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Saturday, May 14, 2022

"FINALLY! A Word Comes From the Church"

The priester22 campaign triggered a sigh of relief among the faithful.  Cardinal Schönborn's (left) suffocating course of making the Church a mouthpiece for the government and its backers are contradicted.

 By Wolfram Schrems*

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who repeatedly gives the impression of being an obedient servant of Austrian politics and its backers, once again sorely missed representing the Church and the faithful in the ORF television press hour this Palm Sunday.  In all the important issues we are currently dealing with, from the Russia-Ukraine issue to the "refugees" ("No one leaves their homeland voluntarily" [!?]) and the "conspiracy theories" to his well-known propaganda for homosexuality, he is demonstrating complete conformity with this agenda.  He even said "praise to the ORF".

And, of course, the cardinal once again spoke out in favor of COVID tyranny and the “science” that justifies it.  This passage was particularly irritating to many Catholics and others of the time.  He expressly considers compulsory vaccination to be “legitimate” (!).  In connection with critical spirits, the cardinal formulated in an insulting way and actually misused the name of God: "Dear God, let brains reign".

Men of God against Corona Terror

The cardinal was dismissive about chaplains trying to save people from the irreversible effects of the COVID gene vaccine:

 “We have a whole series of priests who are very opposed to vaccination and who represent that among the people.  That's tedious."

In view of the fact that priests in the territory of the Archdiocese of Vienna have also suffered severe damage from the vaccination, of which at least one has died (because the "vaccination" suppresses cancer defense and the cancer has therefore flared up again), such a statement is a sign of a galloping loss of reality.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna, addresses what the government is talking about and reflects the government's opinion.

The cardinal also did not correct the cheeky and slanderous insinuation of the ORF interviewer that the police chaplain who was then relieved of his office by the cardinal (whose name was not mentioned in the press hour, namely Deacon and psychotherapist Uwe Eglau) was at a rally (on 15  . January at Vienna's Heldenplatz) "appeared with people from the far right".1

Deacon Eglau, who had signed a letter from about six hundred police officers to Interior Minister Gerhard Karner (ÖVP) as spokesman, spoke at this rally and expressed himself very reasonably and balanced, a real pastor and man of God.  And such a person will be thrown out at short notice.  A shame.2

The prehistory of the priest22 action

In the press hour, the cardinal probably meant those priests (and then also deacons) who had started the important Priests22 campaign

It an organization of about 121 priests and deacons who first addressed the bishops discreetly with an extensive memorandum dated February 11 and warned of freedom of conscience regarding vaccination (according to Vatican II, Gaudium et spes 16).  They also pointed to the many cases of serious vaccine damage and deaths.  Episcopal responses to the memorandum were tenuous.  Therefore, the initiators went with a heavily abbreviated version of the memorandum as an open letter, entitled "Confirma!  - Strength!  (Luke 22:32)” and dated March 25, 2022, to the public.

Unfortunately, times are so bad that only a few of these clergymen are able to expose themselves by name.  The signatures are deposited with an Upper Austrian notary.

Representing all the signatories, Kalasantiner Father Andreas Schöffberger (Vienna), Dean and Pastor Erich Neidhart (Orth/Donau-Engelhartstetten Parish Association, Archdiocese of Vienna) and the already mentioned deacon Uwe Eglau (Vienna) have given an interview to the public.  Since Youtube deleted the video, which was posted there on April 19 and stayed for about a week, it can be found on on the St. Boniface Institute channel.

In English translation, the open letter went around the world via eighty channels.  Feedback even came from South Africa and New Zealand.

As you can hear from the ranks of the organizers, almost all Austrian dioceses and some religious orders are represented.  However, some of the religious concerned have already been reprimanded by their superiors and are no longer allowed to comment on the subject.

The Priester22 campaign contradicts the Corona tyranny and frees the Church from the chains of government servitude

According to the organizers, the bishops were "living in a bubble".

Pastoral experience shows that even highly educated and scientifically savvy Catholics do not have a critical view of what is happening, of “measures” and “vaccination”.

In the clergy and in the religious orders there are also increasing numbers of serious illnesses and deaths, with which, however, any connection with the vaccination is reflexively denied.  Or silence is simply ordered.

As you can see, “transparency” and “dialogue” are not very far when it comes to the interests of political powers.

Incidentally, the organizers of Priester22 are well informed scientifically and medically and, based on the specialist literature and the experience of the doctors, are of course aware of the devastating mode of action of the mRNA vaccination: This leads to the suppression of the immune system, to the resurgence of cancer that has already been successfully suppressed, and to its recurrence, of tuberculosis, massive occurrence of shingles (herpes zoster) and other disorders (personality changes, symptoms similar to drunkenness such as articulation disorders, loss of taste, etc.).

