[Note: The following reflections about the statements made by the Archbishop of Madrid to the press two days after his inauguration are taken from the summary that a journalist penned, based on a recording he made and which appeared on the website of Infovaticana on October 25. I cannot guarantee, therefore, accuracy other than that provided by the professionalism of the journalist who transcribed the words of the Archbishop.]
First of all, one must admit that the statements contain enough ambiguities and subliminal references to the Synod on the Family (without mentioning it, of course) and to the many revolutionary doctrines of Pope Francis that one may think that they do not deserve the effort necessary to discuss them even briefly.
Except in very rare instances, I do not usually read the statements of the Spanish Bishops. My time is very limited and their poor theological, pastoral, and intellectual formation is widely known, not to mention the little credibility that the content of their statements deserve. In this case, however, there was something that powerfully called my attention and consequently raised the red flags. In effect, the prominent neo-Catholic webpages, usually so prone to singing the praises of the Hierarchy, were now dead silent; once again they fell into their customary error: hiding, or at least trying to conceal, anything that could possibly bring discredit upon the Hierarchy; forgetting, once again, that hiding the truth is tantamount to aiding and abetting the dissemination of lies. But neo-Catholics are hopeless; they always fall into their habitual practices, even if in very rare cases –when the scandal is too serious—they make timid purposes of amendment. In this particular case, such a strange silence clearly indicated that something fishy was going on.
Back to the just-mentioned declarations: the first thing that calls one’s attention is that Archbishop Osoro, from out of the vast and rich Magisterium of the Church, refers only to Pope Francis, quoting twice from his Evangelii Gaudium (which Cardinal Burke has declared is not a part of the Magisterium). Faithful to post-conciliar tradition, Archbishop Osoro disregards any other Magisterial statements of past Popes, Councils, Encyclicals, Documents, Speeches, etc. True, his Declarations were made during a press conference and not in a theological treatise. Nevertheless, given that this is a widespread disease, one cannot but lament the documental poverty to which the Magisterium of the Church has been reduced, almost to nothing, in the post-conciliar era.