Benedict's private secretary in the Vorarlberg "Kirchenblatt": "Mainly talking about gossip and scandals" - lack of priests: besiege God with requests for vocations.
Feldkirch (kath.net/ KAP)
When talking about the Vatican, "then it's mainly about gossip and scandals." As Archbishop Georg Gänswein, Pope Benedict XVI's private secretary for many years explained in an interview with the Vorarlberg "KirchenBlattes" (June 2nd edition), one can "read or hear a great many outlandish things originating the center of the Catholic world, which certainly inspire a flourishing imagination, but do not represent reality." After 27 years in Rome, he answered the question about changes in the Vatican by referring to continuity: Vatican employees should primarily help the pope as the shepherd of the universal Church so that he can fulfill his ministry as the successor of Peter in the best possible way.
According to Gänswein, little has changed in concrete terms over the past three decades, "however, it is noteworthy that the workforce has become more international and the number of laypersons, both men and women, has increased". The exchange between the bishops worldwide and the Pope is of great importance. "It's about one faith, but it's about different tasks."
The Archbishop compared life in the Vatican to a large tree. Sometimes it's "hands-on" and the branches and foliage have to be trimmed "so that it doesn't run rampant," says Gänswein. "Some dry and rotten things fall off by themselves."
Vocations: Do not "water down" the priestly image
In order to awaken more spiritual vocations in Central Europe again, he does not know of any recipe. The words of Jesus "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few" show that even in the times of the New Testament there was obviously a need for vocations. As he said, the curial archbishop considers the biblical postscript "pioneering and helpful": "Ask the Lord of the harvest, and he will send you workers." It is necessary to assail God with requests for vocations. "Pray, pray and pray again: this is the first and most important answer to the lack of spiritual vocations." How long the current dry spell lasts is uncertain, as Gänswein said. "But Christ didn't just take off, even if it sometimes seems like it."
At the same time, the archbishop warned against "watering down" the image of the priest. A young man on the path to the priesthood must know what he is getting himself into. "We have to have the courage to fully stand by the faith of the Church and to celibacy," emphasized Gänswein. This is "not an annoying obstacle, but a gift from Christ".
Archbishop Gänswein came to Maria Bildstein (Vbg.) at the invitation of the Benedictine brother Fidelis Ellensohn to celebrate an anniversary service: The youth movement for vocations in the Church, KIM (circle of young missionaries), set up by the Vorarlberg religious in Tyrol and Vorarlberg, celebrated its 50th anniversary.
(Rome) After a serious incident, the Vatican refuses to comment. Cardinal Raymond Burke was barred from Roman Curia dicasteries because his green passport (vaccination certificate) expired in March. The Vatican reacts to media reports in its own way by sticking to the mask and vaccination requirements. Although the pseudo-pandemic has been exposed, the Papal States are pretending to be ignorant. They hear and see nothing because you neither want to hear nor see.
Yesterday the government of the Vatican State and the Holy See decided to retain the FFP2 mask requirement (until recently a mouth and nose protector was sufficient in Italy) and the vaccination certificate (Green Pass) - even in the Vatican Museums.
Switzerland lifted most of the corona measures in March and since April 2nd the mask requirement on public transport. And? What happened? Nothing! The state of Texas had already taken this step on March 21, 2021. And? What happened? Nothing! The state of Florida had already eliminated the corona measures in the summer of 2020. And? What happened? Nothing! Sweden has never introduced such measures. And? What happened? Nothing! Nothing that didn't also happen in the states that took radical to most radical corona measures and that went beyond the normal occurrence of the average flu.
The examples mentioned expose lockdowns, mask requirements, and other forms of discrimination as senseless and also as malicious since they were deliberately arranged. This viciousness is even maintained in some states against children who are obviously intended to be "transformed" on a psychological level. Not to mention the criminal corona madness of the Communist regime in the People's Republic of China, as it is currently being exercised in Shanghai.
Recent decisions approved by Santa Marta
The Vatican's decisions go back to Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. Although this is not part of the government of the Vatican State, it heads the Roman Curia. In the Church, which is structured in a strictly hierarchical manner, formal and real decision-making functions become blurred, because in cases of doubt the Holy See decides. The Cardinal Secretary of State will not make such a decision without prior approval from Pope Francis.
