Was Pope Benedict XVI Forced to Resign?

pope-benedict-xvi-resignsAlmost five years since his momentous resignation from the papacy on February 11, 2013 for health reasons, the undeniable fact is that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI remains in the peak of health and in full control of his faculties.  He has also chosen to remain in the Vatican. He has also chosen to retain the title of “pope”, as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

In his last general assembly on February 27, 2013, 2 weeks after announcing his intent to resign, Benedict XVI said that the petrine ministry is “always” and “forever”:

He who assumes the Petrine ministry no longer has any privacy. He belongs always and totally to everyone, to the whole Church. His life is, so to speak, totally deprived of the private sphere. […] The “always” is also a “forever”—there is no returning to private life. My decision to forgo the exercise of active ministry, does not revoke this. I do not return to private life, to a life of travel, meetings, receptions, conferences and so on. I do not abandon the cross, but remain in a new way near to the Crucified Lord.

And we have to ask: Why did Benedict XVI resign in the first place, if the petrine ministry “is forever”?  Was his resignation out of his own full volition and will? Was it valid in the first place?

New revelations have come to light which give us more information on the circumstances surrounding Benedict’s mysterious resignation.

Leaked Emails Show Political Plot to Oust Benedict

A group of Catholic leaders cite new evidence uncovered in emails released by WikiLeaks that the conservative Pope Benedict did not actually resign on his own initiative, but was pushed out of the Vatican by a coup that the group of researchers are calling the “Catholic Spring.”

The group of Catholic leaders includes Christopher A. Ferrara, President of The American Catholic Lawyers Association, Michael J. Matt, Editor of The Remnant, David L. Sonnier, LTC US ARMY (Retired), Chris Jackson of Catholics4Trump.com, and Elizabeth Yore, Founder of YoreChildren.

Last January 20, 2017, the group wrote and published a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, formally requesting him to to launch an official investigation into the activities of the billionaire liberal leftist George Soros, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton (and others) who they allege were involved in orchestrating the Catholic Spring that resulted in their goal of “regime change” in the Vatican.

The group included with the letter evidence from various sources to support their claim, including WikiLeaks emails.  WikiLeaks is an international non-profit organisation that publishes secret information, news leaks,  and classified media provided by anonymous sources. Its website, initiated in 2006 by Julian Assange, has a database of 10 million documents in 10 years since its launch.

Soros, Obama and Clinton Behind Benedict XVI Resignation? 

The leaked emails show that Soros, Obama and Clinton used the United States’ diplomatic machinery, political muscle, and financial power to coerce, bribe and blackmail “regime change” in the Roman Catholic Church in order to replace Benedict XVI with Pope Francis – who has since become an unlikely mouthpiece for the international left, stunning Catholics around the world.

“We have reason to believe that a Vatican ‘regime change’ was engineered by the Obama administration,” say the petitioners, in their January 20 letter to President Trump.  “We were alarmed to discover,” their letter notes, “that, during the third year of the first term of the Obama administration your previous opponent, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other government officials with whom she associated proposed a Catholic ‘revolution’ in which the final demise of what was left of the Catholic Church in America would be realized.”

Leaked Emails

The Letter first directs attention to the notorious Soros-Clinton-Podesta e-mails disclosed last year (2016) by WikiLeaks, in which John Podesta and other progressives discussed regime change to remove what they described as the “middle ages dictatorship” in the Catholic Church. Podesta was the former chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. He previously served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama.

Podesta revealed in a 2011 e-mail that he and other activists were working to effect a “Catholic Spring” revolution within the Catholic Church, an obvious reference to the disastrous “Arab Spring” coups organized that same year by the Obama-Clinton-Soros team that destabilized the Middle East and brought radical Islamist regimes and terrorist groups to power in the region. The Podesta e-mail is a response to another Soros-funded radical — Sandy Newman, founder of the “progressive” Voices for Progress. Newman had written to Podesta seeking advice on the best way to “plant the seeds of the revolution” in the Catholic Church.

In his e-mail of February 10, 2011 to Podesta (as released by WikiLeaks), Newman writes:

There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church. Is contraceptive coverage an issue around which that could happen. The Bishops will undoubtedly continue the fight.

Newman admits that since he’s not a member of the Catholic Church and doesn’t understand its workings, he doesn’t “qualify to be involved.” But he still very much wants to see the “revolution” go forward. He writes:

Of course, this idea may just reveal my total lack of understanding of the  Catholic church…. Even if the idea isn’t crazy, I don’t qualify to be involved and I have not thought at all about  how one would “plant the seeds of the revolution,” or who would plant them. Just wondering …

John Podesta responded the following day, writing:

We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up. I’ll discuss with Tara. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is the other person to consult.

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United are two of the many Soros-funded “Catholic” activist groups that push the “progressive” agenda (abortion “rights,” homosexual “marriage,” LBGT K through12 “education,” women priests, etc.) inside the church.

