40 Days of prayer against the Church of Darkness — Day 17

FromRome.Info Video, recorded tonight at Santa Maria Maggiore.

ALL ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN PRAYER AT MIDNIGHT EACH NIGHT, IN FRONT OF THE BASILICA OF SANTA MARIA MAGGIORE AT ROME

Intro

In the year of Our Lord 1820, God revealed to Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich that the Church of Rome would one day be attacked from within. That there would be two popes: one false and dark, who strove to found a new Religion which would be the home of every heretic and apostate: one true and aged, who would be paralyzed by inaction and silence.

To drive the Church of Darkness out of the Church of Rome, it was revealed to her that Our Lady asked the faithful to gather at Midnight in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, here at Rome, and pray with arms outstretched, in the form of the Cross, for the space of at least 3 Our Fathers.

Prayers being said Tonight at Rome

In nomine Patri et Filii et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

Pater noster qui es in coelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum, fiat voluntas tua, sicut in coelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,
et dimitte nobis debita nostra, sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

Padre nostro che sei nei cieli, sia santificato il tuo nome;
venga il tuo regno; sia fatta la tua volontà, come in cielo così in terra.
Dacci oggi il nostro pane quotidiano,
e rimetti a noi i nostri debiti come noi li rimettiamo ai nostri debitori,
e non ci indurre in tentazione, ma liberaci dal male». Amen. (3 volte)

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name,
Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our Daily Bread,
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us,
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. (3 times)

Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto,
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

NOTE: Since, Bl. Anna-Katerina Emmerich had this vision in 1820, before the invention of time zones, midnight here should be understood in solar time, which at Rome makes midnight occur at 12:22 AM, presently, and thus the hour of midnight would be 11:52 AM to 12:52 AM. Try to say your prayers in that hour.

This Novena is explained and announced here in English, and here in Italian, in each place the citations from Bl. Emmerich about these prayers are given.

See the article published yesterday at FromRome.Info, The Church of Light vs. the Church of Darkness for more about this Novena of Prayer.

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Jean Mouton: Salva nos Domine!

As we continue our perusal of the sacred repertoire of Jean Mouton, we come to this splendid performance of the Antiphon, Salva nos Domine! — Save us , O Lord!.

The short Antiphon is beautifully sung by the Gentlemen of St. John’s College, Cambridge, England, under the directorship of Graham Walker.

FromRome.Info features every evening at 5 PM Rome Time a selection of sacred music to edify our readers in the incomparable riches of liturgical music in the Catholic Church throughout the ages. Hold fast to Tradition, it is the pillar of Christ’s Church on earth!

 

Most grave violations of the Lateran Pact

By Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Despite the attempts of all pro-Bergoglian apologists to make it appear that questions about his illegitimacy are merely caused by the aberrant subjective psychological state of his critics, his usurpation of the Office of the Roman Pontiff is a real legal crime of the highest order and has grave consequences on the international relations of all states with the Vatican.

First of all, with the Italian Republic, on account of the terms of the Lateran Pact of 1929, which was signed between Pope Pius XI and Mussolini, and celebrated with a fresco in the Church of Notre Dame de la defence, at Montreal, Canada of all places, with an image of both the Pope and Mussolini (on horse back) being watched over by the Saints of Italy from Heaven.

The Lateran Pact ended the near 70 stand off between the Apostolic See and the Kingdom of Italy, over the forced and illegal annexation of the Papal States and theft of ecclesiastical property throughout the Italian peninsula. Among its more well known terms was that the Kingdom of Italy would pay an annual sum to the newly recognized State called, Vatican City, without calling the payment reparations.

Other terms are nearly unknown of, outside of Italy. Lets examine a few of them and see how the usurpation of the Vatican by the St. Gallen Mafia gravely violated and violates their observance. (For the facility of our readers, we will quote the Lateran Pact in English translation, from this source.) My comments will be in Italics.

Article 4

    The sovereignty and exclusive jurisdiction over the Vatican City, which Italy recognizes as appertaining to the Holy See, forbid any intervention therein on the part of the Italian Government, or that any authority other than that of the Holy See shall be there acknowledged.

