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The Words “Ministry” and “Office” Are Not Synonyms in Any Language, Including Karl Rahner’s German

UPDATE: Full German citation with English translation requested below received and posted immediately above!

Pope Benedict’s partial attempted renunciation speech of 11 February, ARSH 2013:

I am well aware that this office [munus], according to its spiritual essence, ought to be exercised not only by acting and speaking, but no less than by suffering and praying.  Moreover, in the world of our time, subjected to rapid changes and perturbed by questions of great weight for the life of faith, there is more necessary to steer the Barque of Saint Peter and to announce the Gospel a certain vigor, which in recent months has lessened in me in such a manner, that I should acknowledge my incapacity to administer well the ministry [ministerium] committed to me.  On which account, well aware of the weightiness of this act, I declare in full liberty, that I renounce the ministry [ministerio] of the Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, committed to me through the hands of the Cardinals on April 19, 2005, so that on February 28, 2013, at 20:00 Roman Time [Sedes Romae], the see of Saint Peter be vacant, and that a Conclave to elect a new Supreme Pontiff be convoked by those whose duty it is [ab quibus competit].

An OFFICE and its MINISTRY or ADMINISTRATION are two different things.  Let’s take a couple of examples to understand why these words are NOT synonyms, and have never been considered such.

For the first example, let’s look at the American OFFICE of the Presidency.  When President Reagan was shot and taken into surgery wherein he lost over half his blood volume, he did not lose the OFFICE of the Presidency.  Even in an induced coma he was still 100% the sole occupant of the OFFICE of the Presidency.  What did happen is that the ADMINISTRATIVE authority passed to Vice President Bush (Alexander Haig’s claims to administrative authority notwithstanding) who immediately returned to Washington D.C., and ADMINISTRATIVE authority remained with Bush until Reagan regained consciousness.  In this period, Vice President Bush did NOT become the President, he was merely the person with Administrative authority, and was still “Mr. Vice President”.  Because, of course, there can never be two Presidents of the United States (Hillary Clinton’s claim to being co-President during Bill Clinton’s administration notwithstanding.)

Note that adMINISTRATION and MINISTRY have the same root, the Latin MINISTERIUM.

President Reagan, while temporarily unable to exercise the ADMINISTRATION of the OFFICE of the Presidency, did NOT lose his OFFICE, nor was his OFFICE conferred upon anyone else.  ADMINISTRATIVE authority temporarily passed to Vice President Bush, who remained Vice President even while holding temporary ADMINISTRATIVE authority.  Vice President Bush became neither President nor co-President in ARSH 1981.

The second example is the assasination attempt of Pope John Paul II a few weeks later in ARSH 1981.

Like Reagan a few weeks earlier, Pope JPII was rushed into surgery wherein he lost most of his blood volume after being shot, and went into cardiac arrest on the operating table wherein he had to be resuscitated.  While Pope JPII was incapacitated by anesthesia/induced coma, he was incapable of carrying out the Papal MINISTRY because… he was in a coma.  But he did not lose the OFFICE of the Papacy.  The OFFICE remained with him and him alone, and would have remained with him no matter how long he was comatose.

If you think about it, you will realize that many DOZENS of Popes have been rendered unable to perform the Petrine MINISTRY for various lengths of time – usually at the end of their lives – but retained the OFFICE until they died.  As we all know, some people get old and their death is near-instant, that is they “drop dead”.  Pope John Paul I died this way.  He dropped dead.  But, many times, the end stage of life is not sudden.  Many people “go downhill” and are bedridden and unconscious for a period of time before they expire.  Cancer, organ failure, neurodegenerative diseases, even surviving an incapacitating stroke.  Do we honestly believe that this has NOT happened to previous Popes?  Of course it has happened.  Many, many times.  The Vatican simply did not publicly announce these things up until just a few decades ago.  Popes were rarely seen, and even more rarely heard.  The era of the “highly visible Pope” began, more or less, with Pope Pius XII, and was taken into overdrive by Pope JPII himself. When a Pope would near death or merely fall gravely ill, the day-to-day running of the Vatican continued apace even though the Pope was no longer able to administer the Petrine MINISTRY. The OFFICE remained his until he died.  If he recovered such that he was able to resume the Petrine MINISTRY, he would do so as the sole holder of the Petrine OFFICE.

