Thursday, March 12, 2015

Francis & Benedict sing the same modernist song

Francis and Benedict XVI are of the same substance, both are modernists only differing in their styles.  The major difference between the two, in their modes of operation, is that Francis has a savy pro-sodomite PR team which has sold him to the world as a humble person, where as Benedict XVI was lacking in this department.  Turns out Benny is just as humble as Frankie.  Underlines in the article below are ours for emphasis. 

By John L. Allen Jr. 
1 February 2015

Pope Francis delivered another gesture this week destined to burnish his legend for both humility and reform, deciding that an annual Mass in which newly appointed archbishops from around the world receive their symbol of office will no longer be held in Rome, but in their home archdiocese. 
That event, called the Pallium Mass, traditionally was a highlight of the Roman summer. Francis has now taken himself out of the equation, stipulating that the pallium, a woolen cloth symbolizing service, will be presented to each archbishop individually by the papal ambassador in his country. 
Most people likely will see it as another way in which Francis is breaking with tradition, playing down the trappings of a royal court in the Vatican and emphasizing the importance of the local church. Those who paid careful attention during the Benedict XVI years probably would agree, except for the “breaking with tradition” part. 
In truth, Francis’ latest reform is not a departure from Benedict, but yet another instance in which the two pontiffs seem to be singing from the same songbook.
One of Benedict’s own first decisions after he took office in 2005 was that he would no longer preside personally at beatification Masses, and that those services would no longer be held in Rome. (Beatification is the last step before sainthood, allowing someone to be called “Blessed.”) 
That choice, too, was about the importance of the local Church, since beatification authorizes veneration of a figure for a local community, while canonization is for the entire Church. Benedict XVI was also sending a signal that the pope doesn’t have to be the center of attention — the same point Francis is making about the pallium. 
That’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of continuity. Consider these other examples: 
Climate change/the environment: As the world awaits Francis’ forthcoming encyclical letter on ecology, it’s worth remembering that Benedict XVI devoted so much attention to the environment that he was dubbed the “Green Pope.” Among other measures on his watch, the Vatican signed an agreement to become Europe’s first carbon-neutral state (albeit a tiny one) by replanting a stretch of Hungarian forest to offset its carbon use, and installing solar panels atop the Paul VI Audience Hall. 
Financial clean-ups: Francis has made avoiding future financial scandals a linchpin of his Vatican reform. The clean-up began under Benedict, the first pope to open the Vatican to outside secular inspection through the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering agency Moneyval. It was also Benedict who launched a new financial watchdog agency under the leadership of Swiss anti-money laundering expert René Bruelhart, and who triggered a review of accounts at the Vatican Bank.
Child sexual abuse: Francis has committed to “zero tolerance” for sexual abuse and has created a new Commission for the Protection of Minors to lead the charge. Here, too, he’s building on Benedict’s lead, who defended “zero tolerance” while he was a Vatican official and made it the Church’s official policy as pope. Benedict was the first pope to meet with victims and the first to apologize for the crisis in his own name. He also moved aggressively to weed abusers out of the priesthood, laicizing some 400 priests facing abuse charges in his last two years in office alone. 
Outreach to non-believers: Francis is celebrated for sitting down with anybody, including a left-wing atheist journalist in Italy for a couple of blockbuster conversations. That follows Benedict’s example, who brought Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi to Rome to launch the “Courtyard of the Gentiles” project to foster conversations with non-believers. One of the few times Benedict has broken his post-resignation silence was to write atheist mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi in late 2013, thanking him for writing a book about him and raising some points for conversation. 
Even Francis’ much-vaunted personal humility can be eerily reminiscent of Benedict. 
For instance, Francis drew kudos shortly after his election for returning to Rome’s Casa del Clero, a clerical residence where he’d been lodged before the conclave, to pack his own bag and to pay his own bill. Yet immediately after his own election eight years before, Benedict had done essentially the same thing, heading over to his former apartment in Rome’s Piazza Leonina to gather his belongings on his own. 
On his way out, Benedict stopped to knock on the doors of the three other apartments located on his floor. He didn’t want to say goodbye to the cardinals who lived there, but to thank the nuns who did the cooking and cleaning for being such good neighbors. (As a footnote, some of these sisters were Americans, members of The Religious Sisters of Mercy in Alma, Michigan). 
None of this is to deny the obvious differences between Benedict and Francis, beginning with the contrast between an intellectual and a pastor. Politically, Francis’ instincts are probably more centrist, though that may also have to do with Benedict’s penchant for focusing on abstract principles and Francis’ on concrete situations. 
Why are the commonalities between the two pontiffs often hard to perceive?
In part it’s because Benedict had a poor public narrative — “God’s Rottweiler,” the “Vatican’s Enforcer,” and so on, which often meant attractive aspects of his agenda and personality were played down. With Francis, they’re almost always the top of the story. 
Whatever the explanation, the reality is that beyond superficial differences in personality and style, substantively these two can almost seem like the Everly Brothers of popes, singing in pitch-perfect harmony.


  1. "As the world awaits Francis’ forthcoming encyclical letter on ecology"

    What a pompous ass John Allen is (and Bergog and Benny)!

    "But our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ," Phil 3:20

  2. See 2/14/13 speech of Benedict on the council (you know how bad it is, when Smoke & Vinegar provides a complete translation). States the council was to correct a mistake that began with decision on Galileo. [Could be his family were closet Lutherans all the time.] He discusses the liturgical changes first and is especially approving of priest facing the people & "participation" vs one altar boy. Gets especially animated about 'scripture'. At 27:32 states "the protestants making great discoveries" was reason the bishops felt they had to do something [like bring Dr. Scott Hahn on board]. I am not sure how good the translation is but @32:16 [as he indicated in his book on Jesus there is still] "much to be done to arrive at a reading of scripture that is REALLY in the SPIRIT of the council"

    According to him the REAL (vs Virtual) FRUITS of the council are just beginning to emerge now 50 years later. Hopefully for us it wasn't a prophetic Caiaphas moment.


