Cardinal Baldisseri



Among the powers that be at the Vatican there are apparently some using gangster tactics.  Father Z brings us the news:


Remember the Five Cardinals Book™? Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church helped to turn the tide – in a good way – during last October’s Synod of Bishops.  It was simultaneously released in English, Italian, French, German and Spanish.  It is going to be issued in: Polish, Portuguese, Hungarian, Croatian, Slovak, and Czech. It contains essays of five cardinals, of the archbishop secretary of the Vatican congregation for the Oriental Churches, and of three scholars direct at the notions suggested by Walter Card. Kasper in the opening discourse of the consistory in February 2014.  It blew the Kasper proposals and arguments out of the water.

You will also remember that Synod members were up in arms because of the manipulations and machinations of the staff of the Synod office.  Remember all the controversies about whether texts of speeches would be released?  About what could be reported?  About how the mid-term report was produced?  About certain strange paragraphs that didn’t reflect the discussions of the Synod?

There’s more.

Here is something of the story that you don’t know, because at the time it couldn’t be told.

The people who crafted the Five Cardinals Book™ wanted to make sure that Synod members had copies, at least in English or Italian, as the Synod was starting up.  Therefore, they sent copies to every member of the Synod (quite a few) through the Italian post to each member’s personal mailbox near the Synod Hall which was set up individually by the Vatican Post.  Remember, Vatican Post is the postal service of a sovereign nation that has laws.  The Book was sent in individually addressed and franked envelopes.  They weren’t just envelopes with someone’s name on them shoved into the slots by whomever.  They were properly sent postal items.

When the organizers of the Synod realized what had been sent to the members of the Synod, someone removed all the envelopes from the members’ mail boxes!

That’s called theft.   That’s called illegal.   They stole people’s mail.  Please correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t that a crime in, I think, every country?   The Vatican City State… that’s a country… isn’t it.

That’s how frightening the Book is to those who want to overturn the Church’s practice and, therefore, teaching.

The Kathnet piece, by  Manfred Ferrari, indicates that the heist was ordered by Card. Baldisseri, who is the head of the office of the Synod of Bishops.

At the end of the piece, Ferrari adds:


“This episode took place in the Vatican and not in the Kremlin. As I told it to a friend who, in those days, traveled back to Africa, he smiled at me mildly and said, “Manfred, what’s bothering you. Here in South Sudan things aren’t any better … “

There were inquiries made about what happened to the Book.  Only a few of the Synod participants out of the some 200 received their copies… before they were boosted.  The Governor of the Vatican City State would have a legal obligation to look into the situation.  No?

I cannot underscore enough how important the Five Cardinals Book™ was during the Synod.  It is still important.  It is still under attack.  

The Five Cardinals Book™ addressed the foundations of the odd proposals made about Communion for the divorced and remarried, and it demolished them.  Since then, pretty much everything that has come out in favor of the Kasper proposal has not actually dealt with the arguments in the Book.

Instead, they just repeat the same ol’ same ol’ and then suggest that anyone who doesn’t agree is the enemy of mercy and of Pope Francis.  [CUE DIABOLICAL SURPRISE MUSIC HERE]

Go here to read the rest.  These type of thuggish tactics are beneath contempt, especially when they are being utilized by a Prince of the Church.  The powers that be at the Vatican must not have much confidence in the intellectual strength of their positions if they are so terrified of a book.

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  1. Trying to choose my words very carefully here:
    It is because of stories like this one that it’s understandable why some people may continue to harbor doubts about the legitimacy/validity of Vatican II.

  2. The last bastion in the world where Virtue could have been taught to help it (the world) lighten up – turns into a source for more dark humor and hypocrisy. Many ‘transparent’ examples of the very words being used to belittle and mislead others.

  3. Hijacking mail? I believe it. The forces of evil know no bounds to thwart the Holy Church.

    The cleansing is coming.

    Jesus I Trust in You!

