The Pope Who Was Duped








Three years ago yesterday, Pope Benedict stunned the world announcing his abdication.

I have written often that I do not believe in any conspiracy theory, and that this fabrication of abstruse hypotheses is always the ideal way for the very grumpy to create a bespoke reality for themselves. I am, also, fully persuaded that Benedict would not lie, and did what he did exactly for the reasons he said: the desire to have a strong Pope rather than a frail one in times in which a strong man – which he, alas, knew he wasn’t – was necessary.

The intention was, if you ask me, perfectly fine. The man had seen JP II in his last years, and I agree with him the Papacy does not deserve that. You can talk as much as you want about the sacredness of the papal office, but if the sacred office ends up exercised by other people who have not been elected Pope I have a problem with that, too. I still commend the courage, and approve of the intention. It is my personal forecast that as medicine advances and the number of Popes living, but unable to exercise their office properly, increases, so will the abdications. And let us remind ourselves that an abdication is not sinful at all, if done with the right intention, for the good of the Church.

However, it seems to me that Benedict was very naive, and was duped by his own people. His abdication can only have been the fruit of a gross misreading of the intentions and general quality of the cardinals he entrusted with the task of choosing his successor. I cannot imagine the man would have abdicated unless reasonably sure that his successor would have continued his work. And if his successor had continued his work, no one would spend great quantities of ink about his resignation now. 

No, what I think has happened is something very simple: the man thinks he has the “right” conclave, and the conclave will pick a man he sees as ideal continuation of his work. Someone like Scola, say. He does not expect a man of almost eighty, and already defeated once, to be in any way papabile. He probably thinks a sufficient number of Cardinals think and feel like him, and will do what is natural to them.

Here we see a constant of Benedict XVI as well as of JP II. They were rather too innocent – in the wrong way – and easily duped by cunning schemers. Some of the most disastrous episcopal appointments of the modern Church are Benedict’s appointments or Benedict’s promotions. Clearly, as we now know, the same applied to Cardinals.

Benedict always seemed to me, to use the English expression, “too clever by half”. He thought he had achieved the right balance between senseless “liberalism” and a conservatism he felt could damage the Church. He thought he and his successors would slowly, but surely lead the Church on the right path, without great strife and controversy (let us remind ourselves: the years of Benedict were already seeing a clear rise in vocations). He thought himself smart enough for a dangerous balancing act, and a balancing act which – from the perspective of us Traditionalists – is sinful, because heavily compromising with Truth in the first place. Still, he thought he could pull this rabbit out of his hat, and resigned confidently believing his work would have been continued.

Otherwise, he would not have resigned, and I think it very offensive to the old man to state he would simply think “I have had enough now, just let me have a quiet retirement”.

Benedict was duped, big time. He failed to read both the evil intent and the incompetence of too many Cardinals. He thought he was maneuvering brilliantly, and he was leading the barque of Peter towards very dangerous rocks. He just did not see it coming. Again: too clever by half.

Benedict is now punished by a just Lord, and forced to see his work raped every single day. A fitting punishment, if you ask me, for believing that a balancing act can be achieved between the right and the wrong Church.

Sanity is achieved by expunging insanity. There can be no compromises. Try to walk this (evil) tightrope, and you may end up with Bergoglio.

Depending on how long the Evil Clown remains Pope, and barring the intervention of the Holy Ghost, Benedict’s massive misjudgment of the conclave he would leave behind may have consequences for many decades to come. Already a libtard like Tagle is advertised around as probable successor. God forbid such a disgrace is inflicted on the Church!

Benedict’s intentions were certainly good. Good, I mean, as far as a V II Pope’s intention can be good. But you see, V II is bad, and there can be no good way of going around doing bad things.

I wonder if he realises it now. But I am afraid he will die a V II Pope.

Pray for Benedict. The Pope who was duped.






Posted on February 12, 2016, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. ” Here we see a constant of Benedict XVI as well as of JP II. They were rather too innocent – in the wrong way – and easily duped by cunning schemers. Some of the most disastrous episcopal appointments of the modern Church are Benedict’s appointments or Benedict’s promotions. Clearly, as we now know, the same applied to Cardinals.”

