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Novus Ordo Canon Lawyer: Benedict XVI is being brought into position as Antipope to Francis

It’s a clever ruse because… they’re both Antipopes!

[UPDATE 18-JUL-2017 15:53 UTC: Ganswein denies Benedict meant to criticize Francis]

The fallout from “Pope Emeritus” Benedict XVI’s remarks at the funeral of “Cardinal” Joachim Meisner continues. If the initial reports were enough to makes waves, what is being reported now has the potential to turn into a tsunami.

A German Novus Ordo canon lawyer has gone on record accusing Benedict XVI’s private secretary, “Abp.” Georg Gänswein, of bringing the so-called “Pope Emeritus” into position as Antipope vis-à-vis Francis. His name is Thomas Schüller, and he isn’t a nobody. From 1993 to 2009 he was the chief canon lawyer for the diocese of Limburg, and from 1997 to 2001, he was theological advisor to “Bishop” Franz Kamphaus. Currently he teaches canon law at the University of Münster.

That Schuller’s assessment of Benedict’s tribute to “Cardinal” Meisner, read by Ganswein at the funeral, is being taken seriously in the Novus Ordo Sect is evident from the fact that the “Archdiocese” of Cologne has published a report about it on the web site of its radio station. We have translated the most important parts:

In the opinion of Catholic canon lawyer Thomas Schüller, former Pope Benedict XVI is being taken advantage of by critics of [Pope] Francis. His private secretary Georg Gänswein and others in his close surroundings “are using the former Pope to bring him into position as an Antipope to Francis”, the University of Münster professor told the Evangelischer Pressedienst (epd) [Lutheran Press Agency]. The clearly evident criticism [of Francis] contained in the message which Ganswein read on behalf of Joseph Ratzinger at the funeral of Cardinal Joachim Meisner in Cologne on Saturday, is “in bad taste and a matter of church politics”, Schuller said.

“Frustrated and Disappointed People”

It is “frustrated and disappointed people who are convinced that the current Pope is betraying the doctrine of the Church” who are behind this, the director of the Institute for Canon Law at the Catholic-Theological Faculty of the University of Munster said. He does not believe that the former Pope is himself the driving force but that he does play along. During Benedict’s pontificate between 2005 and 2013 it was already evident, Schuller maintained, that the Pope was rather hapless in his selection of advisors and often unaware of how people were using him in public.

Campaign against Francis?

At his resignation Benedict announced that in the future he would exclusively pray for the Church in silence, Schuller said. But what has been happening is the exact opposite: “One cannot position oneself any more publicly than the way he just did in the Cathedral of Cologne.” And even though the former Pope never issues any official comments, again and again his followers make use of excerpts from [his] letters or circulate quotations in order to use them against Pope Francis, Schuller maintained.

For Schuller, this is part of a campaign against Francis. Thus Ganswein recently said [in a lecture given] at the Pontifical Gregorian University [in Rome] that there are currently two Popes: an active Pope and a contemplative, praying, retired Pope.

“Dogmatically and canonically, this is nonsense. Pope Benedict resigned, and the official title of ‘Pope Emeritus’ that he invented for himself, does not exist”, Schuller emphasized. Pope Benedict XVI became the retired bishop of Rome or perhaps Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger [again]. For Ratzinger to continue to wear the white papal garments, is a break with Tradition, according to Schuller.

(Wiebke Rannenberg, “Kampagne gegen Franziskus?”,, July 17, 2017; our translation.)

When reading this, one cannot help but remember what German Vaticanist Andreas English said shortly after the release of the disastrous “papal” document Amoris Laetitia last year. He said that a split in the church with Benedict XVI as Antipope could not be ruled out:

Approximately a year and a half prior, we had posed the question: “How long until schism?”; and Kazakhstan’s most famous Novus Ordo bishop, Mr. Athanasius Schneider, has even claimed that “a certain kind of schism already exists” in his church.

Yes, it certainly looks like the Vatican II Sect is on the brink of a big split. However, as we have pointed out several times on this site, that would not necessarily be a good thing. Certainly, it would be good insofar as it would finally make it impossible for Novus Ordo apologists to point to their institution and claim it has unity; and this fact alone would surely help to finally bring this pseudo-Catholic monstrosity to an end. At the same time, however, there would also be a very grave danger that could blind people 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 the truth is that the deception began long before Francis, namely, in 1958 with the election of Cardinal Angelo Roncalli as the first false pope (“John XXIII”).

We must pray that those who are starting to see the truth about the Vatican II Church will not be diverted into yet another false option, that of a “Novus Ordo Lite” with a Benedict XVI Reloaded.