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A Manifesto for the free peoples of the Earth

Republished from Nov. 2020

Editor’s Note: This video escaped YouTube censorship for nearly 2 years, until I published it again here on Sept. 27. It was removed the day afterwards. This means that the Globalists do have agents reading FromRome.Info. — I pray that they repent, because otherwise they will burn in Hell for all eternity, and the just will sing God’s praises as they watch forever and ever! It will be delicious!

But in the mean time, the Free Peoples of the Earth, had saved a copy!


I have now upgraded this video with a Version 2.0, here

New Italian Parliament has only 54% support of electorate, 47% of Italy

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo


Statistiche ufficiali dal Ministero dell’Interno QUI

Secondo la nuova legge sulla proporzione elettorale (che è incostituzionale), un partito politico guadagna un seggio in Parlamento solo se ottiene il 3% del voto popolare totale.

Secondo il ministero dell’Interno, 46.021.956 italiani sono iscritti al voto. Ma solo 28.085.553 italiani hanno votato.

Ciò significa che solo il 61% dell’elettorato ha votato.

Tuttavia, di quel 61%, al 6,73% è stato negato il voto in parlamento, perché ha votato per un partito politico che ha raccolto meno del 3%.

Ciò significa che a più del 4% dell’elettorato che ha votato è stata negata la rappresentanza, anche votando. — Prevedo nuove cause entro pochi giorni.

E questo a sua volta fa sì che il nuovo Parlamento rappresenti solo il 54,28% dell’elettorato.

Il risultato è ancora peggiore, se si considera che la popolazione italiana è di 58,9 milioni, ma solo 46 milioni sono iscritti per votare.

Ciò significa che il nuovo Parlamento rappresenta solo i voti del 47,617% della popolazione totale.

O in altre parole, questo Parlamento non ha il diritto di governare l’Italia.

E se si considera che la coalizione vincente ha raccolto solo il 43,79% dell’elettorato a cui è stata assegnata la rappresentanza in parlamento, significa che il nuovo governo al potere rappresenterà solo il 20,8% della popolazione italiana totale, quasi 1 su 5.

Pensi che questa sia una forma democratica di governo?

Io non lo penso.

INFORMATIVA: Fra’ Bugnolo è il presidente de L’Italia per gli Italiani, partito politico cattolico italiano, consacrato ai Sacri Cuori di Gesù e Maria, che propone un nazionalismo cattolico, che non è né di destra, né di sinistra, né di centro , ma dall’alto, che dunque è contro l’Ue (una truffa massonica), contro l’EURO (una frode della Banca dei Regolamenti Internazionali), contro lo sfruttamento politico del popolo italiano al servizio di Francia, Germania, Gran Bretagna, Cina e gli Stati Uniti.


According to the new electoral proportion law (which is unconstitutional), a political party only earns a seat in Parliament if it garners 3% of the total popular vote.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, 46, 021, 956 Italians are registered to vote. But only 28, 085, 553 Italians voted.

That means, only 61% of the electorate voted.

However, of that 61%, 6.73% were denied a vote in parliament, because they voted for a political party which garnered less than 3%.

That means, that more than 4% of the total electorate WAS DENIED REPRESENTATION, even though they voted! — I predict new lawsuits within days.

And that in turn causes the new Parliament only to represent 54.28% of the electorate.

The result is even worse, when you consider that the population of Italy is 58.9 Million, but only 46 million are registered to vote.

That means that the new Parliament represents only the votes of 47.617% of the total population.

Or in other words, this Parliament has no right to govern Italy.

And when you consider that the winning coalition only garnered 43.79% of the electorate who was awarded representation in parliament, that means the new ruling government will represent only 20.8% of the total Italian population, nearly as much as 1 in 5.

Do you think that this is a democratic form of government?

I do not.

DISCLOSURE: Br. Bugnolo is the president of L’Italia per gli Italiani, a Italian Catholic political party, consecrated to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, which proposes a Catholic Nationalism, which is neither of the Right, nor of the Left, nor of the Center, but from on High, which thus is against the EU (a Masonic swindle), against the EURO (a Bank of International Settlements fraud), against the political exploitation of the Italian people for the service of France, Germany, Great Britain, China and the USA.

At La Salette, Our Lady promised victory over the Globalist Sect


by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

There is perhaps no one who actually met the Blessed Virgin Mary in person, who has been more persecuted by the clergy than Melanie Calvat, the little girl who was visited by the Queen of Heaven on the transferred Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, on September 19, 1846, in the heights of the Alps at La Salette.

Her attackers — and I speak of those who attack her reputation, not of those who manipulated  her during her many travails in France after the apparitions — strive by every means to denigrate her trustworthiness. A recent biography, which I highly recommend, fully exonerates this saintly woman and defends here against all the calumnies uttered against her by the French Clergy and by persons in the Vatican itself.

La Madonna di La Salette ovvero il Segreto Scomodo, by Salvatore Panzica, Salpan Editori, 2007, is a lengthy and detailed biography from original sources of this most controversial seer of La Salette and presents a documented defense of her character and writings from information gathered in France and in the archives of Lecce, Italy, where she died on Deb. 14, 1904, in the Pontificate of Pope St. Pius X.

The attacks against Melanie are focused on discrediting the longer version of the text of the secret which Our Lady had entrusted to her to be revealed throughout her lifetime at Her request.

That this prophecy speaks of the moral corruption of the clergy and how Our Lady will triumph over the Masonic plot to take over the Church and the World, should be sufficient to understand why the forces of Freemasonry everywhere have always attacked Melanie’s person.

These include in our times, nearly all of the controlled opposition which hale Bergoglio as “Pope Francis”. So there is no need for me to mention them by name.

But what is more important for us, today, is to know, that when layed out in its essential parts, Our Lady’s secret given to Melanie was given by the Queen of Heaven as a light to guide our steps and a consolation to defend us from despair in this the darkest battle between the forces of Satan and Christ, before the coming of the Antichrist.

So without more introduction, let us look at what Melanie was told would come to pass.

July 6, 1851 A. D. — First Version

The first version was given to the Bishop of Grenoble on July 6, 1851, nearly 5 years after the apparition:

If, when you say to the people what I have said to you so far, and what I will still ask you to say, if, after that, they do not convert, (if they do not do penance, and they do not cease working on Sunday, and if they continue to blaspheme the Holy Name of God), in a word, if the face of the earth does not change, God will be avenged against the people ungrateful and slave of the demon. … Paris, this city soiled by all kinds of crimes, will perish infallibly. Marseilles will be destroyed in a little time. …The pope will be persecuted from all sides, they will shoot at him, they will want to put him to death, but no one will not be able to do it, the Vicar of God will triumph again this time. …The priests and the Sisters, and the true servants of my Son will be persecuted, and several will die for the faith of Jesus-Christ….A famine will reign at the same time. …After all these will have arrived, many will recognize the hand of God on them, they will convert, and do penance for their sins. …That time is not far away, twice 50 years will not go by (Source: Wikipedia: Melanie Calvat, English version)

This version clearly refers to the Pontificate of Pius IX and the 1871 Prussian war against France, which resulted in the bombardment and siege of Paris; the Kulturkampf and persecution against the Catholic Church in Germany, Mexico, Spain, which would soon follow, not to mention the Great War and World War II, a period of 100 years after the apparitions of 1846 which were truly the bloodiest 100 years ever in European and world history.

1858 Version

In 1858, Melanie, while resident at the Darlington College, wrote Pope Pius IX. This version was lost for a long time, but was believed to be in the Vatican Archives.

I believe that this is the text of the secret: According to what appears to be the version of 1858, the text is found in the document retrieved by Rene Laurentin, a modernist, from the Vatican archives in 2001. Melanie begins and ends her transcription with the abbreviation for “Jesus, Mary and Joseph”. The words of the text, which are those of Our Lady, begin with Melanies name:


secret which the Blessed Virgin gave me on the Mountain of La Salette on September 19, 1846


Mélanie, I will say something to you which you will not say to anybody:

The time of God’s wrath has arrived!

