- The appointment of a new Auxiliary Bishop of Linz, Austria, is resisted openly by the Bishop of that Diocese, undermined by the Austrian Bishops as a group, and also denigrated in the strongest terms by certain priests and self-identified Catholics of the area, prompting the Bishop-elect to ask to be relieved of the appointment. The Vatican grants this release.
- The details of the reasons for the discipline of Father Maciel, founder of the Legion of Christ, were made public at last; this priest was supported by many of the Pope's enemies within the Curia.
- An unsigned communication from the Vatican Secretariat of State "explains" the lifting of the excommunications and demands terms from the SSPX before any regularization of status can occur.
- A media firestorm about the role of faithful Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos in the lifting of the excommunications occurs, trying to smear him as somehow bungling the matter to the chagrin of the Pope.
- Several Bishops conferences issue statements deploring the lifting of the excommunications; Poland is a notable exception to this and issues a congratulatory statement.
- SSPX Bishop Williamson removed as rector of SSPX seminary in Argentina; that government orders him to leave the country; he returns to England.
- The Archdiocese of Manila issues "guidelines" that restrict the implementation of Summorum Pontificum, and which are directly opposed to the text of that motu proprio.
- In that Archdiocese, permission is withdrawn for a requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form for a priest who was a proponent and celebrant of the TLM in his lifetime.
- Cardinal Mahony in Los Angeles issues a gratuitous ban to Bishop Williamson from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. As to other issues regarding the proper adherence to the Catholic faith, of course, no word.
- The Holy Father issues a lengthy letter to the world's bishops explaining why he lifted the SSPX excommunications and asking for their support. This is a highly unusual step-- the Pope feels the need to justify his actions to the Bishops subject to him, and churlish ones at that. He notes that many within the Church have attacked him unjustly and have shown a lack of charity to others. No word from Cardinal Mahony.
- Archbishop Fisichella, head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, criticizes the actions of a Bishop in Brazil who declared the excommunications of abortionists in the case of a very young mother. This criticism contained numerous inaccuracies and put the Bishop and the Church in a bad light. This action prompted a public rebuke by the clerics involved in the case.
- A former Prime Minister of France makes the public statement that "This Pope is becoming a real problem." Oh, yes, he says he is Catholic.
- The Holy Father reaffirms the constant, unchangeable Catholic teaching of the impermissibility of using contraception-- this time in the context of the canard that it prevents AIDS. Bishops and priests around the world criticize this statement, and seek to dilute it. There is a clumsy attempt by the Vatican press office to re-word the Pope's statement ex post facto, as though he didn't say what he said.
- The Holy Father tells the faithful in Africa that everyone deserves to hear of Christ, and all are called to conversion to the true faith.
- The French press publishes a poll that claims that 43% of French Catholics want the Pope to go.
- In the United States, the government continues to take steps to remove protections from the unborn, to limit free exercise of religion, and to control Catholic Church governance. Reaction from American Bishops is mixed.
All the while, the press coverage of the Holy Father has been savage. It is never supportive, but now it is especially vicious. Many, many stories against the Pope are supported by quotes and interviews from Priests, Bishops and self-identified Catholics who show no hesitation to rip into the Pope.
Anyone can read these events as he wishes.
For documentation of this timeline, just read the archives for the last 45 days on this blog and on Rorate Caeli.