This article requires the Italian State to prevent the government of the Vatican City being overthrown by all enemies, foreign or domestic, and to prevent that from happening through the intervention of any foreign power, such as the United States of America through Obama bribing or coercing Cardinals.

Article 5

    For the purpose of the execution of the provisions of the preceding Article before the present Treaty comes into force, the Italian Government shall see to it that the territory forming the Vatican City shall remain free from any charge and from possible occupants. The Holy See shall arrange to enclose the access thereto, enclosing such parts thereof as remain open, except St. Peter’s Square.

This Article requires the Italian State to prevent any foreign occupation of the Vatican City State and liberate it from such domination.

Article 8

    Considering the person of the Supreme Pontiff to be sacred and inviolable, Italy declares any attempt against His person or any incitement to commit such attempt to be punishable by the same penalties as all similar attempts and incitements to commit the same against the person of the King.

    All offences or public insults committed within Italian territory against the person of the Supreme Pontiff, whether by means of speeches, acts, or writings, shall be punished in the same manner as offences and insults against the person of the King.

This Article requires that the Italian State defend the person of the Roman Pontiff as if he were a head of state in Italy, and to defend his person and honor from verbal attacks.

The effects of the Usurpation

On account of Bergoglio’s de facto claim to the office of Roman Pontiff, Italy is gravely bound to ascertain that claim as valid before undertaking any cooperation with the government of the Argentine Jesuit.

But as has been amply proven according to the norm of Canon Law, Bergoglio has no such legitimate claim. Therefore, the Italian Republic is de facto having relations with an illegitimate foreign criminal mafia which has unlawfully taken control of the Vatican government. This is a grave violation of Articles 4 and 5 of the Lateran Pact.

Also, inasmuch as the true Pope, Benedict XVI, is being unlawfully detained, manipulated, coerced, imprisoned, perhaps even drugged and physically abused — NOT TO MENTION nearly universally derided and insulted by the allies of Bergoglio in the Italian press and media, the toleration of these things is a grave violation of Article 8 of the Lateran Pact.

Actionability

It seems, therefore, since the legal argument against Bergoglio’s claim is entirely sound and incontrovertible that a legal contestation of the legality of the Italian Government showing or proffering any sort of recognition to the Bergoglian regime in the Vatican City State is certainly actionable.  It also appears that all officers at any level of government in the Italian Republic would have the grave duty to initiate legal action for the misappropriation of funds, services and manpower from the different Ministries of the Italian Government, which act as if Bergoglio is the Roman Pontiff.

Furthermore, it appears, that with the legal case won in Italian Courts, the Italian Republic will have the grave moral duty to liberate Pope Benedict XVI by armed miliitary force and to seize and apprehend Bergoglio and his supporters, inside and outside the Vatican, who may be in Italian territory, or flee thereto, to put them into custody and to punish them in accord with Article 22 of the Lateran Pact, which reads as follows:

Article 22

    At the request of the Holy See, or by its delegate who may be appointed in single cases or permanently, Italy shall provide within her for the punishment of offences committed within the Vatican City, save and except when the author of the offence shall have taken refuge in Italian territory, in which event he shall immediately be proceeded against according to the provisions of the Italian laws.

    The Holy See shall hand over to the Italian State all persons who may have taken refuge within the Vatican City, when accused of acts committed within Italian territory which are considered to be criminal by the law of both States.

    The same provisions shall apply in regard to persons accused of offences who may have taken refuge within the buildings enjoying immunity in accordance with the provisions of Article 15 hereof, save and except if the persons having authority within such buildings prefer to request members of the Italian police force to enter and arrest such persons.

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Brazilian Cardinal behind Amazon Synod is a German & a Rampolla House member!

By Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Connect the dots! Connect the dots. The one thing that all Bergoglian apologists, Marixsts, Radicals, Progressives, Sodomites and Trads agree upon. You have no right to connect the dots. You are conspiracy theorists!

Here at FromRome.Info we do not theorize that conspiracies exists. But when members of conspiracies admit they exist then we investigate. That is true journalism.

Fake journalism is when you practice non think and non speak, to keep your job or your credentials.

So here we go.

Perhaps all Catholics have heard of Cardinal Claudio Aury Alfonso Hummes. He is one of the strongest backers of Jorge Mario Bergoglio and one of the strongest promoters of the so called Amazon Synod, whose purpose was and is to introduce marriage to the priesthood and idolatry to the Catholic Church.