If, when you say to the people what I have said to you so far, and what I will still ask you to say, if, after that, they do not convert, (if they do not do penance, and they do not cease working on Sunday, and if they continue to blaspheme the Holy Name of God), in a word, if the face of the earth does not change, God will be avenged against the people ungrateful and slave of the demon.

My Son will make his power manifest! Paris, this city soiled by all kinds of crimes, will perish infallibly. Marseilles will be destroyed in a little time. When these things arrive, the disorder will be complete on the earth, the world will be given up to its impious passions.

The pope will be persecuted from all sides, they will shoot at him, they will want to put him to death, but no one will be able to do it, the Vicar of God will triumph again this time.

The priests and the Sisters, and the true servants of my Son will be persecuted, and several will die for the faith of Jesus Christ.

A famine will reign at the same time.

After all these will have arrived, many will recognize the hand of God on them, they will convert, and do penance for their sins.

A great king will go up on the throne, and will reign a few years. Religion will re-flourish and spread all over the world, and there will be a great abundance, the world, glad not to be lacking nothing, will fall again in its disorders, will give up God, and will be prone to its criminal passions.

[Among] God’s ministers, and the Spouses of Jesus-Christ, there will be some who will go astray, and that will be the most terrible.

Lastly, hell will reign on earth. It will be then that the Antichrist will be born of a Sister, but woe to her! Many will believe in him, because he will claim to have come from heaven, woe to those who will believe in him!

That time is not far away, twice 50 years will not go by.

My child, you will not say what I have just said to you. (You will not say it to anybody, you will not say if you must say it one day, you will not say what that it concerns), finally you will say nothing anymore until I tell you to say it!

I pray to Our Holy Father the Pope to give me his holy blessing.

Mélanie Mathieu, Shepherdess of La Salette, Grenoble, July 6, 1851.


As any apocalyptic text, we must remember that it is a foretelling of future historical events. However, it is not always in chronological order. And its purpose it to warn sinners and call them back to repentance, while encouraging the faithful to remain faithful and persevere.

In the first version of this text, we see a simple and short message capable of being expressed by a little child, with a good memory. However, the topic of the secret is without a doubt earth shaking, for it announces the imminent advent of the Antichrist.  The Age of Mercy is coming to an end, and Christ as Lord and King of the Ages is about to unleash His justice.

Obviously, to Freemasons in the clergy, such a message is an outright attack on their satanic plot.  For unless the can work in secret, their plans can be undone. So as soon as they came to know of this text, they began a life long vicious attack on Melanie, to discredit her.

In the above text, one could speak of many things, but the greatest controversy, regarding “twice 50 years” is usually moved by those who erroneously presume that this refers to the immediate sentence and not to the entire message. Our Lady is clearly saying that the forces of Hell will take control of the world within 100 years, that is before 1946.  If we consider how the Masonic Bankers of New York City and London, with their plots and machinations succeeded in destroying Christendom in Europe with two world wars, and establishing the United Nations as a world ruling body, in the aftermath of the Second World War, the words of Our Lady are amply fulfilled as regarding the time in which this is all to begin, not to be consummated.

Rather, when compared with the 1851 edition, we can clearly see the context of the mention of the 100 years. And thus, the objections that the Antichrist did not appear in 1946 or before, are simply based on a misreading of the text. A common tactic by those who wish to discredit documents.

1879 Version

Now an adult woman, Melanie in 1879 put down in writing nearly the entire secret which Our Lady had entrusted to her, in its full version. Here is the text, in English. This is the most authentic text of them all, because Melanie published it herself and defended it through the next 25 years of her life, against all calumny and ridicule. The words are of Our Lady. You can see immediately why this could not have been published beforehand. I doubt the version published at Wikipedia. There is a longer and perhaps more accurate translation by Conte, here, which I here reproduce (numbers are not in the original text):

1. ‘Melanie, what I am going to tell you now will not always be secret. You will be allowed to publish it in 1858.’

2. ‘The priests, ministers of my Son, the priests, by their bad life, by their irreverences and their impiety in celebrating the holy mysteries, by love of money, love of honor and of pleasures, the priests have become cesspools of impurity. Yes, the priests are asking for vengeance, and vengeance is suspended over their heads. Woe to the priests and to persons consecrated to God, who by their infidelities and their bad life are crucifying anew my Son! The sins of persons consecrated to God cry out towards Heaven and call for vengeance, and see how vengeance is at their doors, because there is no longer found anyone to implore mercy and forgiveness for the people; there are no longer generous souls, there is no longer anyone worthy to offer the Victim without blemish to the Eternal on behalf of the world.’

3. ‘God is going to strike in a manner without example.’

4. ‘Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God is going to exhaust His wrath, and no one will be able to take himself away from so many afflictions combined.’

5. ‘The leaders, the guides of the people of God have neglected prayer and penance, and the demon has obscured their intelligence; they have become these wandering stars that the old devil will drag along with his tail to make them perish. God will permit the old serpent to place divisions among rulers, in all societies and in all families; physical and moral pains will be suffered; God will abandon men to themselves, and will send chastisements which will follow one after another for more than thirty-five years.’

6. ‘Society is on the eve of the most terrible scourges and of the greatest events; one must expect to be ruled with an iron rod and to drink the chalice of the wrath of God.’

7. ‘May the Vicar of my Son, the sovereign Pontiff Pius IX, no longer leave Rome after the year 1859; but may he be firm and generous, may he fight with the weapons of faith and love; I will be with him.’

8. ‘May he be wary of Napoleon; his heart is double, and when he will want to be at the same time Pope and emperor, soon God will withdraw from him: he is this eagle who, wanting always to raise himself up, will fall on the sword which he wanted to use in order to force the peoples to raise him up.’

9. ‘Italy will be punished for her ambition in wanting to shake off the yoke of the Lord of Lords; also she will be delivered over to war; blood will flow on all sides; the Churches will be closed or desecrated; the priests, the religious will be hunted; they will be made to die, and to die a cruel death. Several will abandon the faith, and the number of priests and religious who will separate themselves from the true religion will be great; Among these persons there will be found even some Bishops.’

10. ‘May the Pope keep himself on guard against the performers of miracles, because the time has come when the most astonishing wonders will take place on the earth and in the air.’

11. ‘In the year 1864, Lucifer with a great number of demons will be unleashed from hell; they will abolish the faith little by little and even in persons consecrated to God; they will blind them in such a way that barring a particular grace these persons will take on the spirit of these bad angels: several religious houses will lose the faith entirely and will lose many souls.’

12. ‘Bad books will abound on earth, and the spirits of darkness will spread everywhere a universal slackening in all that concerns the service of God; they will have a very great power over nature: there will be churches to serve these spirits. Some persons will be transported from one place to another by these bad spirits and even some priests, because they will not be guiding themselves by the good spirit of the Gospel, which is a spirit of humility, charity and zeal for the glory of God. The dead and the just will be made to revive.’ [That is to say that these dead will take the appearance of just souls who had lived on earth, so as to better mislead men: these so-called resurrected dead, who will be nothing other than the demon under these appearances, will preach another Gospel contrary to the one of the true Christ Jesus, denying the existence of heaven, or they may also be the souls of the damned. All these souls will appear as if united to their bodies.] ‘There will be in all places extraordinary wonders, because the true faith is dying out and because false light enlightens the world. Woe to the Princes of the Church who will not be occupied except to pile riches upon riches, to safeguard their authority and to dominate with pride.’  *

13. ‘The Vicar of my Son will have much to suffer, because for a time the Church will be delivered over to great persecutions: this will be the time of darkness; the Church will have a frightful crisis.’

14. ‘The holy faith of God being forgotten, each individual will want to be guided by himself and to be superior to his peers. Civil and ecclesiastical powers will be abolished, all order and all justice will be trampled underfoot; one will see only homicides, hatred, jealousy, lying and discord, without love for country, or for family.’