From the open letter

The following is a brief overview of the statement by Priester22.

“In Austria there are an estimated two million citizens who refuse vaccination for well-considered reasons.  It is a matter of course that the Church also has to stand up for these people, according to the words of Paul: I became everything to everyone (1 Cor 9:22b).  The divisions within society that are evident will not be resolved by throwing disparaging slogans at those who oppose vaccination.”

The initiators are very critical of the calculated damage caused by the "measures":

 “Thousands of livelihoods have already been destroyed by the government’s disproportionate measures.  People (families, small, medium-sized as well as some large companies, employees, students, etc.) are facing existential ruin.  There is also psychological pressure and bullying.  (...) Not to forget the precarious situation of older people in nursing and retirement homes, who are exposed to unreasonable restrictions on visits, the increased suicide rate and the increase in psychiatric illnesses confirmed by doctors, especially among children and adolescents.  Not to mention the rifts that cut across families and friendships.  The Church cannot remain silent on this.  And more: You have to be unequivocally on the side of the oppressed and needy.  The word of the Lord is clear: What you did for one of the least of my brothers... (Mt 25:40).”

An important ethical question is the abortion contamination of the vaccines:

 “As can be seen from the serious analysis  by the Lozier Institute, all vaccines that are currently (or were) used in Austria are related to abortion – be it that they contain fetal cell lines, be it that laboratory tests with fetal cell lines were performed.  The Second Vatican Council in Gaudium et Spes 51 calls abortion a 'detestable crime'.  To counter the argument that the person using the vaccine can soothe his conscience that he is only participating in a remote involvement, as Pro-Lifers and St. John Paul II, have repeatedly emphasized, that when one  'benefits from, he at least implicitly supports, a structure of evil in the use of such vaccines.' The continued development of such cell lines and the other and increasing use of human fetal tissue to this day proves him right.”

The initiators also emphasize that truthful investigations into the danger of COVID, hospital occupancy and the effectiveness of vaccinations have hardly been made.  They also criticize the incomprehensible pressure of opinion:

 "Isn't it conceivable that since the beginning of the Covid crisis, critical voices from experts have been systematically suppressed, disqualified, ridiculed, censored or immediately branded with the defamatory label "Covidiot" and that alternative treatment methods tried out by doctors are concealed in the media or all too often  been discredited?  And aren't the available data on the catastrophic side effects of vaccination a clear call for reflection and correction?"

 At the end it says:

 “One last thing: let us not allow Austrian society to remain divided or continue to be divided.  We know who divides.  As pastors we have to fight for unity in truth.  We take to heart the word of the Lord, which He said admonishing Peter: And you, when you have converted, then strengthen your brothers!  (Lk 22:32) Convert and strengthen: Where we have been silent for too long, we ask for forgiveness.  We want to fulfill the task of strengthening with this statement.  Please send press inquiries in writing to:


 The initiators published around 200 letters from Catholics who thanked them for the open letter.  One of these reactions is then commented on as follows:

 "'FINALLY!  Finally a word is coming from the Church!' This quote from one of the numerous responses to our public letter expresses a motif that is often heard.

Why everything took so long and how everything developed is to be briefly explained here.

We priests and deacons of the 'Priester22' network have been confronted with the developments of the past two years just like everyone else.  We couldn't help but be amazed at how suddenly only one topic began to dominate daily events: Corona!  The measures!  Vaccination!  Just like the other people and groups, we also had to deal with the topic and take a stand.  Thank God there were also alternative news channels where other perspectives and warning voices could be heard.”


The Church in Austria seems to be deeply connected to political powers, which must also be understood as a legacy of the unfortunate heresy of Josephinism.  In the Corona campaign, high-ranking and prominent clerics, starting with Cardinal Schönborn, allowed themselves to be carried away into incomprehensible statements.  As is well known, Caritas President Michael Landau spoke more or less cryptically in favor of the coercive measures.  The Viennese [Freemason] cathedral Priest Toni Faber stated that he had "no sympathy for the unvaccinated".

 Against this background, the Priester22 campaign is a pleasant surprise.

 May it bear rich fruit!

 *Wolfram Schrems, Vienna, Mag. theol., Mag. phil., church catechist, Pro-Lifer

 Image: Youtube/AUF1 (screenshots)

Trans: Tancred

 1 I was present at this rally and noticed what I've noticed for a good year and a half, namely that the demonstrations and rallies critical of the measures bring together speakers and participants from very different, often contrary, ideological camps.  For the ORF, of course, something is quickly "far right" if it does not correspond to the political agenda.

