by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
I used to admire Ann Barnhardt a great deal, for her cold logic. But as the years have passed, I realized that there was a lot more coldness than logic. Barnhardt showed this the other day with her vicious personal attack on Andrea Cionci, who has ever been the perfect gentleman calling her to give her reasons why she thinks Benedict XVI is the infallible pope but in total error, so obvious that Ann Barnhardt alone, without any knowledge of what is going on in the Vatican, and with no knowledge at all of Pope Benedict XVI’s statements in German — a language which she cannot even read — can see it, and she alone.
I am reminded of the Lollards of medieval England who hated us religious for taking vows and believed that the Catholic notion of just war was bunk. That is, some people pretend to be Catholic, but really advance their own prejudices.
I am also reminded of the words of Ann Barnhardt that those who support Bergoglio cannot respond to the data-set. And I wonder what she sees in the morning when she looks into the mirror of her soul…
Cionci has gathered together a huge data set, which shows that Benedict XVI knows he is the only pope, that he knows there are not two legitimate popes. Barnhardt insists that he, Pope Benedict XVI, believes there are two legitimate popes.
To respond to Cionci’s invitations and open letters by insulting his masculinity is the sign of a true feminist and a fake Catholic. It is also the most vile form of ad hominem from a woman who cannot face the data-set, let alone rationally respond to the evidence that her accusation against the person of the Roman Pontiff is made entirely of the straw of her own prejudice. And evidently it is a deeply seated prejudice against Catholic men.
Ann, you have to recognize some day, that you are not the infallible Popess of the Catholic Church and that if you did convert to our Holy Religion it was not at all valid unless you recognized that you were in error, rather than that you were being enthroned as our Oracle of Truth. — Unless you recognized that you were in error, and thus, that you can err. The grace of being a Catholic does not wipe away that possibility, of being in error.
I therefore wish to publicly distance myself from Barnhardt’s vile comments and perverse spirit of mind, which no Catholic who is honest could ever tolerate. And I call upon Catholics everywhere to publicly remonstrate and denounce her for it.