Laura Ingraham on Benedict’s doctored letter: Two Popes. Da Vinci Code stuff?

Doug Mainwaring

Laura Ingraham on Benedict’s doctored letter: Two Popes. Da Vinci Code stuff?

WASHINGTON DC, March 15, 2018  (LifeSiteNews) – In a televised conversation with EWTN’s Raymond Arroyo about about the Vatican doctoring a photo of a letter by Pope Benedict so that it appears he is praising Pope Francis, Laura Ingraham was moved to ask, “What is this all about . . . Da Vinci Code stuff?

While said in jest, Ingraham merely expressed aloud what many ponder inwardly.

Why do Catholics need to be told that Pope Francis is “A Man of His Word?”

The Fox News Ingraham Angle segment featuring Arroyo began with a discussion about a soon-to-be released movie, Pope Francis – A Man of His Word.

Ingraham wondered, “What’s going on with this PR campaign that seems to be launched by the Vatican five years,” after Francis became Pope?

An incredulous sounding Ingraham asked, “Do you have to say that?”  After all, “You’re the Pope.”

Arroyo explained that an award-winning documentarian, Wim Wenders, “was recruited to do this by the Vatican.”

The 72 year old German filmmaker, though born into a Catholic family, has been married five times.  In addition to documentaries, Wenders has also produced music videos for U2 and Talking Heads.

Pope Francis – A Man of His Word Trailer, Youtube Screenshot

“Why is the Vatican funding a film about their boss?” asked Arroyo, answering, “It’s a puff piece,” before going on to call it a “touchy-feely video.”

“Some are saying this is an effort to insulate the Pope and to protect him from criticism,” continued Arroyo, “which he has encountered over the last five years because of the changes to church teaching, practice and doctrine — and that’s a big concern for some.”


Brewing scandal, emphasizes––rather than minimizes––question of continuity with former Popes

The Vatican is embroiled now in its own difficulty,” said Arroyo.  “Today, the news came out — and this is a big blunder, a black eye for the Vatican — There was a letter they released from Pope Benedict, affirming that Pope Francis and he are in continuity, internal continuity.”

He continued:

“They smudged out the end of [the letter] so you couldn’t read what was next.  What people don’t realize is those eleven books of theology that you see on the right hand side of your screen — this was designed to bolster Pope Francis’ theological heft, and here you have Pope Benedict saying, ‘We are in continuity.’”

“It turns out, if you read the rest of the letter, which no one could read until today, it said, ‘I don’t have time to read the books, so I really can’t pass judgement on these.’”

Host Ingraham, chuckling while again expressing incredulity, said that this sounds like “Da Vinci Code stuff.”

Fox News, The Ingraham Angle, March 14, 2018, Screenshot

Ingraham again seized the opportunity to express what many think, but fear to say: “You have two Popes.  OK? You can’t have two Popes.

“That was always going to cause a problem,” she continued, “I mean, you’re dealing with two Popes.”

“It doesn’t cause a problem if you don’t need the former Pope to vouch for you,” said Arroyo. “And apparently, now, the Vatican feels it would help Pope Francis.”

Vatican still hoping for a Pope Francis-authored bestseller

“When Benedict and John Paul wrote their big biographies,” noted Ingraham earlier in the segment, “those things were huge bestsellers.  What happened to this Pope? Is he moving a lot of books?

Unlike his immediate predecessors, said Arroyo, Pope Francis “has not had a New York Times bestseller.”

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4 comments on “Laura Ingraham on Benedict’s doctored letter: Two Popes. Da Vinci Code stuff?

  1. Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! Pope Benedict’s letter declaring hermeneutics of continuity between his own pontificate and the Bergoglian comedy of errors with Da Vinci Code associations… analyze, using your usual superior Vulcan logic which we no longer call “superior” in public discussions in order to avoid being accused of excessive rigidity and neo-Pelagian triumphalism by sensitive liberals less familiar with the Western tradition who might view public displays of Aristotelian logic as triggering events and microaggressions…

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. It is possible that progressive modernists in the Vatican have become concerned that Pope Francis has been losing credibility and popularity among Catholic laymen. In order to prop up his flailing pontificate, they may have thought it necessary to use this letter from Benedict as a sort of Donation of Constantine or Third Secret of Fatima to establish an aura and appearance of the hermeneutics of continuity between the two pontificates.

    Captain Kirk: Remarkable, Mister Spock.

    Scotty: Well, Captain, if they bring back Bonnie Prince Charlie, I’ll have to wear my kilt for the ceremonial toast!