Let it also be noted that a Pope could also lose his ability to exercise the Petrine MINISTRY by virtue of being imprisoned – but an imprisoned Pope would still retain 100% the OFFICE of the Papacy.  An imprisoned Pope would remain Pope until he died.  If he were to be liberated from imprisonment, he would then resume the Petrine MINISTRY as the holder of the Petrine OFFICE.

So, we can clearly see and easily understand that these two terms are DIFFERENT THINGS, and are NOT SYNONYMOUS.

The notion that Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger is “too stupid” to be aware of this difference is laughable.  If an American convert gal with a degree in Animal Husbandry (but definitely NOT Latin) can see and understand this, then it goes without saying that Joseph Ratzinger does too.  To argue otherwise would be to argue that Ann Barnhardt is more intelligent than Jospeh Ratzinger.  And do we REALLY want to do that?  I mean, if you really, really want to, go ahead, but I would strongly advise against it.

But wait, there’s more….

We KNOW that Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger had heard of the false hypothesis of bifurcation of the Papacy into a collegial, synodal office precisely by having a sitting Pope renounce the MINISTRY but not the OFFICE, thus resulting in an “active” and a “contemplative” Pope simultaneously.

How do we know this?  Because Pope Benedict’s good friend and mentor, to whom he looked up tremendously, KARL RAHNER, proffered EXACTLY this false notion in ARSH 1974 in his work “Vorfragen zu einem okumenischen Amtsverstandnis”.  In the opening pages of this work, Rahner advocated the dissolution of the Petrine OFFICE such that multiple people could simultaneously exercise the Petrine MINISTRY.

Karl Rahner was greatly admired by Ratzinger, and they were close friends.  Rahner died a liberal, but Ratzinger drifted back toward orthodoxy as he grew older and saw the damage done by the very heterodoxy that he, Rahner and all of the other “Nouvelle Theolgie” (New Theology) proponents of the 20th Century inflicted upon the Church, with its zenith at Vatican II.

Pullquote from the Wiki page on the Nouvelle Theologie, with hyperlinks intact:

“The theologians usually associated with Nouvelle Théologie are Henri de Lubac, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Yves Congar, Karl Rahner, Hans Küng, Edward Schillebeeckx, Marie-Dominique Chenu, Louis Bouyer, Jean Daniélou, Jean Mouroux, Henri Bouillard, and Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI)

Here is what I need, and perhaps my German readers can help with this.  I need the exact passage from Rahner’s “Vorfragen zu einem okumenischen Amtsverstandnis” and its English translation.  While I can see the book available online, even if I bought it, I couldn’t read it and find the passage because I speak ZERO German.  The German language is just squiggles on a page to me. I can see numerous references to it by others, but I can’t find the text itself.

{UPDATE: Full German citation with English translation requested above received and posted here!}

But remember folks, there is NO EVIDENCE of Substantial Error or that Pope Benedict XVI intended to “fundamentally transform the Papacy into a collegial, synodal office” along the lines of OFFICE vs MINISTRY, and to even discuss such a thing is “grasping at straws” due to an inability to accept that Vatican I “might have been wrong”, and that Our Lord’s promise to Peter was a “pretty useless guarantee”. And also, SHUT UP. YOU’RE INSANE. </sarcasm>

As always, I hope this helps.

Here are some pictures of Rahner and Ratzinger together over the years, including at Vatican II:

NOTHING, no problem whatsoever, is too big or difficult to be solved. NOTHING.

“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”

-Sr. Lucia of Fatima to Father Fuentes in a conversation on the 26th of December 1957

Don’t Worry About Ol’ “Rhinoceros Skin” Barnhardt – A Call for Priests to Offer Mass for Two People

First, let me thank one and all for your kind words of support, and for those concerned readers who saw the jaw-dropping calumnies that were accidentally publicly posted on a highly trafficked Facebook page, and sent in the text and screenshots before they deleted it.  I appreciate your concern for me, and for your discretion.