 2 Reference should be made to the impressive interview conducted by Marie-Christine Giuliani from FPÖ-TV with Deacon Eglau on January 25, shortly after the release.  A current interview with Deacon Eglau and Father Schöffberger can be found on the online news platform AUF 1


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

The Friderician Templars between Church and Gnosis?

Friderician Templars lay claim to a dubious "Templar heritage".

By Father Paolo M. Siano*

In 2012, Corrado Maria Armeri founded in Gerace (province of Reggio Calabria) the "Sovereign Monastic (Knight) Order of the Friderician Templars", called Friderician Templars for short. The Order presents itself as a Catholic brotherhood and takes a stand on current issues in Sicilian and Calabrian radio and television stations. They call themselves Friderician because they are also based on the Hohenstaufen Frederick II (1194–1250), King of Sicily, Duke of Swabia, Roman-German King, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and King of Jerusalem.

As far as I know, the Order does not currently have its own website on the Internet. There is an old, no longer updated page from 2014, but a Facebook page of the Friderician Templars of the group or the Priory of Teramo is active. Photos and online articles show the presence of the Friderician Templars in churches for religious gatherings or for ceremonies of investiture or "elevation" to knight or queen (e.B. in Teramo, in 2020 and in 2021). The Order also accepts women.

In June 2021, the Friderician Templars took part in the Corpus Christi Mass in the Cathedral of Teramo, which was led by the Bishop. Among the knights present were the Grand Master of the Order Corrado Armeri and his International Vicar, Melinda Miceli, who then presented her book "Templaris Compendium". During the Mass, General Domenico Trozzi was appointed Prior of Teramo. Trozzi was commander of the Air Squadron of the State Police in Palermo for 20 years.

"Templaris Compendium" by Melinda Miceli

In 2020, the Grand Master of the Friderician Templars, Corrado Armeri, appointed Dr. Melinda Miceli (born in 1974) as Vicar of the Grand Master of the Grand Master's Seat of Art and International Culture.

Miceli is an art critic, writer, novelist and is also interested in esoteric topics.

I hold the book "Templaris Compendium. The whole wisdom of the Templars in one volume1 by Melinda Miceli for very interesting. I will highlight important terms.

Like other New Templar realities, I have already described, Miceli attributes esoteric, Gnostic knowledge, teachings, and practices to the Templars. It is an official text with a praising "preface" (p. 3f) by Grand Master Corrado Maria Armeri.

In the appendix of the Miceli's book, on p. 170, there is a paragraph by Grand Master Armeri ("The New Era of the Templars"), then the "Catholic Creed" of the Friderician Templars, proclaimed on 8 December 2012 (pp. 170–174), their "Disciplinary Order" (pp. 177–182), their "Prayer" (p. 183), "The Spiritual Way of the Friderician Templars" (pp. 184–186), outlined in 2014 by her spiritual director Msgr. Giuseppe Greco (Archdiocese of Syracuse), "The Defense of the Faith" (p. 186f), "The Friderician Culture" (p. 187f), "The Testimony of Msgr. Vincenzo Filice" (pp. 189–192), "The Secret Alphabet of the Knights Templar" (pp. 193–195).

In the Catholic Creed of the Friderician Templars we find a well-sounding profession of faith that invokes the whole paradise: the Holy Trinity, the Immaculate Conception, the angels, the saints, from St. Francis to St. Ignatius of Loyola... Wonderful. The fundamental problem is that this profession of faith contradicts various contents of Melinda Miceli's text, a text approved and introduced by Grand Master Armeri: while the Friderician Templars call themselves Catholic and believe that they "belong to the friars of the Temple of Jerusalem, whose immortal faith we guard and protect" (p. 171), the vicar of the Grand Master attributes Gnosis and esotericism to the Templars.

Melinda Miceli claims the existence of "affinities in doctrine and organization" between the Templars and the "Ismailis" of the "Old Man of the Mountain" [meaning the Ismaili Assassins], i.e. the "most developed Islamic circles", which also include "Sufis" and "dervishes" (cf. p. 15). Miceli goes on to claim that the Templars had "a double hierarchy," "an accessible hierarchy," and "an occult, superordinate hierarchy" (cf. p. 19).

With the following statements, Miceli shows little knowledge of the history and theology of the Christian Liturgy and Mass: "The Mass, which comes from the ancient and oriental world in the narrower sense, did not exist before the supreme regulator, Innocent III. In the East, it was originally a magical and apotropaic instrument of worship adopted from Hinduism and Buddhism. This archaic aura has never faded and is manifested in the Liturgy of the Mass, which is sung Gregorian and spoken in Latin" (p. 55).