    Sulu: Kilts are very stylish, Captain.

    Prof. Langdon: A letter from Pope Benedict authorizing hermeneutics of continuity with the Bergoglian pontificate certainly does arouse some suspicion.

    Prof. Langdon: Although Pope Francis is being used by the Illuminati as a useful idiot and puppet to spread climate change hysteria and soften Catholics up for population control, the suppressed second part of Pope Benedict’s letter should be the focus of this lecture, primarily because I need money for a sequel to Sleepless in Seattle

    Sophie Neveu Saint-Clair: Should we keep looking for clues?

    Langdon: You don’t really believe all that mumbo jumbo? I’m just making things up as I go along, honey.

    Hans Küng: I would like to comment on that.

    Immanuel Kant: So would I.

    Opie: Paw! Paw! Professor Langdon is just making things up as he goes along!

    Professor Weishaupt: We all are.

    Wolfman Jack: They just made it all up?

    Brother Silas: Hand over the letter to me.

    Robin: Holy Torquemada, Batman!

    Batman: Indeed. Pope Francis may in fact be a useful idiot and puppet for the Illuminati and anti-Catholic secret societies pushing population control, but Opus Dei doesn’t have any monks, Robin.

    Robin: Oh. I guess that’s a problem.

    Batman and Robin thought about the problem….

    Immanuel Kant: Let’s review…

    Batman: All the more reason to catch up on your Latin and Greek homework from Fordham Prep, Robin!

    Robin: Oh, boy!

    Catwoman: I’m worried, Batman. All of this aggressive modernism in the Vatican makes me nervous. You don’t think Father Spadaro will tell Pope Francis to throw Raymond Arroyo into a Vatican dungeon, do you, Batman?

    Batman: Strange things have been known to happen along the Tiber and on the seven hills, Catwoman.

    Catwoman: Promise me that you won’t let them hurt Raymond Arroyo.

    Batman: Robin and I will do what we can.

    Catwoman: You promise?

    Batman: As God is my witness…the Dynamic Duo will not fail in the cause of goodness and niceness.

    Catwoman: You wouldn’t lie to me?

    Batman: I promise, Catwoman.

    Batman: Take that, you wily, dissembling modernists!

    Reverend Neuhaus: That’s my opening….Forgive me for interrupting again as aggressive and pushy professional Protestant converts sometimes do, but speaking as a semi-recovering former Lutheran familiar with the pitfalls of eliminating reason and logic from discussions of religion, this might be a good time to discuss the Naked Public Square in modernity, Max Weber’s concept of disenchantment in modern culture, and Professor Taylor’s secularization theories….

  2. Another gem, Maestro! LOL!

  3. Captain Kirk: Why do we always seem to end up in a Da Vinci Code maze in the Bergoglian pontificate, Mister Spock?

    Spock: Fascinating, Captain. To be fair to the Holy Father, we should acknowledge that the modernism of his pontificate is part Da Vinci Code, part Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    Spock: Of course, the controversies and debates he has provoked have provided more work for modernist theologians, philosophers, and canon lawyers.

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: A valid point, Mister Spock. If his thesis on Romano Guardini ever sees the light of day it could be a windfall for Father Fessio and Ignatius Press.

    Hawkeye: What about all the church scandals?

    Father Mulcahy, S.J.: That could be a problem.

    William of Baskerville: If we actually find the lost, suppressed chapters of Aristotle’s Poetics on comedy, we’ll get a nice article in Classical Quarterly.

    Robin: Aristotle’s Poetics?

    Batman: It’s a bit technical, Robin. Ask your Greek teacher at Fordham Prep about it.

    Aristotle: Classical Quarterly?

    Plato: We could use the publicity.

    William of Baskerville: Weren’t you Salieri in Amadeus?

    Columbo: Oh. You know, I think you’re right about that. I thought he looked familiar. Just have a knack for gettin’ in Catholic films, huh?

    Sir Galahad: Have you by any chance seen the second part of Pope Benedict’s letter on the Bergoglian pontificate?

    Sir Robin: I am a Knight of the Round Table and we’re looking for Pope Benedict’s letter. If you see it around anywhere, email us.

    Arthur of Camelot: What happens after we find the suppressed second part of Pope Benedict’s letter on the hermeneutics of continuity between the two pontificates?

    Keeper: What? I don’t know that… Ahhhhhhh!

    Roger the Shrubber: Oh, what dark times are these when passing modernists can ask old men questions about modernist papal epistles…

    Arthur of Camelot: Well, we’re still looking for it.

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