The paleo-liberal Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Giovanni Battista Re, appears to be pretty upset about the circumstances of lifting the excommunication of the four-Lefebvre bishops.
The Italian business daily, 'Italia Oggi' reports.
They currently wondering in the Vatican about the question of whether someone had created “hidden pitfalls" in the lifting of the excommunication by the Pope.
The answer to this question allegedly was answered was given to those who last Sunday sat in a bus organized by the Vatican.
Once a year, two buses transport Vatican prelates from St. Peter's Square to the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, where the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul the Apostle takes place.
On one of the front seats of one of these buses is the voice of Cardinal Re has been heard loud and clear: "This Pasticción!"
The expression was a parody of the name of the president of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei", Dario Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, who was in his mind.
The Italian word "pasticcione” means chaotic person or bungler.
According to the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, the –- gas chamber statements (which the anticlerical media highly welcomed) by Bishop Richard Williamson, and the subsequent festival of outrage was entirely the fault of Cardinal Castrillón-Pasticción.
He was in a hurry to lift the excommunication as he did not wish to miss the historic opportunity of ending the conflict with the Society of St Pius X.
"I, too, had only a few hours to view the document " - is Cardinal Re claimed in the bus.
The cardinal also seems to know the reason for the actions of Cardinal Castrillón:
"Everyone knows Castrillón is shortly 80 years old and goes into retirement. If the matter is not immediately completed, he would no longer be able to claim it as his own work."
The wrath of Cardinal Re was apparently directed also towards the author of the decree - the president of the Pontifical Council for Legal Texts, Bishop Francesco Coccopalmerio - " who has to struggle so much with the Italian language."
Cardinal Re would have preferred to have waited for one month - "and to give the news when the new statute for the Lefebvre supporters was ready. That would have been something completely different and we would have made no such fauxpas. "
The Cardinal was one of those present when the question was asked whether anyone had known about the interview of Bishop Williamson: "But how come" - he replied: "That was all well known to Castrillón-Pasticción. But he probably said nothing, and certainly underestimated the consequences. "