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Vatican Conspiracy Against Pope Benedict, For Pope Francis?


It’s been a long media week already, and a story that is being buried under the papal visit coverage is one that came out yesterday from veteran Vatican-watcher Ed Pentin:

Further serious concerns are being raised about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, one of the papal delegates chosen to attend the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family, after the archbishop emeritus of Brussels confessed this week to being part of a radical “mafia” reformist group opposed to Benedict XVI.


The Vatican listed him second in importance out of 45 delegates personally chosen by Pope Francis to participate in the upcoming meeting. He also took part in last year’s Extraordinary Synod as a papal delegate.

At the launch of the book in Brussels this week, the cardinal said he was part of a secret club of cardinals opposed to Pope Benedict XVI.

He called it a “mafia” club that bore the name of St. Gallen. The group wanted a drastic reform of the Church, to make it “much more modern”, and for Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to head it. The group, which also comprised Cardinal Walter Kasper and the late Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, has been documented in Austen Ivereigh’s biography of Pope Francis, The Great Reformer.

Rod Dreher has picked up the story at The American Conservative, and he emphasizes the importance of the fact that “Pentin got his hands on a copy of the authorized repeat, authorized — biography” – and that this is where the information is coming from, not some anonymous source.

Marco Tosatti, the Senior Religion Correspondent for the the Italian daily, La Stampa, also did a story on this yesterday, which has now been translated by the good folks at Rorate Caeli:

The election of Jorge Bergoglio was the fruit of secret meetings that cardinals and bishops, organized by Carlo Maria Martini, held for years at St. Gall in Switzerland. This is what is claimed by Jürgen Mettepenningen and Karim Schelkens, the authors of a just published biography of the Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who refer to the group of cardinals and bishops as the “Mafiaclub”.

Danneels, according to the authors, had worked for years in preparation for the election of Pope Francis, which happened in 2013. He himself, however, in a video recorded during the presentation of the book admits that he had taken part in a secret club of cardinals that were in opposition to Joseph Ratzinger. While laughing he calls it “a Mafia club whose name was St. Gall”.

The group wanted a drastic reform of the Church, much more modern and up to date, with Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis at the head. And this is just as things turned out. In addition to Danneels and Martini, among the others who made up the group according to the book were the Dutch bishop Adriaan Van Luyn, the German cardinals Walter Kasper and Karl Lehman, the Italian cardinal AchilleSilvestrini and the English cardinal Basil Hume.

The Belgian newspaper “Le Vif” wrote: “ On March 13, 2013, an old acquaintance was at the side of the new Pope, Francis: Godfried Danneels. Officially he stood there in his role as the dean of the cardinal-priests, but actually he had operated for years in secret as the king-maker.”

Danneels has been invited again by Pope Francis to attend the Synod on the Family that will take place in October in Rome. But he has been severely criticized. He tried to dissuade a victim of sexual abuse from accusing the man who abused him, a bishop, who was the uncle of the victim, and because of this, at the time of the Conclave in 2013 there were those in Belgium who asked that he not be allowed to elect the new Pope.

In addition, his positions on homosexual marriage and on abortion, (according to the revelations of two parliamentarians Danneels had written to the king of Belgium urging him to sign the law that permitted it) does not seem to be in harmony with the Magisterium of the Church. And not in harmony as well with what Pope Francis affirms.

As a reminder, Pope St. John Paul II wrote an apostolic constitution called Universi Dominici Gregis, which lays out rules for the conduct of conclaves. Of particular note are these sections:

79. Confirming the prescriptions of my Predecessors, I likewise forbid anyone, even if he is a Cardinal, during the Pope’s lifetime and without having consulted him, to make plans concerning the election of his successor, or to promise votes, or to make decisions in this regard in private gatherings.


81. The Cardinal electors shall further abstain from any form of pact, agreement, promise or other commitment of any kind which could oblige them to give or deny their vote to a person or persons. If this were in fact done, even under oath, I decree that such a commitment shall be null and void and that no one shall be bound to observe it; and I hereby impose the penalty of excommunication latae sententiae upon those who violate this prohibition. It is not my intention however to forbid, during the period in which the See is vacant, the exchange of views concerning the election.

