MATTHEW BELLISARIO SAID:
“It is obvious that Cardinal Ratzinger had no authority to defrock anyone, nor was that his area of authority. He was the head of the CDF, which deals with doctrine, not canon Law or the canonical defrocking of priests. The Apostolica Signitura is usually responsible for those issues.”
And Jesus answering said, A certain five-year-old went wandering onto the highway betwixt Jerusalem and Jericho.
And by chance there drove by a certain pontiff that way: and when he saw him, continued on his way–saying to himself, That’s not my department. The Apostolica Signitura is usually responsible for those issues.
And likewise a cardinal, when he drove by, saw the child, but continued on his way, saying to himself, I don’t believe that contingency is covered under canon law.
And likewise an archbishop, when he drove by, and saw the child, continued on his way, saying to himself, That’s below my pay grade.
But a certain Anabaptist, as he was driving along, came to where the five-year-old was: and when he saw him, he stopped, got out of the car, and carried the boy out of harm’s way.
Which now of these four, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto the imperiled child?
And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.