Editor’s Note: Letters alleged to be by Pope Benedict XVI by Father Lombardi are not with all certitude to be taken to be authentic. But, I share the news here anyhow, so that readers may judge for themselves. As Frank Walker of Canon 212.com was first to point out, just when Bergoglio needs some help, a communication is claimed to come from Pope Benedict XVI which appears to do that. At the same time, as reported by Andrea Cionci, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict, is kept completely unaware of world events, by those persons who are guarding him.
From my reading of the letter, the wording is more Bergoglian than Ratzeringian. So I entirely doubt the authenticity of the letter, except perhaps the signature. If the letter is authentic, it was either dictated in part or the Holy Father has begun to lose his clarity of thought. And if any one thing would make me side on the opinion that the letter is a complete forgery, which Benedict did not even sign, it is the signature, which lacks the P. P., which he always uses.
Here is the Letter: