by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
In an extraordinary turn of events, last Thursday, October 6, 2022, the vigil of Our Lady of Victories, just as Don Alessandro Minutella was preparing his evening talk, on the Radio Domina Nostra, it appears that the Holy Father has anticipated his request to declare the Apostolic See impeded.
This declaration follows the Holy Father’s statements, that he is still the Pope, that he never abdicated and that he retains the Petrine Mandate. All of which Andrea Cionci has openly demonstrated in the newspapers of Italy during the last two years, WITHOUT anyone refuting him on the evidence. And now his book, “The Ratzinger Code”, is a best seller in Italy, and available in English on Amazon.
The occasion was the personal message he sent to the Scholars assembled by the Pope Benedict XVI Foundation for the presentation of a book by Piergiorgio Odifreddi, entitled, “In cammino alla ricerca della Verità. Lettere e colloqui con Benedetto XVI” (Rizzoli, 2022) (English translation: “On the road to search for the Truth. Letters and Colloquies with Benedict XVI”.
At the beginning of the discourse, for the 2.5 hour conferences (Visible on Video Here), Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the personal secretary of the Holy Father gave a brief but cryptic introduction, which I will relate in English, below, the Italian transcription of which you can read at Andrea Cionci’s article, here.
His intervention began at 2:31 into this 2.5 hour video.
Before speaking the Archbishop asks if he should open with an official customary salute of all the persons present — the Rector of LUMSA University responds, he can do it cordially, informally — to which the Archbishop says he will do it in a Catholic manner.
The Archbishop Georg Ganswein, dressed as a priest, not an Archbishop, and without the pectoral cross, says:
Before I came here, I prayed with Pope Benedict – as every Catholic priest does it – vespers. And then I spoke about the book, and first of all, of those invited or those presenters. (that is, of those Scholars who will give talks during the conference — ed.)
Pope Benedict told me, first of all: “Don’t give an official salute, salute them personally in my name and say to everyone: ‘I have not merited this illustrious list of presenters’. I said to him: “Holy Father, if I say this they will not believe me, but I will obey.”; (Pope Benedict continued) “Either believe or do not believe, if you do not believe, read, either Jeremiah or Isaiah. I will not say which verse or which chapter, but there is the response “.
Now, even in Italian, this sort of introduction is remarkable for its idiosyncratic format. Yes, it is known that the Archbishop is a conservative, and may have simply wanted to emphasize that he prays the Divine Office with the Holy Father at the canonical hours, as all priests should. But it is also clear that he is conveying a personal message given by the Holy Father.
So, as Andrea Cionci has done the other day, a closer look at the first phrase will notice a remarkable grammatical structure, which taken syntactically according to the rules of the Italian language means to day, “I have just prayed Vespers with Pope Benedict XVI, as all Catholic priests do.” FULL STOP.
But such an affirmation makes no sense unless all Catholic priests should regard Pope Benedict XVI as the true and only Roman Pontiff, since all priests are to pray in communion with the Vicar of Christ, not with a pope emeritus.
But this is not all.
In the second expression, where the Archbishop is asked to salute the assembly of scholars as illustrious persons (a thing which Cionci in his article explains is nonsensical since they are either all of very bad moral or academic reputations or are persons who have insulted Pope Benedict XVI in the past), the Archbishop objects that no one will believe him if he communicates such a message. (That is, no one who is following Vatican affairs closely).
And then the Holy Father says,
“Either believe or do not believe, if you do not believe, read, either Jeremiah or Isaiah. I will not say which verse or which chapter, but there is the response “.
Here, if you know anything about Scripture, you have to experience a shock. Because, there is an exact parallel in the Book of Jeremiah, where Saint Jeremiah, the prophet sends his personal secretary, Saint Baruch (Feast Day Sept. 28) — who was not a high priest — to convey his message to the corrupt clergy and nobility of Jerusalem, of his own day. Jeremiah had been imprisoned by the King, the High Priests and the nobility and scribes who were all opposed to Jeremiah for preaching that Jerusalem would be destroyed if they allied with worldly powers: but only be saved if they remained faithful to the true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. So he sends his secretary to deliver his most important message to them.