Call for Investigation

In their letter to President Trump, the group of Catholics leaders write: “After this e-mail discussion, which was never intended to be made public, we find that Pope Benedict XVI abdicated under highly unusual circumstances and was replaced by a pope whose apparent mission is to provide a spiritual component to the radical ideological agenda of the international left.  The Pontificate of Pope Francis has subsequently called into question its own legitimacy on a multitude of occasions.”

“We remain puzzled by the behavior of this ideologically charged Pope, whose mission seems to be one of advancing secular agendas of the left rather than guiding the Catholic Church in Her sacred mission,”they say, expressing the thoughts of millions of Catholics around the world stunned by Pope Francis’s left-wing ideology. “It is simply not the proper role of a Pope to be involved in politics to the point that he is considered to be the leader of the international left.”

International Monetary Transactions with the Vatican were Suspended Days Prior to Benedict XVI’s Resignation

Why were International monetary transactions with the Vatican suspended during the last few days prior to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI? Why were international monetary transactions with the Vatican subsequently resumed on February 12, 2013, just one day after Benedict XVI announced his resignation? Was this pure coincidence?

An investigative article by Italian journalist Maurizio Blondet alleges that Pope Benedict XVI was blackmailed into abdication by forces allied with SWIFT (the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication), which had a hand in the shutdown of ATM and bank card services at the Vatican in January of 2013.

According to Blondet:

There was a blackmail of Benedict XVI, coming from who knows where, through SWIFT. The underlying reasons for this have not been clarified, but it is clear that SWIFT has intervened directly in the management of affairs of the Church.

According to Blondet, Italian banking regulators pressured Deutsche Bank, which managed the Vatican’s ATM machines and credit card payment services, to cease their services to the Holy See. He cites the Financial Times, which reported:

Deutsche did what regulators had hoped it would. On January 1 2013, a peak holiday time, there were no ATMs functioning anywhere inside Vatican City. Lines of visitors to the Sistine Chapel were unable to enter unless they paid in cash. “The message sent was simple: if you want to participate in the modern world, you have to adopt modern rules,” says a senior banker at another correspondent bank.

On February 12, 2013, just one day after Benedict XVI announced his intention to abdicate, the Vatican suddenly reached an agreement with a Swiss firm to resume ATM and other bank card transactions.

A Mafia Group of Cardinals Who Plotted Benedict XVI’s Demise

At the launch of his authorized biography last September 2015, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, archbishop emeritus of Brussels and one of Pope Francis’ closest advisors, confessed that he was part of a radical secret “mafia” reformist group of cardinals opposed to Benedict XVI.

He called it a “mafia” club that bore the name of “St. Gallen”. The group wanted a drastic reform of the Church, to make it “much more modern”, and for Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to head it. The group, which also comprised Cardinal Walter Kasper and the late Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, has been documented in Austen Ivereigh’s biography of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer.

The cardinal is a notorious liberal, once writing a letter to the Belgium government favoring same-sex “marriage” legislation because it ended discrimination against LGBT groups. The cardinal is also known for having once advised the king of Belgium to sign an abortion law in 1990, for telling a victim of clerical sex abuse to keep quiet, and for refusing to forbid pornographic, “educational” materials being used in Belgian Catholic schools. 

A Plot to Assassinate Pope Benedict XVI?

In a startling revelation that was extensively covered by news outlets worldwide, Cardinal Paolo Romeo, the archbishop of Palermo in Sicily claimed last November 2011 that Pope Benedict XVI would die within the next 12 months.

Cardinal Romeo reportedly made the startling prediction of the Pope’s death during a trip to China on November 2011. He seemed so sure of the fact that the people he spoke with, including Italian businessmen and Chinese representatives of the Catholic Church, were convinced that he was talking about an assassination attempt.

They were so alarmed by his remarks that they reported them back to the Vatican. The extraordinary comments were written up in a top-secret report, dated Dec 30, 2011, and delivered to Pope Benedict XVI by a senior cardinal, Dario Castrillon Hoyos, a Colombian, in January.

Could it be that the Pope, not for fear of death, but for possible harm to the Church should the plot succceed, decided it was best to resign to remove the assassination threat and advance a peaceful succession?

Is the Papal Resignation Valid?

The Code of Canon Law (332:2) provides that: “If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone.”

In this sense, while it is true that the Pope “freely” declared to resign, the circumstances and evidence seem to indicate that to a greater or lesser extent, he was forced by pressure to resign on multiple fronts (assassination threat, suspension of Vatican finances, etc).

While the Pope made the decision to resign in accordance with the powers given to him under the Code of Canon Law, could it be that he made it under the duress of moral violence, which, according to No. 125 of the same Code, invalidates the final decision at the root and renders the act invalid ? It is like one who freely chooses to marry, but if there is hidden stress, fear or deception, the marriage is void for fault, although a clearly “free” commitment has been expressed publicly.