Miceli believes that the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi, who was "close to Brother Elias, alchemist and political advisor to Emperor Frederick II," was "connected to the Templars" (cf. p. 80). I do not know on what basis Miceli claims: "Francis' mother was a Cathar, and it is no coincidence that Franciscan spirituality was much closer to Catholicism than to the Catholic Church, at least in its external forms" (p. 80).

The author also makes St. Francis an esoteric and Gnostic: "Francis was a disciple of John, i.e. he belonged to that spiritual current to which the Cathars, Albigensians, Bogomils, Patarenians, Dolzinians, Faithful of Love, Rosicrucians and Templars also belonged, who in their faith and thought completely agreed with the Sufis, Kabbalists, but also Buddhists and Hindus" (p. 81).

Melinda Miceli (right) in the sacristy of Teramo Cathedral

According to Miceli, the Castel del Monte in Puglia belonged to the Templars and they had "their idol Baphomet" (cf. p. 115). Castel del Monte: a place where "the occult science of alchemy" was practiced (p. 115), a place that symbolizes "the highest synthesis of the esoteric culture of that time" (p. 116).

The seal of the Templars, which depicts two knights on a horse, stands "for the dualism and balance of opposites to which their ideal refers" (p. 117); "in each of us" there is the "masculine" and the "feminine" (cf. p. 117).

Miceli connects the Templars "with the Mother Goddess" (p. 122), with the "holy feminine" (p. 122), with "places of energetic worship, of harmony of the two energies, of the masculine descending from heaven, and of the feminine rising from the earth" (p. 122).

According to Miceli, the "dragon" (or "Satan") defeated by St. Michael is "a symbol of evil that can be subjugated, but never completely extinguished, because it is functional for evolution" (p. 124). So evil is necessary?

Together with the esoteric and alchemist Fulcanelli, Miceli sees the cathedrals as stone books with magical and alchemical symbols (cf. p. 132), symbols of the cosmic action of "two opposing principles, light and dark" (cf. p. 133).

Miceli mentions the "Great Mother, the Earth, whose cult was embodied in Isis up to Mary Magdalene, depending on the historical epoch" (p. 135f).

According to Melinda Miceli, an important symbol of the Templar Order in France is "the Templar Thorn" (p. 145, emphasis added). The Vicar of the Grand Master ascribes an esoteric meaning to the Templar thorn and to the Templars certain practices towards the "thorn":

"According to the Hindus, the human body consists of two poles: a lower one, which corresponds to the sacrum, and an upper one, which corresponds to the skull. Certain yoga techniques cause a certain energy present at the base of the spine to rise above it to the crown. This path is synonymous with enlightenment. The energy is compared to that of a coiled snake that has to unroll. This practice is called Kundalini and is the principle of yoga. The biblical serpent and the Uraeus serpent on Pharaoh's forehead are the same images of kundalini" (p. 145f).

Miceli continues: "During the trial of the Templars, they also had to reveal the existence of a practice in their chapels: the Master kissed the sacrum, i.e. the lower part of the spine, to stimulate the 'revival of the serpent' so that this energy could rise in an exact and controlled way. According to Hindus, awakening can actually be dangerous, to the point of madness and even death" (p. 146).

Miceli describes Mary Magdalene as a woman who devotes herself to "sacred studies with the Essenes or the priesthood of Isis," then follows Jesus and will live in France in a cave where "she feeds only on angelic energies" (p. 147).

According to Miceli, the Black Madonna is "Isis", the Egyptian goddess of wisdom, "the Gnosis" (cf. p. 148). And also: "The Creed of the Templars is therefore a Gnostic Christianity, spread by Mary Magdalene and her disciples in the south of France and practiced, hidden from the clergy. The initiation cult of the female Isidic principle of divine wisdom was disguised as The Marian deification and devotion to the Black Madonna. According to this confession, which is similar to that of the Cathars, every man and woman is a son and daughter of God, capable of attaining their own spiritual enlightenment and ascending to higher heavens without intermediaries. [...] According to the Templars, the teachings of the Catholic Church would lead the devotee into oppression by a vengeful God. The Catholic Church persecuted Gnosticism like never before, and the enlightened knowledge of the divinity of the self was persecuted [...]" (p. 148).

Investiture of a Frederick Templar by Grand Master Armeri (with sword)

Later, the author also associates Mary Magdalene with Gnostic and magical culture (cf. p. 154). She is "Divine Teacher of Heavenly Wisdom and Gnosis" (p. 157).