82. I likewise forbid the Cardinals before the election to enter into any stipulations, committing themselves of common accord to a certain course of action should one of them be elevated to the Pontificate. These promises too, should any in fact be made, even under oath, I also declare null and void.

83. With the same insistence shown by my Predecessors, I earnestly exhort the Cardinal electors not to allow themselves to be guided, in choosing the Pope, by friendship or aversion, or to be influenced by favour or personal relationships towards anyone, or to be constrained by the interference of persons in authority or by pressure groups, by the suggestions of the mass media, or by force, fear or the pursuit of popularity. Rather, having before their eyes solely the glory of God and the good of the Church, and having prayed for divine assistance, they shall give their vote to the person, even outside the College of Cardinals, who in their judgment is most suited to govern the universal Church in a fruitful and beneficial way.

Excommunication is the penalty for collusion and conspiracy to elect a given candidate. This is serious business. It is astonishing that even someone as brazen as Cardinal Daneels would admit to doing so openly, and on the record.

This recalls to mind something that was written by Robert Moynihan (which I covered here) just before the last conclave began. I can’t help but wondering if the mysterious cardinal in this story knew what was happening:

Dr. Robert B. Moynihan, founder and editor-in-chief of Inside the Vatican magazine wrote yesterday of an encounter he had with a member of the curia that lends credence to this concern. After recognizing a certain unnamed cardinal of his acquaintance dressed in the manner of a simple clergyman on the streets of Rome, Moynihan approached him to speak a concern that had been on his mind.

“Your eminence,” I said.

In his eyes he was saying to me that he could not answer any questions.

But he was not excluding all conversation. And so I ventured…

“I only wanted to tell you one thing,” I said. “That I loved Pope Benedict.”

He stood still.

“I did too, and I do love him,” the cardinal said.

“And so I have been troubled and a bit off balance since February 11,” I said.

And then, as if filled with a sudden emotion, I saw the cardinal’s face grow dark and sad, and he said, forcefully: “I love him, but this should never have happened. He never should have left his office.”

I was silent.

“It is like a man and a woman, a husband and wife, a mother and father in relation to their children,” he said. “What do they say?” It seemed he was asking me the question.

I was silent.

“They say, ‘until death do us part!’ They stay together always.”

So I understood him to be saying that he felt a Successor of Peter should not step down from the throne, no matter how weary and tired, but continue until death.

I felt the words he was speaking were the words of an argument that may have been used even among the cardinals, but of course, that may not be the case.

But I felt that I was catching a glimpse of how at least one cardinal was thinking about the Pope’s renunciation.

“Your eminence,” I said, “I’ve forgotten. Are you already above age 80, or not?

“I am not yet 80,” he told me.

“So you will be voting tomorrow.”

He nodded, and a look passed over his eyes which seemed filled with shadows and concerns. I was surprised at his intensity. I was surprised by the whole conversation.

He squeezed my hand. “Is there anything else I can do?” I asked.

“Pray for us,” he said. “Pray for us.”

He turned as if he needed to go.

“I have to go.”

He took a step away from me, then turned again.

“It is a dangerous time. Pray for us.”

I think we should do as he asked.

It is good that we trust in the wisdom of Benedict’s decision, that we believe that whatever the reason, he knew what he was doing. But this should not put us at our ease. I believe in the very core of my being that the cardinal is right. It is a dangerous time for the Church. I can feel it. The forces of darkness are alert, and there is something afoot. What it is, we may never know. But this is far from an ordinary conclave.

It’s impossible to say what will become of this story, but with Daneels on the personal papal invite list for the Synod, it must not be forgotten.

The best time to release a news story if you want it to disappear is either during a major news event or on a Friday afternoon. This originally came out yesterday when everyone (including us) was covering Pope Francis’s congressional address. And here I am, wrapping up our week at 5:30PM on a Friday with this bombshell just as everyone is heading home to enjoy their weekend. It wasn’t my intention to come in at the 11th hour, but time is short. We need to keep this one moving. Please, if you find it worthwhile, consider sharing it.

