Meet Benedict, The Armchair Pope.

You really don’t believe this.

The Pope who – as it is abundantly clear by now – was too weak to do anything against the powerful gay lobby he saw around himself, and preferred to step down (though keeping pomp and title, so as not to be called a Celestine; which he will be called anyway, and will be considered much worse than the original) is about to publish a 6000 word document telling others how to do what he did not have the guts to do himself.   Talk about armchair Pope (Emeritus, of course).

From what has emerged of his document, Benedict commits two huge errors:

1. He fails to point out the deep connection between paedophilia and homosexuality. The linked article does not seem to indicate that he sees any connection between the homosexual scourge plaguing the Church and the paedophile scandals. His main issue is how priests of the Sixties and Seventies reacted to paedophilia, not homosexuality.

2. He keeps living in Benedictopia, a fully unreal place where there is a “good” Vatican II and all that has happened – and was caused exactly by and in the name of Vatican II – is actually some sort of misreading or mistake. He is like a 90 years old communist who keeps blathering about hod good Communism actually was, though Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro and all the others were actually quite a misreading of it.

Vatican II was, says Benedict, misunderstood by, actually, the entire Church of Vatican II. That people in this day and age still have the effrontery to try to defend an entire life fought on the wrong side of Christ beggars belief.

Oh, and by the way: there is no indication whatsoever – and how could that be? – that the man may claim for himself any right in conflict with Francis’ position. He is the Emeritus, the “retired Pope”. He talks to the public just in the same way Helmut Schmidt – a man vastly more intelligent than Benedict – gave long interview about Germany’s political situation decades after not being the Kanzler anymore. The difference is that Schmidt was an extremely effective guy, and he could talk the talk because everyone knew that he had walked the walk.

Armchair Pope, this is what Benedict wants to be. He wants to be the man who does not have to actually do anything, but enjoys telling others how to do it right; this, when he himself was in the position to do exactly that and made almost nothing, or very little, and fled before the wolves when the going got rough.    

What a waste of a papacy. What a tragic lack of any awareness of his tragic failure. What a tragic inability to understand simple things about the world around him.

I pray for the guy that the 6000 word document – apparently published with the knowledge and consent of Pope Francis – does not have any fawning remark about Francis’ Pontificate; something, this, that Benedict did at least twice in the past and about which I reported. It would be the height of mockery if, just as he tells us how to do it right, the man would keep praising the man who is the very embodiment of doing it all wrong, and who came to his position thanks to the cowardice of Benedict himself.

From the article:

“Why did pedophilia reach such proportions?” he asks. “Ultimately, the reason is the absence of God.”

See? Homosexuality is no issue at all here. The problem is the “absence of God”.

What a convenient retreat from reality! There’s Benedict entire life hidden, or rather exposed,  here.

I think the Devil scored a good couple with these two. Francis is the faithless church-wrecker. Benedict is the more refined, more deeply thinking Church wrecker in slow motion; with a lot more profoundness of wrong thought, a penchant to tell others what he did not do himself, and clearly zero balls.

The life in seclusion and prayer at least had something going for it: a semblance of dignity, and perhaps the illusion that he might actually be disapproving of Francis. But by speaking on several occasions (this one is, to my count, at least the third) Benedict showed once again that he will die being remembered for his completely waster life and Pontificate, plus Summorum Pontificum.

Francis is the bubo of V II, exploded. Benedict is the bubo of V II growing and, so to speak, still talking.

M

 

 

 

Posted on April 11, 2019, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. You’ve made points

  2. It seems almost unbelievable that Benedict XVI would close this letter with praise of Francis.

  3. All of the Popes since V II are guilty especially the infamous John XXIII who had the chutzpah to even take the name of an anti-Pope. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antipope_John_XXIII

  4. Ratzinger was 35 years old in 1962 and attended all sessions of the Second Vatican Council as a peritus (expert) to Cardinal Frings, archbishop of Cologne. He was considered a brilliant theologian. He wrote a book called Theological Highlights of Vatican II, in which he reports in detail, the debates during the Council. Ratzinger supported ecumenism, reform of the liturgy, etc. – all of the ideas that have given rise to the destruction of the faith among Catholics since VII. In other words, this guy is a classic Company Man. I don’t know why trads were hoping that he would denounce VII in this most recent letter.
    VII lead to the collapse of discipline in the clergy, the men who are supposed to be leading the army of God. Men with homosexual inclinations were no longer barred from the priesthood. Homosexual acts were tolerated instead of punished. Where army discipline collapses, the army loses a lot of battles. It pains the Pope Emeritus to acknowledge this because his entire identity and career, like those of the ageing cardinals, bishops and archbishops, were built on the quicksand of Vatican II.
    But he isn’t as dumb as some of the other highly ranked cardinals. That’s why he issued Summorum Pontificum, a last ditch attempt to rescue the stinking carcass of Vatican II. Summorum Pontificum is nothing less than an admission that the liturgical reform, especially the Mass of Paul VI (better known as the Mess of Paul VI), has been a total failure and will leave churches empty by 2030, meaning no money flowing into diocesan coffers.

  5. How could he write so very many words, with such clarity, and a not well hidden tinge of modernism?
    And he is so frail. He also is the only Pope to be enthroned with the full knowledge of Fatima within … having read it. He never once mentioned Mary, whom God has give us as our last help. “Only I can help you” They have eliminated the supernatural effectively.
    And a compliment to Pope Francis at the end.

  6. I do not believe Benedict penned that peculiar letter.

    • Impossible that he does not know by now that the entire planet talks of it. Even my atheist friends have hard of it. Stop making excuses and look at the reality staring you in the face.

  7. the height of mockery has been accomplished…..

  8. I just wrote similar comments somewhere else. I so completely agree with your points here. It would be better if he would just stop. Stop issuing these letters, although, the upside is maybe people will stop their Benedict-missing, and get on with reality, the man left the church and left us hanging, swinging, and that frail old guy is still able to put out some letters six years later. That he did thank Bergolio, that he still refuses to acknowledge homosexuality as the cause of all the sexual abuse, is salt in a bad wound. He’s making it tough not to say, how nice for you to retire to a life of prayer, wouldn’t we all love to do that, but those of us out here in the rotten world you made rottener by your abdication of responsibility have to contend with a world gone mad, a homosexual lobby that is turning reality on it’s ear, a church on the rocks, an abusive pope and totally arrogant minions, and Islam being ravenously imported to Christendom by your replacement.
    Please, stop talking.

  9. Benedict has ‘a lot more profoundness of wrong thought.’ Indeed! My dear departed mother would have loved you, Mundabor. She was very outspoken about Cardinal Ratzinger, and VII in general. She certainly would have loved to see that time has proven her right.
    Thank you for another great post.

  10. Yes, B16 is a tragic figure and I believe a modernist. And though the letter is largely Benedictine I can’t help but feel the analysis of the abuse crisis is very sophomoric and a third party shoe-horned several passages to make excuses for the fetid narrative promulgated by Rome. And the closing paean to Bergoglio is over-the-top. I don’t hang my hat on B16s unflappable virtue. Modernist Rome is a failed venture and all the post-Vatican II popes are responsible.

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