Miceli thus confirms the accusations made against the Templars. They were credited with "blasphemous acts such as spitting on the cross three times and cursing Christ at the institution" (p. 161). According to Miceli, with this gesture the Templars denied and sacrificed the most sacred only in order to free it in its redemptive action... (see p. 161).

Then follows the accusation of worship "of a bearded head, Baphomet, for whom," Miceli is convinced, "the entire Order showed a special reverence" (p. 161).

Miceli continues: "The Baphomet, who was called the head of the devil or Muhammad by the Inquisitors, had a much deeper esoteric meaning than the simple accusations made against the Templars" (p. 161).

Miceli later wrote: "The worship of Baphomet must also be studied with the help of the hermetic tradition; in many depictions, the Baphomet is depicted as Janus with two faces, that is, he has two faces, one white and one black, in the same colors as the Baussant, the flag that the Templars led in battle. This leads the Templar researchers to adopt the ideological principle of dualism, that is, that of the union of opposites, as the basis of the entire spiritual and philosophical wisdom of ancient cultures" (p. 162).

Miceli continues about the Templars: "Their relations with Islam and Sufism, its most spiritual part, were aimed at finding points of contact with Christianity and creating a single religion that would put an end to all wars hidden under the seal of faith. The knights were convinced that God is the 'One', but was declined by men into various entities who, in the union of religious opposites, would have to find that cohesion that alone would be able to reach the true God" (p. 162).

In reality, Melinda Miceli turns the Templars into Gnostics and Esoterics and contradicts herself when she describes the accusations that the Templars are an "esoteric sect" as "dishonest" (cf. p. 164).

Let's also check out the video "The Discovery of templar Secrets with writer Melinda Miceli" 2 (minute 11:28), which was posted on YouTube on May 8, 2021. Gotha Tv World interviews the author of "Templaris Compendium". Let's listen to some of Melinda Miceli's statements.

The Templars are "custodians of a knowledge as old as the earth" (min. 1:30–1:36), "commissioned by the Church to discover the mysteries of other religions" (1:40–1:44). "Their research had also led to the erection of an idol, which was the end of [the Templar Order] (1:46–1:53). The book was written at the request of Grand Master Corrado Armeri (cf. 1:53–1:57). The Templars are a "mystical, ascetic, and mysterious order" (3:20–3–25). Miceli wonders how an order like the Templars, who fought for the Church, could be called "heretical" (cf. 4:36–4:53). Miceli explains that the accusations of heresy did not take into account the "symbolic and very hermetic vision that belongs to the ancient Christian tradition of hermetism" (4:53–5:13), and therefore with this book she wants to restore the truth about the Templars (cf. 5:20–5:22) ...

Commenting on the "myth" of the Templars, Miceli states: "This myth is more relevant than ever, because the slogan that connects all the hermetic knowledge of the Templars is the conjugation of opposites, that is, the fusion of opposites. This was never understood" (6:00–6:17).

The Templars "believed in the duplicity of the cosmic principle" (6:45–6:48), that is, in spirit and matter, which must be kept in "perfect balance" (6:54–6:55) in order to "achieve evolution" (7:01–7:02). Then the author notes that "even the symbol of Baphomet, which has been claimed to be satanic, is not satanic, but a code for deciphering what could be a kind of totem to ward off evil. Solve et Coagula. The same star that is on the forehead of this idol, the Jewish star, has its tip not directed downwards, like the satanic ones, but upwards. This means that it is a positive idol, not a satanic one" (7:05–7, 35).

Miceli finally says that "the book is also initiatic" (8:23–8:24). The first nine Templars possessed "superior initiate knowledge" (9:24–9:26), "they were initiated beings who were already predisposed and predestined for knowledge" (9:34–9:40). Miceli points out that "the book belongs to the Order" (9:55–9:57), of which she is "the International Vicar for Culture and art" (10:04–10:06). And she declares, "Our goal is to spread the new era of the Templars" (11:13–11:17).

I will conclude with a few questions:

Grand Master Armeri (3rd from left), symbol of the Frederick Templars and Melinda Miceli. Armeri is accused by other New Templars of being Freemasons.

Do the Friderician Templars share the Templar wisdom (Gnosis, Esotericism, Baphomet – Union of Opposites, Kundalini, Kissing the Sacrum, etc.), presented by the International Vicar with a praising preface by the Grand Master, and to what extent?

What do the Monsignori and clerics, who act as protectors and spiritual directors of the Friderician Templars, say about all this? Will their investitures continue to take place in the churches?

Is it fair to say that there are also those among the Friderician Templars who try to unite opposites such as church and gnosis?

