It is becoming increasingly obvious that Pope Francis’s spin doctors have rather spun this out of control, and instead of adding credence to AL it has highlighted the steps his friends will take to add legitimacy to what is, in parts, grossly heretical.


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The Double “Foolish Prejudice.” The Complete Text of the Letter by Benedict XVI



The press office of the Holy See has not released the complete text of the letter sent by Benedict XVI last February 7 to the prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò.

Viganò has, however, given it a reading (see photo) on the occasion of the presentation to the press of the series “The theology of Pope Francis,” published by  Libreria Editrice Vaticana and made up of eleven booklets, by different authors, on various aspects of the written and oral magisterium of the current pontiff.

The letter bears the date of February 7 and is in response to a previous letter from Viganò of January 12. But given that it was made known on the evening of March 12, just before the fifth anniversary of the election…

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  1. Mary Salmond says:

    I’m embarrassed to say I don’t understand all the innuendos from abyssum and from Benedict xvi. Maybe the complete texts will be more clear. Someone on this blog, please enlighten me. What is suggested doesn’t sound like good news either. Thanks.


  2. Gertrude says:

    I apologise profusely Mary. I very wrongly assumed most people were aware of the original letter. On the 5th anniversary of this Pontificate Vatican News , the information system of the Holy See, divulged the contents of a letter from Benedict XVI to the prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, Msgr. Viganò, on the occasion of the presentation of the collection «The Theology of Pope Francis» composed of eleven volumes by several theologians of international renown.
    Pope Emeritus Benedict replied, and from the excerpt that was published it appeared that Benedict was endorsing the Franciscan papacy as being in continuity with his.
    Unfortunately, they chose to publish only part of the letter, and had they been completely honest Benedict did anything but that. The excerpt related to by Bishop Gracida (Abbysum) above is part they chose not to show which rather alters the whole spin put on the original letter.

    Vatican News had concealed the last part of the letter of the Pope emeritus to Bishop Viganò and its context, ignoring that Benedict XVI was actually refusing to write a prologue to the collection “The Theology of Pope Francis.”
    I hope this explains it for you Mary, and I am sorry for causing confusion.


  3. Mary Salmond says:

    Gertrude: thanks. No apologies needed. Just wasn’t getting the whole picture of that post. Obviously, if part was left out by vatican administrator, we all aren’t getting the whole picture. Will we even get to see the rest of the letter? I hardly think Pope Benedict could agree with what he’s heard, read, or seen by the current administration.


  4. Mary Salmond says:

    Sorry. I reread the post. This is the rest of the story.


  5. mmvc says:

    Fr Z has some interesting observations:

    I’m in Atlanta, waiting for another flight. Meanwhile, I’m reading the coverage of Benedict’s letter. Liberal Leftist La Repubblica says that Benedict (wrote) several things:

    ROMA – Benedetto XVI esce dal silenzio, per scrollare via bruscamente le frange tradizionaliste[anyone who believes in God is “traditionalist fringe” for this paper] che tentano di trascinare il suo nome nelle beghe contrarie all’attuale pontefice. Il Papa emerito scrive una lettera alla vigilia del quinto anniversario del conclave che ha eletto Bergoglio. E contesta lo “stolto pregiudizio per cui papa Francesco sarebbe solo un uomo pratico privo di particolare formazione teologica o filosofica, mentre io – aggiunge Ratzinger – sarei stato unicamente un teorico della teologia che poco avrebbe capito della vita concreta di un cristiano di oggi”.[Strange.] Un cenno – quest’ultimo – con il quale il pontefice tedesco sembra rivendicare una considerazione diversa anche per il magistero e l’opera che lui ha portato avanti negli 8 anni trascorsi sul soglio di Pietro. E infatti nella lettera viene ribadita “una continuità interiore” tra i due pontificati “pur con tutte le differenze di stile e di temperamento”.

    What I find so odd is that phrase, that it’s a, “stupid (stolto… foolish, moronic, idiotic) prejudice by which Pope Francis would be only a practical man, without specific theological or philosophical formation, whereas I would merely be a theoretician of theology who would little understand the concrete life of a Christian today.” First, the style of the language is … how to put this… looser than what one might expect from Ratzinger. Second, it is self-referential… which anyone who has read Ratzinger over the years will recognize as something which he would vigorously avoid. As a matter of fact, there is a full doctoral thesis available in the topic of “self-referentiality in the writings of Joseph Ratzinger”. He abhors it. He doesn’t abhor his own experience as a starting point. In the past, I would have opined that he would avoid such a self-defensive reference.


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