Why Pope Benedict insists on being addressed as ‘His Holiness’ … “He considers that this title corresponds to reality.”

“He considers that this title corresponds to reality.”

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That headline was the response given by Abp. Ganswein to the question of certain irregularities in the papal abdication. Pope Benedict had supposedly decided to resign, yet had chosen to retain his vesture, retain his title as pope, albeit with ’emeritus’ added (which is impossible), retain his residency within the Vatican enclosure, and his form of address as remaining “His Holiness”. HERE

The press questioned, “Why?”

The answer, “He considers that this title corresponds to reality.”

In Pope Benedict’s mind (“he considers”) that the title “Pope (Emeritus)” and the formal address “His Holiness” corresponds to reality.

But hey, I’m the crazy one for pointing out obvious stuff. Just go ahead and try to suggest on the interweebs that Pope Benedict thinks he retained some portion of the papacy. YOU’RE TWISTING HIS WORDS! YOU’RE NOT A MIND READER! After all, we clearly had a conclave, and “Francis” was clearly elected, and this result seems to have been clearly greeted by peaceful universal acceptance by the cardinals, right?

Do you know what is coming up this Saturday? Everyone is talking about it… The Royal Wedding! Harry and Meghan! It will be televised all around the world, and tens of millions of people will watch. It will look spectacular. All the rituals will play out, the ceremony will unfold, vows exchanged, and the prince and princess will be husband and wife.

Except they won’t be. You see, Meghan is still married to her first husband, because divorce doesn’t exist. Divorce is anti-reality. So all that will take place on Saturday is the appearance of a wedding, but in reality is simply fancy formalized adultery and fornication. Even though everything will be done correctly according to formula, nothing will actually happen. It doesn’t matter that all the attendees and everyone watching on television will believe that a wedding just took place. The metaphysical reality of the situation is that nothing happened, because a prior event (her actual wedding) nullifies the “result” of Saturday’s proceedings. In the words of Louie Verrechio, an act of deception, no matter how cleverly conceived or convincingly executed, cannot change the objective reality of a given situation.“ HERE

Which is exactly why the 2013 conclave didn’t actually happen. It looked like it happened, everyone believed at the time it was real, but now we know that the weight of the evidence points towards a prior event nullifying its occurrence: Pope Benedict intending to hold on to at least part of the papacy. And if that is true, which I believe with moral certainty to be the case, then he didn’t resign any of the papacy, because Canon 188 says he didn’t. No resignation, no conclave.

“He considers that this title corresponds to reality.”

Out of error, truth.

“The “always” is also a “for ever” – there can no longer be a return to the private sphere. My decision to resign the active exercise of the ministry does not revoke this.” – Pope Benedict

Archbishop Gänswein…said that Pope Francis and Benedict are not two popes “in competition” with one another, but represent one “expanded” Petrine Office with “an active member” and a “contemplative.” “Therefore, from 11 February 2013, the papal ministry is not the same as before,” he said. “…before and after his resignation” Benedict has viewed his task as “participation in such a ‘Petrine ministry’. (Not in its “Office”, the governance of the Church in the world, but in its “essentially spiritual nature”, through prayer and suffering.) “He left the Papal Throne and yet, with the step he took on 11 February 2013, he has not abandoned this ministry,” Gänswein explained, something “quite impossible after his irrevocable acceptance of the office in April 2005.”

And lastly, Professor de Mattei: “Benedict XVI had the ability to renounce the papacy, but consequently, would have had to give up the name of Benedict XVI, dressing in white, and the title of Pope emeritus: in a word, he would have had to definitively cease from being Pope, also leaving Vatican City. Why did he not do so? Because Benedict XVI seems to be convinced of still being Pope, although a Pope who has renounced the exercise of the Petrine ministry. This conviction is born of a profoundly-erroneous ecclesiology, founded on a sacramental and not juridical conception of the Papacy. If the Petrine munus is a sacrament and not a juridical office, then it has an indelible character, but in this case it would be impossible to renounce the office. The resignation presupposes the revocability of the office, and is then irreconcilable with the sacramental vision of the Papacy.”

6 thoughts on “Why Pope Benedict insists on being addressed as ‘His Holiness’ … “He considers that this title corresponds to reality.”

  1. In the same way that “Sarah” Jones declares himself to be a woman and the Church of England declares him to be a “Priest”; in the same way the Church Fathers have declared His Holiness an “Emeritus Pope” (equivalent title to “transgender woman – impossible) no longer Pope and Jorgé Bergóglio to be his replacement.

    “I declare it and so it is so – to wish it is to create it; we are like gods now”. Fake reality declared as existential reality in the world now governed by The Liar, who is The Father Of Lies.

  2. The horrors of the Bergoglian antipapacy will never end as long as the faithful refuse to acknowledge that an antipapacy is what we have. Last night I was watching Taylor Marshall’s YouTube channel and he was talking about Bergoglio getting ready to order the trad orders to start saying the novus ordo in addition to the Mass. The more I listened, the more p***ed off I was because Marshall kept calling him “Pope Francis.” Same for Vigano, Burke, Sarah and all the others in the clergy. They won’t man-up and call out what is clear as day in front of us and has been since 2013.

    Someone or some group of people who are in Rome need to get Pope Benedict away from the Vatican. Pope Benedict needs to publically tell the truth that he never resigned the papacy and thus, he still is the holy father. Pope Benedict then needs to dissolve the college of cardinals and fire pretty much all of the worlds bishops. It doesn’t matter right away if they refuse to go because Pope Benedict, with the few, faithful bishops he decides to keep should publically consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Then, and only then, will we start to see the purification of the Church.

    1. James, I feel your pain. I can’t even listen to Dr. Marshall anymore. What gets me though is when these Francis is Pope types call him simply Francis. If you really, truly in your heart believe he’s the Pope, then by golly you’d better start addressing him as so. I challenge any FiP to call him Holy Father without getting a bit nauseated.

      1. I think Taylor Marshall and the other lay Catholic celebrities call Bergoglio “Francis” because they’re afraid their donors will retaliate. Likewise, the “conservative” clergy fear they’ll be persecuted. The martyrs in Heaven are looking down at all this effeminacy and are shaking their heads.

  3. jmy,

    Succinct and so true. He fled, for fear of the wolves. Now, so advanced in years, and enfeebled—he will likely remain cocooned in Gainswein’s care.

    Sts Benedict and Scholastica, pray for us, the Church Militant.

    St Peter, pray for us.

    Sts Pius V and Pius X, pray for us.

    Marcel LeFebvre, pray for us.

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