Amoris Laetitia, Eyes Opened

“Ecclesiastical forces put pressure on Benedict XVI to return [as pope]”

Andreas English: Pope Francis and Benedict have completely disputed

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(Rome) Pope Francis and his Predecessor Benedict XVI. “They do not speak a word to each other.” This is one of the most exciting messages emblazoned by the Vatican, Andreas, on March 16, the day before in Limburg. English was a long-time Italian and Vatican correspondent of the Axel Springer media in Rome. With his 30 years of experience in Rome, he is regarded as an expert in the Vatican. In the Josef-Kohlmaier-Halle, English, on the subject of the “Franciscan Fighters in the Vatican”, was really “out of the box”, as the Nassauische Neue Post said in its report of 18 March. The insight that English presented to his audience behind the scenes of the Vatican was even more exciting than Nassau’s Neue Post in her article.

“Francis and Benedict XVI. Do not speak a word “

The journalist did not need to make a secret of his sympathy for Pope Francis, and is known anyway. English knows his audience. Yes, Bishop Tebartz-van Elst had received a new assignment in the Vatican: in the “Poststelle”. For Pope Francis is no longer there for people who “place themselves above the teachings of Jesus Christ and do not deal with the normal believers”. Daring statements – from English about the Pope and the Pope about a confrere. What English did not say: Whoever is only suited to the “post office” with Francis is less dependent on actual or nonexistent “golden bathtubs”, but on the understanding of the church. The social component with its story of the “commitment to the poor” always makes a good impression in front of a public audience, but in the real case it is not very meaningful, it conceals more.

Far more explosive than the case of Limburg, since in the dimension of much greater importance, is what English is about the relationship between Francis and Benedict XVI. Of itself. The reigning Pope and the former Pope had completely disagreed. The two would not speak a word. And not just since yesterday.

What does that mean? According to his own statement, Benedict XVI. Only visible to the public at the explicit request of Pope Francis. What is shown on these few occasions is therefore – following Andreas English – only a friendly expression for the evil play with the exchange of courtesies. English refers to the Limburg case as a cause of the disintegration, where Benedict had been active for the whereabouts of Bishop Tebartz-van Elst. This can be an aspect at best. The main reason for such a fundamental caesura in the relations of two popes is certainly not Limburg.

Francis “knows what he wants” and does “what he wants”

The correspondent of Rome described Francis as a strong personality. He “knows what he wants” and also says that. Benedict, on the other hand, was a “well-founded theologian” but a “weak executive”.

This sounded quite different from the German media, however, for a long time, when the “hard armor cardinal” was mentioned. In favor of a definite direction, at all times more or less all means seem to be right, then as now.

In any case, Benedict, so English, had many others decide, while Pope Francis made “what he wants.”

If we continue the English statement, this means that Benedict XVI was degraded in the public by the reigning pope as an extraterist, with whom Francis hardly connected anything, but which he occasionally needed for the sake of optics and, if necessary, also use it. Against this backdrop, the absence of Benedict at the recent Cardinal Examination on 19 November gets a new dimension. The cardinal exhortations of Francis are one of the few events to which the reigning pope called his predecessor to the public. For the Cardinal Creations 2014 and 2015, Benedict XVI. In the St. Peter’s Basilica. At the third elevation, however, he missed, whereupon Francis took the neocardins and shortly went to Benedict in the monastery of Mater Ecclesiae . Apparently also to prevent pre-emptive possible interpretations – as they now revealed English. Apparently, Pope Francis presumed a demonstrative act behind his absence.

Pressure on Benedict XVI to resign

At any rate, the timing does not speak for a mere courtesy visit, as the Vatican gave it, but it was highly risible. Five days before the consistory, the four cardinals, Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra, and Meisner, had made their Dubia (doubts) open to the controversial post-synodal letter, Amoris laetitia , because after two months, Pope Francis Francis had given no answer. With the Dubia , they placed themselves in front of Franziskus, who has since tried to expose the question, which forces his closest collaborators and partygoers to persuasive verbal acrobatics . Francis can pass through his silence, yet he weakened out of the conflict as a pope, who refuses to answer questions concerning the central themes of faith and morality. An imagery that lies like a dark shadow over his pontificate.

What the Nassauische Neue Post did not say: According to English, different ecclesiastical forces put pressure on Benedict XVI to return.

The statement has explosive power. The circumstances under which the resignation of a pope in this form, which is unique in the history of the Church, has given rise to strong doubts since then. Where is the precise border between statthouse influence and coercion? Benedict himself assured that he had stepped back from his own free will. To the contrary, these words have validity. Nevertheless, beyond the legal aspect, there is a strange draw in the air. All the more so if the massive resignation of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini SJ against Benedict XVI, In June 2012 and the role played by Martini’s secret group of Saint Gallen in the election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio.

The fact is that Benedict has cleared the field. A field, which was then generously occupied by the team Bergoglio of the secret group of St. Gallen, and which they do not intend to evacuate.

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