15. ‘The holy Father will suffer much. I will be with him until the end to receive his sacrifice.’

16. ‘The wicked will make an attempt several times on his life without power to do harm to his days; but neither he, nor his successor [who will not reign long,] will see the triumph of the Church of God.’

17. ‘Civil rulers will have all one same design which will be to abolish, and to make disappear all religious principle, in order to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritualism and all kinds of vices.’

18. ‘In the year 1865, the abomination will be seen in holy places; in convents, the flowers of the Church will be decayed and the demon will make himself as the king of hearts. May those who are at the head of religious communities keep themselves on guard for persons whom they must receive, because the demon will use of all his malice in order to introduce into religious orders persons devoted to sin, for disorders and the love of carnal pleasures will be spread by all the earth.’

19. ‘France, Italy, Spain and England will be in war; blood will flow in the streets; Frenchman will fight with Frenchman, Italian with Italian; subsequently there will be a general war which will be appalling. For a time, God will no longer be mindful of France or Italy, because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is no longer known. The wicked will deploy all their malice; they will kill themselves, they will massacre themselves mutually even in the houses.’

20. ‘At the first stroke of His lightning sword, the mountains and the whole of nature will tremble with terror, because the disorders and the crimes of men pierce the vault of the heavens. Paris will be burned and Marseilles engulfed; several great cities will be shaken and engulfed by earthquakes: it will be believed that all is lost: only homicides will be seen, only the noise of weapons and blasphemies will be heard. The just will suffer much; their prayers, their penances and their tears will climb even up to heaven and all the people of God will ask for forgiveness and mercy, and will ask for my help and my intercession. Then Jesus Christ by an act of His justice and of His great mercy for the just, will command to His angels that all His enemies be put to death. All at once the persecutors of the Church of Jesus Christ and all men devoted to sin will perish, and the earth will become like a desert. Then peace, the reconciliation of God with men will be made; Jesus Christ will be served, adored and glorified; charity will flower everywhere. The new kings will be the right arm of the holy Church, which will be strong, humble, pious, poor, zealous and imitator of the virtues of Jesus Christ. The Gospel will be preached everywhere and men will make great progress in the faith, because there will be unity among the workers of Jesus Christ and because men will live in the fear of God.’

21. ‘This peace among men will not be long; 25 years of abundant harvests will make them forget that the sins of men are the cause of all the pains which come upon the earth.’

22. ‘A forerunner of the antichrist with his troops from several nations will fight against the true Christ, the only Savior of the world; he will spill much blood, and will want to annihilate the worship of God in order to make himself be looked upon as a God.’

23. ‘The earth will be struck all kinds of plagues [in addition to pestilence and famine which will be general]; there will be wars until the last war, which will then be made by the ten kings of the antichrist, which kings will have all one same design and will be the only ones who will rule the world. Before these arrive, there will be a type of false peace in the world; one will think only about amusing oneself; the wicked will deliver themselves over to all kinds of sin, but the children of the holy Church, the children of the faith, my true imitators, will grow in the love of God and in the virtues which are dear to me. Happy the humble souls guided by the Holy Spirit! I will fight with them until they arrive at the fullness of the age.’

24. ‘Nature is asking for vengeance for men, and she shudders with terror in waiting for that which must come upon the earth soiled with crimes.’

25. ‘Tremble, earth and you who make profession of serving Jesus Christ and who on the inside you adore yourselves, tremble; for God is going to deliver you over to His enemy, because the holy places are in corruption; many convents are no longer houses of God, but the pastures of Asmodeas and his sort.’

26. ‘It will be during this time that the antichrist will be born of a Hebrew religious, of a false Virgin who will have communication with the old serpent, the master of impurity; his father will be Bishop; at birth, he will vomit blasphemies, he will have teeth; in a word, this will be the devil incarnate; he will let out frightening cries, he will perform wonders, he will nourish himself only on impurities. He will have brothers who, although they will not be like him demons incarnate, will be children of evil; at 12 years, they will make themselves noticed by their brilliant victories which they will win; soon, they will each be at the head of armies, assisted by the legions of hell.’

[Melanie also commented on this point, as follows: ‘It is said that the antichrist will be the devil incarnate, that is to say that he will be entirely possessed. I have seen that the good God does not permit the demon to personally incarnate himself in a human soul and body, but that the demon under a visible form will have familiar relations with the parents of the antichrist, and that they will consecrate him to his service from the first moment of his existence.’ (Le Secret De Melanie, p. 55). She wrote this comment at the end of her handwritten copy of the secret, the one which she gave to Abbé Combe for the 1904 edition of Le Secret De Melanie.]

27. ‘The seasons will be changed, the earth will produce only bad fruits, the stars will lose their regular movements, the moon will reflect only a feeble reddish light; water and fire will give to the globe of the earth convulsive movements and horrible earthquakes which will cause to be engulfed mountains, cities [etc.].’

[The editor of the 1904 edition adds the following note concerning this paragraph: ‘I have from Melanie that this etc. is not made part of the text. The Blessed Virgin showed her other cataclysms without naming them and without pronouncing the word etc. ’ (Le Secret De Melanie, p.57.)]

28. ‘Rome will lose the faith and become the seat of the antichrist.’

29. ‘The demons of the air with the antichrist will perform great wonders on the earth and in the air, and men will corrupt themselves more and more. God will have care of His faithful servants and men of good will; the Gospel will be preached everywhere, all peoples and all nations will have knowledge of the truth!’

30. ‘I address a pressing appeal to the earth: I call upon the true disciples of God living and reigning in the heavens; I call upon the true imitators of Christ made man, the only and true savior of men; I call upon my children, my true devotees, those who have given themselves to me so that I may guide them to my divine Son, those whom I carry so to speak in my arms, those who have lived by my spirit; finally I call upon the Apostles of the last times, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in a contempt for the world and for themselves, in poverty and in humility, in contempt and in silence, in prayer and in mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering and unknown to the world. It is time that they go out and come to enlighten the earth. Go, and show yourselves as my dear children; I am with you and in you, provided that your faith be the light which enlightens you in these days of woe. May your zeal render you like the starving for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ. Fight, children of light, you the small number who can see; for behold the time of times, the end of ends.’

31. ‘The Church will be eclipsed, the world will be in consternation. But behold Enoch and Elie filled with the Spirit of God; they will preach with the strength of God, and men of good will will believe in God, and many souls will be consoled; they will make great progress by the virtue of the Holy Spirit and will condemn the devilish errors of the antichrist.’

[Abbé Combe, the editor of the 1904 edition, adds the following note after this paragraph. ‘I have from Melanie that the Church will be eclipsed in this sense, that 1) one will not know which is the true pope; 2) for a time: the holy Sacrifice will cease to be offered in churches, and also in houses: so there will be no more public worship. But she saw that yet the holy Sacrifice would not cease: it would be offered in caves, in tunnels, in barns and in alcoves.’]

32. ‘Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! there will be bloody wars and famines; pestilences and contagious diseases; there will be rains of a dreadful hail of animals, thunders which will shake cities, earthquakes which will engulf countries; voices will be heard in the air, men will beat their head against the walls, they will call upon death, and on another side death will be their torture; blood will flow on all sides. Who will be able to overcome, if God does not shorten the time of the ordeal? By the blood, the tears and the prayers of the just, God will let Himself be swayed, Enoch and Elie will be put to death; pagan Rome will disappear; fire from Heaven will fall and will consume three cities; all the universe will be struck with terror, and many will let themselves be misled because they have not adored the true Christ living among them. It is time; the sun darkens; faith alone will live.’

33. ‘Behold the time; the abyss opens. Behold the king of kings of darkness. Behold the beast with his subjects, calling himself the savior of the world. He will raise himself up with pride into the air in order to go even up to heaven; he will be smothered by the breath of the holy Archangel Michael. He will fall, and the earth which for three days will be in continual evolutions, will open its bosom full of fire; he will be plunged for ever with all his own into the eternal chasms of hell. Then water and fire will purify the earth and will consume all the works of the pride of men, and all will be renewed: God will be served and glorified.’

