A Successor for the St. Gallen Mafia?

On April 8, 2024, Cardinal Victor Manuel “Tucho” Fernández sat for a press conference about his new document Dignitas Infinita.  He was the recently-appointed head of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith (D.D.F.)—entrusted by the pope with changing the office’s reputation for policing orthodoxy. “The Dicastery over which you will preside in other … Read more

The St Gallen ‘Mafia’ Is The ‘Skeleton Key’ Helping To Unlock Many Riddles of Francis’ Pontificate

Although the “St Gallen Mafia” is well known to most who follow the papacy and the Vatican, the vast majority of Catholics are unlikely to have ever heard of it. And yet this group’s influence on the direction of the Church and all of the current and recent upheavals of this pontificate cannot be overestimated. … Read more

Permanent Synodal Church — A Progressive Jesuit Cardinal’s ‘Dream’ Come True

The announcement of a two-year process for the upcoming synod on synodality appears to reflect the ideas of Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, who viewed synodality as a vehicle for questioning Church teaching. The Vatican’s announcement today that Pope Francis has changed his plans for the next Synod of Bishops and made it into a … Read more

Team Francis Reveal Their Plans for Revolutionary Change

On March 3, 2013, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor—an alumnus of the St. Gallen mafia—met with then-Cardinal Bergoglio over risotto and wine. It was the evening before the pre-conclave general congregations—as Murphy-O’Connor recalls in his memoirs—and the old friends were discussing “the sort of person we felt the cardinals should elect.” A day earlier, an anonymous cardinal had been … Read more