And since he is impeded, he cannot say what he really thinks of these scholars who have taken over the Pope Benedict XVI foundation are are using its massive funds to promote Bergoglianism. It’s a total ruination of his intellectual legacy, far worse than ripping up the vineyard of German’s grapes which he himself had planted at Castle Gandolfo at the beginning of his pontificate. It is a spiteful, hatred, in your face, kind of thing. And so he chooses to leave a cryptic message for those who are truly listening to him and appreciate his words: those in communion with him, who pray Vespers with him!
The biblical passage is an exact situational parallel for the moment of sending his own personal secretary, an Archbishop — But not dressed as an archbishop or high priest — to speak to the nobility and scholars of the Roman Church. So it cannot be brushed aside as a coincidence. Moreover, this address was given on the 9th day after the Feast of St. Baruch. So we simply cannot ignore to consider it as the verse indicated by the text and context of the Holy Father’s personal catholic message to everyone.
And in that message, Jeremiah says these amazing words in chapter 36:5: first in Hebrew, then in Greek, Italian and English.
IN THE HEBREW ORIGINAL (read right-to-left):
In the Greek Translation used by the Apostles (read left-to-right):
5 Quindi Geremia ordinò a Baruc: «Io ne sono impedito e non posso andare nel tempio del Signore. 6 Andrai dunque tu a leggere, nel rotolo che hai scritto sotto la mia dettatura,
In English (My translation from the Italian, which is the translation used by the Holy Father):
5 Then Jeremiah ordered Baruch: “I AM IMPEDED and cannot go into the temple of the Lord. 6. You, therefore, shall go to READ, in the scroll that you have written under my dictation, …
If it were not for the nearly exact super-imposition of circumstances, I would say that it is a mere coincidence, but there is no OTHER passage in Scripture where this expression is found nor is there one in which we have a dignitary sending a secretary to speak to those who are of the party which has imprisoned him.
And I see corroboration in this interpretation, because in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI published a book called, “Jesus of Nazareth, from His Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration”, in which he says, in Father De Souza’s words, written in February of 2007,
“While Elijah personifies hope for the restoration of Israel, Jeremiah is a figure of the Passion, who proclaims the failure of the current form of the Covenant and of the Temple that, so to speak, serves as its guarantee. Of course, he is also the bearer of the promise of a New Covenant that is destined to rise from the ashes. By his suffering, by immersion in the darkness of contradiction, Jeremiah bears this twofold destiny of downfall and renewal in his own life.”
Wow! For Pope Benedict, Jeremiah was the Katechon of the Old Testament in an age of the total apostasy of the Holy City of Jerusalem. Thus, by referencing Jeremiah and Baruch, in his message delivered by the Archbishop, last week, he is definitively declaring himself to the the sole VICAR OF JESUS CHRIST, who is the defender of the Faith.
But what remains even more of wonderment to me, is how did the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, know how to respond to the Question of Don Minutella which would not be aired for the first time on Youtube FOR ANOTHER 5 HOURS or so?
I am flabbergasted.
I do not know what to say. — I will attempt to understand better the historical context and explain it in an update to this article.
But for now, if the world wants to know that the Holy Father is a prisoner and that the Apostolic See is impeded, he has it from the mouth of the Holy Father, via his personal secretary, in public, in a way that can be understood by all who are listening carefully.
NOTA BENE: In the phrase, “The Apostolic See is impeded”, the words, “Apostolic See” refer to the person of the Roman Pontiff in the exercise of his supreme authority, thus, to say, “I am impeded” as the pope, is the same signification as to say, “The apostolic see is impeded”
UPDATE: I have unconfirmed reports that Don Minutella and the other 7 priests had communicated to the Holy Father their shock at the phone call of Archbishop Ganswein and indicated their desire to have direct communications with him, prior to this conference, where Archbishop Ganswein related the personal message of the Holy Father, which refers to Jeremiah o Isaiah. — It is also possible that Pope Benedict XVI was responding to the Conference at Turin, which concluded on Oct. 6, the day of the above intervention, since that conference discussed Sede impedita and Sede Vacante and Popes emeritus. But the signification would be the same.