The full message refers to several historical events: the capture of the Papal States by the Masonic Kingdom of Italy (House of Savoy), with their allies in the Masonic Lodges of the United Kingdom and with the aid of Giuseppe Mazzoni, marxist guerilla and terrorist.

The mention of 1864 as the year Satan would be unleashed from the pit of Hell. In addition to the obvious spiritual truth contained, it corresponds to the precise years of 1850-1870 in which the Masonic Lodges of the world hatched their ultimate plan to seize control of the whole world, destroy Christendom and sacrifice humanity to invoke the coming of the Antichrist. A project they are near completing with the Scamdemic.

In this fuller version, I wish to call attention to this passage, which appears to refer to our times:

Then Jesus Christ by an act of His justice and of His great mercy for the just, will command to His angels that all His enemies be put to death. All at once the persecutors of the Church of Jesus Christ and all men devoted to sin will perish, and the earth will become like a desert. Then peace, the reconciliation of God with men will be made; …The new kings will be the right arm of the holy Church, which will be strong, humble, pious, poor, zealous and imitator of the virtues of Jesus Christ.

This corresponds to the prophecy written down by St. John the Apostle in the 9th Chapter of the Book of the Apocalypse.

Note however, that I have previously published from the recent Italian biography, an English translation of part of the above text, which differs on some points. See that here.

1904 Version

Finally, Abbey Combe, a true and faithful servant of the seer of Our Lady, published an additional section to the Secret, in the final year of Melanie’s life. This addition, addresses, what I believe are the precise circumstances of the Scamdemic, which began more than 18 months ago. I believe this is what Our Lady calls the Great Chastisement:

The great chastisement will come, because men will not be converted; …Penance is not done, and sin increases daily. In consequence of this, it is necessary that a very great and terrible scourge should come to revive our faith, and to restore to us our very reason, which we have almost entirely lost. Wicked men are devoured by a thirst for exercising their cruelty; but when they shall have reached the uttermost point of barbarity, God Himself shall extend His hand to stop them, and very soon after, a complete change shall be effected in all surviving persons. Then they will sing the Te Deum Laudamus with the most lively gratitude and love. The Virgin Mary, our Mother, shall be our liberatrix. Peace shall reign, and the charity of Jesus Christ shall unite all hearts…

According to this text, the imminent victory of God over the Globalists is very near at hand. At the reversal, the balance of power will shift dramatically back to the followers of Jesus Christ. And it will be worked by Our Lady, who will be called mankind’s Liberator.  — This clearly refers to the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart.

The Great Reset: We are already caged animals…

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Reflecting on the events of the last 3 years, I begin with this article a series of reflections on the Great Reset: the Armageddon which has begun against humanity by the adherents of Lucifer.

And the first thing we need to recognize, to understand how imminent this danger is to each of us, is that, the very architecture of law, society, economics, propaganda, psychology and fake religion is the very cage in which they will enslave us.

Yes, we are already caged animals.

And we prefer our peanut delivery system, to true freedom in the wild.

I use this metaphor to shock you to the consideration of this stunning fact: that other than talk, we have done ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to decrease the power of or break free from the Globalist Agenda 2030 which is heading out way like a speeding train.

And the Globalists know this. They are chuckling to themselves as they see all the loud mouths against the Scamdemic buckle under and accept such high energy costs, that these alone will enable the future they are planning: owning nothing, and being happy. Happy that you have a crumb-job of a slave in your own home town, because you ca no longer travel out of town. You will say in 10 years, better a slave, than to starve to death.

When up to 90% of energy prices is simply imposed taxes, and no one, but myself is calling that out — namely, that any politician can simply call for removing the taxes during the present energy crisis, but none does — and no anti-globalist organization are even suggesting such a thing…. when all this is happening, it is pretty darn clear that there is NO opposition to globalism. The talking heads during the Scamdemic who whined from one day to another about censorship are totally oblivious to what is going on. The fools believe that the Scamdemic was the whole thing. They are obsessedly focused now on the DeathVaxx consequences and don’t even care to take notice of how the gates of eternal enslavement are closing on them.

The inability to recognize that you are in a prison might be attributed to total ignorance or stupidity, depending on whether it is based on a lack of information or unawareness.

But knowing that your enemy has set a date for your slavery, and watching the fencing become every tighter round you, that is folly and insanity.

So globalism marches on, because we are already in a cage, and 99.99% of those complaining about it are quite content to remain there.

On True Devotion to Pope Benedict XVI

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Lately I have written a series of articles, which begin with the words, “On true Devotion” (if you use the search engine here on FromRome.Info you can find them under this rubric).

But this article is somewhat different, because the object of the devotion is not a Saint, but the Roman Pontiff. So a better title would be, “On True Loyalty to the Roman Pontiff, Benedict XVI.”

I am writing this article because while the battle is fiercest in the defense of the Church when one enters the fray under the banner of Pope Benedict XVI and for his restoration, Satan leaves no stone un-turned to conjure the worse of temptations to take down these most stalwart defenders of the Kingdom of Christ who are routing him on his most undefended flank.

And one such temptation is sectarianism.

You see. When all is written and accomplished, that we have defended Pope Benedict XVI’s rightful claim to the Apostolic Throne, what we have done is no great work of learning or virtue. We are simply putting to use our personal habits of critical thinking and independent thought, and curiosity, which in themselves are neither morally good or evil, but which incline us to be more disagreeable than the average man.

And this is our weakness.

Because in controversies so intense, it is easy to fall into thinking that since we are among very few on the right side of the front, that we are some how something special.

But the truth is not anything like that.

We must fight under the banner of the Holy Father because that is our duty. And it is nothing more than our duty, so we cannot claim at victory’s end to have some special reward.

And we must battle on with pure motives, not to gain anything or prove anything about how important we are. Because we are not.

Canon 1364 imposes ipso facto excommunication upon all who refuse communion with the Roman Pontiff, since they are schismatics. And this applies to those who willingly and intentionally refuse to recognize the probity of his claim, though they cloak their refusal in a thousand excuses and total intellectual sloth.

But excommunication also is leveled against all who refuse communion with those in communion with the Pope. That too is the sin of schism:

See canon 751:

… Schisma, subiectionis Summo Pontifici aut communionis cum Ecclesiae membris eidem subditis detrectatio.

which in English is:

… Schism, the withdrawl from subjection to the Roman Pontiff or from communion with those members of the Church subject to Him.

And there is the rub.

Since, many voices are claiming that if you do not pledge obedience to certain pro-Benedict clergy, you are somehow not a member of the Catholic Church.

This is sheer lunacy.

The only touchstone for unity in the Church is the man who holds the petrine munus.

The visible Church is full of those who claim falsely that that man is Bergoglio. They will even resort to excommunication or threat of excommunication to insist on their unfounded and totally false opinion.

But the last thing the Church needs is another Bergoglio, that is, another man claiming to hold the petrine munus and demanding that every Catholic hold communion with him TO THE EXCLUSION of communion with other Catholics who recognize that Pope Benedict XVI is the true Pope.

This grave error has been brewing some time both in the USA and in Europe. And that is why I have consistently from my first day in Italy to this day never claimed to be a member of any group or a supporter of any exclusive claim to Catholicity among anyone supporting pope Benedict.

This is in part why I have been consistently ignored and attacked by those who supported Pope Benedict XVI before and after me. I take it as a wreath of laurel, because I intend to practice true devotion to Pope Benedict XVI.

Errors on the Mass are causing many to fall into confusion

I have also publicly reproved the now commonly spread grave error in Sacramental theology, which claims that a Mass offered by a validly ordained priest according to the ritual approved by the Church but in communion with an Antipope is invalid.