*Father Paolo Maria Siano belongs to the Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FFI); the doctor of church history is considered one of the best Catholic connoisseurs of Freemasonry, to whom he has dedicated several standard works and numerous essays. Von has so far been published by him:

In the series Esotericism and Gnosis:

Translation: Giuseppe Nardi

Image: Corrispondenza Romana/Twitter/Facebook/Wikicommons (Screenshots)

Trans: Tancred

1 Original title: Templaris Compendium. Tutta la Sapienza Templare in un grande compendio, Santocono Editore, Rosolini 2021.

2 Original title: "Alla Scoperta dei Segreti Templari con la Scrittrice Melinda Miceli".


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Pope Cancels Publicly Honoring the Mother of God, In Order to Do it "Clandestinely"

Pope Francis surprisingly visited the Marian Column on Spanish Square yesterday with a "semi-clandestine" action.

(Rome) Pope Francis made two program changes within a short period of time. Both are justified with the corona virus, although they lack consistency.

Just before the recent Cardinal naming became known, first, Pope Francis was to go directly from Santa Marta this year on December 8, not to make the traditional homage to the Mother of God on the Spanish Steps. The reason given was the corona situation. Shortly afterwards, the Vatican press office announced a shortened version of this Marian honor on video, always with the same reason: The Corona situation does not allow any gatherings.

The head of the Church thus received considerable criticism. The homage on this day is one of the few traditional moments of the year when the Pope unites in a special way with the people of Rome. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former apostolic nuncio in the USA, criticized the papal decision in a comment for the daily Libero. The “indifference of too many bishops towards the Virgin Mary” is painful, all the more so is the rejection of the Pope “of the traditional homage to the Immaculate Conception”.

On yesterday's solemn Feast of the Conception of Mary, Francis went to the Marian Column in the Piazza di Spagna early in the morning. The Vaticanist Marco Tosatti spoke of a "semi-clandestine" action. Francis hurriedly let himself be driven in front of the Marian Column, appeared there with a face mask, although there was no popular participation and [other reports say he walked there] he said nothing, laid flowers there and hurried away again. No prayer, no union with the believing people, the Tota pulchra es Maria , one of the oldest Marian prayers in Christianity, was neither prayed nor sung. [He later went to Santa Maria Maggiore to say Mass ad orientem.]

It was not the first time, said Tosatti, that Francis behaved “disrespectfully” towards the Blessed Mother. Last year, he named a "Mischling", to strike a bold bow to the today's migration agenda of the political-economic establishment  which should lead as Francis sees humanity as affirmative, in a "Mestizentum". 

Tosatti does not accept the reason for the program change:

"If Bergoglio truly fears the risk factor of crowds for Corona infections, why did he take part in the international October 20 Interreligious Meeting at the Community of Sant'Egidio, also in the State House, meeting 'representatives religions and of politics, including Italy's President, the Freemason Sergio Mattarella in the spirit of Assisi? "

After all foreign trips have been canceled, Pope Francis travels to Iraq

In early September, when the corona situation was much less dramatic, according to government data than is currently being claimed, Santa Marta let it be known that Pope Francis  will undertake no foreign ravel in 2021. This unusual decision was also justified with the coronavirus.

While the governments of Italy and other states are regulating the upcoming Christmas season with ever stricter measures - in Italy people are not allowed to leave their region, on December 25th and 26th, Christmas Day and St. Stephen's Day, they will not even be allowed to leave their community - Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni (Community of Sant'Egidio) informed the stunned public that Pope Francis would visit Iraq in early March 2021. The journey to a land of persecuted Christians is an important event.

It was said that the travel plans took into account the alleged "health emergency" due to the coronavirus, so a cancellation cannot be ruled out, but the two papal decisions do not really fit together: Why was the cancellation first, then an announcement? Why taking part in a politically correct event at the State House, which seemed like a step on the way to a unified world religion, but a “semi-clandestine” homage to the Mother of God upon a genuinely Catholic festival? Why did the “health emergency” at the beginning of September not allow trips abroad for the whole of 2021, but a trip to Iraq at the beginning of December?

Iraq, the central region of what was once Mesopotamia, has long been a fairly stable country. In the past 40 years, however, it has been torn apart by wars, civil war and religious war. It belongs to those predominantly Islamic areas in which the Christians were still a strong minority at the beginning of the 20th century, whereas today they are threatened with extinction.

1200 years of Islamic rule were less fatal for the country's Christianity than the past 100 years since the Anglo-Saxon powers began to interfere there. The numbers speak for themselves: at the beginning of the 20th century, almost 30 percent of today's Iraqis were Christians. Before the first Iraq war in 1980 there were about ten percent, before the second war in Iraq in 2003 still more than five percent.