Prophecy of Benedict XVI’s Resignation

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was predicted with incredible accuracy in a prophecy given to the Irish seer Maria Divine Mercy.  In a message dated February 11, 2012, Jesus said to Maria Divine Mercy:

My poor Holy Vicar, Pope Benedict XVI, will be ousted from the Holy See in Rome. Last year, my daughter, I told you of the plot, within the corridors of the Vatican. A plan to destroy My Holy Vicar was devised in secret on the l7th March, 2011, and this will come to fruition, for it has been foretold.

Exactly a year after, on February 11, 2013, the unthinkable happened:  The Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI was resigning his office effective February 28.  The reason cited was his “old age” and “incapacity” to fulfill his obligations. It must be noted that Pope John Paul II maintained his post all the way until old age, even until the time when he could not visibly fulfill his duties because of Parkinson’s disease.

For a more detailed review of the prophecies and messages given to Maria Divine Mercy, read this article.

Two Popes in the End Times

In a message dated April 12, 2012, Jesus said that His Second Coming will happen very soon, and that Benedict XVI was the last true pope on earth:

My beloved Pope Benedict XVI is the last true pope on this Earth…I must warn you that many new self-proclaimed prophets will now emerge, who will contradict My Holy Word given to you, the end time true prophet…They, My daughter, are being sent to prepare God’s children to accept the next pope, who comes after My beloved Vicar, Pope Benedict. This pope may be elected by members within the Catholic Church, but he will be the false prophet. His electors are wolves in sheep’s clothing and are members of the secret Masonic and evil group led by Satan. This is how Satan will try to destroy My Church.

We recall here the remarkably accurate prophecy of the popes by St. Malachy. Archbishop Ganswin, papal secretary to both Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, dramatically brought the Church’s attention back this ancient prophecy, which predicted that Benedict XVI will be the second-to-the-last pope prior to the return of Jesus Christ.

Various reputable prophecies have remarkably predicted that in the end times, there will be the unique situation of two popes wearing the crown of St. Peter.  Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, one of the greatest mystics of the Church, said that she saw the “special relationship” between two popes in the end times.  One of these popes would be a false pope who would give rise to a false church of darkness.  It is interesting to note that Anne Catherine Emmerich received this prophecy on May 13, 1820 – exactly 97 years prior to the first apparition of Our Lady in Fatima.

“I saw also the relationship between the two popes. . . I saw how baleful (harmful) would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city (of Rome). The local clergy grew lukewarm, and I saw a great darkness…”

In a message dated July 22, 2013, the Blessed Virgin Mary revealed to Maria Divine Mercy the content of the unrevealed part of the third secret of Fatima:

The last secret of Fatima still remains unknown to God’s children…Very few within the Church are privy to this. Now, the next part of the final secret of Fatima must be revealed, so that I can warn humanity of the consequences of ignoring my intervention to help save souls…The Church has been infested, from the inside, by enemies of God…

The details, which I revealed, are that there would be two men wearing the Crown of Peter in the end times. One will suffer because of lies which have been created to discredit him and which will render him a virtual prisoner.

The other one elected will bring about the destruction, not only of the Catholic Church, but of all churches which honour my Father and who accept the Teachings of my Son, Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world.

Amid the tumult and confusion that we find the Church today, we turn to Our Lady with arms outstretched in prayer, holding on to her firm promise that “in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph”.

Paul Simeon, Veritas Vincit

Seven false and heretical positions that the Pope directly or indirectly upholds, according to the filial correction authors

The 79 clergy and lay scholars who authored the filial correction list a dozen passages from Amoris Laetitia that they say “serve to propagate seven heretical propositions.”

Included in the list is the “smoking” footnote 351 where the Pope writes that those living in an objective situation of sin can receive the “help of the sacraments” to grow in the life of grace and charity. Many have interpreted this to mean that civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics living in adultery can receive Holy Communion, and the Pope has endorsed guidelines allowing this. Also included in the list is the text pertaining to couples living in adultery who, the Pope writes, see their situation as “what God himself is asking” of them, despite falling short of the “objective ideal.”

The scholars say that these passages along with a number of “words, deeds and omissions” of the Pope are “serving to propagate heresies within the Church.”

According to the signers, the “words, deeds and omissions” of Pope Francis that promote heresy include:

  • Refusing to answer the dubia (five yes-or-no questions) submitted by the four cardinals (two of whom are now deceased) asking him to confirm that Amoris Laetitia does not abolish five teachings of the Catholic faith.
  • Forcibly intervening at the 2015 Synod of the Family where he insisted on inserting into a midterm report a proposal (that did not receive sufficient votes) to allow communion for adulterers and a proposal that pastors should emphasize the “positive aspects” of lifestyles the Church considers gravely sinful, including civil remarriage after divorce and premarital cohabitation.
  • Endorsing an interpretation of the exhortation by Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn that allows for Holy Communion to be given to adulterers.

