Shoring up the ruins?

Is the Vatican moving to protect church properties in other countries from confiscation in legal judgements?   The Pope has issued Guidelines  to the Cardinals, through the Secretariat of State, setting up an office at the Vatican Bank for the purpose of the transfer of assets.  Although the pope assures that his intentions are for a spiritual testament, I cannot help but wonder why a spiritual testament like St. Paul’s, as he claims, would require a document notarized by the Vatican and handled by the Vatican Bank. 

Pope Francis appears to be attempting to shore up the ruins of his disastrous papacy with his recent meeting with the Chilean Bishops. Ever the master of PR, he charged them with “an absolute lack of respect for canonical procedure and, even more, reprehensible practices which must be avoided in the future.” This despite the fact that he recently presided over a celebration of the Neocatechumenal Way at which Archbishop Anthony Apuron was among the honored guests, seated with other Bishops and dignitaries, despite having been convicted of several charges pertaining to sexual abuse of minors and ordered to resign as Bishop.

The list of the Bergoglian  priests, Bishops, Archbishops and Cardinals who have been associated with homosexuality or clerical sex abuse is so extensive that we cannot cover it here, but for some time now we have suggested that all this rot reminds us of St. Hildegard von Bingen’s prophecy in The Figure of a Woman:

And behold! That monstrous head moved from its place with such a great shock that the figure of the woman (The Church, Bride of Christ) was shaken through all her limbs. And a great mass of excrement adhered to the head; and it raised itself up upon a mountain and tried to ascend the height of Heaven. And behold, there came suddenly a thunderbolt, which struck that head with such great force that it fell from the mountain and yielded up its spirit in death. And a reeking cloud enveloped the whole mountain, which wrapped the head in such filth that the people who stood by were thrown into the greatest terror. And that cloud remained around the mountain for a while longer.

The people who stood there, perceiving this, were shaken with great fear, and said to one another: “Alas, alas! What is this? What do you think this was? Alas, wretches that we are! Who will help us, and who will deliver us? For we know not how we were deceived. O Almighty God, have mercy on us! Let us return; let us hasten to the covenant of Christ’s Gospel; for ah, ah, ah! We have been bitterly deceived!“ And lo, the feet of the figure of the woman glowed white, shining with a splendor greater than the sun’s.

There is another development in this disgusting scandal. Sandro Magister, in his post today (LINK) reports on recent activities of the Humble Pope, who now appears to be signalling a retreat. But what I found most interesting is the following:

“In the morning homily at Santa Marta on Tuesday, May 15, Francis urged everyone, but the bishops in particular, to “make a testament” similar to the one made by the apostle Paul when he said goodbye to the community of Ephesus, as recounted in chapter 20 of the Acts of the Apostles, read at the Masses of that and the following day.”

Not a worldly testament

“Not a “worldly” testament – the pope explained – as when it is said: “This I leave to so-and-so, that to the other, that to the other…” with “so many assets” to be distributed. But a testament “that lets us see the journey of each bishop at the hour of departure” and sounds like “a sort of examination of conscience by the bishop before his presbytery.”

But the interesting part is this:

As an addendum to these statements of Pope Francis on the ultimate intentions of himself and of other pastors of the Church, it must also be pointed out that the secretariat of state recently distributed to all the cardinals, to the apostolic nuncio, and to curia officials five pages of “Guidelines for the drafting of a testament,” dated February 18, 2018.

The first guideline is to draw up the testament “with the Vatican notary,” or to write it in pen from start to finish, sign and date each page, and keep it in a sealed envelope not at home but “in a secure place, for example at the Institute for Works of Religion, which has an office set up for this purpose.”

In the second place, “with the exception of rights that the law reserves for legitimate heirs,” it is suggested that a “universal beneficiary” be identified in an ecclesiastical organization recognized as “exempt from inheritance taxes,” with the caution of “indicating the non-lucrative purposes for which the assets are transferred to that specific organization.”

For example, “if the beneficiary is the Holy Father, the purpose will be: ‘for His works of charity, or for Peter’s Pence,’” while “if the beneficiary is a religious Congregation, the purpose will be ‘for the charitable works of the Institute.’”

The last two pages of the “Guidelines” contain a sample testament, with the designation of a “universal beneficiary” at the top (the pope, the diocese, the religious order, the seminary, etc.) to which the assets are to be left, and the task of assigning some of them to the persons indicated (home, vehicle, books, furniture, etc.), in addition to the duty of settling the funeral expenses and the fee for the executor of the testament.

All of this for the sake of “not using the ecclesiastical office in order to increase the wealth of one’s family.” Because “that which has been received from the Christian community, or from the sacred ministry, must come back to be at the service of the same, and, in particular, of the poor.”

Ah yes, “the poor”.

Nota Bene:

A special office has been set aside in the Vatican Bank, Institute for Works of Religion. It begs the question, what does the Vatican expect to happen?

Note that the Guidelines were set up this past February, about the time that the cover was being blown off the Chilean scandal and the Pope himself was becoming inextricably entangled in the scandal. Note also that several close to the pope have become implicated in this scandal or others, for instance, unrepentant Cardinal Errazuriz and Cardinal Maradiaga. Add to this Cocopalmerio’s problems and the homoerotic “artwork” of Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and you see that there has developed an undeniable stench in this papacy.

The Pope’s  “Testament”, far from being a spiritual testament similar to that of St. Paul as Pope Francis claims,  is a thinly veiled attempt to prevent the seizure of finances and properties in the event of legal judgements against the numerous prelates who are to be convicted. There may be much more scandal coming to light and it appears that the Vatican considers that the Pope himself may not be immune.

It’s fascinating to see how  quickly and decisively the Vatican can act when its finances and properties are threatened. Quite unlike its response when souls are being destroyed.

As St. Hildegard said, Wretches that we are, who shall deliver us?

Please, Pray the Rosary and confound satan and those who serve him!

†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
†  Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
†  Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
†  St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
†  St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

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