This opinion is wrong, because a Mass is not measured valid or invalid. The word valid is applied to the confection of a Sacrament. If all that is necessary for the Sacrament to exist, to come into being, has been done by the proper minister, then the confection is called valid. If not, its invalid.

If the confection was done by someone with the power to do it, but without the authority to do it, its call ilicit. If with the authority, conferred by decree or via the principle of Chiesa suppleat, then it is called licit.

If the Mass has a valid consecration, and is celebrated in a public oratory, then it legitimately satisfies your Sunday obligation. If not, then it does not. No mass televised on TV or the internet satisfies your Sunday obligation. Your Sunday obligation is only satisfied by a real mass in communion with the true Pope. There is no obligation to travel more than 1 hour to find such a mass, for when there is none, you have no obligation.

And you can obtain all the graces of weekly communion by simply asking them from the Lord Jesus, if you ask sincerely, devoutly and humbly. So there is no spiritual necessity to do anything else to fulfill your sunday obligation or receive the Sacrament. If you want to make a sacrifice to do this, visit a priest in communion with the true Pope and attend his private or public mass, even if this costs you time and money and much inconvenience. Because Jesus is worth it.

Moreover, a valid mass said in communion with the true Pope is supernaturally efficacious as a propitiatory sacrifice, since it partakes of the Redeeming Sacrifice of Christ upon the Cross. If said in communion with an antipope, it is not efficacious.

These things are true regardless of the personal knowledge of the one who offers the Mass or those attending it. Thus even if you have no idea that Benedict XVI is still the pope, and you attend mass in communion with the Antipope, that mass will not propitiate your sins, does not satisfy your Sunday obligation in the sight of God, and thus God must refuse you all or most of the grace of attending it, even though Jesus does in fact become present on the Altar through a valid consecration.

So, please, stop saying Masses are invalid or valid

That is totally incorrect sacramental theology. And this is not an open question. What I have stated here is the accepted opinion of all Catholic theologians for 800 years.

Anyone claiming to have a inspiration which goes contrary to that is deceived by his own pride or by a devil.

And since the proper sacramental theology is part of the Sacred and Apostolic Tradition of the Church, anyone claiming an innovation or novelty in these matters is simply wrong and certainly in error. Pope Benedict XVI talked about this controversy, which first arose after the persecutions of Decian in North Africa, back in 2006 (here)

The Church has not yet dogmatically defined all the aspects which I just reiterated, so we cannot say that those who espouse such errors are formal, canonically heretics. But I do believe that it is heresy before God to claim a different doctrine. And that it should be punished in a future council.

A Warning to those targeted for spiritual enslavement

Finally, a note on spiritual enslavement. It is a grave vice to use one’s pastoral authority to bind the faithful in spiritual obedience to one’s self. This has always been prohibited by the Church. And no amount of fidelity to Pope Benedict XVI or to any Saint or to Jesus Christ gives anyone the authority to practice spiritual enslavement.

It is consequently also a grave violation of the privacy of your personal spiritual life, that anyone short of the Pope or your bishop, for canonical reasons well proven, ask you to identify your confessor or spiritual director or demand that you take one or worse yet, suggest a specific priest to you as one of these. Fly from such sectarians!

So if anyone tells you to stop thinking, or demands that you join in union with the pastoral approach of anyone, to the exclusion of other Catholics, or sets up any rule as a rule of faith other than what we have received from Christ, the Apostles and the Church, even if he work wonders in the heavens or earth, regard him as a false preacher, and follow him not.

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How Catholics can save the Church from Bergoglio & the Globalists

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

The sense of hopelessness arises in a mind which does not know the solution, or which lacks the courage to execute it. But whereas I cannot give you courage — you must ask the Lord of Hosts for that — I can remind you of the way to the solution.

St. Athanasius gave us the example, when the Church in his days was overrun by Arian heretics. They went so far as to get him expelled from his diocese of Alexandria, several times!

But did he retire, write a book and attend conferences to sell it? Like so many cancelled Bishops and priests and religious do?

Not at all.

He became an even more fierce warrior.

He traveled the Empire of Rome visiting dioceses which had no Catholic Bishop, because the Bishop they had had embraced the Arian heresy, or because the people and clergy had elected an Arian to lead them.

In these Dioceses, St. Athanasius publicly called the Faithful together, denounced Arianism, exhorted them to chose a Catholic as a Bishop, and when elected, consecrated him as their Bishop.

This shows the radical difference between St. Athanasius and Donatists, who separated themselves and remained separate and local forever.

It also shows what is radically not-Catholic in the behavior of so many self-styled Traditionalists, who, as in the case of the SSPX or sedevacantists, get their men validly consecrated as Bishops or ordained as priests, but stay apart and run their own private associations and club-chapels.

In every diocese of the Catholic Church, there are 3 present situations:

Either the diocese has no bishop, because he retired or died, and none yet has been appointed.

Or, the diocese has a Bishop appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, John Paul II, or if they are one of the 23 Eastern Rites, by the vote of the Metropolitan Council (approved by one or the other of these popes).

Or the diocese has a Bishop appointed by the Anti-Pope, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who parades around the world as Pope Francis, though he has no more authority than a dried fig.

In all such dioceses, Catholics can do something to restore their local Church to communion with Pope Benedict XVI.

And they have the natural, divine and canonical right to act seeing that Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 11, 2013 declared his see impeded, renounced the petrine ministry, and put the Church into a State of Emergency, as his own secretary confirmed at the Gregorian University in the spring of 2016.


In dioceses in which there is no bishop, Catholics can publicly gather and elect their own bishop. They have this right because the Apostolic See is impeded and because there is no other way to have a bishop, but to elect one by the local faithful resident in the Diocese, they may resort to this means as a self-defense (natural right), as an exercise of subsidiarity by divine right (when the higher power in the Mystical Body fails, the lower can exercise that power), and for the salvation of souls which is the highest law of the Church (canonical right), since the local Church cannot exist in good health and persevere without its own head, a Bishop.

In dioceses, where there is a bishop, appointed by the Anti-pope, then can publically call him out, explain why he has no right to the Bishopric and if he fails to return to communion with Pope Benedict XVI in 90 days, proceed to elect a Catholic man, who is celibate, to be their Bishop.

In dioceses, where there is a bishop, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, they can publicly call him back to communion with the Pope, and if he fails to return to communion in 90, publicly declare him in schism from the Apostolic See, and proceed to the election of a catholic.

All this could have been done as early as Feb. 29, 2013.

And there is no need to wait for the death or restoration of Pope Benedict XVI.

There is in particular, no need to wait the election of Pope Benedict’s successor or Bergoglio’s death or faux resignation.

So the duty and burden of responsibility is entirely on Catholics in every diocese.

As for getting the men elected consecrated as Catholic Bishops: any bishop can do this, whether retired, or not. There are Bishops publicly and privately in communion with Pope Benedict XVI. They can act, and they should act.  Also, because the Apostolic See is impeded, any Catholic bishop elect has the authority to reconcile to the Catholic Church any validly consecrated schismatic Bishop, and then have him consecrate him the Bishop of the diocese for which he has been elected. — This St. Alphonsus dei Liguori says is licit, in the case in which there is no Catholic Bishop(s) to do the consecration. And that a Bishop elect, not yet consecrated, has power of jurisdiction is an old principle established by the practice of the Apostolic See, both in regard to the election of laymen as Roman Pontiffs, and the appointment of non-Bishops to episcopal sees in remote lands.

So what are you waiting for?

Why have you not acted? Perhaps no one told you this.

Now you know.

And start organizing delegations to go to pro-Benedict Bishops to get these Catholic men consecrated.

If we mobilize, we can restore the hierarchy in less than 1 YEAR.

Whom has Pope Benedict XVI authorized to undertake the Election of His Successor?

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Now that the Catholic World is coming to understand the veiled way in which the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has been speaking since February 2013, I want to return to shed some light on the question of the election of His successor and two aspects of His Declaratio which I was the first to publicly bring to the attention of the world.

