Pope Benedict XVI is not afraid to speak up, when necessary.
The book written By Sarah and Benedict undermined the announcement of the pretend pope- the False Prophet – of his Exhortation on the Amazonian Synod. The “Instrumentem Laboris” for the synod had been announced weeks beforehand. It was evident what was on the agenda. Pope Benedict and Cardinal Sarah took action. Their book on celibacy was written and published before the pretend pope was able to announce his exhortation. It was reported that he was angry! He was afraid that he would lose some of the support that he had hoped for. Not surprisingly, these matters then, were not addressed directly in the Exhortation. But you have to read between the lines. He DID say, that he DID NOT NEED to go over the final document of the synod, because wqe should READ IT FOR OURSELVES. Some very naïve people, who want only to be reassured that this (pope?) has some goodness and Truth left in him, thought that a BIG MISTAKE had been avoided.
In an article describing this event( February 13, 2020 ), Br. Alexis Bugnolo wrote:
” 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 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.
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,
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.
“…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 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.”
2. Pope Benedict had spoken up (July 17, 2017) at Cardinal Meisner’s funeral when he said that
“he was moved at the dubia cardinal’s ability to “live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.”
The Church “stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination,” Pope Benedict said in a message read by Archbishop Georg Gänswein, his personal secretary and head of the papal household. Because of this “pressing need,” Meisner “found it difficult to leave his post.”
The article also stated:
” Canon lawyer Kurt Martens said Pope Benedict’s message was an “amazing yet diplomatic form of support for [the] dubia Cardinals.”
In June 2017, Pope Benedict met new cardinals alongside Pope Francis. He had a brief message for them: “The Lord wins in the end.”
3. More recently he was impelled to correct the error regarding clerical sexual abuse at the US Conference of Bishops in April, 2019:
Pope Benedict’s letter re Clerical sexual abuse to USCCB April 2019
- April 11, 2019
ROME — In his retirement, Pope Benedict XVI is apparently tired of hiding.
The former pontiff, who declared he would “remain hidden to the world” when he became the first pope in six centuries to abdicate in 2013, has released a 6,000-word letter that puts the blame for the clerical sexual abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church on the sexual revolution of the 1960s, the disappearance of God from public discourse in the West and what he considers dangerously liberal theological ideas that eroded morality after the church reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
The deeply theological and esoteric missive, which Benedict called his contribution “in this difficult hour” for the church, was written “absolutely on his own” by Benedict, according to Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Benedict’s longtime personal secretary, who is also the prefect of the papal household under Pope Francis.
In writing the letter, Benedict realized the fears of many church experts who have argued that having two pontiffs living at the same time was a recipe for pastoral, theological and political disaster and could lead to confusion among the faithful.
Although Benedict wrote that he gave his successor and the Vatican’s Secretariat of State a heads up about the letter, it amounted to the most significant undercutting yet of the authority of Pope Francis, who has instead blamed a systemic abuse of power and an unhealthy adoration of authority within the church’s hierarchy for the crisis.
Read the whole article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/11/world/europe/pope-benedict-letter-sex-abuse.html
and also read about it here:
“The letter publicly undercut Francis, whose views on the subject had already been made public. “
4. Finally, there are other ways that Pope Benedict XVI speaks up, not in words, but visually.
The following is taken from Ann Barnhardt’s English transcript of her video:
0:55:57 Visual evidence.
Pope Benedict continues to wear the Papal White and his Papal Ring. Pope Benedict was asked, ‘why do you still wear,’ after he had faux-abdicated and run off, ‘why do you continue to wear the Papal White?’ And the answer he gave was such a massive, bald-faced lie that the first thing that occurred to me was this has got to be a coded cry for help. Again, you don’t want to be a conspiracy theorist and all that, absolutely, but listen to what he said. He said there weren’t any black cassocks for him to wear. You announce your intention to abdicate three weeks before the effective date, so he announces on 11 February and the effective date is 8:00 pm on the 28th of February, so you’ve got basically three weeks here, and you live in Rome, a city that has more black cassocks than any city on the face of the earth. And you’re the Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth. You can’t pick up the phone and call one of the clerical outfitters, or whoever your personal tailor is, and say, look, I need a black cassock, presumably with red piping, or just a black cassock? It’s such a bald-faced lie that, in charity, one has to assume that he’s trying to signal. That he’s desperately trying to signal something. I’m wearing the Papal White because there weren’t any black cassocks for me to wear. He’s made this decision. This is his free choice. He could have gotten a full new wardrobe anytime he wanted in the past five and a half years, and yet every day he gets on and he puts on the Papal White. He gets up and he puts on the Papal White. And he continues to wear his Papal Ring.