What most do not know, is that he is not Brazilian. He was born and raised in the German enclave, of Montenegro in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.  In the Annuario Pontificio it lists his birth place as Montenegro, as if to make you think he was born in another country, perhaps.

But, no, Montenegro in Brazil is a German colony. Founded in 1847 by Germans from Rhine-Palatinate, in Western Germany. The specific part of which is called Hunsrück. So isolationist is this German settlement that even to this very day, there is spoken in town the local dialect of Hunsrück.

Rio Grande do Sul, the Brazilian province, is also known for another fact. That more than 600,000 persons of German descent live there. The second most German province in all of Brazil.

Connect the dots.

And yes, Brazil had Nazis during the Second World War. And Nazi War criminals who escaped on rat-lines came to Brazil and hid there. Even the nefarious and infamous Doctor Mengle!

Connect the dots.

As for Cardinal Humes, his direct episcopal lineage goes back to Cardinal Gasparri, a close collaborator with  Rampolla del Tindaro. And one of his co-consecrators, the Most. Rev. Mauro Morelli, is is a Rampolla man by direct discent.

Jorge Mario Bergolio is a direct episcopal descendant of Rampolla del Tindaro as are many Bishops in Argentina and Brazil. So are key Bishops in German who are pushing for the German Synod. So are Team Bergoglio, who pushed for Bergoglio’s election.

Bergoglio’s “reforms”, it seems, have nothing to do with the peripheries. They seem to have everything to do with Germans and Nazism.

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Is Pope Benedict a prisoner of the Vatican?

By Br. Alexis Bugnolo

One of the most popular reports here at FromRome.Info, was the article I wrote last summer, entitle, The Imprisonment of Pope Benedict XVI. I followed that report up with another, entitled, Not only is Pope Benedict a prisoner, but his guards have been carefully selected.

However, due to the recent revelations by Sandro Magister, which I reported this morning, a very cogent question has been posed to me, by a faithful reader, “Does this mean that Pope Benedict XVI is neither drugged nor a prisoner?”

This question merits to be answered. And I think all true Vaticanista should give an answer. I will try to give one, by assembling the evidence — what Christ Ferrara calls the verboten “data set” , which can neither be gathered, nor studied, and from which no conclusions can be drawn if they disagree with the declared, acceptable narrative of who knows who? Unlike Attorney Ferrara, I believe what the Church has always taught about God and the creation of man, that He endowed us with an intellect and senses so that we might gather information, study it and draw conclusions from it, no matter who the truth might offend, and especially in the case of victims of abuse or wrongful detention. A thing which justice would demand of me, even if I were not an advocate of innocent victims, which I am certainly and ardently.

And so….

My Respondeo, or answer

I say, it does not seem that Pope Benedict XVI is presently being drugged, but there are still weighty reasons to conclude that he is a prisoner

I do agree with Frank Walker, editor of Canon212.com, that in the Bavarian State TV documentary: what was shown of Pope Benedict gave the impression that he was being drugged. But the report by Magister, if true, would mean that when he made those calls and had those conversations with Cardinal Sarah he was not drugged. Two different circumstances and thus it is possible that there is no contradiction, because drugs wear off, and if Benedict detected he was being drugged he may have started to pretend to take them.

But, nevertheless, you can be imprisoned several ways, if you are not being drugged.

There are 5 Ways of being a prisoner

  1. By being deceived, so as to remain in a place where one would not remain if he knew the truth.
  2. By psychological persuasion, so as to remain in a confined place because one fears what is outside it on the basis of the testimony of others, who have bad will but do not lie, only exaggerate so as to stir your passions and emotions to such a degree that you accept their counsel to remain where they want you to remain.
  3. By physical force and restraint.
  4. By a physical barrier or obstacle outside of which one cannot go, because it is locked or guarded.
  5. A non visible barrier, beyond which one cannot go without permission.

We know that Benedict is not allowed outside the Vatican without the verbal permission of Bergoglio. That is the last kind. It has been mentioned in several reports, and even in the Bavarian State TV documentary, Benedict laments that he cannot return to his beloved homeland, though he wants to.