In the past, when I spoke of these things, they seemed incredible. But now that Andrea Cionci has definitively established that the Holy Father is using amphibologies to get His message out to the faithful, while hiding their true meaning from the Masons in the Church — just as Christ our Lord did when speaking with the High Priests, Pilate, or the Pharasees — it is more certain that was I recognized nearly 3 years ago, is the true sense of His Declaratio.

First of all, in the very opening of the Latin text of the Declaratio, the Holy Father uses the word vobis instead of vobiscum, which is a glaring error only a refined classicist in Latin would be sensitive to, but which alters the meaning of the entire sentence and sends a grave warning to the whole Church.

All the Vatican translations read the vobis as if it were vobiscum, but that is a totally illegitimate and dishonest way of reading a Latin text. They do this, however, by necessity of self protection, because when you read vobis as vobis, and not as vobiscum, you see immediately that the Declaratio is a denunication of the entire Roman curia and the Cardinals in particular.

Reading vobis in the original as vobiscum, the opening sentence is translated thus:

“I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. …”

But reading vobis in the original as vobis, the Latin meaning of the first phrase is an explosive declaration of schism:

“Not only for the sake of the three acts of canonization have I called you together for this Consistory, but also so that I may communicate a separation from you of great moment for the life of the Church.” (For details, and footnotes see here).

This means that the entire Declaratio must be read in an entirely different light, and that the references to the election of His successor too.

For when he says, in the core of his Declaration (again my translation):

On which account (5), well conscious of the weight of this act I declare in full liberty, that I renounce the ministry (6) of the Bishop of Rome, the Successor of Saint Peter, committed (8) to me through the hands of the Cardinals (7) on the 19th of April, 2005, to leave unused (10) from the 28th of February, at 20:00 hours, Rome time (9), the See of Saint Peter, and that a Conclave to elect a new Supreme Pontiff is to be convoked by those who are competent (11).

We must take a close look at the final phrase,

… that a Conclave to elect a new Supreme Pontiff is to be convoked by those who are competent.

They key word here in Latin is,

ab his quibus competit convocandum esse.

Speaking in front of the entire College of Cardinals, the Holy Father omits to say that they are the men to whom it pertains to convoke the Conclave. I noticed this in 2020, and it led me to all my investigations into the text (see here), which have borne fruit now in the book by Andrea Cionci.


So now that we know that it is very important to pay attention with precision to the words that the Holy Father uses, I wish to bring to your attention, dear readers, that the Holy Father is saying something very important in His choice of the word which in English has no equivalent: and that word is competit.  I have rendered it as those who are competant, using the English cognate.

But the Latin does not refer to mental competancy but to legal competancy.  And this reference is not just to someone who has authority to act, but to one who has it innately or naturally.

This can be seen in the definitions of the Latin verb, competo, in the Lewis’s Latin Dictionary, under the third tropological sense of the word:

3. To belong, be due to: “actionem competere in equitem Romanum,Quint. 3, 6, 11: “mihi adversus te actio competit,Dig. 19, 1, 25: “poena competit in aliquem,App. M. 10, p. 243, 40: “hereditas competit, alicui,Eum. Pan. Const. 4: “libertas servo competere potest,Just. Inst. 1, 5, 1.—Hence,
1. compĕtens , entis, P. a.
Source: here.

This is why the Holy Father says, ab his quibus, rather than ab vobis fratribus cardinalibus quibus…  That is, why He says, “by those to whom” rather than “by You Cardinal Brothers”.

This is because the Cardinals only have the right to elect the Roman Pontiff in virtue of Canon Law and Papal Law, which are positive juridical acts, which can be altered or abolished.  But there is another group which has the right to elect the Roman Pontiff by divine and natural right and Apostolic Tradition, which can never be abolished and needs no written law to confirm: and that is the Catholics of the Church of Rome.

Hence, I believe it can be soundly and safely said, that in His Declaratio, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has authorized canonically His successors election by the Faithful of Rome, foreseeing in some way, that all the Cardinals would break with the Apostolic See by electing an anti-Pope and that none of them would be reconciled with His person before His death, which is the sine qua non requirement for them to participate in any election of His successor.

And His prayer for the Cardinals at the end of his Declaratio shows that He is praying for their conversion and return, as a good father always does.

Calling on all Humanity, to establish a Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Scamdemic

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Governments have not only failed to protect their people from the largest and most deadliest scam in history, they actually participated in the murderous plot against billions.

Since we cannot rely on governments, I call upon all to work to establish in your own country, a National Day of Remembrance for the victims of the Scamdemic.

This would be a powerful way to focus attention on reality and truth of the greatest crime in the history of mankind and to urge the prosecution, arrest and punishment of its perpetrators.

The Silence of Pope Benedict XVI

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Many have written the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. And some of them have been those who have publicly sustain, proven, argued, etc., that he is still the one and only Roman Pontiff, Vicar of Christ.

A few of these have received responses, which are significant.

And from these, we can see that the Holy Father’s actions are not meaningless, but meaningful.

From, this I think we must also conclude that his silence is not without meaning.

He has lived in the Vatican for nine years, so its about time to list the manners in which he has been silent, so see how meaningful they are:

1. He has never called Bergoglio the only true legitimate pope.

2. He has never publicly rebuked those who say he himself is the one and only true pope.

3. He has never publicly agreed with those who believe what he did in February of 2013 represents a betrayal of them or of the Church.

4. He has never complained about dressing in Papal white.

5. He has never publicly affirmed that he wants to stay in the Vatican.

6. He has never publicly affirmed that he misses the visits of the Cardinals.

7. He has not responded to significant requests for clarification.

Among the silences that personally are most significant to me, is this, that when I sent him my 20 page Scholastic demonstration (PDF version of what I sent to the Holy Father) that his Declaratio as written could not be reckoned as a valid abdication on account of what would be a substantial error in naming the petrine munus incorrectly, the Holy Father never responded to me in more than 90 days (Proof of delivery, Report of non response). Not even as of today. Not even through Archbishop Ganswein his personal secretary or through the Secretary of State, even though I sent it by registered courier (FedEx).

At the time, I assumed that he agreed with everything I wrote, as the ancient Latin legal maxim states, qui taceat, consentit: that is, “He who remains silent, consents”.

And know I think we can see that my assumption was not an exaggeration. Published on, and distributed to every member of the clergy, priests, bishops of the Church of Rome (PDF version in Italian), I was not refuted or rebuked by anyone (Report on this).

So if anyone outside of Rome says that Pope Benedict XVI is no longer the pope, or did validly abdicate, there is a lot of silence, beginning with Pope Benedict XVI which argues against their position. The Vatican’s silence is also significant (Report on this)

Those all in the know are quiet.  And that speaks volumes.

I published my scholastic question here, and here, and here in Spanish, and reported my correspondence with the Holy Father (see links above). — And I think my tract may have also been translated into French and other languages (Commentors, please report below!).

And I am glad and vindicated, too, like the others who wrote the Holy Father, by the response I received.

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Br. Bugnolo: I want to distance myself entirely from Ann Barnhardt’s horrendus modus operandi which poses as Catholic

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.

Unpacking Bishop Schneider’s Rosary of Lies, Errors and deceptions

Commentary and Rebuttal by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Authorized Portuguese Translation — Authorized French Translation

It is personally painful for me to have to, yet again, put pen to paper, as it were, and refute the silly arguments of a prelate whom I once admired as one of the best of the best in the Church. While he took the correct positions against Amoris Laetitia and the ridiculous arguments of the SSPX in their Magazine, on the topic of the DeathVaxx, he has more frequently than not fallen somehow into supporting the most ridiculous theological and moral theses on controversial topics (see here for’s coverage of the Bishop’s notorious interventions).

