In a recent interview with the German publication, Herder Korrespondenz, [translation provided by Dr. Maike Hickson at 1Peter5] Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was asked to comment on the possibility of a pope “changing the theological profile of the papal office.”
The teaching on the papacy as a Divine institution cannot be relativized by anybody – this would mean to want to correct God Himself.
Did you get that?
Nobody, not even the pope, has the authority to change the Petrine ministry as instituted by Christ.
In light of Archbishop Gänswein’s confirmation that the Benedictine Declaratio of 11 February 2013 was an attempt to “profoundly and permanently transform” the Petrine ministry so as to endow it with a “collegial and synodal dimension, as a quasi-shared ministry” between two men, I’d say that this statement is rather timely, wouldn’t you?
Now, for the bad news…
Müller wasn’t addressing the validity of Benedict’s semi-renouncement of the papacy; much less the dog-and-pony conclave that followed. In fact, it is likely that the interview took place just prior to Archbishop Gänswein’s presentation.
Even so, the question that was posed is entirely applicable to the present situation.
More to the point, Müller’s response plainly exposes the folly of Benedict’s intention for what it truly is; part and parcel of the warnings issued by Our Lady at Fatima.
I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul. … A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. (Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli)
Given that suicide is death self-imposed at the hands of the very one who rules over the body (i.e., the head), it is clear that the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima, at least insofar as the future Pope Pius XII understood them, concern an attempt to alter the theology of the Church that involves the occupant of the Office of Peter.
This is precisely what is happening right before our very eyes! Archbishop Gänswein left no room for confusion on this point:
“Since February 2013 the papal ministry is therefore no longer what it was before.”
This bold initiative to “change the theological profile of the papal office” is a sure sign that the principal actors in this terrible tragedy have largely succumbed to the temptation to believe that man has become God.
Turning once more to the stunning assertion put forth by Archbishop Gänswein, no doubt offered with the approval of the would-be Pope Contemplatus:
Since the election of his successor Francis, on March 13, 2013, there are not therefore two popes, but de facto an expanded ministry — with an active member and a contemplative member. This is why Benedict XVI has not given up either his name, or the white cassock. This is why the correct name by which to address him even today is ‘Your Holiness’…
Here we have an eminently credible source telling us that Pope Benedict XVI acted with the specific intent of creating a brand new situation in the Church wherein we would have a “Holy Father” in both the “contemplative member” and the “active member.”
If this madness isn’t nipped in the bud (and there’s little hope that it will be apart from divine intervention), can you even imagine what’s next?
The Petrine ministry whole and entire is contained under the species of the active member; likewise is the whole Petrine Ministry contained under the species of the contemplative member.
Talk about being tempted to believe that man has become God!
As it is, one would be hard pressed to point to a more poignant example of an attempt to change the theological profile of the papal office – or what Cardinal Müller called an attempt “to correct God Himself” – than Benedict’s semi-renouncement.
So, where is the Prefect of the CDF now?
He is cowering in silence with the rest of the bishops; men from whom God has evidently withdrawn His grace as punishment for ignoring the wishes of His mother as revealed in her messages to Lucy of Fatima.