Let me just interject at this point a plea to one and all to GET OFF OF SOCIAL MEDIA.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, whatever the latest and greatest social media fad is, GET OFF OF IT.  That stuff is all toxic, and the demons prowl it and use it against us. It tempts people to narcissism, wrath, envy, pride, lewdness – you name it.

Having said that, there are two main points.  First, if something like this HAS to happen, then I thank God that it was me that was calumniated.  I’ve always had thick skin, but over the past few years, as you can probably imagine, I have developed Rhinoceros-grade epidermis. (Always remember to moisturize!)  Stuff like this doesn’t disturb my peace in the least.  If it has to be someone, let it be me, because I can take it.

Secondly, since entering the Church, I have learned that whenever Our Lord REALLY wants Masses said for someone, one of the best ways to guarantee that will happen is to have them commit some kind of sin against me personally.  So, the guy who stole my wallet several years ago: Mass said for him within days.  The woman who squatted in one of my rental properties in Denver for years: Masses said for her. The men who broke into my house two years ago: Mass said for them within days.  The one and only bad client I ever had in my brokerage firm: Masses said for him every so often. And so with this situation.

Therefore I would like to put the call out to as many priests as are willing to please offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass/Divine Liturgy for the Salvation of the Souls and eventual Achievement of the Beatific Vision of two specific persons. It isn’t even necessary to let me know.  Just do it, whenever you have an open slot on your Mass intention calendar.  Please enjoin their patron saints and guardian angels.

One Mass offered for a person while they are still alive is orders of magnitude more powerful and beneficial than those offered for a person already in Purgatory.

The Divine Providence is truly amazing.  He can take something horrible like this, and turn it into a powerful conduit of grace, such that we can all look back and say, “Wow, thank God THAT happened!”  Count it all joy, as the Good Book says.

(Per counsel received, I have removed the names of the two persons.)

Antipope Bergoglio Declares Himself to Be More Merciful than God, and Tees Up the Coup de Grace: the Ratification of SODOMY

But remember folks, you may NOT draw any conclusions from this, and if you do you are a schismatic, and also insane. </sarcasm>

Here is Diane Montagna’s blockbuster piece over at LifeSite.

Make no mistake, this death penalty (and also life imprisonment!) stuff is merely a recon sortie, preparing for the actual final attack: the ratification of sodomy. Mark my words. That is the endgame, and has been all along. Exactly the same tropes that Antipope Bergoglio is using here will be used to ratify sodomy: “FrancisMercy”, “inhuman legalism”, the “error” of every saint, Pope and Scripture going back to the Pentateuch, “harmonious development of doctrine”.

Antipope Bergoglio doesn’t give a tinker’s damn about the death penalty. To wit: CHINA. It is just a stepping stone to the goal: declaring sodomy morally neutral at worst, and “God’s will” for some people. Remember, he told the Chilean sex abuse victim that God “made you this way and loves you just as you are.”

Maybe THIS will wake a few more people up. Fast and pray!

The Standard of Schism is Unity With the Pope, Not Unity With the Majority

When discussing the Bergoglian Antipapacy, one of the arguments one hears frequently from the Bergoglian apologists and the #ShutUpYoureInsane contingent in an effort to quash the discussion itself is, “What difference does it make?”  This is generally followed by accusations of “insanity”.

Well, who is and who is not the Pope is of gargantuan importance because unity with the Pope is the defining standard of Schism.  Here is Canon 751:

Schism is the withdrawal of submission to the Supreme Pontiff or from communion with the members of the Church subject to him.”

Note that the horizontal unity with others is defined in terms of the Pope as well – “members of the Church subject to HIM.”

The Petrine See is THE STANDARD of unity/schism with Jesus Christ and His One Holy Church.  Therefore, it is clearly LOGICALLY NECESSARY that the Petrine See be specially and uniquely supernaturally attached – let’s use the imagery of welding here – to the Church Triumphant, and thus to the Triune Godhead Himself.

The Holy Ghost “welds” the Petrine Office to Himself, and the filler metal used in the weld is nothing less than the Word of Our Lord in the Petrine Promise: “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren.”