But because I love Jesus Christ more than any Bishop in the Church, whenever one gravely deviates from the truth on such an important topic as who is the pope and what are the Catholic principles by which we are to recognize who is the pope, I know I am under grave obligation to speak out, seeing that I know these principles and am known for defending them.

First, we know who is the authentic successor of Saint Peter not by private judgement, public opinion, polls, surveys, theological reflections, newspaper articles, television reports. No, we know who is the authentic successor of St. Peter by the conformity of public acts with the published canons and laws of the Church which determine the process for his election or renunciation.  And this conformity must be precise and exact and not one which is simply claimed to exist. It has to be prima facie, as one says in forensic circles, that is, it must appear to be conform on first sight.  — And it cannot be otherwise, because since the Church is visible, the concord of the Church must be and can only be based on unambiguous public acts and laws, and their conformity.

Second, you can argue till your face is blue in Hell for all eternity by any other means, but your argument is worthless. Argumentation does not prove who is the true pope. Only facts and laws do. (Here by facts, I mean documented or documentable words or actions).

And third, by conformity with the law, I refer to the fulfillment of a legal requirement.

Bishop Schneider proposes the error of Traditionalism, as his false principle of discernment

So it is crystal clear that Bishop Scheider’s entire thesis is false from the get go, as they say in parts of the United States: namely, when he says, that to say Pope Benedict XVI is the true Pope is contrary to Tradition.  Because tradition, whether sacred and divine or merely ecclesiastical, is not a first immediate principle to have recourse to, in determining who is the authentic successor of Saint Peter is. Facts and law are. This argument is the flip of the common Modernist argument, which says you should reject some Catholic practice or doctrine, because it is contrary to the progress of the Church in modern times.  And by this comparison with its contrary error, we see that Bishop Schneider is appealing to the error of traditionalism, which was condemned at Vatican I: which error says that all truth comes from tradition.

If facts and law say Benedict XVI is still the pope — and you do not like that conclusion — you cannot have recourse to Tradition or tradition to propose a different answer to the question.  That’s not how juridical acts work. But that is how spoiled children who never grew up attempt to run governments and even the Church.

Bishop Schneider appeals to the moral error of Tutiorism, to apply his false principle

Next, Bishop Schneider advances his traditionalist error on the back of an exaggerated moral principle known as tutiorism, which holds that in every moral decision one must always make the choice of that which is more safe.  This principle is faulty because it leads to neurosis and a pharasaical self-righteousness, where the individual determines what is right and wrong and not God.

This error is not easy to discern by those who are given to wantonness because it never occurs to them to consider it. But it is the exact error of their own vice, since it insists that it is morally evil not to be obsessed with seeing possible evil in everything. The super-scrupulous easily fall into complete paralysis of judgement by adopting the error of tutiorism, for example.

But lest there be no misunderstandings, I will give some examples.

  • The tutiorist will hold that in brushing your teeth you should never do so out of vanity and that you should omit all brushing of the teeth until you can do so without vanity, even if this would cause your teeth to rot.
  • Again, the turiorist, will hold that it is too dangerous ever to go in public, because by being in public places you might be tempted to impurity, and thus they omit to fulfill even the duties of their state, when these require some recourse to public places to obtain the necessities of life or to fulfill religious duties.

Tutiorism, alas, is a very deceptive form of pride, because the one thing the turiorist is never worried about, is the misuse of his own discretion to determine what is right or wrong, safe or dangerous. He always relies on his own judgement, not those of God, the Church, or wise and prudent men, such as Saints and pastors.

And this is precisely the moral error into which Bishop Schneider falls by crafting his entire argument, that in the name of safety, we should reject the thesis that Benedict XVI is still the pope.

Bishop Schneider employs a gross error in forensics

Again, at the beginning of his ridiculous discourse, Bishop Schneider crafts an argument against admitting prima facie evidence (namely that when Pope Benedict renounced, he announced the renunciation of ministerium, but did not renounce the munus).  Against this obvious problem all are having to ignore this fact, the Monsignor proposes a principle whereby you can ignore all facts (how convenient!):

The principle of legality applied ad litteram (to the letter) or that of juridical positivism was not considered in the great practice of the Church an absolute principle, since the legislation of the papal election is only a human (positive) law, and not a Divine (revealed) law.

The human law that regulates the assumption of the papal office or the dismissal from the papal office must be subordinated to the greater good of the whole Church, which in this case is the real existence of the visible head of the Church and the certainty of this existence for all the body of the Church, clergy and faithful.

Now, it is clear that anyone who holds that Pope Benedict XVI remains the only and true pope, does not have to appeal to such an argument, which seeks to overturn the letter of the law or the plain meaning of documents, and says that they should be read to serve the greater good of the Church.

This approach to Church law is like the the boy who believes that all laws are like library regulations, or that the laws against murder are light traffic laws.  Which is simply not so. Yes, there are norms, regulations and laws, but not each have the same obligating force, because not each exists for the same purpose.  Norms are advisory, regulations are bureaucratic and laws are legally binding, such as to make infraction criminal, even if only as a misdemeanor.

There are norms in libraries, such as to keep quite. There are regulations about how to fill out your driver’s license application. And then there is the law against murder.  And if you imagine, as an adult, that each is equally binding or not binding, you have only a child’s comprehension of the matter.  For in libraries sometimes you can and must speak. The rule of silence is practical only. At motor vehicle registries, the regulations on how to fill out your application are binding, but if you violate them you will not go to jail, you simply wont get your license.  But as for murder, you cannot say that someone who committed such a crime should not be prosecuted, simply because it serves the greater good, for it never serves the greater good to tolerate murder.

And obviously the papal laws on Papal Elections or the canon regarding Papal Renunciations is of the latter kind: it is a law, not a norm nor a regulation.

And so, I must say: No, Bishop Schneider: in the Catholic Church laws mean what they mean regardless of what you want them to mean or what outcome you want to have.  For as the saints all say, “I would prefer that the world perish, rather than that God be offended by one of my sins”.  This is true religion. Nothing can be justified merely on the basis that it achieves an outcome which we want. That is pagan.  A Catholic judges things on the basis of God’s judgements revealed in Scripture and contained in Sacred Tradition. Things are right and wrong in themselves and by themselves, apart even from circumstances and intentions or goals.  If goals alone determined such things, we could do as we want, and not as the Divine Will has commanded.

And, as regards having a valid pope, whom the whole Church can recognize as such, it is never for the good of the Church that any canon or law regarding his election or renunciation be violated!

Bishop Schneider’s insistence on a visible head of the Church

Yes, the Church should have a visible head, but the way that the Bishop wants this principle to be applied goes to every excess and extreme.  I do not find it necessary to point out, to the readers of FromRome.Info that in an argument about which of two living and speaking claimants to the papacy is the true one, a discussion about visibility makes no sense. — I almost get the impression that he says this to slight Pope Benedict XVI — Quite the contrary, yes, the Church ought to have a visible head, but Her existence and unity is not shaken per se by not having one, for this happens after the death of every pope, before his successor is elected.  Nor is the unity of the Church shaken by the fact that a true Pope remains a claimant to the Papacy against the false claims of an anti-pope.  To think like that would be to turn truth on its head.

And when one reflects on how outrageously Bergoglio has used his claim to the papacy to destroy the Church, to advance the argument that since he is more visibly the head he should be the pope, is simply a malign mafia style prudence equivalent to saying, that since the criminal who robbed you of the farm, de facto, is the better manager of its destruction, the owner loses all rights.  I mean who argues like this, but a Marxist and a demon?

Bishop’s Schneider’s total incomprehension of Ecclesia supplet during Papal Schisms

Next, the Bishop appeals to an false argument ad absurdum.  For he attempts to argue that since an anti-pope’s appointments are canonically invalid, the unity of the Church or the visibility of the Church would be somehow damaged by such an event.  He writes as if there have never been antipopes naming bishops or Cardinals. He imagines that the consecration of Bishops and the confection of Sacraments stopped during the Great Schism.  He also seems to think that the Church held, after the fact, that all such invalid appointments and illicit sacraments were such forever.