Open Doors complained in 2013 that there will be "no more Christians" in Iraq in 2020. It didn't turn out that bad, but almost. The end of the Christian community on the Tigris and Euphrates seems only a matter of time. Were before the start of the Obama operation Arab Spring in Iraq (2014), with its appearance of Jihadi Islamic State (IS) or 2.7 percent of the residents Christians today it is not even one percent. The Vatican itself only speaks of 250,000 Christians.

But Francis does not seem to be traveling to Iraq because of the persecuted and shrinking Christian communities. The main motivation is the "dialogue with Islam". Even the Papal Aid Organization Church in Need, which is familiar with the sad fate of the persecuted Christians, names the "strong interreligious signal" as the main keyword of the planned papal trip.

By signing the declaration on the Universal Brotherhood of All People in Abu Dhabi, which was added by enthusiastic Freemasonry, this "dialogue" entered a decisive phase in February of 2019. Pope Francis seems determined to continue on this path, also by taking a trip abroad to Iraq in March 2021, although he actually doesn't want to go abroad in 2021 because of the corona virus.

Or in Santa Marta the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing?

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Avvenire (screenshots)

Trans: Tancred


Monday, December 7, 2020

Does Francis Think Benedict is Still Pope?

(Rome) Eugenio Scalfari did it again. After he declared on November 20, why Pope Francis  should be defended and Francis picked up the phone to thank the left doyen of Italian journalism, Scalfari now seemed to be reading the diarchy between Benedict and Francis in an entirely new way.

The headline is provocative, but not wrong. Since the Holy See has not seriously denied Scalfari's claims for the past seven years, his representations must be taken for willy-nilly.

On November 22nd, Scalfari himself was pleased to report that Francis had thanked him by telephone on November 21st. However, he did not report anything about the content of the phone call. On December 5th, the founder of La Repubblica made up for it from a Masonic house:

“During these hours, an intellectual understanding of great interest is confirmed in the Catholic Church - and not only. It is about the agreement between the two Popes: Pope Francis and Pope Ratzinger, who has resigned from his former functions, but is still theoretically the holder of the same, which will last as long as his life will allow him. Bergoglio and Ratzinger have been in a relationship for a long time, in a community of intentions, which involved even the most complicated phases of the pontificate, which was characterized by poisons and contradictions because of Francis' reform course. It may seem difficult for a convention of such importance to still be in full application. But the exchange continues with respect for roles. All of the most important decisions that the Popes can make can and must be agreed upon and applied jointly by both. There has never been such a situation, except in the times of Boniface, Innocent and Gregory: times that go back centuries."


The representation sounds too absurd to be true. Rather, the question seems to be what Scalfari, the unofficial mouthpiece of Pope Francis, is trying to make the world know or believe. Scalfari, it is certain that after seven years of cooperation with Francis, reproduces the statements he ascribes to the Pope in an idiosyncratic manner, but unless the Holy See announces otherwise, he cannot be accused of  havin made up these statements. The unusual reading of the equally unusual situation of two popes, which is now required, also reflects the opinion of Francis in Scalfari's words.

Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist friend and unofficial press officer of Pope Francis

But why does Francis, after seven years, eight months and 22 days of his pontificate, present a completely new representation with which he claims a double pontificate?

Is Benedict XVI. in quarantine?

For the time being there seems to be a plausible explanation for this: Francis knows that a growing number of Catholics are critical or even hostile to his pontificate. There is no small part of the Church that in fact no longer really recognize him as Pope. This part sees rather in Benedict XVI. the still rightful Pope. In most cases this is a personal decision that is made individually, but there are also approaches by organized groups. 

Santa Marta did not hide the fact that the small trickle of 2013 has turned into a considerable stream by 2020, although for obvious reasons it is hardly recognizable to the outside world. The thesis of a Bergoglio-Ratzinger pontificate put forward by Francis through Scalfari seems to have the purpose of removing the formally central reference point, namely Benedict XVI., from his heterogeneous counter-movement. In the best case, another attempt to capture could be accepted; in the worst case, an attempt to discredit Benedict XVI. So far, Francis had stayed away from that. The attacks against Benedict XVI.and against his circle, however, came repeatedly from the closer and wider court of the Pope. Immediately after the conclave, a sheet couldn't be fit between the sayings that were passed between Francis and Benedict XVI.