Seven Heresies 

The Catholic clergy and lay scholars go on to list seven “false and heretical propositions” which they say Pope Francis “directly or indirectly” upholds through his “words, deeds, and omissions.” These seven propositions, listed below, are summaries of the positions which they attribute to Pope Francis and deem to be heretical.

1) A justified person has not the strength with God’s grace to carry out the objective demands of the divine law, as though any of the commandments of God are impossible for the justified; or as meaning that God’s grace, when it produces justification in an individual, does not invariably and of its nature produce conversion from all serious sin, or is not sufficient for conversion from all serious sin.

2)  Christians who have obtained a civil divorce from the spouse to whom they are validly married and have contracted a civil marriage with some other person during the lifetime of their spouse, who live more uxorio [as husband and wife] with their civil partner, and who choose to remain in this state with full knowledge of the nature of their act and full consent of the will to that act, are not necessarily in a state of mortal sin, and can receive sanctifying grace and grow in charity.

3)  A Christian believer can have full knowledge of a divine law and voluntarily choose to break it in a serious matter, but not be in a state of mortal sin as a result of this action.

4) A person is able, while he obeys a divine prohibition, to sin against God by that very act of obedience.

5) Conscience can truly and rightly judge that sexual acts between persons who have contracted a civil marriage with each other, although one or both of them is sacramentally married to another person, can sometimes be morally right or requested or even commanded by God.

6) Moral principles and moral truths contained in divine revelation and in the natural law do not include negative prohibitions that absolutely forbid particular kinds of action, inasmuch as these are always gravely unlawful on account of their object.

7) Our Lord Jesus Christ wills that the Church abandon her perennial discipline of refusing the Eucharist to the divorced and remarried and of refusing absolution to the divorced and remarried who do not express contrition for their state of life and a firm purpose of amendment with regard to it.

The clergy and scholars state that these “propositions all contradict truths that are divinely revealed, and that Catholics must believe with the assent of divine faith.” They add that it is “necessary” that such heresies be “condemned by the authority of the Church,” on account of the “great and imminent danger” they cause to souls.

A Biblical Precedent

St. Thomas Aquinas taught in Summa Theologiae that faithful Catholics have a duty to correct an erring prelate:

If the faith were endangered, a subject ought to rebuke his prelate even publicly. Hence Paul, who was Peter’s subject, rebuked him in public, on account of the imminent danger of scandal concerning the faith, and, as the gloss of Augustine says on Gal. 2:11, Peter gave an example to superiors, that if at any time they should happen to stray from the straight path, they should not disdain to be reproved by their subjects.

The signers conclude the letter, writing: “At this critical hour, therefore, we turn to the cathedra veritatis [seat of truth], the Roman Church, which has by divine law pre-eminence over all the churches, and of which we are and intend always to remain loyal children, and we respectfully insist that Your Holiness publicly reject these propositions, thus accomplishing the mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ given to St Peter and through him to all his successors until the end of the world: ‘I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren.’” ∎

Pete Baklinski, Lifesite News

79 Clergy and Lay Scholars Issue Filial Correction of Pope Francis for ‘Propagating Heresies’

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Bishop Rene Henry Gracida, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Corpus Christi in Texas, added his name to the list of signatories of the filial correction.

Expressing “profound grief” and “filial devotion,” 79 Catholic clergy and lay scholars from more than 20 countries around the world have issued what they are calling a “Filial Correction” to Pope Francis for “propagating heresy.

The Filial Correction, in the form of a 25-page letter, bears the signatures of seventy-nine Catholic clergy, academics, researchers, and scholars in various fields  from   twenty countries. They assert that Pope Francis has supported heretical positions about marriage, the moral life, and the Eucharist that are causing a host of “heresies and other errors” to spread throughout the Catholic Church.

The correction was delivered to the Pope at his Santa Marta residence on August 11, 2017. No similar action has taken place within the Catholic Church since the Middle Ages, when Pope John XXII was admonished for errors which he later recanted on his deathbed.

“With profound grief, but moved by fidelity to our Lord Jesus Christ, by love for the Church and for the papacy, and by filial devotion  toward yourself, we are compelled to address a correction to Your Holiness on account of the propagation of heresies effected by the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia and by other words, deeds and omissions of Your Holiness,” the signers write in the letter.

“We issue this correction…to protect our fellow Catholics — and those outside the Church, from whom the key of knowledge must not be taken away — hoping to prevent the further spread of doctrines which tend of themselves to the profaning of all the sacraments and the subversion of the Law of God,” they add.

The signers respectfully insist that Pope Francis condemn the heresies that he has “directly or indirectly upheld,” and that he teach the truth of the Catholic faith in its integrity.  The letter was made public on September 24, six weeks after the signers received no response from the Pope. The Filial Correction and its signatories, along with a summary statement and press release, can be viewed at http://www.correctiofilialis.org.