We’ll update you when we know more.

UPDATE 9/26/15 – DENY EVERYTHING. Perish the thought that these men who glibly refer to themselves as “mafia” would actually collude about a papal election. RETRACT. RETRACT. RETRACT. Color me skeptical.

84 thoughts on “Vatican Conspiracy Against Pope Benedict, For Pope Francis?”

  1. I know what I’m going to write will be almost impossible to believe, especially from those who are regular church goers, faithful, bible readers, daily worshipers and who have nothing to do with internal church affairs. I wouldn’t use the word “naive” but rather uninformed.

    So, here we go:

    From my personal experience, a huge number (I would put it in a 99% figure) of the Catholic Clergy, and that includes the pope, DO NOT BELIEVE IN GOD.

    Call them Atheists, Pagans, or anything, but the bottom line, they do not believe in God. And from that stand point, they don’t believe in the Catholic Church and anything that comes out of it, including the Bible and Tradition.


    It shouldn’t be. Give it some time to digest it. Unfortunately, many of you will never have the personal experience that I had, from the top of the hierarchy to the least of it.

    If the Hollywood actors are fake by profession, the Catholic Clergy is fake by birth.

    • Not “almost impossible”…Just plain “IMPOSSIBLE”…I do not believe a word of what you say. It is all false anti-Catholic rhetoric.

      • I understand. You see, the Oscars would be an insult to the Catholic Clergy. Oscars are given to good actors, not to those who are BORN actors. They are truly evil. Proof: How so easy they can deceive people, just like you!

      • Sometimes, some of these natural-born-liars Catholic Clergy just can’t keep their lie hidden. So, after many long years of acting, they succumb to the strong sexual temptation they tried to hide for decades and their own actions expose them. A priest who spent 50 or 60 years in the priesthood, faking it, ends up in jail for sexually molesting kids, for example. And many other examples. These Clergy, like I said, are not good in hiding their lie. The other 99% are experts.

        • Assuming that what is being said about Danneels is true, I will quote my husband, “Evil destroys itself.” Pride is at the heart of it all and when one is so tainted by it, he will brag about the evils he has committed.

    • That is complete nonsense. Please do not disparage all the good Priests we have currently serving our Church. Are there some bad ones? Yes, but there are just as many outstanding Priests.

    • 99% is a clear exaggeration. No one knows that number but God. But you are correct when you say “a large number” because even 1 would be a large number, and there are many more than 1. There are also many who believe in God but don’t believe there is a hell, or if there is, no one goes there. They think all are saved and the Church therefore has nothing to do with the afterlife. Just the here and now. That’s why there is so much “social justice” efforts going around by “Catholic” institutions where they bring food, shelter and medicine but not a word about Jesus. What is the point if they are going to Heaven? They only need to fill their current needs…

      It is not easy being a priest and you should better dedicate this time to praying for them. They are a prime target for the devil, specially at this time.

      The last part where you make your self a supposed expert on the hierarchy (apparently you’ve had experience with 99% of all the hierarchy worldwide) and condemn them a priory… Well, I hope you realize you are being ridiculously unfair and rethink that. Otherwise that just makes you a sad troll looking to get replies. I hope if that is the case that you don’t get any more.

      • 99% out of the total number of clerics, religious men and women is not an exaggeration. In many locations, I encountered one out of ten or more who believes in God. And yes, many confessed to me. Others, really, it’s not that hard to know for sure, from my experience around them.

  2. “A bishop dressed in white. We had the ‘impression’ it was the Holy Father.” – (Fatima) Servant of God Sister Lucia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary –

  3. Whatever machinations are being cooked within the Catholic church hierarchy, ordinary Catholics need to keep praying, especially the Most Holy Rosary and other devotions as well as getting the sacraments of reconciliation and The Holy Eucharist frequently. May God Bless us all! +

  4. I’m glad to see 1P5 pick up on this story. Up until Edward Pentin’s article, it had languished in the backwaters of the Catholic blogosphere (from where you can spot my hovel just off to the right, in the very back). Br. Alexis Bugnolo of the blog From Rome has documented the entire thing since the publication of Austen Ivereigh’s book The Great Reformer. His chronology of events can be viewed here:

    Particularly noteworthy is the following:

    It presents testimony from Cardinal McCarrick that he was approached by “an interesting and very influential Italian gentleman” who said to him: “Push Bergoglio.”

