Bursting a Beloved Bubble

Benedict XVI and the “Prophetic Mission of Fatima”

[UPDATED 16-MAY-2016]

Every so often, someone with a soft spot for the old Modernist Joseph Ratzinger (“Pope” Benedict XVI) digs up a quote from a homily he gave in 2010 (see video above) in which he speaks somewhat cryptically about the apparitions of our Lady at Fatima and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

We would be mistaken to think that Fatima’s prophetic mission is complete. Here there takes on new life the plan of God which asks humanity from the beginning: “Where is your brother Abel […] Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!” (Gen 4:9).

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The Motu Inapproprio…

Seven Years Later: Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum Critically Examined

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The Indult Mass:
Beautiful to behold, just like the Forbidden Fruit

July 7 marked the seven-year anniversary of the release of Summorum Pontificum, the much-acclaimed “Apostolic Letter” Motu Proprio of “Pope” Benedict XVI. At the time, we published a critical examination of this document and its accompanying explanatory letter, warning traditionalists everywhere that the “Ratzinger Indult” was not what it seemed and put the Traditional Latin Mass on equal footing with the abominable Modernist Novus Ordo Missae of Paul VI, outrageously claiming that the two were simply two expressions of the same Roman rite!

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A much-needed Reality Check…

“One and the Same Rite”?
How Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum Aims to Destroy the Traditional Latin Mass

[Originally published Oct. 12, 2007; last revised April 11, 2017]

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Above left: “Cardinal” Ratzinger demonstrates the “ordinary form of the Roman rite,” as he distributes communion in the hand to Protestant Roger Schutz. (Source)

Above right:  “Cardinal” Ratzinger demonstrates the “extraordinary form of the Roman rite” with a rare celebration of a traditional Mass in Weimar, Germany, in April of 1999. (Source)

After about a year of rumors, on July 7, 2007, Fr. Joseph Ratzinger (“Pope Benedict XVI”) finally released an “Apostolic Letter motu proprio,” entitled Summorum Pontificum, on the use of the Roman Missal of 1962, the liturgical rite that is referred to by many as the “Traditional Latin Mass.” This document grants a fairly wide permission to priests in the Novus Ordo Church to use the 1962 Missal (of John XXIII) instead of the 1970 Missal (of Paul VI) for their celebration of Mass, though it does not do away with all conditions and restrictions, as we will see below.

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Ciudad Del Este responds to Vatican Investigation

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Paraguayan Diocese Under Investigation Fires Back: Priest Accused of Homosexual Conduct ‘Recommended by Cardinal Ratzinger’

You may have heard that the diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, is currently under investigation by the Vatican. Its vicar general, Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity, has a history of homosexual abuse allegations in the United States (Scranton, Pennsylvania), from where he was eventually transferred to Paraguay. A few days ago, “Cardinal” Santos Abril y Castello announced that priestly ordinations were suspended in the diocese until further notice. (A brief summary of the case can be found here.)

But now, the diocese has fired back: In a lengthy defense of its local ordinary, “Bishop” Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano, the diocese states flat-out that the accused predator priest, Fr.

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A “Siri Thesis” for Ratzinger Fans…

Resignationism 2.0:
Enter “Cardinal” Scola

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Things are topsy-turvy in Novus Ordo Land. Now they even have their very own “Siri Thesis.”

After the initial appearance in late 2013 of the position we have termed “Resignationism” — the idea that Benedict XVI’s resignation was invalid and therefore he is still Pope, and Francis a usurper — there followed a few rounds of additional theorizing by adherents of the thesis, especially after Ratzinger explicitly affirmed to a journalist that his resignation was valid indeed. At the time, we predicted that Benedict’s affirmation would still not put an end to the speculations, and we were proven right when Antonio Socci wrote his follow-up article “The Plot Thickens.” We ended our own commentary on Socci’s take with the words: “Stay tuned, everyone.

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Grab your Barf Bags…

“Cardinal” Schönborn Delighted at Success of Bearded Transvestite Singer

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To be clear: “Cardinal” Schonborn is the one on the left

Every year, the moral sewer known as the continent of Europe holds a singing competition among its various nations, which is known as the Eurovision Song Contest. It was only a matter of time, of course, before the neo-pagan, politically-correct, and sexually-aberrant Gaystapo movement would find a way to force its ideology on the show, and this took place in an unprecedented way in the 2014 edition of the contest, where Austrian Thomas Neuwirth performed a spectacle not seen in the “mainstream world” since pagan Rome: Under his stage name “Conchita Wurst”, dressed as a woman complete with make-up, earrings, and wearing a long dress, yet retaining a full beard for maximum shock value, he presented the song “Rise Like a Phoenix” — and won.

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John 7:13 all over again…

“For Fear of the Jews”:
The Novus Ordo Good Friday Prayer

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The Roman Catholic Church, in her loving kindness and care, having been entrusted by the Son of God with the mission to preach the Gospel and convert all men to the true Faith (see Mk 16:15-16), greatly desires the salvation of all people. Knowing that man was not made for this world, but for eternal beatitude in Heaven, she lovingly seeks to detach him from the state of sin he finds himself in and lift him up to the life of Faith and virtue through the grace merited by our Lord Jesus Christ, who declared: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.

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An Inconvenient Document…

Ratzinger 1972:
Communion for “Divorced-and-Remarried” Possible

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Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, left, with fellow-Modernist Fr. Yves Congar, OP (undated)
Congar is said to have urinated at the Holy Office building in the Vatican
to express his disgust at the strict demands of Catholic orthodoxy (see here)

[UPDATE: Did Ratzinger retract his essay in 2014? Not Quite — the facts here: Benedict XVI weighs in on Communion Debate]

At a time when everyone is talking about the German apostate “Cardinal” Kasper’s address to the consistory in Rome on February 21, 2014, outlining ways in which he thinks public adulterers can be admitted again to the Novus Ordo “sacraments”, specifically that of “Holy Communion”, we thought it most appropriate to let people in on the fact that in 1972, Fr.