Gänswein seems to have been deceiving him for some time, that is the first kind. Archbishop Viganò refers to that in his testimony, which FromRome.Info published in English, here.

The wound to his head, which seems inexplicable for a fall, is third kind, perhaps. It seems that he fell on his head but injured nothing else. — This gives one the impression that he was punched into submission to obtain something.

The actual fencing and Swiss Guard around the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery is the fourth kind. No one can see the Pope without permission of Parolin, as has been widely reported.

And as for the second kind that is probably why he read the Declaratio on February 11, 2013. Indeed, I think it is not unreasonable, considering all the control and the evidence of pressure against Pope Benedict XVI during the years prior to 2013, to consider whether he was intentionally deprived of sufficient nutriment or given substances which caused a rapid decline in his health in the fall and winter of 2012-2013.  Also, was he given medical advice from individuals who were told to play on his fears of losing his health or of his imminent death. This has to be considered, because he is still alive 7 years later, so why, if the statements attributed to him in the Declaratio, about not having the health to go on exercising the ministry, are his own, then did he think then — what obviously, from medical evidence now, is shown to be false — that he did not have the physical abilities to go on? — Such a ruse would have been the perfect deception.

So I think the reasons for saying that Pope Benedict is a prisoner are very probative, and to say he is the prisoner in the Vatican foretold by Our Lady of Good Success is not a metaphor nor an exaggeration. Those who insist on denying it simply want the deception to continue.

If Cardinal Parolin wants to deny this, let me grant me a visit to Pope Benedict XVI, wherein I can interview him for 30 minutes, asking him any question I like, while doctors of my choice examine the Holy Father for signs of abuse and improper medication.

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Benedict, not Francis, unplugged Gänswein

By Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Sandro Magister has at last spilled the beans — as we say in English — that is, he has told us what really happened during the recent Book Flap over the defense of the Priestly Celibacy by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Robert Sarah, the only Cardinal in any position in the Roman Curia, who was appointed to his office by Pope Benedict XVI.

The Main Stream Media has run with the story that it was Bergoglio who fired Archbishop Georg Gänswein for not preventing that Book from going to press and obstructing its publication as a work of the the Cardinal and the Pope.

But Magister, apologist extraordinaire for the Argentine Regime at the Vatican, in a report on his official Blog at L’Espresso, says what really happened. In a post entitled, Il silenzio di Francesco, le lacrime di Ratzinger e quella sua dichiarazione mai pubblicata – in which he speaks in a noticeable intent to humiliate the reigning Pontiff by calling him by his civil name — he says that it was Benedict who first detected Gänswein’s treachery and took decisive action to circumvent his interference.

Magister, writing in Italian says:

Ebbene, la mattina di mercoledì 15 gennaio, mentre papa Francesco stava tenendo la sua udienza generale settimanale e Gänswein sedeva come di regola al suo fianco nell’aula Paolo VI, lontano quindi dal monastero Mater Ecclesiae che è la residenza del papa emerito di cui egli è segretario, Benedetto XVI alzò di persona il telefono e chiamò Sarah prima a casa, dove non lo trovò, e poi in ufficio, dove il cardinale rispose.

Benedetto XVI espresse, accorato, a Sarah la sua solidarietà. Gli confidò di non riuscire a comprendere le ragioni di un’aggressione così violenta e ingiusta. E pianse. Anche Sarah pianse. La telefonata si chiuse con entrambi in lacrime.

My English translation:

Well, the morning of Wednesday, January 15th, while pope Francis was holding his weekly general audience and Gänswein was sitting, according to the rule, at his side in the Paul VI Hall, far indeed from the Monastery Mater Ecclesiae which is the residence of the Pope Emeritus, of whom he is the secretary, Benedict XVI personally picked up the phone and called Sara first at his home, where he did not find him, and then in his office, where the Cardinal picked up.

Benedict XVI expressed, in a heartfelt manner, his solidarity with Sarah. He confided in him that he had not understood the reasons for such a violent and unjust aggression.  And he wept. Sarah also wept. The phone call ended with both of them in tears.