Despite figures showing the opposite, the Vatican State and Holy See insist that "the current pandemic situation calls for a special, extraordinary and dramatic approach" to combat the coronavirus. This situation is not just surreal now, it was already in the spring of 2020. Since the first corona cases appeared in the West, tested with a useless instrument called a PCR test, it was clear: neither is the SARS-CoV‑2 a “killer virus nor is the human immune system defenseless against it. As a result, the two false premises that formed the basis of an unprecedentedly insane corona policy were already invalidated in February 2020.
The reasons for these exorbitantly misguided government decisions, whose actual consequences in economic, constitutional, civil and criminal law, psychological and health terms are not even remotely foreseeable, are still in the dark today. Governments refuse to say what information they received from whom and when they took their unprecedented actions.
What is being kept secret, what is to be covered up?
In addition to the wearing of masks in all closed areas of the Vatican, the new decrees also continue to prescribe interpersonal distance, hand hygiene and the regular disinfection and ventilation of all public spaces. Both the Vatican State and the Holy See will continue to demand the green passport
invented by the EU Commission, which shows the vaccination status and, as a mercy, is also valid for six months for those who have recovered. For a few hours, visitors and tourists will also accept a negative result of the unspeakable PCR test, the main instrument of the pandemic staging. The Green Pass is still required for access to the Vatican offices but also to the Vatican Museums, the Vatican Gardens, the Papal Villas and the Apostolic Palace in Castel Gandolfo, which served as the summer residence of the popes until Francis.
Vaccination with salary suspension and dismissal pressure
For most of the staff of the Vatican State and the Holy See, the "vaccination" with one of the genetically modified Covid preparations is still mandatory. Vaccination is compulsory for all health and safety workers, as well as for all employees who have direct contact with the public or visitors.
The existence-threatening clause was also reaffirmed that unvaccinated persons are not allowed to go to their workplace and at the same time non-appearance at the workplace is considered an unjustified absence, which leads to the suspension of salary payments and can lead to dismissal. This malign linkage has served from the start, ever since Pope Francis made vaccination mandatory in January 2021, to put maximum vaccination pressure on employees and staff. The question of why there is such doggedness to drive the experimental Covid preparations into irreversible range is still unanswered to this day.
Italy arbitrarily made vaccination compulsory for everyone over the age of 50. If you don't follow, you have to pay a fine of 100 euros, which sounds rather harmless. More serious is that unvaccinated people were banned from working. In addition, a precedent has been set that tomorrow will allow governments to interfere with the health of their citizens at will with sanctions. Expanding the catalog of sanctions is then easy.
The Green Passport will also continue to be required from participants in Vatican Congresses and from guests in the Vatican Guesthouse Santa Marta.
The measures in force since January 2020, which were last extended in December 2021, would have expired at the end of April.
Fascination with power
The powerful in state and society obviously like to exercise their power and let their subordinates feel it, which is why the governments are careful to extend the measures in good time. The Church, which from the outset failed to present a corrective alternative to secular power, is no exception. Segregation through vaccine apartheid continues.
With the two decrees, the Holy See and the Vatican State reacted in their own way to the media reports about the scandal that Cardinal Raymond Burke, who refuses the Covid preparations for reasons of conscience, is denied access to Vatican dicasteries. The cardinal, who has recovered from Covid-19, has not had a valid green passport since March, since recovery, the normal state of being human, is only accepted by the Corona fanatics for a period of six months. The reason for this discrimination, one of many Corona discriminations, is obvious: It's not about Corona and not about health, but about driving as many people as possible into the gene-manipulating Covid injection, no matter what. Cui bono?
The fact is that the generated Corona hysteria and the subsequent mask requirement, lockdown and vaccination pressure are intended to make people psychologically docile. The past two years have shown how systematically the mainstream media is trying to control opinions. The responsible citizen, as he was called until yesterday, who is aware of his rights and his position as an equal sovereign, is reduced to the status of a paralyzed, docile subject. So from the beginning, someone thought something about it and that goes far beyond Corona.
Lack of empathy
There has not been a word of regret or even an apology for Cardinal Burke's lockout. That fits into the Corona picture: So far, not a word of consolation or sympathy from the Pope for the countless victims of the Corona measures (not the Corona virus) has been heard. As well as when he enforces even the most radical measures against his own employees.
The corona virus is not a threat to humanity, but the corona measures are.
Addendum for Corona believers who do not want to believe
With Alemannic thoroughness, the hospitals in the Austrian Ländle provide the comparatively best figures on the Corona situation in the German-speaking area. They show what is kept secret and veiled in other countries.
