The Pope Benedict Letter That Wasn’t

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

The Pope Benedict Letter That Wasn’t

The blogosphere has been all aflutter with the news/rumors that a letter from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI confirmed his beliefs that he and Pope Francis were essentially in alignment as far as philosophy and theology goes.  Some blogs evincing sedevacantist leanings went so far as to say that the pope emeritus is just another modernist, heretic, etc.  I personally have been slow to comment on this, both because of time-consuming personal matters and because I sensed that there was more to this than meets the eye.  Lo and behold, we find that the latter is true.

LifeSiteNews and other sources published the news today that the Vatican distorted the letter that Benedict XVI issued.  They obscured a paragraph to give the impression that the Pope Emeritus was giving endorsement to some books on the theology of Pope Francis.  In fact, that omitted paragraph states that the Pope Emeritus could not give an educated opinion because he hadn’t read the works in question.

Now to the perpetually naive who find it impossible to imagine that the Vatican would stoop so low as to essentially falsify what Benedict XVI said, recall some recent history.  Recall the reason why Cardinal Baldiserri is known as “Book Thief Baldi“.  Two years ago, many of us hypothesized that the sin-nods were dog-and-pony shows designed to foist some heresy on the Church.  We now know that heresy to be called Amoris Laetitia – or, as I call it, Amoralis Lamentia.  Cardinal Pell even called them out on it quite loudly.  So yes indeed, the Vatican of Pope Francis is well-practiced in all the skulduggery tricks of the trade.

Still, all this seems not to be enough for our sede friends.  They obviously don’t appreciate the fact that Benedict XVI just politely told the Vatican mafia that they can take those books on Francis’ theology with them as they take a flying leap.

There’s no gainsaying that this stunt of the Vatican has backfired into a major fiasco for them.  Now the real question is, “will people understand the significance of this”?  This question should be answered not only by progressives but by sedes.

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5 comments on “The Pope Benedict Letter That Wasn’t

  1. #FakeNews? How about #FakeChurch
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    Louie – March 15, 2018
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    The big news out of Rome these days concerns the letter of Benedict the Abdicator, which was presented to the world a few days ago as an endorsement for the recently published Theology of Pope Francis series of books.
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    The Vatican has since admitted that the image of the letter disseminated to the media was doctored in order to hide the fact that the Pope Contemplatus has not read the books, and does not plan to read them, ever.
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    While this is a stellar example of #FakeNews, in and of itself, it’s not really news at all as Rome has been in the business of peddling fakery for quite some time now.
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    Heck, it was less than sixty days ago that the Vatican PR machine was selling us a story about an impromptu wedding ceremony performed by Francis aboard Heretic One; only to discover that it was planned many months in advance.
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    For many readers of this space, the first example of Vatican fakery that may come to mind are the bald faced lies that were told about the Third Secret of Fatima in the year 2000.
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    That was a doozy to be sure, but the art of diabolical deception has been practiced in Rome for much longer than this.
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    To my mind, the first and most egregious Roman smoke and mirrors act, the one bit of #FakeNews that set the stage for all of the others emanating from the Holy See, is the claim that Vatican Council II is a genuine ecumenical council of the Holy Roman Catholic Church; one of equal (if not greater) standing among the twenty such councils that came before it.
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    The reality is, folks, Vatican II is not to be numbered among the ecumenical councils of the Church – because it contains dangerous errors, of course – but even more fundamentally than this, because it did not have the intention to define and bind.
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    If lack of intention is enough to invalidate a sacrament, then surely it is enough to invalidate a revolutionary gathering of bishops claiming to act in an ecumenical council, which by its very nature exists in order to define doctrine and bind the faithful.
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    The lack of intent in this case is what precluded the protection of the Holy Ghost and opened the way for the Council to err in the first place.
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    Parlaying the manufactured solemnity of the phony ecumenical council “Vatican II,” Rome used the occasion to “rehabilitate” a gaggle of theologians who were previously censured for, or suspected of, heresy – men like John Courtney Murray, Yves Congar, Marie-Dominique Chenu, Karl Rahner, Hans Kung, Edward Schillebeeckx, Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar; presenting them to the world as “experts,” as if they were among the greatest theological minds of the age.
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    Following the Council, the fakery would continue most notably with the claim that the Novus Ordo Missae is an authentic form of the one Roman rite that has been given to the faithful from the hand of Holy Mother Church herself, when, in fact, it came directly from the hands of sinful men in defiance of this same Holy Mother.
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    Even among persons that I respect, many find this nearly impossible to acknowledge. Of them, I simply ask:
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    Would Holy Mother Church present a liturgy to her children that contains heresy; that is, a rite that poisons their soul and leads them out of the one true faith?
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    The answer, of course, is a resounding no, and yet, it cannot be denied that the Roman Missal for the Novus Ordo Missae does indeed contain such poison. (Read HERE.)
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    With the ersatz Council and its manmade Mass swallowed hook, line and sinker by the overwhelming majority of self-identified Catholics, the scoundrels in Rome moved on to producing all manner of #FakeNews designed to bolster the illusion of Catholicity and further cement the loyalty of their gullible audience.
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    The Synod of Bishops comes to mind; an assembly designed for the express purpose of “facilitating agreement, at least on essential matters of doctrine;” instituted at a time when there were exactly no essential matters of doctrine in question. (see Apostolic Letter of Pope Paul VI, Apostolica Sollicitudo)
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    One also thinks of the spate of make-believe canonizations that have taken place, hailing the “heroic virtue” of people who would hardly have been recognized as Catholic just over half-a-century ago – people like Karol Wojtyla who prayed for John the Baptist to “protect Islam,” the glorified social worker Mother Teresa who eschewed the spiritual works of mercy, and the “good” Pope John who told tall tales about “a bolt of heavenly light” moving him to call the Council when, according to credible sources, he had discussed his intention to do so even before his election.
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    Coming now to the present day, the “so-called pontificate of Francis” (to quote dear Fr. Gruner once more) has been an exercise in fakery and illusion from day one; literally.
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    Recall Bergoglio’s first words from the loggia as “Francis.”
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    You know that the duty of the conclave was to give a bishop to Rome. It seems that my brother cardinals went almost to the end of the world to get him. But here we are.
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    Oh, how charming! He acknowledged that he is an outsider! And notice how he chose to refer to himself as ‘bishop of Rome’ as opposed to Holy Roman Pontiff!
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    Yes, indeed, and how utterly phony.
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    Bergoglio had apparently done his homework in preparation for the big day; research that seems to have included studying the greeting delivered by Karol Wojtyla on the day of his elevation when he said:
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    And now the most eminent cardinals have called a new bishop of Rome. They called him from a far-away country…
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    In the literary world, we call this plagiarism.
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    Moving on, the Vatican PR machine kicked into high gear, painting the Argentinian as a never-before-seen model of papal humility; its star witness being Francis himself as he posed for countless photo-ops before the seductive tones of the media’s clicking camera lenses.
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    Since then, reports of Curial employees who live in fear of the humble one are commonplace.
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    Let us not forget, however, that the stage was set for the Bergoglian propaganda operation by yet another audacious act of fakery – the so-called “resignation” of Benedict the Abdicator, who, according to no less an authority than his longtime and current personal secretary, Archbishop Ganswein, thereby sought to transform the Petrine Office by dividing its duties among two men.
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    At this, we have come full circle, and the bottom line is simple:
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    Those who have grown weary of #FakeNews and a #FakeChurch; desiring instead that which is authentic, real, and above all Catholic, must seek the voice of Holy Mother Church as she continues to speak in tradition – in the venerable ecumenical councils of the past, in the pre-conciliar magisterium, and in the Traditional Roman Rite.

