We Would Have Been In Trouble Anyway

The Pontiff Emeritus has recently expressed his desire to go to his reward soon, and this has prompted in me the desire to write not one, but two posts. Let us talk, today, about his health.

Whilst the man undoubtedly still has a fully functioning brain, if you look at a recent picture of his you will see the degree of physical decay that has now set in. Francis may be ill, or not, but he easily looks twenty years younger than his predecessor.

So I reflect on what papacy we would have had in the last eight and a half years, if Benedict had not resigned.

I think we would have had a horrible, horrible one.

Not a strong man when in the fullness of his physical ability, Benedict was, as Pope, clearly never man enough to do what he knew is right. Rather, he was happy with some alibi gestures, like Summorum Pontificum, whilst the wolves around him largely did what they wanted and kept installing their friends as bishops and cardinals. In fact, Benedict’s utter inability to set the tone in the episcopal appointments is, even more than his weakness in having SP seriously enforced, witness of his weakness.

Benedict was the guy happy to commission a 300 pages report on the homo mafia, knowing that he would not be the one who has to deal with the problem.

A strong Pope would have said “pray for me, that I may have some mercy on the wolves”. For Benedict, hunting the wolves was never in the cards. He merely hoped not to be pushed around all day.

If, therefore, Benedict had been still in charge in his late Eighties and Nineties, he would have allowed his handlers to boss him around like you wouldn’t believe, in tune with his innate lack of fortitude and his very German gregariousness and herd mentality.

The problem with that is, I believe, that whilst Benedict was never man enough to be a strong Pope, he was always intelligent enough to realise it. He must have looked with discomfort at the more and more overt pressure that would have been exerted on him as years go by. A lion will, with age, lose some strength in his roar; but a kitten is in real trouble. Faced with a difficult situation, and lucidly seeing his limits, Benedict did was all quitters do: he quit.

I think this is a sensible reading of the situation, and one that accounts for Benedict’s desire to feel that he was not fleeing from the wolves, but doing the sensible thing seeing his advanced age and declining physical abilities. Still, this tells me that, in good part thanks to his eight years’ inaction on the homo mafia and to his episcopal and cardinals’ appointment, we would have been in trouble anyway. In fact, we might have been better off with a total idiot and Clown as a frontman, allowing more people to open their eyes, than with John Paul II 2.0, showcased to the simple as a wonderful example of health martyrdom whilst the wolves feast in the background.

However, looking at him now, I cannot but realise that we would have been in real trouble anyway.

Posted on October 22, 2021, in Bad Shepherds, Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. As weak-willed as was Benedict he never gave scandal to the lambs. And remember the plaza!—filled to the brim with people in love with him. Joy and jubilation—then came the lesson, ever profound yet accessible—then more joy and jubilation. He loved The Faith and was a teacher extraordinaire.

    During his reign one felt “God’s in His Heaven and all’s right with the world”.

    I’ll never forget a photo-op of Benedict in profile with a young black woman. It was close-up head shots of them. They were almost touching noses. It was a remarkable set of photos brilliantly capturing the love between student and master. Her face radiated pure joy. His face was filled with fatherly love for her. I’d pay $50,000 for the original set at auction if my husband allowed it.

    So in an intangible way love for The Church grew during Benedict’s reign. 07/07/07 fostered a deep, abiding faithfulness and stewardship of the Liturgy. And you know what Father Zed says, “Save the Liturgy, Save the World”.

    I’m so happy to have been alive during the reign of Benedict. It was a great grace and what might have been what saves me. Peace, M. Let us soldier on under the scourge of Bergoglio.

    • He gave a big scandal when he did his own Assisi Kumbaya. This is stuff for which JP II is (and rightly so) harshly criticised 35 years later. It does not seem fair to spare Benedict just because he was, as always, following the crowd.

    • Yes, near the end he gave scandal in a major way when he dissuaded the Lutheran woman not to convert to The One True Faith, and remain where she was!!! I’m not fatally starstruck. Our Lord’s commands prevail.

    • Whoops. Used two negatives in that sentence. Wish I could edit!

      Benedict dissuaded the woman from converting to the One True Faith.

  2. Since the assumption of Pope John XXIII the papal seat has been filled pretty much on a “satan’s choice” agenda. Not to say that any of these popes have been evil (“who am I to judge?”) but that none have truly stood up against what is a satanic agenda.

  3. I tend to agree with you! Pope Francis has done the Church a great faviour by revealing the destructive, Masonic, Modernist and Marxist movement within the Conciliar “church”. Of course he is instrumental in this movement. We can clearly see that! Otherwise, if Benedict was still the active pope, conservative Catholics and even traditionalists would still fawn over Summorum Ponificum 07, and call him a great pope, fiddling whilst Rome burnt. Yet, many still do!

  4. I’ve always felt, and still feel, personal affection for BXVI. Summorum Pontificum was good, even if it didn’t go far enough, and the Anglican ordinariates were good, and I maintain that, all things being equal, we are better off because of them than we would be otherwise. Yet at the end of the day, there is no getting around the fact that BXVI was crippled by modernism. That he is orders of magnitude more orthodox than so many other clerics, and that he is so hated and despised by them, kept me from realizing that until very recently. But he still thought he could polish the turds of Vatican II, and so his effectiveness was vastly diminished.

    I have thought for a lot of years that the Church is in a chastisement, and that this chastisement would never play itself out until we got a thorough-going, spirit-of-Vatican-II, 1968-brand, burnt-orange-shag-carpeted Pope to prove to us just how bad things can get. Now we have that. Hopefully this marks the beginning of the end of the chastisement.

  5. “…whilst the wolves around him largely did what they wanted and kept installing their friends as bishops and cardinals.”

    Imagine, perhaps, that he too is a wolf(not was). What better way to retain the Magisterium and the protection of the Holy Spirit and not let those pass on to the immediate successor aka the EvilClown than to “resign”?

    Of course, that’s just speculation

    • So, he would be so evil and then allow his successor to do his evil work, but then cheat him by doing something that nobody knows and even notices but a tiny minority of dreamers unable to cope with rteality?

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