Yesterday, April 20, 52 Covid-19 patients were treated as inpatients in the Vorarlberg state hospitals, 42 of whom are “fully immunized”. “Fully immunized” usually means at least twice, but probably three times “vaccinated” with a Covid preparation that is said to be “safe” and guaranteed “effective” according to the federal government.
The information is a remarkable contradiction, because "fully immunized" should not have to be treated in the hospital. However, the misleading Corona newspeak is being retained because the federal and state governments want it that way in their PR pandemic. The absurdity is thus exposed all the more clearly.
“Around 80 percent of Covid 19 patients are currently being treated in hospitals for another disease, with corona disease being the secondary diagnosis.”
In reality, there are not 52 Covid 19 patients in the hospitals in Vorarlberg, but only ten. The claim that the other 42 had a “Corona disease” is also part of the misleading Corona Newspeak. In reality, the statement only indicates a positive result of the unspeakable PCR test, which all patients are obligated to undergo. This also refutes the "overburdening" of the health system, which governments have cited as the main reason for their extraordinary intervention.
"6 Covid-19 patients currently have to be treated in the intensive care unit, all 6 are fully immunized."
Apart from the repeated paradox of intensive care despite "full immunization", it does not say how many are in intensive care because of Covid-19. Possibly only the aforementioned fifth, possibly even none.
People only die “in connection with the virus”, which can mean anything or anything. This corresponds to the veiled Corona newspeak “with and on” Corona died, which in 2020 served to create the desired Corona hysteria. Since the Covid preparations have been available since December 2020, the actual and supposed Corona deaths have done their duty and only play a marginal role. Otherwise, people might notice that despite "vaccination" there are the same number or even more corona deaths. What would they get if the citizens knew the truth?
The management report lacks information on vaccination side effects and vaccination deaths. Also in this case, because the governments do not want it.
(Rome) Today, for the first time, homosexual activists were officially received in the Vatican, but unlike the visitors initially announced and expected. Nevertheless, it was a historic event in the history of the Church.
Last week, French sociologist and gay activist Frederic Martel announced that Pope Francis would welcome an international group of homosexual activists. He referred to an Argentine compatriot and personal friend of the Pope, the former Supreme Court Judge and homosexual left-intellectual Raul Eugenio Zaffaroni.
Martel's announcement caused a great deal of commotion after the Vatican had just left the Christian World Family Congress in Verona a week ago. While the supreme ecclesiastical body has distanced itself from Christian associations committed to marriage and the family, does the Pope receive homosexual activists? The optics hung doubly wrong.
Martel, citing Zaffaroni, had also announced a "historical speech" by Pope Francis in favor of homosexuality. Yesterday, he dialed back. The speech was "canceled". Thus Pope Francis had missed "a historic opportunity". The apology, however, added to the sociology, as the Pope is under constant observation of his critics in the Church.
Vatican spokesman Gisotti also denied yesterday that Francis will be giving a "historical speech" today. He did not deny the audience. The decisions seem to have fallen only at the last moment. The trick was to send a signal of "openness" to the gay lobby, but not to give the inner-church resistance to the papal course too much impetus.
The result showed today. It was not Pope Francis who received the delegation of homosexuals, but Cardinal Secretary of State Parolin. It was also the cardinal who last week announced the distancing of the Holy See from the World Family Congress.
Behind the scenes, it seems that the last one has been worked out, because it seems hardly believable - however extravagant Zaffaroni may be - that the former Supreme Court Judge invented the audience with the Pope and his "historical speech" and even signed his own signature.
By noon this morning [5 -April], the invited homo-activists knew about the exact program. Homosexual organization Egale Canada tweeted:
"Today in the Vatican, we are witness to a historic meeting with the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to discuss the situation of discrimination and violence against LGBTI [He forgot “P”] people in the world."
“We expect a historic meeting in the Vatican"
Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti then gave, unlike after numerous private audiences, an official statement.
"Cardinal Pietro Parolin received today in the Vatican a group of 50 persons, who work in different ways against the criminalization of homosexuality."
The Cardinal Secretary of State was on this occasion, Zaffaroni and Martel had already announced, "a study on the criminalization of homosexual relations in the Caribbean" passed.
"Cardinal Parolin gave a short greeting to those present, reaffirming the position of the Catholic Church in defending the dignity of every human being and against any form of violence.
