C. Ferrara (and A. Socci) On Invalidity Issues re. B16’s Resignation


Today (February 17) the world press reported that Pope Francis has obtained an Argentinian passport and identity card under his former name, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, and that he “would like to keep traveling around the world with the Argentinian passport.” That is, although he already holds a Vatican passport as Pope Francis, head of the Vatican city state and Vicar of Christ, he would like to continue to be known, and treated by immigration authorities, as simply Jorge Bergoglio, citizen of Argentina. In yet another display of an endlessly praised humility that is becoming a titanic spectacle, Pope Francis—or should I say Jorge Bergoglio—insisted on personally paying the processing fees to the Argentinian government. In the “Church of the poor” there is no money to waste on fees for the Pope’s alter ego passport and ID card, but $28 million was readily available for a massive three-hour rock concert cum Novus Ordo Mass on the beach in Rio.

While Pope Francis seems uncomfortable with the idea that he is Pope Francis, and wishes in some way to remain the former Jorge Bergoglio, the former Cardinal Ratzinger seems uncomfortable with the idea that he is no longer Pope, and wishes in some way to remain Benedict XVI. What is going on here? It seems we are dealing with another effect of the cloud of obscurantism that descended upon the Church during and after Vatican II, causing what Romano Amerio so aptly described as “the loss of essences” in post-conciliar thinking. It seems churchmen low and high, not excluding the Pope himself, have mysteriously become incapable of stating or even believing with firm conviction that one thing is clearly distinct from another—that, for example, the Vicar of Christ is distinct from the man he once was, and that “Pope” is not just a job title to be added to his folio of identity documents.

It is becoming clearer by the day that we are living in the midst of a situation that Antonio Socci rightly calls “almost apocalyptic” in one of two new newspaper articles posted on his website which I have translated for Remnant readers. Socci’s astonishing remarks about the apparent problem of “two Popes” living at the same time received serious treatment from none other than John Allen, writing from his new post at the Boston Globe. Socci, writes Allen, is “definitely not the lunatic fringe.” Indeed he is not. The lunatic fringe would appear to be Socci’s subject, however. CAF

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2 comments on “C. Ferrara (and A. Socci) On Invalidity Issues re. B16’s Resignation

  1. Uh oh — it’s the Siri Thesis, Part II? May their reign be short, to borrow a phrase.

    P.S. I was having trouble logging in the past few days. Thanks to whomever for fixing this!

  2. “Pope Francis seems uncomfortable with the idea that he is Pope Francis”

    That makes at least two of us.

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