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Resignationism Continued…

Now “Abp.” Ganswein Weighs In:
Benedict’s Emeritus Status 
“Corresponds to Reality”

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“Archbishop” Georg Ganswein, Secretary to Benedict XVI

Italian journalist and author Antonio Socci is back with more on the neverending drama surrounding what we have termed the Resignationist thesis, the idea that the resignation of Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) was invalid and he is therefore still the legitimate Pope of the Catholic Church, Francis being an impostor. (For those who don’t know, the position of Novus Ordo Watch is that all “Popes” after Pius XII have been impostors. More on that here.)

In his latest contribution, published March 2, 2014 for the Italian El Libero, Socci reveals the “serious answer” Benedict XVI’s private secretary, “Abp.” Georg Gänswein, has given to the question why Benedict sticks with the title “Pope Emeritus” (as opposed to reverting simply to “Cardinal Ratzinger”, as would have been expected) and still retains various papal insignia, such as his papal coat of arms, the continued wearing of the white cassock and zucchetto, etc.

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Resignationism Reloaded

Socci: “The Plot Thickens”

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“Greater Mystery” seen in
Ratzinger Response to Tornielli

Just as we predicted yesterday, not all who give credence to the idea that Benedict XVI’s resignation may have been invalid are convinced by Ratzinger’s reported reaffirmation of its validity to Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli.

“The plot thickens,” Socci says in a Feb. 26, 2014 article posted on his web site:

Socci claims that the questions he raised earlier this month have not been answered but instead the mystery surrounding Benedict’s abdication is deepening.

Socci, author of the book The Fourth Secret of Fatima, criticizes Andrea Tornielli of the Italian daily La Stampa for not releasing the full text of the alleged letter the “Pope emeritus” wrote him, saying that for a story of such magnitude, it would have been appropriate to at least reproduce the letter in its entirety, or better yet, a scanned facsimile copy showing Ratzinger’s signature and letterhead.

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Resignationism, R.I.P.

Benedict XVI Speaks: “My Resignation Was Valid”

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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.

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Ratzinger writes Letter to Hans Küng

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Benedict XVI delights in “Great Agreement of Views” with Francis

UPDATE 2/26/14: Benedict Confirms Accuracy of Hans Kung Testimony (click here)

Bad news for Resignationists and all those who believe that “Pope Emeritus” Benedict XVI is gravely at odds with his offbeat successor, Jorge Bergoglio. The Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports that in a Jan. 24, 2014 letter Joseph Ratzinger wrote to his former colleague and collaborator Hans Kung, he expressed his satisfaction to be united to “Pope” Francis not only by a “cordial friendship” but also — and this is clearly much more important — by a shared concurrence of points-of-view:

“I am grateful to be joined to Pope Francis by a great agreement of views and a cordial friendship”, the retired Benedict wrote to arch-apostate Hans Kung, who basically denies every Catholic dogma in the book, including that of the Most Holy Trinity, and who announced in 2013 that he is considering committing suicide as he is now advanced in years and suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and doesn’t really see the point of sticking around.

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Resignationism hitting the mainstream…

Italian Journalist Antonio Socci:
Ratzinger Resignation “May Not Be Valid”

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Author and Journalist Antonio Socci

One year after Benedict XVI’s historic announcement of his impending resignation from the “papacy”, well-respected Italian journalist and author Antonio Socci reflects on what led Fr. Joseph Ratzinger to give up his claim to the papal office on February 28, 2013.

Writing for the Italian daily Libero on Feb. 12, 2014, Socci says that details about the resignation have emerged that may render it invalid under church law. (Both Novus Ordo and traditional Catholic canon law state that, among other possible reasons, resignation obtained through fear unjustly inflicted is invalid; see Novus Ordo Canon 188Catholic Canon 185.) The details he describes are most interesting and by no means mere fantastic hypotheses.

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Reality Check for Ratzinger Admirers…

There’s Your New Evangelization:
Vatican Translator dies a Lutheran because “Cardinal” Ratzinger had told her NOT to Convert

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“Pope” Benedict XVI, right, with Nikolaus Schneider, head of German Lutherans

[UPDATE 2/6/14: Accuracy of this story confirmed – Spath herself was source of this information]

This past Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, a lady by the name of Sigrid Spath passed away in Rome. Austrian by birth, Spath had worked for the Vatican as a translator of official church documents since the time of Paul VI. She translated Italian, Latin, French, English, Spanish, and Polish texts into German.

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Update on “Fr.” Kramer’s Rejection of Francis

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Rev. Paul Kramer: “Benedict XVI Still Pope”
– The Rise of “Resignationism”

On November 29, 2013, we had happily reported that the well-known resistance traditionalist Rev. Paul Kramer, editor of The Devil’s Final Battle, had rejected Jorge Bergoglio’s claim to be the Pope of the Catholic Church and declared that the Holy See was vacant. Shortly thereafter, however, Kramer began claiming that Benedict XVI — officially the “Pope Emeritus” — was still reigning despite his resignation effective February 28 of this year. Here is what he posted on his Facebook page the day after announcing “sede vacante”:

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The reason Kramer gives for his new position is that he believes Ratzinger’s resignation to have been invalid because it was obtained, so he is convinced, through coercion (acc.

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