“After listening to the comments of some of the participants in the meeting, Cardinal Parolin assured that he would inform the Holy Father about the content of the study. "
The "Globo Homo” was very pleased with the audience, even if it was not given by the Pope himself. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) tweeted:
"ILGA World attended the historic meeting and called for a deeper dialogue."
ILGA World in the Vatican
ILGA World, the Globo Homo umbrella organization, also published a detailed statement.
In fact, the audience was "historic" even without Pope Francis. For the first time, the Gay Lobby was officially able to incorporate its more ventral positions into the Vatican, and was recognized by the highest government representative of the Pope, the Secretary of State, as a dialogue partner at state, not pastoral level. The attendees were not received as persons with their individual destinies, but - for the first time in history - as representatives of the organized gay lobby.
Egale Canada wrote on Twitter:
"We are proud to participate in this moment in history. This is the first time that #LGBTI activists have met #Vatican. At a meeting with Cardinal Parolin, we called on Pope Francis (@Pontifex) to make a statement condemning the criminal laws that persecute LGBTI people.”
How much balancing act does the Church engage in behind the closed doors for the Christian World Family Congress and the open doors to the organized gay lobby?
It was Pentecost Sunday and several priests refused sacrilegious Holy Communion in the hand in Vatican St Peter's Basilica.
They put the consecrated Host, as is proper, on the tongue.
Twitter-User CatholicSat explained (May 25) that there have been increasing abuses over the recent months. Apparently, someone cares in the Vatican?
Therefore priests have been reminded again that Communion in the hand is prohibited in the Vatican. No idea as to whom. It's not very humble in the spirit of this pontificate.
Furthermore, the priest behind the one with his hand out, refused to receive the Host humbly, but insisted on receiving a Calvinistic and sacrilegious Communion. Who is that guy?
Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you, and many sleep.
The events in Venezuela have made the Holy See a rare gesture
Venezuela (kath.net) Events in Venezuela have led the Holy See to a rare gesture as "Radio Vatican" reported. The Vatican Secretariat of State has called on the government under Socialist President Maduro to refrain from dissolving the constitutional assembly. Initiatives such as these are "to be avoided or suspended" because, "instead of favoring reconciliation and peace, fuel a climate of tension and struggle and burden the future," the Vatican says. It was only on Thursday that Cardinal Secretary Pietro Parolin, in an interview, had made it clear that the diplomacy of the Holy See for Venezuela was characterized by low tones and "proactive, non-reactive diplomacy." According to the report, Pope Francis very closely follows the events in Venezuela and continues to pray for the country and its people. The letter from the Vatican reminds Venezuela's politicians and, in particular, the government that the crisis should be solved through negotiations. Venezuela should follow the guidelines which the State Secretariat had indicated to the government in its letter of December 1. This included, inter alia, the release of political prisoners for the opening of negotiations. The armed forces were called upon to refrain from an "excessive and disproportionate use of force". Cardinal Secretary Pietro Parolin is known as Venezuelan, since he was previously nuncio in Caracas.
Italian journalist Massimo Franco in Corriere della Sera: The reforms in the Vatican by Pope Francis have brought very little results so far
Rome (kath.net) The reforms in the Vatican by Pope Francis have brought very few results so far. This is the opinion of the journalist Massimo Franco in Corriere della Sera. The journalist recalled that Francis was elected with a strong mandate for reform. In particular, the pontifex promised "shock therapy" in the Vatican's finances. The ambitious plans have, however, been set aside, Vatican employees have since returned to their usual behavior, and the State Secretariat again took control of administrative matters. The journalist recalled that, with Cardinal Pell and Libero Milone, two key figures have now left their posts and have not been replaced. Franco then prophesies that with Jean-Baptise de Franssu, the President of the Vatican Bank, the next key player would soon leave the field because he was in constant opposition within the Vatican.
(Rome / Madrid) Father Gabriel Amorth, who died in September 2016, was severely criticized when he repeatedly said in interviews that there were satanic sects in the Vatican. Now another exorcist, "I wish that one day a Great Exorcism will be carried out in the Vatican."
In January 2008, Father Amorth said in an interview of Alexander Smoltczyk for the weekly magazine Der Spiegel :
"There are satanic sects in the Vatican. You can not see them. But there are."
Now Father Amorth was indirectly affirmed by another exorcist. Don Antonio Fortea, also priest and exorcist, said in an interview to the Spanish edition of Newsweek :
"I hope that one day a Great Exorcism will be carried out in the Vatican."