  5. It’s hardly surprising. The modernists in the church have been engaging in wicked, dishonest, and traitorous activity for decades. Sire’s Phoenix From the Ashes has a good overview of Bugnini’s underhanded and illicit power plays and others who were card carrying communists and masons (also an excommunicable offense). These days they aren’t even afraid to hide it, because they know that no one will stop, discipline or punish them. Sad.

      • I’m weeding my way through it now. It is heavy,but interesting reading in that there is lots of details and history. I skimmed the first half which is early Church heresies and bad Popes and digging through the Second part dealing with Vatican II misdeeds many of which are new to me.

  6. It is critical to read “The Whole Truth About Fatima, The Third Secret,” by Frere Michel de la Sainte Trinite. Then you will completely understand.

  7. What I don’t have clear in my mind is Bergoglio’s participation or non-participation in the plan to put him in Peter’s chair. Regardless, the question is why the plotters settled on HIM rather than some other cardinal. What did they know about him that we didn’t? Danneel, if even a portion of this is correct, is a sinister enemy of the Church, so the fact Francis selected him for a role in the Synod….well, doesn’t say much for Francis.

      • And of course there is the question of what all this means in the light of Universi Dominici Gregis, especially section 81 (cited above) that reads in translation: ”81. Let the Cardinal electors, moreover, abstain from all pacts, agreements, promises and any other obligations you like, by which they might be constrained to give or refuse support (suffragium) for anyone (sing. & plural).” There seems to have been some kinds of ”pacts” or ”agreements” or ”promises” here, although I think it would take a Vatican lawyer to figure out if any violation was in fact committed. Even if he did find a violation, though, who would round up the suspects and ”book ’em”?

  8. “I saw the relationship between the two Popes. I saw how baleful would be the consequences of this false church. I saw it increase in size; heretics of every kind came into the city (of Rome). The local clergy grew lukewarm, and I saw a great darkness. Then, the vision seemed to extend on every side. Whole Catholic communities were being oppressed, harassed, confined, and deprived of their freedom. I saw many churches close down, great miseries everywhere, wars and bloodshed. A wild and ignorant mob took to violent action. But it did not last long.”
    “Once more I saw the Church of Peter was undermined by a plan evolved by the secret sect, while storms were damaging it. But I saw also that help was coming when distress had reached its peak. I saw again the Blessed Virgin ascend on the Church and spread Her mantle [over it]. I saw a Pope who was at once gentle, and very firm . . . I saw a great renewal, and the Church rose high in the sky.”

    “I see the Holy Father in great anguish. He lives in a palace other than before and he admits only a limited number of friends near him. I fear that the Holy Father will suffer many more trials before he dies. I see that the false Church of Darkness is making progress, and I see the dreadful influence that it has on people. The Holy Father and the Church are verily in so great a distress that one must implore God day and night.”
    “I had another vision of the great tribulation. It seems to me that a concession was demanded from the clergy which could not be granted. I saw many older priests, especially one, who wept bitterly. A few younger ones were also weeping. But others, and the lukewarm among them, readily did what was demanded. It was as if people were splitting into two camps.”

    -Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich

    • These Homosexual Cardinals and Bishops are trying very hard to usher in the Counterfeit Christ, the Man of Sin into the Holy Church through their evil deeds. Catholics just accept it and put their heads in the sand and wish it goes away or are in denial that this evil is happening this is how the Homosexual Clerics raped altar boys for decades. What has happened to the great Pope Benedict is beyond the pale. Now the bad fruit is coming to light with the fog of confusion which the Counterfeit Christ with his false Mercy needs to enter the Holy Church for the acceptance of Mortal Sin of Sodomy and Adultery as being in a normal state to receive the Holy Eucharist.

