Lettergate: Benedict Is Inexcusable

It seems like every two days we get a different version of the famous letter, and every two days the Vatican PR people look more like miserable lying amateurs.

However, this does not mean that Benedict gets out of the matter one bit better than before.

It appears now clear that Benedict was being Benedict once again: in the same letter he gives the highest praise that can be given to the pontificate of an archheretic (insulting, well, us and calling us foolish), and this is truly the most damage he can do to Catholicism. Then, and in a matter that is utterly peripheral to Francis’ orthodoxy, he makes clear a couple of things: he has no intention of reading the booklets, he resents that one of them was written by a theologian unfriendly to him, and will therefore not write any kind of endorsement for the work.

Benedict’s letter can be summarised in this way: thanks for the booklets, obviously meant to show what we already know: that Francis is not a boorish heretic as those pesky, foolish Traditionalists think, and his Pontificate is in continuity to mine. However, I won’t read them. Other things to do, you know, and age, and my eyesight, and all that. However, next time kindly avoid provoking me with a theologian with whom I have had a controversy and I might actually deliver for you , verstanden?

How Benedict would get any better out of the final text of the letter is beyond me. Who is criticised in the unpublished part is most certainly not Francis. Those who look bad are the authors of the booklets and the Vatican guys who keep picking heretical theologians.

And please, please, please let us stop trying to find hidden ironies and subtle disapproval in what is an open endorsement of Pope Francis’ disgraceful papacy. Benedict has been reading Francis’ antics on the newspaper for five years, like everyone of us. Like everyone of us, he does not need the stupid booklets to decide whether Francis is a disgrace or not. Therefore, the fact that he refused to read the booklets is completely irrelevant. He endorsed the Pontificate of that scoundrel Francis. May God forgive him for his insolence.

I don’t need to say here that the duty of every bishop and cardinal, but particularly of one who calls himself Pontiff Emeritus, is to denounce heresy. Alleged ironies that aren’t even there will not wash.


Posted on March 19, 2018, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Amazingly, people are getting comfort from the letter, saying that Benedict is subtly scathing of Francis in the letter and even thanking him for doing so. They are saying it is the only way Benedict could be so.
    Benedict was always a man of utmost clarity. I’m heartbroken he has not stood up for Truth.

    • It’s a pathetic game of self delusion. With this meter, Francis is an extremely orthodox chap , as you can a,ways find here and there something that is not heretical. You are right, I believe what he says.

  2. Sorry for Benedict admirers but he has always been a coward and a weasel on any important issue, This is the same thing all over again, he is still a coward and trying to analyze him is wasted effort.

  3. My dear mother (may she RIP) had a very astute recognition of people. She disliked Ratzinger from the beginning. Had she been alive, she would have been disturbed by his papacy, notwithstanding SP. I have learned since she is gone to become more tough, because her instincts and assessments of people were so correct, and I am happy to say that I am becoming a little bit like her. And you, M, have helped.

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