“So shall my Word be, which shall go forth from My mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall do whatsoever I please, and shall prosper in the things for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55: 11.

So, the Holy Ghost, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, by the Word of the Son, attaches and binds the Petrine Office to Himself such that unity with Peter is the standard of unity with the Triune Godhead Himself in the Church Militant.  Whether a human being alive on earth is “in” or “out” is a function NOT of horizontal unity with other people in and of themselves, but of unity with Peter and his See, which is the VISIBLE head of the Church Militant.

Let’s build an image of this using our welding metaphor so that we can better understand what schism is.  God is infinitely “big”, so there is nothing in the universe that can be an adequate metaphorical representation of Him, but the device that pops into my mind is a monolith – a rectangular prism.  Let’s envision God for the purposes of this exercise as a solid metal monolith whose width is equal to that of our galaxy, and whose height is double that.  So… big. 600,000,000,000,000,000 (six hundred quadrillion) miles wide, and 1,200,000,000,000,000,000 (one point two quintillion) miles tall.

Now let’s build an image of us – human beings.  Let’s say that each human being, including the Pope, is represented by a single atom of iron.  1.3 billion atoms of iron together would form a particle so small as to be invisible to the human eye.  Consider that each cell in your body, visible only under a microscope, contains approximately 100 trillion atoms.  We’re talking only 1.3 billion atoms.

Now, let’s consider the single atom that is the Pope.  Let’s envision that one atom being “welded” by God Himself onto Himself – the Monolith whose dimensions are 2 Milky Way galaxies tall by 1 Milky Way galaxy wide. The other 1.3 billion atoms all gather around the one atom that has been welded to the Monolith, but the 1.3 billion atoms are NOT welded to the monolith and are free to drift away.  Only the Pope atom is welded to the Monolith.

You now have an allegorical image of the Church Militant (the 1.3 billion atoms), the Papacy (the Pope atom welded to the Monolith), and the Triune Godhead (the Monolith). In order for the 1.3 billion atoms to be in unity with the Monolith, and KNOW that they are in unity with the Monolith, which is so big relative to them that they can’t directly perceive it, they have to be in unity with the one Pope atom, which is visibly perceptible to them, which they know in turn is welded to the Monolith.

Now, what if the Pope atom is threatened, and mistakenly declares that he is going to partially quit, and that there will now be other atoms welded to the Monolith at the same time?  Does the Monolith break the weld? No.  Does the Monolith weld another atom to itself so that there are now TWO atoms welded?  No.  But among the 1.3 billion atoms, almost all mistakenly declare themselves in unity with one atom who is NOT welded to the Monolith, and thus starts drifting out into space, farther and farther from the Monolith.  All of the 1.3 billion atoms, save a few hundred, drift away from the Monolith following and declaring themselves in union with the unwelded atom.

Canon Law, and specifically in this case Canon 188, is part of the weld.  To carry on our imperfect analogy, and if you know anything about welding, you might think of Canon Law as being like the Flux, that PROTECTS the weld.  Canon 188 protects the Pope and the Church Militant by making coercion impossible (because the very act of trying to coerce a Pope to resign renders any attempted resignation invalid), makes it impossible for the Pope’s own substantial error (such as declaring that he only partially resigned and that he fundamentally transformed the Papacy into a collegial, synodal office) to break the weld, and even makes it impossible for a Pope to lose his office by accepting a bribe (simony) thus making it impossible to bribe a Pope out of office. These protections of the “weld” of the Pope to the Petrine Office are derivative of the Natural and Divine Law, and thus even the Pope, the Supreme Lawgiver amongst the Church Militant, is subject to them.

Now here is the question: Who is in schism?  Are the few hundred atoms still huddled around the inactive yet still-welded-to-the-Monolith Pope atom in schism?  Or are the 1.3 billion atoms in schism?

