Fallout from “Amoris Laetitia”
Schism with Benedict XVI as Anti-Pope is Possible
Journalist and biographer Andreas Englisch in Cologne on Oct. 31, 2018
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Francis’ post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia has caused the predicted chaos among conservative adherents of the Vatican II religion, although a few are still in denial. Approximately 18 hours since its official release, plenty of summaries, commentaries, and reactions continue to pour in. We are chronicling the meltdown and present the most explosive quotes from the wordy document in the following two links:
Meanwhile, the German intellectual review Merkur has published an interview with one of the country’s leading “papal” biographers and Vatican journalists, Andreas Englisch. His best-selling works include biographies of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis. His latest book, available in the original German here, is entitled “The Fighter in the Vatican: Pope Francis and his Courageous Path.”
Englisch is a long-time Vatican insider and de facto member of the liberal wing of the Vatican II religion, a Modernist through and through. For many years, he accompanied “Pope” John Paul II on his journeys around the world. He has lived in Rome since 1987. Englisch received particular attention in Germany in 2012, when he predicted in an interview with the TV news channel n-tv the resignation of Benedict XVI roughly 1 year before it actually happened (see original here — caution, immodest pictures).
Yesterday, April 8, Englisch made an explosive comment in his interview with Merkur, saying that although he does not believe it is likely to happen, he nevertheless believes it is possible that the fallout from the exhortation Amoris Laetitia will trigger a conservative schism with Benedict XVI as Anti-Pope. Here is the relevant excerpt:
Papal Biographer Englisch: Benedict XVI as Anti-Pope is Possible
By Wolfgang DePonte, April 8, 2016, 5:50 pm.
Munich — An interview with papal biographer Andreas Englisch about the document Amoris Laetitia. He says: It is possible that there will now be a split in the church with Benedict XVI as Antipope.
Englisch: Yes, but [Francis] also says that the Church’s ideas about relationship and marriage are outdated. And that the Church was much too rigid.
In other words, he’s criticizing the [Church’s] attitude of the past.
Englisch: Yes. This is exactly what pains the conservatives the most. It is a huge defeat [for them] — and creates a strained situation.
Englisch: The super-conservatives have always said, when a Pope gives Communion to the remarried for the first time, he is no longer Catholic! Then there will be a split in the church like in 1054 — when the Orthodox Church was formed.
With Pope Benedict?
Englisch: Exactly! I do not think this is likely [to happen]. But for the first time in centuries, we are in a situation in which this would be possible. It has never happened before that there was a Pope who could say, my successor is not Catholic. A number of conservatives would wish for that: a small flock with no more than a tenth of all [current] members of the church.
(Wolfgang DePonte, “Papal Biographer Englisch: Benedict XVI as Anti-Pope is Possible”, Merkur.de, April 8, 2016)
We have long spoken about the possibility of such an internal schism within the Novus Ordo Sect, effectively creating two anti-popes (one being Francis, the other Benedict). The links below list some of our posts on that subject.
Would it be good for there to be an intra-NovusOrdo schism? Yes and no. It would be good insofar as it would make plainly visible to all that the supposed “unity” in the Vatican II Church is illusory, and in this way it would help to finally bring this pseudo-Catholic monstrosity to an end. At the same time, there would also be a very grave danger that could allow people to continue to be blinded for decades to come: Those who flock to the “conservative” Benedict XVI will be under the illusion of having escaped the Modernist deception, which they will see only in Francis’ sect, whereas it began long before Francis, namely, in 1958 with the election of Cardinal Angelo Roncalli as the first false pope (“John XXIII”). This is where the Modernist revolution from the top officially began.
Make popcorn, folks. It has been an absurd ride so far, but we will probably see stranger things still.
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