Bollocks By Hearsay.

The first attempt to give Francis the title of “Officially Endorsed By The Holy Ghost” had miserably failed…

 

 

 

Don’t believe the rumours. Believe the facts.

The fact is that the Pontiff Emeritus has said that he did not have the strength, both spiritual and physical, to continue his job as Pope. That’s what he said.

Now there are third-hand, unnamed rumours according to which Benedict would have had a mystical experience (actually many months long; heavy stuff, then…) at the end of which he felt inspired to live a life totally dedicated to prayer.

This already strange news – from, let us say it again, an unnamed source – is made even stranger by the other follow-up rumour, that Benedict would have recognised even more, after “witnessing the charisma” of Francis, that his stepping down was “the will of God”.

Please.

God’s will doesn’t change like the one of a sixteen year old girl, so it remains to be explained how Benedict would justify saying “my successor does all the contrary of what I do, but he has “charisma”, so it must be the will of God that he is now the Pope”. It does not make sense from a purely logical point of view, but it makes even less sense if you think Popes are elected at God’s bidding (they aren’t: the Pope is elected by those chaps in red called the Cardinals. Don’t blame God for the Cardinals’ mistakes, irreligious attitude, cowardice, corruption or outright criminal attitude).

If God positively decides who becomes Pope, than this must be a very strange God, positively imposing several dozens of appallingly secular or outright criminal people to His own flock. He would also be as fickle as the above mentioned girl, having decided in 2005 for Ratzinger against Bergoglio and now saying “on second thoughts, Joseph, that in 2005 might have been, like, kinda mistake. I’d rather have the other chap. Would you mind to step down? Please?”.

If you ask me, this is uncontrolled bollocks spread by those who want to give Francis the quality seal “officially endorsed by the Holy Ghost”.

Don’t believe the rumours.

When, and only when, Benedict says publicly that Francis is the man hand picked by the Holy Ghost to be Pope, call a doctor and don’t believe a word anymore of what he says; then in that case it would be clear the good man has clearly gone the sad way of John Paul II; gone, in fact, to the point of insulting the Holy Ghost and the Papacy at the same time. A Koran-kissing Pope, Mk II.

Heavens, can it really be that we live in such stupid times that basic Truth can be undermined by this kind of third-rate bollocks by hearsay? Can it truly be that there are people not only simple enough to think God wanted (as opposed to “allowed”) that the likes of Benedict IX and Leo X, of Liberius and John XXII, and of many others, become Pope, but even that in doing so God would not be able to let even eight years pass without radically, erm, changing His mind?

Such a hypothetical God wouldn’t be believable in a kindergarten, but it must be obviously just the ticket of the V II “revolution” crowd. If the narrative of the “hand picked by the Holy Ghost” were to swallowed by the faithful, we would have a new infallible magisterium, but endowed with a, erm, more recent and “fresher” infallibility than the original one! “Hey, Francis was the man picked by the Holy Ghost with his own hands! How can every blasphemy, heresy or stupid novelty he says not be the new will of God?”.

God is immutable. God never changes His mind, or His rules. If He did, He wouldn’t be God, because the very idea of mutation, of change, of transition is in contradiction with the idea of total, omnipotent perfection that must perforce be an essential element of God. If it is God, it does not change His mind. Whatever changes his mind, can never be God.

If anyone says or implies God “changes his mind” tell him to wash his mouth, and that he deserves to be slapped.

Don’t believe the bollocks by hearsay.

Mundabor

 

 

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Posted on August 22, 2013, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Sometimes, when contemplating a beach ball on the altar of St Mary Major, for example, the nagging suspicion creeps over me that, in light of unprecedented abdication of Pope Benedict and the vastly different orientation of Pope Francis, the forces that are benefiting from this pontificate may have put pressure to end the previous pontificate.

    Of course, if the abdication was forced then it was no abdication at all…

    I hope this suspicion is wrong as otherwise we would be in for a very bumpy ride.

    • Dear Augustine, I have a blog post coming on this and it won’t be “sensitive stuff”.
      Don’t take it personally. I know you don’t think that.

      M

  2. I was wondering today whether the pontiff emeritus might not, willy-nilly, have been doing damage control. (He said he admires Pope Francis’s charisma.)

    • Well, he has to say he admires “something”, doesn’t he? But again such a statement is a damning by faint praise: it means the Pontiff Emeritus does not like, well, all the rest…

      M

  3. The Cardinals who elected John 23rd (as an interim step before electing Montini) and those who elected subsequent Popes were/are not worth their Gelaros

  4. Dare we hope that Pope Francis is blessed with the same “mystical experience” and responds with the same alacrity and humility as Pope Benedict

  5. The story just doesn’t ring true. Much more likely it’s a rather desperate attempt by allies of Bishop Francis to reassure us that the See of Peter is in safe hands.

    • Yes, it’s the propaganda machine of the “Holy Ghost with us”.
      If you doubt it, they’ll tell you “who are you to judge God”.
      Happened yesterday on my combox.
      M

  6. Very odd statements coming from so-called confidantes of Benedict and totally out of character from a man who has never been a practitioner of soundbites. He’s not the Pope who said he was in thrall to his “bosses” at the Vatican who prevented him from doing what he wanted to do.

  7. I read this story yesterday and wondered about it. Popes HAVE had visions – it’s not impossible that something like that could have happened. But when human beings want something very, very much, they’re very good at convincing themselves that what they want is also the RIGHT thing to want. Even that God is telling them to do it. So I don’t know. I agree, though, that unless I hear Benedict himself, in an unedited recorded interview, state that this happened, I won’t believe it. And I certainly don’t accept without question the fact that both parts of this story – the mystical experience and the cheerleading for Francis – occurred the way they are presented by this unnamed source.

    I’ve seen the way the press rearranges reality to give the message they want. I can believe that someone could have said to Benedict, “Isn’t it wonderful the way Francis is revitalizing the Church, inspiring young people and creating such enthusiasm even among non-Catholics?” And Benedict could reply, in his polite, measured way, “Well, he certainly seems to be doing the right things…” And voila! “Benedict says Francis is sent by God!” go the headlines. And what is Benedict supposed to do? Deny the story, and it looks like he’s attacking his successor. Nice little games these people play.

  8. Watch out, M, I’m going to get onto one of my hobby-horses. The Holy Ghost did not play any part in the abdication of H.H. Benedict XVI. This miserable Conciliar pontificate simply has to be stuck through, I fear. Montini II. As for the incredible damage ‘Papa Imbroglio’ is doing to the already ravaged conciliar Church, I was approached by a Protestant today who gleefully accused the Catholic Church of altering its doctrines. It cannot nor has it, but the conciliar nonsense really leaves us in the lurch. Abp. Lefebvre, pray for us!

    • The Church hasn’t changed her doctrines, but I wonder how much we can blame Proddies for believing it, when Francis himself promotes “lio”.

      M

  9. I read now that Archbishop Ganswein has flatly denied the story: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1303592.htm

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