This news cannot possibly surprise, though it must discourage. On the flip side, though, clarity is always good.
Also cashiered from this Congregation, which selects bishops for the world's sees, are other solid prelates Piacenza and Bagnasco. Their replacements include Cardinals Wuerl of DC and Nichols of Westminster, and others of like stripe.
I will refrain from stating the obvious, so just assume it.
Let the enemies of the faith rejoice, just take it in. You can get all you can stand at NCR. We must remain patient and firm in faith. Advent is all about awaiting in joyful hope the vindication brought by Christ. There is a good excerpt from St. Bonaventure today in The Liturgical Year that I intended to run anyway, but it is timely. Look for it later today.
Maybe now the conservatives will wake up. No, you're probably right.
Finally, on the minuscule chance His Eminence reads this, I say to him: thank you. Thank you. We are all still praying for you and are grateful for your leadership, faith and strength.