Don Fortea himself has already led aseveral large exorcisms . In one even "a cardinal" also took part.
The Spanish Don Antonio Fortea was ordained priest for the diocese of Alcalá de Henares in 1994. In the following years he devoted himself mainly to demonology. In 1998 he completed his studies of theology and Church history at the Facultad de Teología de Comillas with the work "The Exorcism in our time." When confronted in the course of his pastoral work as a priest with "problems of demonic nature", he deepened his studies on the subject and was awarded a doctorate at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome with a thesis on "Theological problems of exorcism practice."
He developed his own form for the Great Exorcism, which is directed against the presence of demons in certain places, buildings or even whole cities. This form is not approved by the Vatican, according to his own account. This is true, but it is more important, if it is not "forbidden" by the Vatican or any other ecclesiastical authority, specifies Don Fortea. There had so far been no Church complaint. Even a Cardinal had participated in such a Great Exorcism. He is always willing to defend this form before the competent authority.
In these days a time bomb has exploded in the Vatican, whose existence was long known to insiders. The Pope from Argentina had tried to transform the existing framework into a "church of the poor". He did so with good intentions. He ignores the fact that the Vatican is a construct that has been shaped over the centuries. Francis could not or would not see that the Curia is a powerful apparatus whose middle management is more important than the honorable leadership of cardinals and bishops. The Pope from distant Argentina, whose authoritarian management style is well attested, veiled by a populist posturing, is able to enforce his new thinking against the wishes of the powers of the Vatican.
Now a "palace revolution" has been inflamed. The anonymous prelates of the second rank have made themselves known to journalists. For many connoisseurs, the outbreak of this situation had long expected. The more his acceptance by the Catholic foot soldiers increased, the more the internal anger at the unconventional style of leadership became known. Dozens of wrong decisions were never made public because they were hardly interesting for the media. They concerned marginal theological questions but fell well within the competence of middle management. Curial archbishops and Cardinals are easily interchangeable. The "Middle Management" of the Vatican rarely changes rapidly. Yet many of the papal decisions were and are marked by a shocking naivety. It was quickly becoming known that Francis was planning changes that would change the very structure of the Church to its foundations.
A small example. For decades it was customary that the diocese of large dioceses were occupied by bishops from smaller diocesan sees. So the experience of aspirants could be tested and a pool career could be created. Francis took over it filled the major archdioceses of Bologna and Palermo with simple priests. Imagine how dismayed the passed over episcopal candidates were, and the pontiff grumbled.
At the beginning of his pontificate, the Pope spontaneously made the managing director of his priests retirement fund, chief director of the IOR, an important post in the Vatican. It soon became apparent that Mons. Ricci was dismissed from the diplomatic service years ago, because of his aberrosexual affairs. Ricci's personnel dossier simply lacked these distressing pages. Francis refused to reverse the decision. How should the Curia take such Pontifex seriously? Almost everyone at the Vatican knew of the misconduct of the priest.
And the waste in the Vatican under Pope Francis has increased rather than decreased. While the Pontiff symbolically pulls up in the small car in front of the White House, he flies his Cardinals in private Swiss MAX AIR to Astana in Kazakhstan to attend the inauguration of the new Greek Catholic Church, a convenience that should have cost around 20,000 Swiss francs.
For many members of the curia this Pope is simply no longer acceptable, because no one really knows where he stands morally. Francis has become famous for his contradictory statements. Was it not he himself who said on the flight from Manila to Rome: "Who am I to judge?" And then many more prelates ask, who else may judge, if not the Pope?
The Pope continues to "wallow" in the enthusiasm of the masses. The trouble is that departures from the Catholic Church in Germany have risen sharply. Where is the eagerly anticipated "Francis effect"? Italy's (left) media cheers him, and the atheistic Scalfari, editor of La Repubblica, boasts to be a friend of Francis. But there remain a few hundred hypocrites in the Vatican who perform for kippers before the pope and give him the illusion of a "pope for all". But the pope from Argentina is in danger, even before his death, to find a new place to live. In the Vatican itself there will be little room for a second Pope pensioner.
In Hoc Signo Vinces - censorship in the Vatican against Constantine the Great
(Rome) "The impudence of those who are obviously moved, to the detriment of the truth by an ideological schema, is always worrying," said Corrrispondenza Romana. During proceedings at the Vatican publishing house, the conference transcript about the Emperor Constantine the Great and the Constantinian Shift has recently appeared. It's a transcript with curious surprises, revealing an alarming censorship.