      Please see this link again which I've already posted in the past at CMJ - the Jewish Moravian ancestry of Joseph Ratzinger.

    2. This guy also think's it's significant about 13th day of 1st month and baptism same as birthday: "Pope Benedict XVI was baptized on the day he was born, which is rather unusual. “Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger was born on 16 April, Holy Saturday, 1927, at Schulstraße 11, at 8:30 in the morning in his parents' home in Marktl, Bavaria, Germany. He was baptised the same day.” (Wikipedia) It so happens that it was the 13th day of the 1st month on the Lord's calendar! When you consider all the evidence suggesting that a Pope will be the false prophet beast that will baptize the lawless one, and that it will be as a new birth, that observation is well worth noting... hat appointed day in 2015 will be Ratzinger's 88th birthday. The numerical signification of 88 is 11*8: the flesh (11) and new beginning (8). He still resides at the Vatican and participates in special events, like the double canonization of April 27, 2014 that was broadcast with the latest 3D high-def technology. If Pope Benedict XVI participates in the big event on his birthday in 2015, we should not be surprised."

      He is not a fan of the catholic church & convinced the end of the world is coming like w/in days - mentions Ratz in his latest post.

      Could have something to do w/arrival of apple watch or could just be men having nervous breakdowns.

  3. Everyone who thinks Ratzinger was the "good one" who unfortunately got shoved off the chair by uber modernist Bergoglio needs to go read the booklet Ratzinger's Roman Apostasy by Wiegand Siebel, the German sedevacantist who recently passed away. That in combination with the books and articles by Fr. Luigi Villa should be enough to convince anyone that these men are NOT Catholic and bear far more hatred for the Catholic Faith than even the Mary hating evangelical heretics on youtube do, which are bad enough. This is how they can call those who hate the Blessed Virgin "other communions.' Birds of the devil do flock together.

  4. Ratzinger is more dangerous than the heretic Francis because he disguised himself in pseudo-traditional trappings and exploited The Latin Mass to attempt to abrogate it with a hybrid in his own time. I never truted him for a moment as he is from the radical conciliar mould and is an enemy of The Roman catholic Church like all liberal modernists. Archbishop Lefebvre was rightly very distrustful of him.
    The neo-cons make me laugh because they were determined to see him as a dalmaticised traditionalist but because these people don't have a clue about The Roman Catholic Faith they have been deluded.
    Finally, here, none of the post-conciliar popes can be trusted as they are all misled and misleading. The one characteristic they all have in common is their liberal modernism which fuels their rabid ecumenism and their disorientating interconfessional inculturation of liturgy and pastoral processes, The Vatican today is without any doubt at all a useful tool of the talmudic rabbinate and its zionist cronies.

    1. Fr Ratzinger is a proud pomp loving Modernist indeed. His was a long game involving corrupting Tradition. Obviously a lot of Modernists are too impatient for that, but I suspect the next NO Pope will be cunning like Fr Ratzinger, pretending to Tradition.

  5. Ratzinger and Bergoglio are brothers in apostasy to the very end, their only difference is not even of degree but rather style. Bergoglio is such a manifest heretic that even the Neo-Catholic journal First Things, hardly a bastion of Catholic Traditionalism, published an article denouncing him a couple of months ago. Ratzinger on the other hand was more cunning and slick with how he presented his deadly heresies, his false "Restorer of Tradition" gimmick had even some well-meaning but nevertheless naive semi-Trads fooled (I'm looking at you, Chris Ferrara). I'm relieved that now the Vatican II sect has at its head a clear obvious heretic that cannot possibly be mistaken for a Catholic by anyone bearing even the slightest sensus catholicus thus leading somewhat fewer precious souls into eternal damnation.

  6. Ratzinger @13:11 “As well as the need for more than one representative of the people—a small altar boy to respond 'et cum spiritu tuo' etc."
    “In 1988 Cardinal Ratzinger visited the seminary. When he celebrated Mass it was seminarian Charles Brown who was the server.” [Now "Archbishop" nuncio Brown has presided over Ireland legalizing abortion and no doubt gay marriage this year]
    “Bishop Fellay says that the Holy Father even assists at Msgr. Gaenswein’s Mass celebrations, which would be indicative of the Holy Father’s great humility."
    “In Rome I lived in the Pontifical Teutonic College, which is located inside the Vatican. Cardinal Ratzinger came there every Thursday morning to celebrate Mass with pilgrims, and that’s how we met.”

    "I forgot to add that the Holy Father has one more assistant, his personal secretary, Msgr. Georg Ganswein, who is the one who hands him his homily. Msgr. Ganswein is either in choir dress or sometimes vested in a chasuble. You can't miss him. He is tall, blond and makes a splendid appearance."

    “Vatican hosted feminist conference featuring prof who compares Mass to gay sex”

    "Deckers recalls travelling to Rome to meet Gänswein. "He's a good guy. He's very eloquent and can be very charming. But he came right up to me and said: 'Oh, you don't like us.' He referred to himself and Ratzinger as 'us', as if the two of them were an institution."

    1. So...Ratzinger is a "good guy" provided he allows the SSPX to have their Latin saying, cassock-wearing altar boys at the altar of the one world ecumeniacal religion? Yes, sir....we will bow down and worship you, Antichrist, provided you give us a Latin Mass with stained glass windows and traditionalist trappings!!!!

    2. I know people personally who literally don't care about anything other than "1962 mass incense & stain glass windows".It breaks my heart they have no idea the blasphemous Vatican 2 is deceiving the world.