23 Priests, Religious and Bishops Sign the Filial Correction

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Photo shows four (4) of the priests who signed the filial correction (from left): Fr. Linus Clovis, Msgr. Prof. Antonio Livi, Fr Serafino M. Lanzetta, and Rev. Glen Tattersall

Although the Filial Correction was principally led by lay scholars from various Catholic universities around the world, clergy are openly invited to participate and give their support to the initiative by going to the website.  As of this writing, out of the 79 signatories, 23 were priests and religious, including one bishop who added his name to the list.

The first bishop to add his name to the list was Most Reverend Rene Henry Gracida, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.  Bishop Gracida even added together with his electronic signature a message of support to the organizers of the filial correction: “I extend my congratulations and gratitude to the originators of the Correction and I wish to have my name added to the list of those individuals who agree with the content of the Correction and want to be identified with it.”

Among the priests who have signed the petition are:

  • Fr. Linus F Clovis, Director of the Secretariat for Family and Life
  • Msgr. Prof. Antonio Livi, an Academic of the Holy See and Dean emeritus of the Pontifical Lateran University
  • Fr Serafino M. Lanzetta STD, Lecturer in Dogmatic Theology, Theological Faculty of Lugano, Switzerland
  • Rev. Glen Tattersall, Parish Priest of the Parish of Bl. John Henry Newman from the archdiocese of Melbourne; Rector, St Aloysius’ Church
  • Fr. Don Alfredo Morselli, STL, Parish priest of the archdiocese of Bologna,
  • Fr Luis Eduardo Rodríguez Rodríguez, Parish Priest, Parroquia del Espíritu Santo y N.S. de La Antigua Diocese de Los Teques, Venezuela

The prominent lay scholars and leaders who are part of the initiative include Christopher Ferrara, Founding President of the American Catholic Lawyers’ Association, as well as Prof. Roberto de Mattei, a prominent Vatican historian and former Professor of the History of Christianity, European University of Rome.

The filial correction comes as a “formal correction” of the Pope from cardinals may be imminent.  Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the dubia Cardinals, said in an interview last August that this “formal correction” would involve a clear presentation of the Church’s teaching on the points at issue, alongside what the Pope is actually saying on those points. “If there is a contradiction, the Roman Pontiff is called to conform his own teaching in obedience to Christ and the Magisterium of the Church,” he said.

“Pope Francis has chosen not to respond to the five dubia, so it is now necessary simply to state what the Church teaches about marriage, the family, acts that are intrinsically evil, and so forth,” Cardinal Burke explained. “These are the points that are not clear in the current teachings of the Roman Pontiff; therefore, this situation must be corrected. The correction would then direct itself principally to those doctrinal points.”

In an interview last September with Australia’s Catholic Outlook, Burke said the need for a response to the dubia is urgent because of the “harm done to souls by the confusion and error.”

“The urgency weighs very heavily on my heart,” he said. ∎

The Editor, Veritas Vincit

Catholics and non-Catholics Receive Communion Together in “Ecumenical Mass” Promoted by Turin Archdiocese

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The “ecumenical mass” promoted by the Archdiocese of Turin, Italy

The group “Spezzare il pane” (“Breaking the Bread”) in the archdiocese of Turin, Italy, has officially started with the celebration of “ecumenical masses” where Holy Communion is distributed to Catholics and non-Catholics.

The group is headed by Catholic priest Father Fredo Oliviero, an apologist for illegal immigration, who has the support of his archbishop, Monsignor Cesare Nosiglia. The practice of the group to distribute Holy Communion to non-Catholics, is openly promoted in the newspaper of the Turin Archdiocese “La Voce e il Tempo”.

Among the members of the group are “Catholics”, Anglicans, Baptists, Waldensians and Lutherans. They gather once a month in one of their churches, where they celebrate a “Eucharist” according to the respective denomination, distributing “Communion” to everybody.

It is now customary that once a month, the group meets in a Catholic, Lutheran, Waldensian, or Baptist church to share the “Eucharist”, partaking in worship or Mass – officiated according to the liturgy of the host church.  According Fr. Fredo, the ecumenical ceremony replaces “in the foreground the identity of Christians with respect to belonging to a specific Church.”  He likewise said that the practice is spreading in other cities in Italy as well.

The Catholic Church teaches that non-Catholics may not receive Communion because they do not share our belief in the doctrine of Eucharistic transubstantiation. According to transubstantiation, the bread and wine are actually transformed into the actual body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ, with only the appearances of bread and wine remaining.

These developments, indeed, seem to be a corroboration of the various reputable prophecies in recent times that predict the rise of a false church in the end times, just prior to the return of Jesus Christ. This false church, according to prophecy,  will promote a false “ecumenical mass” that will deny the real presence of Jesus.  These prophecies are likewise supported by the testimony of the late Gabriel Amorth, former chief exorcist of Rome, who said that Padre Pio told him that the third secret of Fatima refers to a false church that will rise in the end times.