Magister also reports that Cardinal Sarah and Pope Benedict then wrote up a joint Statement and had Gänswein bring it over to the sostituto of the Secretary of State, Edgar Peña Parra — the very man whom the Italian State Police say they speak with when they are asked by Italian citizens why they are being treated so bruskly by them on Vatican soil or in Vatican extra-territorial zones here at Rome.

I know this, because in October, while I attended the Proud to be Italian rally organized by Matteo Salvini and the heads of all the opposition Parties in Italy, I was accosted by the Italian State police for the “crime” of having attached a banner in support of Pope Benedict to a Fence demarking the beginning of Vatican Extraterritorial zone at the Scala Santa. Here is an image of one of the banners.

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They told me to take it down because it violated Italian Law. I said it cannot be violating Italian law because it is on Vatican Territory. Fluxed, they called the Secretary of State at the Vatican, and then returned and put me on the phone with the sostituto, whose name I did not catch at the moment. This evidently was Edgar. He told me I should not display such a banner at the Rally, because the Rally had nothing to do with the Catholic Faith. I told him that I do an apostolate in public among persons of all kinds. He told me to take it down or else. I asked his name and he refused to give it to me. He insisted.

I understood I would be arrested. So I had my volunteers, all supporters of Pope Benedict, take it down and we mounted upon tall poles provided to us by Forza Italia, the party of Burlesconi. That way even more persons saw them! One of the men who was there the day I was told to take the banners down was in the Piazza S. Pietro on Tuesday morning, when I was led away by the police. Strange coincidence, no?

Thus it is not surprising in the least that the communication written by the Pope and Cardinal never saw the light of day. But Magister says, that the Italian Version of the Book, was defended by the Publisher a few days later, with a public statement crafted by Cardinal Parolin himself, word for word, praising the book.

My observations

The news about Edgar Peña Parra does not surprise me. It was reported at ChiesaRomana.Info in December, that a local priest said in public that Edgar authorizes excommunications over the telephone — a thing which he has no authority to do in any law. That the Archbishop brought the message to him and not to Parolin is already significant, since as Head of the Pontifical Household he should not suffer to speak with anyone but the Secretary of State.

But the real news is this. Pope Benedict XVI is as fiesty as ever. He had no illusions about the Archbishop which would have made him hesitant to break faith with him and make his own phone call behind the Archbishop’s back. He then began direct relations with Cardinal Sarah and was devastated to hear how his former personal secretary had betrayed him in the public press.

The second important fact is that it appears that Parolin is willing to take Benedict’s side, because it is really beneath a Secretary of State’s duties to write a communique for a private publisher of a pope emeritus’ books, but not so, if the author is the Successor of Saint Peter in truth.

The events related by Magister point to a significant moment in history. That was when Pope Benedict XVI unplugged Gänswein. The Italians call it, defenistrazione, which is a colorful word deriving from Late Latin, meaning to throw someone out of their office through the window, rather than letting them resign with dignity by leaving the office through the door after a resignation.

That is really why the Archbishop disappeared. Bergoglio could not fire him. Only the Pope can do that.

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Let us continue to pray for Pope Benedict, by joining the League of Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI, that his strength and resolve grow more and more daily and that he take up the reigns of the Petrine Munus which he still retains to this day.

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Antonio Socci: Bergoglio wants to gag Pope Benedict XVI

First published in Libero Feb. 10, 2020 and at Antonio Socci’s blog

Translated by Giuseppe Pellegrino @pellegrino2020

After seven years, Bergoglio’s “dismissal” of Archbishop Gänswein has made even the newspapers finally realize that there are two popes in the Catholic Church. Maybe it will take seven more to explain what it means.

On Sun., Feb. 9, Corriere Della Sera ran a headline on an article by Massimo Franco that read: “So Ends The Era Of The Two Popes.” The article gives Bergoglio’s spin on the latest events (just as was already done in the other newspapers). In it, the Argentinian “court” that speaks for Bergoglio tells us that Archbishop Gänswein was relieved of his post as Prefect of the Papal Household because as secretary to Benedict XVI he did not prevent the pope emeritus from being “slyly presented” as the co-author with Card. Sarah of the book defending priestly celibacy [From the Depths of Our Hearts].