    This is an important statement, and it seems that good Cardinals appointed by JP II and Pope Benedict had the same too innocent in the wrong way ‘problem’. I was amazed to hear Cardinal Burke in a video taped interview before the conclave say that people had nothing to worry about , because all of the Cardinals would be well qualified to become pope. Cardinal Turkson made a similar statement giving a vote of confidence to all the cardinals. It seems that some lay catholics who had spent time on the internet knew the Cardinals better than they knew each other.

    • Naive statements, for sure.
      However, when I knew of Burke’s statement at the time I thought it was nothing more than a rhetorical expression, like saying that “every mother is beautiful”.
      If he really thinks that each and every one of the Cardinals could have elected Pope without damage to the Church, I start to understand Bergoglio’s election.

  2. I believe Pope Benedict knew the magnitude of the wolvery surrounding him. He seems to be maintaining his serenity. If he was duped I believe he would have already died of a broken heart, or, at least the stress would render him looking much more haggard. No, I believe Benedict is cooperating with a plan perhaps revealed to him in a supernatural manner.

    • My personal take on that is that he was worn by the responsibility, and felt he did not have the strength. Once relieved of this burden, it appears logical or at least possible that his health would improve.
      What I cannot imagine, is that he resigned *because* he wanted his health to improve, at 83.
      I personally also do not believe in the frequency of such supernatural plans. In comparison to the odds that he was either naive (as I think) or coward (as others think), the odds of some apparition are basically almost non existent.

  3. You might be doing injustice to his great intellect. Let us not forget he was very aware of the very powerful and very determined lobby groups in the Vatican, even before he became known as John Paul’s II bulldog, and as pope stated not long before his resignation, that his power ended at the door of his study (or apartment – I am not sure). It was very much like what John Paul II stated to his secretary, probably many times.
    The Vatican has been known as a place of corruption and ruthless politics (including murder of opponents) for a very long time
    It is possible that pope Benedict was under so much pressure, that his resignation statement was perfectly true, although only a small part of the truth was revealed? He knew he was getting old and weak, and he knew (aware of the whole Fatima prophecy and things we might be unable to imagine) what was inevitably coming, a little sooner or a little later, but nonetheless inevitably.
    I doubt not that he made the decision after much prayer, and fully aware of what was coming.
    Maybe he said: Lord, I am surrounded by your enemy, and feel unable to withstand the attacks, while my physical body weakens. I know there is no evil you will not be able to turn into good.
    We can all see every day, what kind of men were surrounding him, how duplicitous, how ruthless. Many fit the description of a psychopath. Even just the idea that anyone (let alone a Cardinal) can believe in Jesus and be a Mason at the same time, is too absurd to a rational mind.
    Could it be that pope Benedict did not want to wait any longer with the shining of the light on that which to most Catholic remained largely hidden? – The takeover by Masons and sodomites? Could it be that while not able to speak truth more directly (he hinted at it often), he let the enemy speak themselves, unrestricted?

    • It seems to me that, by defending his intellect, you destroy his integrity.

      Pope Benedict would know, with 100% certainty, that if the situation is the one you describe his only duty would be to fight and die at his place. The very idea that he would go away to allow sodomites and masons to speak unrestricted is, if actuated by a pope, utterly satanic.

      No Pope ever had the right to say “hey, I am too weak, but you can turn everything into good so I may desert the battle and have the enemy take control of things”.


      If he knew what would happen, he was a traitor and a coward. if he wasn’t a traitor and a coward, he did not know what would happen.

      Personally I think the man did not see it coming at all.


  4. The road to hell is paved with all those lovely “intentions”. I find it hard to believe that JP II, being intelligent, media and politically savvy could be that blind when it comes to the bishops and cardinals in the Church. The laity were supposedly constantly communicating the insanity going on in their diocese to him and nothing was done, the fire burned on. Benedict tried to throw some sawdust on it with SP but by then it was an inferno. Yes, Benedict is being punished by being forced to watch his beloved Church being raped. Well said. May the Lord have mercy on JP II and Benedict…us too. God bless~

    • I have often noticed that the innocent may have, if they are naive, a kind of unpreparedness for life that appears difficult to believe to those who are more street wise than they are.

  5. If Tagle succeeds Francis the downward spiral accelerates. He is relatively young and could have a reign of 30+ years.

  6. Probably the best, and most plausible, encapsulation of the events of spring 2013 I’ve read. Brilliantly-marshalled analysis. Still despairing to read, mind.

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