0:58:11 Pope Benedict retains his Papal name, Pope Benedict.
This is breaking all previous precedent and also the wearing of the Papal White. That also breaks all previous precedent. In previous precedent, whenever a Pope would resign, he gave up every physical indication of the Papacy. He reverted to black, he dropped, of course, the Papal name, he reverted to being Cardinal so-and-so, or Bishop so-and-so, or Abbot so-and-so, whatever it was, so that there would be absolutely no confusion about anything. And then he went very far away. So, Pope Benedict retains his Papal name, he’s called Pope Benedict, and his Papal Style. The Papal Style is the courtesy title that someone is given and in the case of the Pope it’s Your Holiness/His Holiness/Holiness. He is still called, all day every day, His Holiness Pope Benedict, or His Holiness Pope Emeritus, but as we’ve talked about, the whole notion of a Pope Emeritus is completely false. Non-existent. It’s a fiction. He’s chosen this. He could have said get me a black cassock and go back to calling me Cardinal Ratzinger, Archbishop Ratzinger, whatever he wanted. He could’ve reverted to that. Did he do that? Does he do that? No. Every day he gets up and he retains these visible signs of the Petrine Office.
0:59:46 Pope Benedict continues to reside in the Vatican, completely unprecedented.
All resigned Popes, they would either go away completely voluntarily, never to be seen again. They would go check into a monastery somewhere, and they would never be seen publicly again, or they were chased out. A lot of times these were completely contentious situations, and the Pope would be chased out, and sometimes he was even imprisoned. Pope Benedict could’ve gone anywhere. In fact, he was on the record before all of this happened in February of 2013, as saying that all he wanted to do before he was elected Pope in 2005, his big, grand plan was he wanted to go back to Bavaria. He wanted to live in a little house with his brother, Georg Ratzinger, and their sister, who was alive at the time, and his cat, and play the piano, and write, and live out the rest of his life like that. Why didn’t he do that? He could have. Why didn’t he do it? Why is he still living inside the Vatican and making public appearances as the Pope? We have this incredible visual evidence. It’s right in front of us. …
Read all of Ann’s article here:
5. Other signals Pope Benedict XVI gives.
The pope’s signature is usually in the format “NN. PP. x” (Supreme Pontiff) (Pastor Pastorum)
From Antonio Socci of Church Militant:
“… The signals he gives are always discreet, but clear and comforting. Not only by means of powerful interventions like the document he issued last April, but also by recalling that he – that is, the pope – is there and Catholics should not feel that they are orphans.
The latest (truly beautiful) book which Ratzinger has published, “Per Amore,” does not carry on its cover the title “Pope Emeritus” but the firm signature “Benedetto PP XVI.” These initials “PP” stand for “Pastor Pastorum” (or Pater Patrum), which is the title and prerogative of the reigning pontiff. “
Antonio Socci, also mentions in this article his “coat of arms”
“There are those who believe that by a mysterious design of Divine Providence, the Church is being subjected to a very harsh trial, its own Good Friday, but that the presence of Benedict guarantees that She will not be shipwrecked. Certainly Benedict is central in the Church today. And one day everything will become clearer. “
Bro. Alexis Bugnolo states (see link below):
“Notice the facts, which are indisputable:
- Benedict is dressed as the Pope.
- All continue to treat him as the Pope.
- He is given official escort as a Head of State by the Italian Republic
- He flies, not to Munich, where his brother lives, but to Castel Gandolfo, the private residence of THE POPE.
Any objective observer must therefore conclude, that he remains the Pope, and is signaling that he remains the Pope. Because he is acting as the Pope, retiring from a Vatican that no longer wants him, but NOT as a Pope who has just resigned the Papacy.
It’s no wonder then, that the “pretend pope” (Francis) got angry about the recent book by PBXVI and Card. Sarah!
His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI may not seem to speak up very often, and it must be so difficult to do so, while he is constantly being watched, but he still certainly makes his presence felt!