    • Chillings visions. Who knows if they will be proved true and how this will come about if it does. That being said, I already have it in my mind that it seems entirely possible that by the end of October or within a few months, I may be packed up and living back with my parents again. I’m already not sure that I can put my hand to these annulments, but I am keeping quiet for now because we still have to survive the Synod.

      I’m a young priest and not a pastor. I feel very powerless, but I am praying. I humbly ask for your prayers – especially for final perseverance and that I may not be deceived. Even this news itself could be a trick of the devil to throw faithful priests into confusion and push towards schism. My stance now, though, is that I know what the basic faith (adultery = bad; homosexual relations = bad; one should think pretty easy equations to work out form Sacred Scripture and human reason…) is and I know that I cannot go along willingly with this and “just ride it out” while taking credit for just being obedient and doing what I am told and trust that the Lord will understand. No. I have a conscience. Obedience cannot break the Lord’s Commandments held in my conscience. So it seems to me that I may simply have to go on “strike” mode if things get hairy.

      Let us pray!

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          • How about we forget the manufactured animus against the SSPX by those who are only now coming to the understanding that the Smoke of Satan did enter the Church as Paul VI stated. And resistance to it was called for in the time of +Lefebvre just as it is even more so now should the October Synod, by way of behind the scenes machinations, make for further division of doctrine and practice.

          • Thorin, that’s the 64 million dollar question. And the answer lies in the reality that they are standing for a principle that others conveniently want to dismiss and/or ignore. Just like there are those who want to ignore the ugly realities implied by the October Synod’ “talks” and pretend that all is hunky dory.

            Problems need to be dealt with, friend, for otherwise they just fester and get worse. Archbishop Lefebvre was right. And that’s nothing to crow over, but something to cry over and now attempt to repair by admitting truth. All of it.

          • The problem I have with SSPX is they acknowledge all popes since Pius XII as valid, yet they refuse to accept Vatican II is binding and they seek recognition from a man who is declaring publicly that open homosexuals should be allowed to receive communion atheists should not convert and Catholics should not proselytise.
            It could not be clearer that the church is in eclipse and the last 5 claimants to the papacy are at best anti-popes

          • Catholic, Vatican II is not binding where it presented novel concepts. It was a pastoral council. That said, that which is unclear or purposefully presents itself as undecided is not binding. As to seeking recognition, there is absolutely no seeking recognition from a ‘man’, rather what is sought is the just and “official” ruling from the office wherein it will be made manifest that those who uphold Catholic teaching, minus the agree-to-disagree confusion of non-binding documents, are 100% Catholic.

      • Prayers for you Fr. J….and for all of us. But this is precisely why Bishop Athanasius Schneider told faithful Catholics to look to their real allies (…I’m paraphrasing.) But there are places where a faithful young priest would be encouraged to remain faithful.

        God bless

      • Please don’t pack up and go home with to your parents. You are needed, desperately. The church needs you. God bless you always. You are now in my prayers.

      • Yes, I will pray for you Fr. J. As Card. Burke said we must remain true. But please don’t pack up and go home. The SSPX could be your safe haven. They have been operating in a state of emergency and from all appearances are faithful and obedient to every iota of Our Lord’s teachings. As a lay person I am waiting this out as well and praying for clarity as to what to do after the synod. Our own pastor as already said enough to lead me to believe he will go with any decision the heirarchy makes out of “obedience”. It seems to me he has thrown in the towel before the fight even begins. Many of the laity will do the same. As one of the evil Cardinals has said, “the people of God are with Francis.” Look at all his ” fans” with politicians and celebrities among them. He has many followers but has denied Jesus Our Lord by never mentioning His Name once during his visit to D.C.
        Please stay strong and close to Our Lady, she will guide you through this.
        God bless you.

      • Stick with it, Father. You won’t rise in the hierarchy, but that would seem to be a good thing today. We are an army whose HQ has been penetrated by a gang of enemy officers. So the only way we can carry on the battle is in rag-tag partisan platoons who pay no attention to the surrender orders issued by our generals. We need men like you, lieutenants who are familiar with the use of weaponry and aware of the traitors at HQ to lead us.