Not Required to Have a “Single Thought” on the Eucharist

In an article written by Breaking Bread Founder Fr. Fredo Olivero last May in Turin Archdiocese’s official newspaper and website, he said that attendees to the “Ecumenical Mass” are not required to have a “single thought” on the Eucharist: “It is not required, in order to live together this event, to adhere to a ‘single thought’ on the Eucharist, but rather to respect everyone for the thought of each.”

He also likewise cast doubt on the Doctrine of Transubstantiation of the Catholic Church, saying: “Neither Jesus nor Paul explained the ‘how’ of this presence [in the Eucharist], why then should we do it?”

Eucharistic “interpretations” not part of the Gospel?

Aside from support from his bishop, Fr. Fredo likewise claims that Pope Francis supports this concept of an “Ecumenical Mass”.  In the same article in the Turin Archdiocesan newspaper, Fr. Fredo recalls the visit of Pope Francis on June 22, 2015 to Turin Italy.  Pope Francis then became the first pope in history to visit a Waldensian evangelical church, and in that trip, asked Waldensian Christians for forgiveness for their past “persecution” from the Catholic Church.

Fr. Fredo recalls that on the occasion of that papal visit, Pope Francis did not refute or deny the point of view raised by the moderator, Eugenio Bernardini, who pointed out that the various “interpretations” on the Eucharist were not part of the Gospel.  Fr. Fredo quotes Bernardini, who then said in the presence of the Pope and Waldensian ministers and Christians:

Among the things we have in common are the words that Jesus gave on the occasion of the last supper, “I  am the bread… and the wine.”  The interpretations of those words are different between the churches and within each of them. But what unites the Christians gathered around the table of Jesus are the bread and wine that He offers us and His words, not our interpretations that are not part of the Gospel.

He said that unlike previous pontiffs who had “solved the question [on the Eucharistic presence] precisely”, Pope Francis admitted that could not solve the Eucharistic question precisely himself, because he was moving the Church from an authoritarian decision-making model, to a more “synodal” model.

Pope Francis Says to Lutheran Woman to “Go Forward” and Receive Communion

Fr. Fredo likewise recalled the answer given by Pope Francis to a question posed to him by a Lutheran lady during his visit to a Lutheran church in Rome on November 15, 2015. During the question-and-answer session after a joint prayer service with Lutherans, Anke de Bernardinis told Pope Francis that she was married to a Catholic and that she and her husband share many “joys and sorrows” in life, but not Communion at church. “What can we do on this point to finally attain Communion?” she asked.

The Pope responded by saying to the Lutheran woman to “talk to the Lord and then go forward”, suggesting that she could receive Communion in the Catholic Church:

To your question, I can only respond with a question: What can I do with my husband, so that the Lord’s Supper accompanies me on my path? It is a problem that everyone has to answer, but a pastor-friend once told me: “We believe that the Lord is present there, he is present. You all believe that the Lord is present. And so what’s the difference?”—“Eh, there are explanations, interpretations.” Life is bigger than explanations and interpretations.

Always refer back to baptism. “One faith, one baptism, one Lord.” This is what Paul tells us, and from there take the consequences.

I would never dare to give permission for this, because it’s not my jurisdiction. “One baptism, one Lord, one faith.” Talk to the Lord and then go forward. I don’t dare to say anything more.

by Paul Simeon, Veritas

Bishop Paprocki calls on fellow Catholics to “tell people the truth about our Church’s teachings” on homosexuality

bishop paprockiIn a recent interview, Illinois Bishop Paprocki called on the Catholic Faithful to tell everyone the truth about the Church’s teachings on homosexuality, emphasizing that “the most compassionate and loving thing that we can do for people is help them get to Heaven.”

The interview was conducted by ex-gay author and blogger Joseph Sciambra.  The exchange was published on Sciambra’s YouTube channel on August 1.  Sciambra is the author of the book “Swallowed By Satan”, which chronicles his journey out of the gay lifestyle, pornography and the occult. He was a former gay porn star, and after his conversion, is now actively promoting the Church’s teachings on homosexuality through his blog and his Youtube channel.

Bishop. Paprocki tackled the false compassion of accommodating sin pushed by so called gay ministries which are active in many Dioceses in the United States. The interview covered the issue of “gay affirmative” ministries, as well as a Vatican letter issued by then Cardinal Ratzinger on the pastoral treatment of homosexuals.

Bishop Paprocki drew fierce criticism earlier this year by issuing a pastoral decree, barring Holy Communion and funeral rites to active homosexuals. The decree drew the ire of homosexualists both inside and outside the Church, including liberal Jesuit Fr. James Martin, a personal appointee and consultant of Pope Francis.

Paprocki responded to Sciambra on the reaction to his decree:

The first time I had first-hand experience in terms of people telling me directly, in response to my decree on same sex marriage … I had anticipated that there would be opposition, of course, from secular proponents of gay rights, but I think what surprised me was the vehemence of those within the Church. Lay people who told me they were practicing Catholics, parents of gay people and also from priests and deacons who basically were telling me that I was wrong.

