Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Fessio on Levada

An interesting post with a comment discussion is here at the Insight Scoop blog published by Ignatius Press. It discusses a New York Times article last Saturday which treats Archbishop Levada's appointment as Prefect of the Catholic Church's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith as a done-deal and, likewise, does a brief personality profile on him. The NYT article quotes Fr. Fessio making some cryptic remarks about how conservatives think Levada is liberal and liberals think him conservative. It seems odd that Fr. Fessio discusses what others think about Archbishop Levada without rendering his own opinion.

Fr. Joseph Fessio, for anyone who doesn't know, is about the most outspoken, activist and orthodox Catholic priest in America today.

Meanwhile, the CDF (Congregation of the... you know) is the Church's primary office overseeing doctrinal orthodoxy within the Church. Anti-Catholics love to point out the historical link between the CDF and the Inquisition of yesteryear. My opinion is that neither the CDF nor the Inquisition are as repressive as they are made out to be in literature and media.


UPDATE (Tuesday, 5/17/05, 11:50)

Douglas LeBlanc at Get Religion covers the NYT assessment of Archbishop Levada along with several other national papers. His take on Levada is worrisome, very concerned about whether Levada ever took the reforms following the sex scandal seriously and whether Levada has been fully transparent regarding the priests of his own diocese.