That not only a sheet but entire books fit between the two popes, showed the drumbeat at the beginning, as Benedict XVI. together with Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine WorshipWith the expression "From the depth of the heart " for the sacramental priesthood and Priestly Celibacy and after the Amazon Synod, generally opposed the adopting of the softening of celibacy.

Do the kingmakers want to overthrow Francis?

Is Pope Francis running out of reliable friends? The progressive forces that lifted him up and celebrated him began at some point to turn away in irritation because he could not or did not want to satisfy their hunger for radical changes, which he himself repeatedly encouraged. Since this development is fluid, it is difficult to give an exact date. However, stages can be identified based on the events and the Church in Germany that play a central role in this. 

Pope Francis visited Benedict XVI for the first time after a long break. 

This, specifically the progressive majority of the German Bishops' Conference began in 2018 not to wait any longer for Francis, but to take the initiative. Admitting Protestant spouses to Communion was their first step. When the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wanted to intervene, it was called back by Pope Francis. The German rebels prevailed.

But it seems like with power: those who have some always want more of it. So the progressive appetite for breaking up the existing and implementing innovations also grows. In this sense, the "synodal journey" was followed by the German Bishops' Conference and the progressive stronghold called Central Committee of German Catholics. And suddenly there was another ghost, the ghost of a new German schism. Francis had personally participated in the 500th anniversary celebrations of Luther's “Reformation”. 

Francis made an initial allusion to the schism in 2017, but in 2020 this fear took on a new quality. It was only slightly dampened because of the Corona paralysis in public life. There are voices that speak of the fact that important progressive forces who helped Francis to the papal throne have lost patience with him and even wanted to get rid of him.

Is Francis looking for new allies?

The representation spread about Eugenio Scalfari that Francis and Benedict XVI. are one heart and one soul and want the same thing in all important questions, and not just since today, but always, sounds nice, downright idyllic, but a bit too kitschy. Reality is different, which is why the strange attempt as presented by Scalfari could hardly be successful, not on the one hand and not on the other. Santa Marta knows that too. So why the advance, when even the “no sheet of paper” thesis has hardly been advocated for some time?

The papal shadow speakers

In the past few years, an unflattering term repeatedly appeared in the analyzes to describe the current pontificate. We are talking about the "Jesuit ruse." What Scalfari presents in the name of Francis is too transparent and clumsy.

If one follows the path that Francis himself has trodden on, something far more sober, perhaps even terrifying, seems to be hiding behind the most recent Scalfari teaching post. Francis wants to inform through his Masonic friend that Benedict XVI. was placed under supervision and from now on he will no longer be able to represent his own position? So there will be a coercive harmony between the two popes because the more powerful, Francis, subjects the weaker to his control?

In August 2019 was another "shadow spokesman" of Pope Francis, the British journalist Austen Ivereigh, with the statement:

“We need the to get the circle of Benedict XVI. get under control."

Ivereigh was the spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, a leading member of the secret circle of Sankt Gallen and its executive organ, team BergoglioFrom the British cardinal, who died in 2017, the journalist switched directly to Francis' unofficial "press department". On December 1, four days before Scalfari's versions, the new Ivereigh-book appeared on the market, which is officially a book by Pope FrancisIt received the cooperation with Scalfaris' La Repubblica  for publication.

Austen Ivereigh explains the encyclical Fratelli tutti for Jesuits Global

With the "control" of Benedict it did not work as well as the book by Cardinal Sarah showed. Archbishop of the Curia Georg Gänswein therefore lost his office as Prefect of the papal house, because he was supposed to ensure that Benedict distanced himself from the book project, which he did not. But a few days ago, Mario Grech, who had just been created cardinal, let the public know that Benedict XVI. was having difficulty in speaking. Gänswein denied this. If one takes some statements together, those of Ivereigh, of Cardinal Grech and of Eugenio Scalfari (on behalf of Pope Francis) and looks at the development of the past 18 months, one can understand why some draw the conclusion that Benedict XVI. has allowed himself little leeway and that which was left to him is to withdraw. Is it the aim that the voice of Benedict XVI. should no longer be heard as an independent voice?

It seems absurd to assume that Francis seriously intends to claim a double pontificate. However, it is he himself who, with this latest Scalfari move, has strengthened those who have already said that Benedict XVI. continues to be Pope. If Francis himself says this, even if only a Masonic voice in alliance with himself, why should Francis critics not, conversely, assert a papal authority of Benedict independent of Francis, when Benedict “theoretically still holds the papal functions that have continued for so long as his life will allow him, ”as long as he lives."

Did Francis consider this when he communicated his ideas to Scalfari?

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: La Repubblica / Wikicommons / (screenshots)

Trans: Tancred