Bad news for Resignationists — those who believe that Benedict XVI’s resignation was invalid because brought about by force. While it would allow them a convenient, non-sedevacantist way out of the problems with Francis by saying the true Pope is still Benedict, it is Joseph Ratzinger himself now who has explicitly denied the rumors and confirmed that he gave up his claim to the papacy by his own free will.
Responding to a letter written him by the well-known Italian Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa, the “Pope Emeritus” clearly states:
There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry.
An objection has been made to my recent response to Bishop Williamson. It is an objection frequently made against sedevacantists. It objects that sedevacantists cannot criticize the SSPX for sifting the magisterium, since they themselves are sifting popes. By finding a discrepancy between pre-Vatican II magisterium and post-Vatican II magisterium, sedevacantists merely depose popes whom they find wanting in orthodoxy. But they have no authority to do so. So while sedevacantists object to “magisterium-sifting,” they themselves are involved in “pope-sifting,” which is the same thing.
Francis phones up Italian ice cream shop, thanking them for frozen treats - https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2020/08/pope-francis-phones-up-italian-ice-cream-shop-thanking-them-for-frozen-treats/ If only ‘Cardinals’ Burke and Brandmüller sold ice cream, maybe they would have been able to talk to Francis by now… #CatholicTwitter #catholic #popefrancis
Wilton Gregory to Succeed Timothy Dolan as “Catholic” Co-Chair of Consultation with National Council of Synagogues - https://zenit.org/2020/08/14/archbishop-gregory-to-succeed-cardinal-dolan-as-catholic-co-chair-of-consultation-with-national-council-of-synagogues/ #CatholicTwitter
Rumor has it that “Pope” Francis will address the United Nations general assembly on Sep. 15 by video message - https://forocatolico.wordpress.com/2020/08/14/bergoglio-estara-ante-la-onu-el-15-de-septiembre/ Makes sense, considering he is basically the U.N.’s religious arm. #popefrancis
Ooh, the super-liberal Novus Ordo ‘La Croix’ has discovered it’s all concerned about blasphemy… https://international.la-croix.com/news/religion/an-issue-unaddressed-when-is-denying-communion-blasphemy/12883 #CatholicTwitter
Novus Ordo Parish blasphemes Our Lady as “Mother of [Homo] Pride” - https://novusordowatch.org/2020/08/novus-ordo-parish-blasphemes-mary-mother-pride/ The ‘bishop’ is all for it! #catholic #CatholicTwitter
Peter Schweizer: Kamala Harris Refused to Prosecute Priests’ Sexual Abuse After Church’s Lawyers Funded Her Campaign - https://www.breitbart.com/radio/2020/08/13/peter-schweizer-kamala-harris-refused-prosecute-priests-sexual-abuse-churchs-lawyers-funded-her-campaign/ #CatholicTwitter #catholic