What he completely ignores, is that after these ancient papal schisms were ended, Popes ex post facto granted the appointment of Cardinals, the nomination of bishops and the confections of Sacraments canonical liceity by an act which is called sanatio in radice.  This is not a condonation of the immorality of those acts, but is a monarchical act of the Vicar of Christ for the sake of those who in good conscience were fooled by liars. Those who knew the antipope was an antipope are not by this act of sanatio excused from sin or from the obligation to repent. Not even from the obligation to resign their offices, unless the Pope grants them a personal or general indulgence.  The Popes generally grant such a sanatio after every papal schism, because it is sufficient that all bishops and clergy and faithful recognize the one true pope as pope, and it is not necessary to punish every sinner canonically, nay it would cause too much strife, when the peace of the Church does not require it. God will render the punishments in such cases, and the popes have always chosen the way of mercy and been very light in their punishments, after papal schisms, by restricting them to the antipope himself and his closest supporters or henchmen.

Bishop Schneider gets the matter backwards, when he argues instead that we can presume a sanatio in radice after an invalid resignation, because the Church’s peace requires it. We cannot presume any such thing. Such an act is reserved to the Vicar of Christ alone. And it has to be a written juridical act, otherwise is has no existence.

Bishop Schneider continues in ignorance about the events of 1046 A. D.

Even after being publicly corrected by numerous individuals, Bishop Schneider continues to ignore the facts of 1046 A. D., when at the Council of Sutri 3 “popes” or more exactly, papal claimants, were deposed.  He seems to think that Gregory VI obtained the papacy invalidly because of simony.  He is entitled to his opinion. But as there were almost never laws which invalidated papal elections on the basis of simony — not then, nor now: the only time being the Bull of Paul IV where in this determined an invalid election; which clause was overturned by his next successor because it would introduce too much doubt as to validity of any election — I think it would be difficult to support such an opinion.  Yes, Henry III, King of the Germans asked Gregory VI to resign because he did not want to be crowned Emperor by anyone with the stench of simony on his hands, and Gregory did so, because episcopal elections and nominations obtained by simony were canonically invalid and always held to be such, his behavior was in no way morally defensible. But the Pope is no mere bishop, and the Roman Church has always insisted that general laws for bishops do not apply to the Roman Pontiff.   This is why the Church recognizes Gregory VI as a true pope, even though he himself recognized that he obtained the papacy by simony and therefore had no moral claim to the title.

But you cannot apply this case to the present controversy over which is the pope: Benedict XVI or Francis, because there is a PAPAL law and there is a Papal canon, which do regard the validity of the election and resignation of the pope, both of which have not been observed!

Bishop Schneider’s red herring of 1378

Next Bishop Schneider wastes the time of his audience by discussing the papal election of 1378, which no one doubted the validity to, until the Cardinals who were French discovered that the new Pope was pro-Italian.  They then invented an excuse for their disobedience, and pharasaically claimed some circumstance of the election made it invalid, and immediately elected another as antipope. He argues as if what they did had some legitimacy.  And he implies that those who hold that Benedict XVI is the pope are in a similar situation of claiming a past failure of legal form and inventing an excuse to refuse allegiance to the new pope.

This is totally absurd.  The Cardinals profess a solemn vow in conclave to elect someone to receive the petrine munus. If the pope remains alive and has not renounced the munus, their vow does not legitimize their illegal action of electing another under those circumstances.  In fact, Bishop Schneider has flipped the moral case on its head. It is the Cardinals in the Conclave of 2013 who imitated the French Cardinals of 1378, as both proceeded to an illicit, illegal and illegitimate election of another pope, while the true pope which they all previously elected and supported was still alive and had not resigned.

Bishop Schneider then takes back 1378 and reinterprets 1294

Moments after appealing to 1378, Schneider pretends we have forgotten what he claimed was the correct position, namely, to support a reigning pope, and proposes the case of the papal renunciation made by Saint Celestine V on Dec. 13th, in the year of Our Lord, 1294.

On that day, Celestine V by written and signed decree, renounced the papacy.  No one doubted that the act existed and was signed by the Pope.  In all his behavior thereafter, he acted as a hermit: he took off the papal robes, renounced the dignity and left Rome. He even accepted being held under house arrest by his successor to prevent the faithful from approaching him.  The act was canonically explicit. I have reported on it here.

Therefore, there was no need of a sanatio in radice, and Boniface VIII never granted one. Nor has any pope since.

This case Bishops Schneider should have never mentioned, because if you argue that a canonically valid and explicit renunciation of the papacy should not be questioned, then you must sustain likewise that a canonically invalid and explicitly deficient renunciation of the papacy SHOULD BE QUESTIONED.  That is the simple logical conversion.

In conclusion

Bishop Schneider attempts to box off thought about his absurd position by saying that there will be no other way for Benedict XVI to have a successor, since Bergoglio has appointed the majority of Cardinals, who, if they are invalid, mean that there will never be a valid successor again.  This is equivalent to saying that since a thief now has full possession of your diamond ring, there is no point going to the police to report the crime and get them to obtain it back.

His moral principle fails from the virtues of zeal and justice for the House of God. It also fails on right, because, hypothetically, if no validly nominated Cardinal elector broke from the antipope within 20 days after Benedict XVI’s death, the papal law for Conclaves, which is the only normative practice which is canonically valid for the election of the pope, would ipso facto cease to bind, since in the case in which there are no Cardinals in communion with the Church, there is no obligation to elect a pope via a conclave of cardinal electors. And hence, in such hypothetical, the right to elect the Pope would return to its source, that is the Apostolic Tradition in the See of Rome, wherein the entire people of God in the Diocese, which encompasses Rome and the suburbican dioceses (which in law are not separate from Rome), would have the right to elect the Roman Pontiff to succeed Benedict XVI. And such an election would be legitimate and licit even if it could not be properly termed canonical or uncanonical. I have discussed this several times already. The right to election returns to its source, since the Papal law for elections is only an application of Apostolic Tradition, which cannot be annulled by custom nor overturned by any papal act, since it pertains to Sacred Tradition itself, that is, to the Deposit of the Faith. This is because the Roman Church is not the Church of Rome, but  the very Church Christ founded, with universal jurisdiction, which was not separated into dioceses in other parts of the world.

I think by now you can see that the Bishop has simply presented a Mafia style argument to serve a Mafia style usurpation of the papacy. The depths of depravity of judgement and opinion to which he has descended to sustain his opinion are most shameful.

In a better age, a bishop arguing like this would end up in a papal dungeon on bread and water. In the meantime, I think the only charitable thing to do is to ignore him as one of the worst of the worse.

Shall we follow Christ, or the anti-Christ?

by Br. Alexis Bugnolo

Christ in His parable about the good samaritan taught that we Christians are expected by Him to help the anonymous victim of violence we encounter.

Those who took pride in being priests and levites walked on the other side of the road.

The man who was the heretic, the samaritan, did the opposite. He took that injured man to an inn and left enough money for a 2 day stay complete with food.

Today we have the same test put before us.

The Antichrist says to ignore the suffering of Christians in Ukraine. To allow them to be killed, raped and genocided.

Christ demands of us that we come to the aid of these white, European, Christians.

Whose voice shall we listen to?

It’s your decision.

Many have already given themselves up to Satan. Our Lord is allowing this war to go on, because He is giving us a chance to attone for our sins.

It’s up to you.

I have chosen to put Christ’s words into practice and risk my own life in a war zone, and become an advocate for the poor and needy. Please join me in doing the works of God.

 I will point out my disappointment, that less than 1% of you are sharing this appeal, and that of the donors who have given, I do not recognize any of them as readers of FromRome.Info. — And that is why I share this appeal again. Christ will not accept any excuses from us on Judgement Day for having allowed so many in such dire circumstances to die. I know that many are helping in other ways. I hope that many also will help in this way…