Five Years Later: The Tragic Figure Of Benedict XVI

Today is the fifth anniversary of that fateful day, in which Pope Benedict XVI announced his intention to abdicate at the end of the month and make way for a more vigorous Pope.

Benedict's Pontificate had been, Summa Summarum, more Catholic than JP II's, particularly because of the historic Summorum Pontificum. Therefore, I then believed in the honest, straight narrative of a Pope who feels that his strength is leaving him and, remembering the last sad tears of JP's Pontificate, decided to make way for a more energetic man, confident that the Conclave he was about to leave would lead to the election of a man continuing on his path, a Benedict XVII so to speak.

This reading still makes, if you ask me, the most sense. However, the past five years have not helped the man to rise in my, or many others', estimation. Actually, if I were the man I would now be rather scared for my salvation.

Benedict The Emeritus has disappointed in many ways. One can mention here:

1. The at least two interviews – two were really brutal and I have written about them; there were other minor occasions – in which Benedict approved of Francis' work and expressed himself in glowing terms concerning his Pontificate.

2. The failure to do what he said he would do: retire to a life of prayer and contemplation. It seems nowadays not even nonagenarian Popes can resist the temptation of frequent interviews and photo-ops, with or without Bierkrug.

3. The failure to condemn Pope Francis when it became clear that the pontificate was steering towards aggressive heresy. In particular, his silence concerning Amoris Laetitia and the many heresies and blasphemies therein contained – something a theologian like him must see with extreme clarity – is most shocking from one who claims to still keep the title of former Pope, and therefore maintains that he is still way more than just another bishop.

4. The strange neo-Catholic thinking and reference to his, apparently, imminent salvation (about which doubts are more than justified). That a Pope who decided to abdicate does not approach his impending death, at least publicly, with fear and trembling tells you all you need to know about V II and the massacre of sound Catholic thinking.

I certainly forget a lot.

In general, the man gives the impression of being not a leader, but a follower. In true German fashion, he has marched to the drum of V II without much regard for the ruins he saw around him. When it became clear to him that Francis' course was a much more brutal incarnation of V II that he could ever imagine, he decided to toe the party line and promote this new, inspired version of V II, instead of using his unique position to try to give witness for proper Catholicism.

Granted: countless bishops and Cardinals have done the same. But much fewer have given glowing interviews about Francis, and no one of them has insisted on being called Pontiff Emeritus.

Benedict is, I think, about to get into history as a tragic, pathetic figure. Too weak to be an effective Pope, too naive to see Francis coming as a result of his many disgraceful episcopal and cardinalatian appointments, too cowardly and gregarious to denounce the disaster unfolding under his eyes, and even praising Nero whilst Rome burns.

Now, in his last legs, the recent, disquieting public announcement of his own impending salvation; which is what V II does to you if you allow it to work on you for 60 years.




Posted on February 12, 2018, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I think he was forced out. We don’t know the details but very likely a CIA/Obama/Clinton/ Soros – St Galen Gay Mafia collusion black op.

    • This is unsubstantiated and, in fact, very insulting to the man, whom you are accusing of great cowardice and even greater hypocrisy.

    • On the contrary. I’m saying he had no choice. Unsubstantiated? Yes. But very probable given the known players and events as well as the outcome.

    • With respect: this is even more insulting.
      To say that a pope has no choice – nay: that a Pope has no choice but to yield to blackmail – is to consider him not only a coward, but a very stupid one at that.
      There is absolutely no universe in Catholicism in which anyone – much less a Pope – would yield to a willed evil so that some other allegedly worse evil doe not happen. Everyone must know this. Ratzinger knows it better than most.

  2. Five years – wow. Soon his abdication will have lasted longer than his pontificate.

    I don’t believe in the blackmail excuse. I think it’s a way of avoiding the pain of admitting that Benedict was such an easily bamboozled weakling. “He wasn’t a gullible fool, believing all the assurances that the College of Cardinals was in safe hands, and there would be no risk if he yielded to his own inclination and just stepped aside. No! He was FORCED to resign! They (whoever they are) MADE him do it! He’s not to blame!”

    Well, I do blame him, every day. And if he’s certain of his own salvation, after throwing us to the wolves and not even looking back to see the carnage after he took to his heels, then maybe we’ve overrated his vaunted intelligence.

    • I fully agree. And I don’t know if he really was gullible or decided to fake it for fear of the consequences of admitting he had seen what game they were playing…

  3. What a great point you have made, and one so easily overlooked.
    He abdicated because he just couldn’t continue those Yute Days, a pointless exercise for NewChurch only VII thinking could have dreamed up. (where are all those young Catholics now?) For a pope to do what was the unthinkable, abdicate, based on that. Or for his odd thinking on a bifurcated papacy, which is not possible. How would it ever be that of all people, Joseph Ratzinger would think it acceptable to redefine the papacy.
    If he is responsible for his own words, he has done nothing but express gratitude toward Bergolio, and appreciation for his papacy.
    How bizarre, after his persona of “God’s Rottweiler” all those years, to find out he was totally on board with VII and all the trappings. There were people who admonished, he’s not the traditionalist you think he is, but nobody listened really, I didn’t. Post-papacy he seems entirely different than he did before.
    Yes thank God for SP. God made sure we had that.

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