The election Pope Francis was the fruit of secret meetings that radically liberal cardinals and bishops, organized by Carlo Maria Martini, held for years at St. Gall in Switzerland. This is what is claimed by Jürgen Mettepenningen and Karim Shelkens, the authors of a just published biography of the Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels.
The book reveals that the Cardinal was a regular member of a secret pressure group of Churchmen that opposed Pope Benedict XVI. Danneels said that what was officially but discreetly labeled “the Sankt-Gallen group” was referred to by its members as “the Mafia”. Its self-imposed aim was to achieve a drastic reform of the Church, to make it “much more modern”, and for Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to head it.
The group met every year since 1996, and together they organized the secret “resistance” against Cardinal Ratzinger, who at that time was the right-hand man of John Paul II. Their goal at the time was to elect a “reformer” pope to eventually replace John Paul II, in view of his nearing death, and to prevent at all costs the election of Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope. The question that was put more and more emphatically by the group was: “What after John Paul II? How can we avoid Ratzinger as Pope?’”
When Pope John Paul II died in 2005, the group already pushed the present Pope to the fore, although in the end, Cardinal Ratzinger still got elected despite their efforts. Eight years later, in 2013, they finally got what they wanted, with Pope Francis re-shaping the Church according to their original vision.
The group counts amongst its members the most radically liberal bishops and cardinals of the Church, such as Cardinal Walter Kasper, Cardinal Karl Lehmann from Germany, Cardinal Achille Silvestrini from Italy, Dutch Cardinal Adriann Van Luyn, Cardinal Basil Hume from England, and the late Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini.
Said Schelkens in an interview this week: “The election of Cardinal Bergoglio was prepared in Sankt-Gallen, without doubt. And the main lines of the program the Pope is carrying out are those that Danneels and Co were starting to discuss more than ten years ago.”
In Violation of Papal Law
Saint John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution Universi Domini Gregis clearly forbids under pain of automatic excommunication (i.e. immediately imposed, without necessity of declaration) the canvassing for votes:
Let the Cardinal electors, moreover, abstain from all pacts, agreements, promises and any other obligations you like, by which they might be constrained to give or refuse support for anyone.
The constitution of a “Mafia” like the Sankt-Gallen group is in clear violation of that papal order. In another section Universi Domini Gregis, St. John Paul II expounded further on this:
Confirming the prescriptions of my Predecessors, I likewise forbid anyone, even if he is a Cardinal, during the Pope’s lifetime and without having consulted him, to make plans concerning the election of his successor, or to promise votes, or to make decisions in this regard in private gatherings.
It must be noted that St. John Paul II published the above papal law in February 1996, the very year that the Sankt-Gallen group was formed.
The above revelations reinforce the shocking claims of Dr. Austen Ivereigh (author of the book The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope) who said that a group of Cardinals actively “campaigned” for the election of Pope Francis, in violation of the papal law.
Advocate of Same-Sex “Marriage”
Cardinal Danneels is recognized as one of the most radically liberal prelates of the Church.
He once advised the king of Belgium to sign an abortion law in 1990. He has refused to forbid pornographic, “educational” materials being used in Belgian Catholic schools.
He once said same-sex “marriage” was a “positive development”. The cardinal also wrote a letter to Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt praising him for “the approval of a legal statute for a stable relationship between partners of the same sex.” Verhofstadt’s government introduced same sex-‘marriage’ into Belgium in 2003.
The Vatican listed Danneels second in importance out of 45 delegates personally chosen by Pope Francis to participate in the upcoming meeting. ∎