That's not to say that Romanita is always and everywhere a bad thing. It just means you have to be good at reading between the lines. For example, take this 4000+ word essay by Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, Prefect of the CDF (that's the Grand Inquisitor for the sake of my heathen friends.) It makes for pretty dry genteel reading by American standards. But this:
In many regions, greater compromises emerged later, particularly as a result of the increasing interdependence of Church and State. In the East this development continued to evolve, and especially after the separation from the See of Peter, it moved towards an increasingly liberal praxis. In the Orthodox Churches today, there are a great many grounds for divorce, which are mostly justified in terms of oikonomia, or pastoral leniency in difficult individual cases, and they open the path to a second or third marriage marked by a penitential character. This practice cannot be reconciled with God’s will, as expressed unambiguously in Jesus’ sayings about the indissolubility of marriage. But it represents an ecumenical problem that is not to be underestimated.By Romanita standards, that is the equivalent of planting a steel toe in the collective gut of the Orthodox, delivering a Stone Cold Stunner with authority, and then screaming in their ears while waving the double middle fingers as they writhe in pain upon the mat.
The arch is clearly a fan of Zippy Catholic. As am I for that matter.
h/t: Rorate Caeli