And so the Bergoglians want to convey three ideas: 1) Benedict XVI let himself be used, implying that he is incapable of looking after himself and thus he must be isolated and silenced; 2) Card. Sarah has instrumentalized the pope emeritus for his personal agenda; 3) Archbishop Gänswein failed to be vigilant in preventing it.

In reality, the situation is just the opposite. Benedict XVI is perfectly lucid and aware, as everyone knows (he is still the best mind in the Catholic Church), and he intended to intervene in defense of priestly celibacy, which has been placed in discussion by the Amazon Synod.

In mid-January, when Le Figaro printed a preview of the book with Card. Sarah, Bergoglio had an outburst with Archbishop Gänswein and ordered him to “blow up” the editorial operation. Archbishop Gänswein attempted to question the presentation of the cover of the book with the double signature so that the Bergoglian drum could keep banging the news that Benedict XVI has withdrawn his signature and disassociated himself from the operation.

But this was not true. In fact, Card. Sarah revealed the letters exchanged between the two authors and Benedict XVI received him, confirming his writing and his approval. Beyond the question of the names on the cover, it is clear to everyone that the book was written by mutual agreement: Benedict XVI was not gagged.

The new book makes it clear to the Christian people that it has not been abandoned by Benedict XVI and that his paternity continues to watch over the path of the Church. His pronouncement carries with it the enormous strength of the entire Catholic tradition. His voice – quite clearly – is the voice of the Church of all time.

This is why the book had a disruptive effect. The argument made by the Bergoglian court now appears laughable: “It gave the impression,” writes Franco, “of a doctrinal contradiction between the ‘two Popes’ that irritated Pope Francis, who was accused of favoring the abolition of celibacy: although his advisors assure us that this is not so, as will be seen from his conclusions on the Synod on the Amazon.”

It’s quite easy to see how absurd this version of events is. If in fact Benedict XVI and Card. Sarah wrote things identical to what Bergoglio professes, then why was he so infuriated that he “threw” Archbishop Gänswein “out of office” over the book? In reality Bergoglio wanted to give a pick-axe blow to celibacy by permitting the ordination of “viri probati,” and for this reason he had requested that this innovation be placed into the concluding document of the Synod.

But now, after the authoritative pronouncement of Benedict XVI, Bergoglio probably will not have the courage to do so (according to what his “advisers” told Massimo Franco and what is being reported by Avvenire). Bergoglio has made Archbishop Gänswein pay for this, since he has an angry and vindictive character.  Yet even if Bergoglio does not strike a direct blow at celibacy in the post-synodal exhortation to be released in the coming hours, he can still do it through his intermediaries by means of the “revolutionary” synod of German bishops.

Bergoglio’s disappointment comes from his recognizing that everyone continues to hear the voice of Benedict XVI as the authoritative voice of the pope, while his own voice is seen as divisive and perceived as the voice of a partisan politician who does not behave like a pope.

Franco also notes the way Bergoglio and his court were annoyed by the April 2019 publication of Benedict’s essay on clergy sexual abuse, and “the enormous echo that it made.” Franco writes: “Benedict XVI’s essay proved to be a source of embarrassment for the papal circle. It was noted with disappointment how the analysis of the pope emeritus still carried so much weight and how it was used instrumentally by Bergoglio’s adversaries.”

In reality it is Bergoglio and his circle who have tried for the last seven years to exploit Benedict XVI in order to legitimize the Bergoglian ruptures (as various sensational incidents have demonstrated). But Papa Ratzinger has never allowed himself to be used by anyone. With his meekness and his wisdom he continues to exercise his ministry.

In a memorable conference given at the Gregorian University [in May 2016], Archbishop Gänswein himself explained: “Before and after his resignation, Benedict understood and understands his task as participation in such a “Petrine ministry.” He has left the papal throne and yet, with the step made on February 11, 2013, he not at all abandoned this ministry….He has not abandoned the office of Peter – something that would have been entirely impossible for him after his irrevocable acceptance of the office in April 2005.”

Thus Benedict XVI’s closest collaborator explains to us that for Joseph Ratzinger “the acceptance of the office” of Peter is “irrevocable” and to abandon it is “entirely impossible.”

Whoever has ears, let him understand.

First published in Libero Feb. 10, 2020 and at Antonio Socci’s blog

Translated by Giuseppe Pellegrino @pellegrino2020