Well one thing for sure Cardinal-designate Levada is not quite as capable as Cardinal Ratzinger was when he was the prefect of the CDF. Read these ten question Time magazine put to him and try to imagine then-Cardinal Ratzinger answering any of them like that. Here are just some of the examples that stick out.
The Roman Catholic Church is akin to an absolute monarchy. should the Vatican be more democratic? The question presumes that there is not open discussion in the Vatican. The Pope expects us to give him our best insights. You must remember that, yes, this is a monarchy, but the monarch is elected.
The Church is only a monarchy in the sense that Jesus is King and head of the Church. The Church is really a sacred hierarchy (rule by high priest) where of course Jesus is that high priest with Peter’s successor being the head of the episcopal college.
You raised the issue in the synod about whether politicians should be granted communion if they support policies counter to Church teachings. There are certain teachings that as Catholics we have to accept as part of Jesus’ Gospel. When you see Catholic politicians who favor abortion rights … you have to ask yourself how this person squares this with his personal faith. Catholic politicians need to take this seriously. Maybe they need to say I’m not able to practice my faith and be a public representative.
What you can’t practice your faith and be a public representative? All I can say is that I hope his replies were not written answers in response to questions. Maybe they called him before he had his first cup of coffee.