St Gallen Mafia Cardinal Godfried Danneels dies. RIP

From Church Militant:

MECHELEN, Belgium 

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, 85, former head of the Mechelen-Brussels archdiocese in Belgium, has died.

The 85-year-old retired cardinal died Thursday morning. The current archbishop of Mechelen and Brussels, Cdl. Jozef De Kesel, announced Cdl. Danneels’ passing, saying, “We continue to thank him gratefully. May he rest in God’s peace.”

Danneels was part of a coalition of left-leaning Church leaders known as the St. Gallen Mafia — so named after their meeting place in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Known as a liberal in the Church, Cdl. Danneels spoke favorably in 2013 of the legalization of gay marriage in Belgium, telling a Dutch newspaper, “I think it’s a positive development that states are free to open up civil marriage for gays if they want.”

Another member of the St. Gallen Mafia, German Cdl. Karl Lehmann, died in March of last year at the age of 81.

The St. Gallen Mafia was instrumental in getting Pope Francis elected in 2013. The semi-secretive group conspired for years to get a reform-minded prelate elected to the papacy. Although the group disbanded in 2005 when it then failed to elect Argentina’s Cdl. Jorge Bergoglio to the papal see, it was resurrected in 2013 after the sudden abdication of Pope Benedict.

In August 2015, papal advisor Austen Ivereigh mentioned the St. Gallen Mafia in his biography The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope. Ivereigh claimed the St. Gallen Mafia was instrumental in Pope Francis’ election to the papacy by the College of Cardinals during the 2013 conclave.

Along with Cdl. Danneels and Cdl. Lehmann, members of the St. Gallen Mafia include Dutch Bp. Adriaan van Luyn, Cdl. Walter Kasper from Germany, Cdl. Achille Silvestrini of Italy and now-deceased British Cdl. Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

In September 2015, now-deceased Cdl. Danneels confirmed the existence of the cabal. He said in an interview on video, “‘The Saint Gallen Group’ is a sort of posh name. But in reality we said of ourselves, and of that group, ‘The Mafia.'”

It appears the St. Gallen Group formed in the late 1990s to counter Pope St. John Paul II and then – Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger. At the time, Cdl. Ratzinger was known as one of the closest aides to the Holy Father. The St. Gallen Mafia was an informal group for high-ranking Catholic clergy with radical views who were afraid that then-Cdl. Ratzinger would become the next pope.


Edward Pentin tweets:

has already issued telegram in tribute to ++Danneels: He praises him for being a “zealous pastor,” recalls his “dedication” as president of Belgian bishops, and lauds his attentiveness to challenges of today’s Church.” Notes his participation in both synods on family


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4 Responses to St Gallen Mafia Cardinal Godfried Danneels dies. RIP

  1. May God have Mercy on his soul. In the end I fear for these men.


  2. johnhenrycn says:

    Frank Cali, head of another mafia family – the Gambinos in New York – also died today. Probably as Catholic as Danneels, so the two of them will have a couple of things in common to talk about whilst waiting for their boat. Happy sailing.


  3. johnhenrycn says:

    People mouth words hoping / praying God’s mercy descends on Danneels. I don’t, and here’s why: I do not know whether Danneels was a good man (let alone God’s man) or not. I don’t wish him ill; but there are hundreds of people I’m closer to or know better than Danneels (who I never knew) and who I must pray for because of our connection, be they good or bad. We should be honest: to pray for someone we never knew, while well intentioned and not dishonest, is so superficial. Again, let’s be honest: we no more care for or think about Danneel’s salvation after spending 5 seconds in in prayer for him than we do about the dinner which we burnt on the hob last night. And to continue regular, sincere prayers for him, which might be something God would notice, means not fulfilling the prayer duties owed to our families and friends. There are only 24 hours in each day, and I doubt any of us pray 24 hours each day for all the people, living or dead, we actually care for or knew.

    So, from now on, when a famous person dies, I think I will pray instead, but in his memory, for someone actually important to me. Oh, God, remembering today Cardinal Danneels, I pray for the salvation of my cousin R, a homeless man who drowned on May 2nd, 1985.

    That way, my prayers will be sincere, not mere formalities. Cdl Danneels may benefit from them.


  4. kathleen says:

    The evil that men do lives after them;
    The good is oft interred with their bones;

    So says Marc Antony at the funeral of Julius Caesar!

    But what good did this faithless Prince of the Church do? Nothing, as far as we can see! Quite the contrary in fact; he worked against Christ’s Holy Church.
    He schemed, plotted, taught heresy, wrote erroneous, indecent books (remember his disgustingly immoral Catschism for children?) and cared nothing for either his or his flock’s immortal souls.

    And now we have to pray for him? How could we possibly do that?

    The answer must surely be in the Words of Our Lord to forgive even our ‘enemies’ – the Saviour Who wishes that “all men be saved”. We have to try to pray for him.

    (Yet some men will resist God’s bountiful Mercy to the bitter end. That is their choice, their God-given Free Will.)


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