Bishop Paprocki commented on the importance of correcting Catholics in public sin as a duty of charity: “The most compassionate and loving thing that we can do for people is help them get to Heaven.”

He continued, “That’s our eternal salvation. So to tell people the truth about our Church’s teachings, and the teachings are based in truth and they are based on love. So to tell someone that he or she is doing something sinful, first of all, Our Lord Himself encourages us to what we call fraternal correction.”

Sciambra went on to bring up the 1986 Letter to Bishops on the Pastoral Care of Homosexuals issued by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). The CDF was at that time headed by then Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Sciambra referenced the portion of the letter which read as follows:

This Congregation wishes to ask the bishops to be especially cautious of any programs which may seek to pressure the Church to change her teaching, even while claiming not to do so. A careful examination of their public statements and the activities they promote reveals a studied ambiguity by which they attempt to mislead the pastors and the faithful.

Bishop Paprocki responded to this excerpt as follows, “In terms of pressure being put on the Church as mentioned in that CDF document, I think is really what we’re seeing happening very forcefully right now. Because the push for gay rights has always been incremental steps.”

Bishop Paprocki continued:

The target for so long has been to get recognition in civil law, and now that’s been achieved. In our country, civil law has recognized same-sex marriage. What they don’t have is moral approval, and the only place that can give them moral approval is the Church. So I think that’s the next target here, in terms of putting pressure on the Church in order to give that kind of moral approval, to say what you’re doing is morally acceptable.

Sciambra’s impressions on Bishop Paprocki

Church Militant reached out to Sciambra and asked him what his impression was of Bp. Paprocki and what he felt like he learned from the interview, and Sciambra answered:

Despite what was often reported in the secular media, and by some left-leaning Catholic commentators and news sites, I found Bishop Paprocki to be a man dedicated to the truth, but also a man willing to listen. Bishop Paprocki is thoughtful and soft-spoken and he conveys the message of Our Lord Jesus Christ with a gentleness and compassion that is largely missing in the Church today. He is a rare combination of honesty and empathy.

Sciambra continued,

I believe he truly cares for those with same-sex attraction and those who identify with the LGBT community, in that he wants all of our brothers and sisters to know and understand the actual teachings of the Catholic Church on this matter. He doesn’t wish to placate or make false statements in order to [ingratiate] himself with those who often view the Church as discriminatory and oppressive. He wants to lift some of that confusion. I would dare to say that he doesn’t care much about his own personal popularity, but is solely motivated by the salvation of souls.

Excerpts on the original article written by Trey Elmore, ChurchMilitant.com

Pope Benedict XVI: “The Lord Wins in the End”

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Photo above shows Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI giving a brief, yet powerfully-relevant message to newly-minted Cardinals: “The Lord wins in the end.”

In a most unusual message to five newly-minted Cardinals, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had a few short, yet powerfully-relevant words: “The Lord wins in the end. Thank you all.”

The pope emeritus received the new cardinals appointed last June 28, 2017, along with Pope Francis, in the presence of media cameras, which are rare for the retired pontiff. Benedict XVI received each of the new cardinals and spoke to them in their own native tongue. After speaking with each of the cardinals, he encouraged them, saying: “The Lord wins in the end.”

These six short words have rich meaning in today’s context, and we can glean from them three important points:

First, it is an acknowledgement that the Church – and the Faith – is in the midst of a major, important struggle. Although the Church has always been beset by crises and challenges, today’s crisis far outweighs many of the past crises.  We see today bishops publicly sparring with fellow bishops, cardinals against cardinals.  We see the papal encyclical Amoris Laetitia splitting the Church. Some bishops conferences have interpreted Amoris Laetitia in a heretodox manner, opening up access to the Holy Eucharist to people living in sin (divorced and remarried), redefining the Catholic understanding of hell and eternal punishment (“No one can be condemned forever, because that is not the logic of the gospel”), and many other issues.

On the other side, we have loyal bishops conferences and cardinals who have remained true to the perpetual Magisterium of the Church.  Five cardinals have even publicly asked the Pope for clarification amid the doubts raised by Amoris.

It is obvious, for those with clear eyes, that the Church is in the midst of a creeping schism that threatens to grow wider and wider.

Second, Benedict XVI’s words give us the impression that the Lord doesn’t seem to be winning, at least at this point in time. Highly-liberal, radical bishops and cardinals have rapidly taken over key positions in Church leaderships. Faithful cardinals who are loyal  to the traditional teaching of the Church have been slowly eased out. Many of the key leaders in the Pope Benedict XVI era have been pushed out of key roles, such as Cardinal Raymund Burke, as well as Cardinal Muller, former Prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

The third and last point is that Benedict XVI gives us words of hope amid the dark clouds that we face in the Church. He is telling faithful clergy and lay faithful – do not worry, God is in control, He will always win in the end.

Unprecedented Times

The times we live in are unprecedented. As Cardinal Muller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said, it is the first time in history that we have two legitimate popes living.

