition that Paul VI talked about.”
“The Church has been transformed into an agency aimed at solving social, economic, psychological, even environmental problems, abandoning her mission to save souls. At the Amazon synod, they talked not about re-evangelizing the region but about the environment, not about fostering a personal encounter with the Lord, but about political and social issues. In short, while the faithful ask for more religion, the bishops offer socialism.”
Asked what influence this memorandum could have on the next conclave that will elect the future pope, Fr. Bux replied: “Like every Christian, the Pope is subject to revealed divine law, and even before, to natural law and then to canon law, which binds him regarding the essential doctrine and constitution of the Church, which is not synodal but hierarchical. The Memo seems to recall this.”