This isn’t Archbishop Negri’s first rodeo in the international headline arena.
In December 2015, it was reported that the Archbishop was overheard criticizing Francis while in conversation with his priest-secretary aboard a train to Rome; even going so far as to say that he wished the humble Argentinian dead.
In any case, Archbishop Negri, who long has had a reputation for being among Italy’s leading “conservative” prelates, remains close to Benedict the Abdicator.
When asked during his recent interview with Rimini to comment on Benedict’s “renunciation of the papacy,” Negri said:
Once again, the lie is given to Benedict’s claim that he lacked the “strength of mind” to continue in the papacy back in 2013. (Keep this unfortunate fact in mind, if you dare.)
Archbishop Negri continued:
This excerpt taken from the body of the Rimini article is clear enough, but the headline is even more so:
“Gravi responsabilità dentro e fuori il Vaticano per le dimissioni di Benedetto XVI”. Parla mons. Negri
Note the direct quotation: “Grave responsibilities inside and outside the Vatican for the resignation of Benedict.” Says Mons. Negri
Get that? Archbishop Negri is saying that persons other than Benedict are responsible (read: guilty) for his so-called “resignation.”
Many tradition-loving Catholics, friends of mine included, have had it with this entire mess. Francis, in their eyes, is giving us enough to worry about.
Benedict resigned. It was accepted. Francis was elected. And that’s that!
Unfortunately, folks, it isn’t quite that simple. Canon Law is very clear on this matter:
If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone. (1983 Code of Canon Law, Canon 332 §2)
Two things are “required” (NOTE: not optional, but required) in order for a papal resignation to be valid; it must be both “made freely” and “properly manifested.”
Setting aside latter, one will notice that the canon does not say, unless, of course, the majority of the faithful are sufficiently fooled into believing that the resignation was made freely when in fact it was not.
If indeed Archbishop Negri’s account is true; namely, that Benedict was under duress due to tremendous pressure to resign coming from both inside and outside the Vatican, then that isn’t necessarily that insofar as its validity is concerned.
That’s not a conspiracy theory, and it’s certainly not mere sour grapes over the fact that Francis is a raging heretic; it’s reality, like it or not.
If indeed Archbishop Negri’s account is true…
So, is there reason to believe that it might be true?
Look, I certainly don’t know why Benedict resigned, but one thing that all of us know without any doubt whatsoever is that it wasn’t for the reasons he gave.
This alone being the case, one would have to bury their head in the sand neck-deep in order to deny that the matter is far from well and truly settled.
Moving on, let’s discuss the idea that the Obama Administration put pressure on Benedict to resign.
While this particular allegation is causing quite a stir in political circles, for us it should yield little more than a resounding so what?
Obama is an unapologetic promoter and exporter of homosexual deviance, a genocidal maniac committed to population control