From the 18th-21st April 2012 on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, an international meeting of historians took place on the figure of Emperor Constantine the Great. The meeting had been initiated by the reigning President until 2009 of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller. Renowned speakers discussed key issues that ranged from the conversion of the emperor, to the relationship between Christians and the Roman Empire, and Constantine's vision before the decisive victory of October 28th, 312.
Speech by Professor de Mattei disappears
Recently, the Vatican publishing house will publish the title "Constantine the Great. On the Roots of Europe," as the conference's volume and which will be presented in the Augustinianum in Rome. Among the "most important experts in the field", as the acting President of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences writes, there was also the historian Roberto de Mattei, who illustrated in a highly regarded paper, the "archetypal significance of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge." The presentation by Professor de Mattei is, however, gone. It is not found in the conference proceedings in which the papers were published. De Mattei was also not invited to the presentation of the volume, which can be assessed as an additional personal rebuff by the publisher.
"How is such an inexplicable censorship possible?" asked Corrispondenza Romana. To many it may have caused some upset that Professor de Mattei regarded the Vision of Constantine, with its luminous signs in form of a cross on the sun with the words "In Hoc Signo Vinces," as genuine. In a time in which even Catholic theological faculties of priest-professors deny the authenticity of the miracles of Jesus, "because they are scientifically impossible," someone may have felt provoked.
Vision and Victory of Constantine of "Archetypal Meaning"
Constantine the Great
The upset stomach of many must have grown, as de Mattei pointed out that in the vision of the emperor and its consequences became a model for the following centuries, can be seen, and therefore taken up by Saint Pius X which he testified in the Apostolic Exhortation Universi christifidelibus, with which he announced the Constantinian Jubilee in commemoration of the historic event announced on 8 March 1913:
"At that time the Church Militant finally obtained the first of those triumphs which was relieved from previous epochs of all kinds of persecutions and stood ready on that day in the company of the human race for ever greater deeds."
What is significant to the battle of Saxa Rubra as "military and political triumph," says Professor de Mattei in his speech, is "not separate from the wonderful intuition of Constantine." He continues: "Christ himself called on Constantine and his legions to fight on His behalf. Thus, He established the principle that it is lawful to fight on behalf of God, when the cause is just and the war is declared a holy war. The battle of 28 October proved not only the legality of Christians to serve in the army, but was declared instinctu divinitatis the first holy war of the Christian era."
"In Hoc Signo Vinces" means not only "internal victory over sin, but also public, armed victory"
So the motto "In Hoc Signo Vinces," the "Signum Crucis, binds the symbol of the cross to a victory that is not only the inner victory over the disordered passions and sin, but also a public, armed, military victory."
Although these statements by Professor de Mattei were covered in detail by the sources, they seem not to have fit the picture of someone in the Vatican, whether the Pontifical Committee for Historical Research, the Vatican publishing house or even someone in a high position. To invite a speaker as a designated expert to a meeting and then to dismiss his paper without any justification, without even mentioning the name of the speaker, is not only a personal affront, and not just a violation of all intellectual and academic practice, but pure censorship. It's a manipulation behind which hides a falsification of history.
Corrispondenza Romana provides the additional question: "Who is afraid of Constantine the Great?"
Second Lecture also Disappears
It was not only de Mattei's lecture which has disappeared. But the presentation by Professor Gianluigi Falchi from the Lateran University also can not be found in the conference proceedings. Professor Falchi talked about freedom of religion and the baptism of Constantine. In this case, there was no "plausible" explanation either, as the historian had died in the meantime and thus his text could no longer see the printing. However, a complete eradication is still not justified. Propriety entirely demands the publication of papers in such cases with a note.
The case of Professor de Mattei, however, offers no "plausible" explanation. Therefore, there remains only the assumption that the contents of the lecture were not in fitting with the picture of that hasty distancing from the "Constantinian shift" matches in which to practice numerous church representatives.
When emerged from the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, as the chairman of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, the French Premonstratensian Bernard Ardura, writes in his foreword to the conference proceedings, really a "new world" and a Europe "in which the values of human dignity, freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and freedom of worship flourished ", it is difficult to understand that all this is depressed at the same time in connection with this meeting through censorship with feet that just wanted to emphasize these principles.