  4. As one commentors on the linked article said, the goal is approval of homosexual behavior, stepping up the attack on the family.
    A continuous novena to ask the intercession of Saint Joseph, Protector of the Family and the Church, Terror Of Demons.
    St. Joseph pray for us.

  5. The fish rots from the head down. I’m wagering there is a considerable caucus among the College of Cardinals with their faces buried in their hands at this point.

  6. As we watch our Church and the stench of Satan within the tabernacle (to paraphrase Paul VI,) we need to remember that Christ hand-picked an apostle named Judas in the early Church.
    When Christ warned His apostles to be as “cunning as serpents” some of them may have only heard “to be like the serpent.”
    Only God’s grace can make good of all this.
    Keep praying….

  7. “When the organizers of the Synod realized what had been sent to the members of the Synod, someone removed all the envelopes from the members’ mail boxes!” More than “Someone” removed those envelopes. There were likely several people who actually removed the envelopes, and those people had orders from people in command. How high up did it go? I have my suspicions. “That’s called theft.” Stealing is a violation of the seventh Commandment. A mortal sin! Those valiant people both in the clergy and the laity who defend orthodox Catholic truth must employ the spiritual weapons at their disposal in battling evildoers in the clergy and laity. What was done here violates the 7th and quite possibly the 8th Commandments. I’m not judging the hearts, minds, or souls of anyone involved with this treachery, That is for God, but I do know this with the absolute certainty of a DeFide dogma: Anyone who dies unrepentant in mortal sin goes immediately to hell upon their death. Yes, we will be called every name in the book for employing the “Spiritual Nuclear Option” but I guarantee you that while these evildoers call us the names, they will be thinking and wondering things to themselves.
    Another example: I applaud and respect the San Francisco Archbishop for standing his ground on the issue of requiring Catholic school teachers to at least publicly support the teachings of the Church. Though he has been frank and direct with those lawmakers whom he is corresponding with, he should tell them that even if they succeed in oppressing the Church in San Francisco, their immortal souls are in grave danger of hell.

  8. Since some made it, I’d guess that the theft was by one of the recipients– if it’s unsecured, then on their own, if it’s in a you-need-a-key situation, then by throwing their weight in.
    Unless there’s some kind of law against mass mailing there?

  9. “The fish rots from the head down.”

    Yep. Some remarkably nasty and oily characters in the inner circle.

    “I’m wagering there is a considerable caucus among the College of Cardinals with their faces buried in their hands at this point.”

    One can hope.

  10. Update to the story:
    It seems the Five Cardinals book is a conspiracy against the Pope because, according to Kasper, the Pope agrees with Kasper.

    The historian, Alberto Melloni, in Corriere Fiorentino, in the process of reviewing another book published by Cantagalli [the Italian publisher of Remaining in the Truth of Christ], put forth an interesting hypothesis: that the publisher was lending himself to forming a base of operations for a group of cardinals that were trying to mount a real force of opposition within the College of Cardinals. In fact, to be more precise, Melloni writes that “the publishing house, with Cardinal Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, as a cover, had tried with good or bad faith, only God knows (…) to organize a conspiracy against the Pope [emph. orig.] and against the Synod that involved saying publically a few hours from the beginning of the Synod that the things that Francis wanted to discuss should not be discussed”.
    The narrative becomes interesting, even if with nothing really new. In this way, according to Melloni, we have five Cardinals, with the guiding hand of the Cardinal Prefect of the Doctrine of the Faith, who are “conspiring”, using a publishing house as their base of operations. Strong stuff, but given what happened in the meanwhile and what happened at the Synod, the uncovering of shady plots with delayed effect can only make one smile.
    We should, however, take a closer look at this. The book, which is a success, offers a contribution that encourages a debate. Instead, Cardinal Kasper, during an interview on Vatican Insider, at the beginning of the interview said that he was surprised at the unprecedented situation that was the result of the publication of this book. And he emphasized, with a lack of elegance, that he and the Pope agreed on everything, “he was in agreement. They know (the five cardinals) that I have not done these things on my own. The Pope is in agreement. I spoke two times with him. He showed himself as pleased.” [emph. add.]

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