      • Perhaps you could find refuge in the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). Stay close to the Blessed Virgin. Praying for you. Pray for us too!

  9. Has anybody read the full texts of this pope’s speeches, in Congress and in the U.N.?

    I did.

    Excuse-me to say that both are a hefty load of crap.

    If his “global warming” encyclical can be printed and used as toilet paper (moist, of course), then he added a bonus size to it by these 2 speeches.

    Do we have a Catholic Pope?

    The answer is a clear NO.

    • My dear atheist friend Eugenio asked me if I believed in a Catholic God. I answered his question, but he didn’t take very good notes. He has me saying that I don’t believe in a Catholic God.

      I haven’t asked him to correct his interview. But my teaching is very clear.

  10. In today’s Liturgy of the Hours, Morning Prayer, was Psalm 51. Verses 20-21 are most apropos: “In your goodness, show favour to Zion; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Then you will be pleased with lawful sacrifice, holocaust offered on your altar.”

  11. The Velvet Mafia, the Homosexual Cardinals and Bishops ousted Pope Benedict XVI and arranged Pope Francis to get the votes to become Pope. It’s pure evil. This is the smoking gun. The Truth always comes out in the end. May God help their wicked souls from the fires of Hell.

  12. Are there any rules for resignation of a Pope and/or the ensuing conclave that were demonstrably violated in the light of these revelations? If yes, what are the consequences of this?

    • Are there any rules for the resignation of an American president who uses his office and Dept of Justice to bend the law? Of course. He simply puts pen to paper. But the chances of that happening in either Rome or Washington are less than zero.

  13. We have a hell of a pope!!

    I just read the full text of Bergoglio’s “off-the-cuff address to families” as translated by Zenit.

    You gotta look at it….Amazing!!

    I’ve been reading each line, and after each I found myself asking, “then why you facilitated the Catholic Divorce?”

    After each word he said, you have to ask him, “then why you made it easier for Catholics to divorce? You hypocrite and liar!!”

    Truly, we don’t have a Catholic pope.

  14. Here is a link to an article by Phil Lawler published today in which he dismisses the whole plot-to-elect-a-pope story more or less out of hand. Except, pay close attention to his last paragraph, and especially its penultimate sentence. There is the real rub in this whole mess. Why, indeed, would any pope appoint to any position a man with as checkered a past as that of Crd. Danneens?
    A real mystery. Here is the link:

  15. So much for being “wise as serpents”. Why did Mr. Pentin publicize this factoid about a mafia before the Daneels biography was offically published? Spreading this story now, pre-publication, makes Daneels’ subsequent denial so much easier. We’ve got to be smarter than this. I’m sure it would have been denied post-publication too, but any denial at that point would have been less convincing.

    • You think this denial is convincing? Why? I think its coming almost within hours of publication of Pentin’s article tells us that it relates, in fact, things just as they happened. But even if we accept their dubious denials, still the inclusion by Pope Francis of a man of Danneels’ character in the Synod says a lot…..about Pope Francis.

      • Of course I don’t think the denial is convincing. Believe me, I’m a longstanding member of the tin foil hat brigade. In any case I’ve read elsewhere that the book is already published so perhaps my point is moot anyway. Im Only suggesting that if the Church infiltrators are arrogant enough to publicly admit their shenanigans, and essentially proclaim their own de facto excommunication, by all means get out of their way and let them do so in the most forthright and public manner.

  16. Page 117, of the pope’s book, On Heaven and Earth, in regards to same-sex unions
    “If there is a union of a PRIVATE NATURE, THERE IS NEITHER A THIRD PARTY NOR IS SOCIETY AFFECTED. Now, if this union is given the category of marriage and they are given adoption rights, there could be children affected. Every person needs a male father and female mother that can help them shape their identity. – Jorge Mario Bergoglio
    Approval of same-sex sexual unions is approval of same-sex sexual acts. We have a Pope who is not in communion with The Catholic Church. (Catholic Canon 750)


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