  2. If memory serves, Fr. Ratzinger was also on the list of those “suspect of heresy”.
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    Louie’s case vs. V2 tracks identically with the extensive arguments of the late and greater-every-day Canon Gregory Hesse, STD, STL, Secretary to Cd. Stickler and who served 15 years in the Vatican. So, he could not be on more solid ground in calling the Revolutionaries’ bluff as to the validity of the so-called “council” of 1962.
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    He’s also right about those who still cheerlead for that rump gathering at which a mute majority of bishops just went along with the Revolution, refusing then and now to test V2’s legitimacy. It well and truly IS next to impossible to convince anyone who has spent decades trying to defend V2 that all those years and all that energy has been wasted on mere agitprop and actually working to prolong the Revolution itself. To quote the eloquent poster boy for V2, Private Homer Pyle: SURPRISE! SURPRISE!
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    Louie is systematically performing an autopsy on V2’s carcass and doing it very well. What I enjoy most is that he doesn’t give a fig who doesn’t like it. I do regret that so many cackling BLEEPS! glom onto his site but that’s to be more or less expected.

    • [To jog your memory from TraditionInAction]
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      Ratzinger Under Suspicion of Heresy
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      On 28 April 1969, Paul VI announced the foundation of the International Theological Commission, a organ intended to be parallel to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
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      On that occasion, the serious French magazine Informations Catholiques Internationales (n. 336 – May 15, 1969, p. 9), reported the story and gave the list of the 30 theologians chosen for the Commission (below in French). Among them, we translate this description:
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      Joseph RATZINGER: German, age 45, dogmatic theology, ecumenism; previously suspect [of heresy] by the Holy Office; member of the Faith and Ecumenism Commission; outstanding work in collaboration with Karl Rahner: Primacy and Episcopate.
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      Other theologians also under suspicion by the Holy Office were Yves Congar, Henri de Lubac, Karl Rahner, and Hans Urs von Balthasar.

  3. Restore-dc appears to still believe that anyone who dares repeat what the Holy Office itself stated about Ratzinger, long before the 1962 Revolution, that he was “suspected of heresy”, has BLEEP! “leanings”…
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    Even were Bergoglio and his bagmen and every last queer were forcibly driven from the Vatican tomorrow, it would still require decades to clean up the Church simply because of faux “conservatives” who will go into eternity swearing total allegiance to the un-council and all the conciliar popes.

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