Archbishop Ganswein, papal secretary to both Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, has called the situation of two popes a “wake up call”.  During an interview, Ganswein was referred to an old prophecy that has recently gained traction in some clerical discussions: The “Prophecy of the Popes.” Also known as the “Prophecy of Malachy,” the prophecy predicts Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as the second-to-the-last pope prior to the Second Coming of Jesus.

“Indeed, when looking at the prophecy, and considering how there was always a sound reference to popes mentioned in its history – that gives me the shivers,” Archbishop Gänswein admitted. Although Catholics aren’t required to accept the prophecy, “speaking from historical experience, one has to say: Yes, it is a wake-up call.”

We cannot help but recall here as well Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich’s prophecy of the two popes, wherein there would be a false pope in the end times who will lead the Church into error:

I saw also the relationship between the two popes. . . I saw how baleful (harmful) would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city (of Rome). The local clergy grew lukewarm, and I saw a great darkness…

The Lord wins in the end! May the words of Benedict XVI inspire us to carry on the fight to proclaim the Truth and the Gospel to the ends of the earth. ∎

 by Paul Simeon, Veritas

Vatican police break up cocaine-fueled gay orgy at home of one of Pope Francis’ advisors

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Msgr. Luigi Capozzi (far left) was caught by police amid a cocaine-fuelled sex orgy. He is secretary of Cardinal Coccopalmerio (far right), a close adviser of Pope Francis.

A high-ranking Vatican monsignor who is a secretary to one of Pope Francis’ closest collaborators was arrested by Vatican police after they caught him hosting a cocaine-fueled homosexual orgy in an apartment inside a building that is right next to St. Peter’s Basilica.

The occupant of the apartment, Monsignor Luigi Capozzi, is the secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio – a key aide to the 80-year-old Pope.  Coccopalmerio heads the Pontifical  Council  for Legislative texts and was said to have once recommended his secretary for a promotion to bishop.

At the time of the arrest, Capozzi was allegedly so high on cocaine that he was hospitalized for detoxification for a short period in the Pius XI clinic in Rome. He is currently in an undisclosed convent in Italy undergoing a spiritual retreat, Italian media reported.

Vatican police allegedly caught the monsignor, whom Italian media called an “ardent supporter of Pope Francis,” after tenants in the building complained repeatedly about constant comings and goings of visitors to the building during all hours of the night.

The building is currently being used by various high-ranking churchmen, including prefects, presidents, and secretaries to the Roman Curia.

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Police were alerted to the situation when neighbours began to complain of loud noises coming from the official apartment. When police arrived at the scene, they found a group of men having sex. It’s also claimed the men had been doing drugs in the Vatican-provided apartment.

Capozzi managed to evade suspicion from Italian police by using a BMW luxury car with license plates of the Holy See, which made him practically immune to stops and searches. This privilege, usually reserved for high-ranking prelates, allowed the monsignor to transport cocaine for his frequent homosexual orgies without being stopped  by the Italian police. Italian news service Il Fato Quotidiano wrote that the building’s separate entrance into Vatican City from outside the Vatican walls made it “perfect” for clandestine activity.

“Positive elements” in gay couples?

The fact that it was Coccopalmerio’s trusted secretary who was behind the orgies makes the Cardinal’s past declarations on the “positive elements” of gay couples take on pressing significance.

In a 2014 interview with Rossoporpora, the Cardinal said that while homosexual relationships are deemed “illicit” by the Church, Catholic leaders, such as himself, must “emphasize” the “positive realities” that he said are present in homosexual relationships.

“If I meet a homosexual couple, I notice immediately that their relationship is illicit: the doctrine says this, which I reaffirm with absolute certainty. However, if I stop at the doctrine, I don’t look anymore at the persons. But if I see that the two persons truly love each other, do acts of charity to those in need, for example… then I can also say that, although the relationship remains illicit, positive elements also emerge in the two persons. Instead of closing our eyes to such positive realities, I emphasize them. It is to be objective and objectively recognize the positive of a certain relationship, of itself illicit,” he said at that time.

When the interviewer noted that some attendees at the Synod on the Family were tending in such a direction towards homosexuals, Coccopalmerio agreed. He then immediately went on to criticize those who feared that “valuing the positive elements” of homosexual relationships would be “undermining” the Church’s doctrine on marriage and sexuality, saying such a conclusion was “problematic.”

Earlier this year, the Vatican’s own publishing house released a book by the Cardinal that defended Francis’s 2016 Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The book put forward the position that civilly-divorced-and-remarried Catholics living in adultery as well as unmarried cohabiting Catholics living in fornication can receive Holy Communion.

The Cardinal later defended his interpretation of Amoris, even though it contradicted perennial Catholic teaching, stating that what he wrote was no different from conversations he had had with the Pope on the subject.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan highlighted in a talk given in Washinton D.C. last October the moral principle that “heresy” always goes hand-in-hand with an “unchaste life.” Where there is heresy, there is also sexual immorality, he said. ∎

Mark Jacobs, Veritas