Obviously the 1.3 billion atoms are in schism, EVEN THOUGH TO THEIR PERCEPTION THEY HAVE CREATED THEIR OWN MONOLITH.  The standard of schism is NOT unity with the majority or mob.  The standard of schism is unity with the Monolith through unity with the Pope atom that is welded to the Monolith, by the Monolith.  So even though there are only a few hundred atoms left huddled around the Pope atom, who has quit the active ministry but remains welded to the Monolith whether he likes it or not, and despite the fact that 1.3 billion other atoms have drifted away and huddled around an atom who claims to be a Pope atom, and are accusing the few hundred atoms still huddled around the silent Pope atom, still welded to the Monolith, the 1.3 billion atoms are in schism from the few hundred.  NOT the other way around.

You are in schism with us!  We are 1.3 billion! We have the numbers! What do you have, you pathetic few hundred fools!”

”We have the Monolith.”

Shut up! You’re INSANE!”

I have gone through this metaphorical exercise because I get the strong sense that MANY people out there are thinking about schism in terms of human numbers, and not in terms of Truth, which is to say GOD.  I think that the default assumption is that the smaller numbered group is, by definition, in schism from the bigger numbered group.  This is false.  It is using the wrong standard.  The standard is TRUTH. Numbers are irrelevant, because TRUTH is an INFINITE BEING.  For a culture that has revolved around and defined itself by democracy as the post-Christian west has, the notion of there being anything above the will of the majority is abhorrent.

This is why the TRUTH of who the Pope is and is not is so incredibly important, and can’t be blown off with cries of “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

In the big video presentation I went through a list of interesting manifestations by Bergoglio that imply that he is not the Pope, including:

-Referring to himself as “the Bishop of Rome”
-Refusing to wear the Mozzetta and other Papal garb
-Refusing to live in the Apostolic Palace or use Castel Gandolfo
-Waving, not blessing
-Retaining his Argentine citizenship and passport, even though the Pope is the Sovereign Monarch of the Vatican City State
Refusing to answer the Dubia

To this we should add this quote from Antipope Bergoglio in ARSH 2016:

It is not to be excluded that I will enter history as the one who split the Catholic Church.”

This is another example of the Divine Providence working such that even the wicked and the malefactors STILL can’t help but proclaim the truth.

I think it is absolutely true that Antipope Bergoglio will go down in history as the man who schismed The Church.  But here is what we have to remember: IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR A VALID POPE TO SCHISM THE CHURCH, BECAUSE THE POPE IS HIMSELF THE STANDARD OF SCHISM.  The Pope is welded to the Church by the Holy Ghost by the words of the Petrine Promise.  A valid Pope cannot cause schism, because he can’t schism from himself. As Sister Lucia put it, “Where Peter is, there is The Church… he who is not with the Pope is not with God, and who desires to be with God must be with the Pope.”

So, for Bergoglio to say that he could go down in history as the man who schismed the Church is an unwitting admission on his part that he is NOT the visible standard of unity, and that he is ontologically capable of doing that which is impossible for the Pope to do – schism the Church.

Therefore, who the Pope is, is of the highest, gravest importance and CANNOT be ignored, swept under the rug, or effeminately kicked down the road “for future generations to figure out.”  Further, appeals to the “numerical strength” of factions is laughable when one fully understands and acknowledges that God is infinite, and only He is the standard of Truth. Metaphysics is not a democracy.

The Monolith laughs at the self-referential atoms as they chant to themselves, “Le Monolithe, c’est nous!”

I hope this helps.

St. Athanasius, pray for us.
St. Eusebius, pray for us.

And since we have been talking about monoliths, here is the Monolith Theme Song, “Also Sprach Zarathustra” by Strauss.

It pains me to keep y’all hanging without the picture, but I must….

(Across the transom…)

Good afternoon dear Ann,

I always enjoy keeping up with you. Keep up the combat.

We attend TLM in a NO parish where the diocesan priest does both the TLM and the NO Mass. That’s the best we can get within 200 miles. Anyway, a few weeks ago, after attending Low Mass on Sunday morning, I noted that the boilerplate picture of Bergoglio was on the wall, in the corner of the narthex, behind a tree. I thought it was absolutely hilarious. I immediately congratulated our priest for doing this.

To my surprise, he replied that he couldn’t take credit for this, but that as far as he was concerned, he (Bergoglio) was still way too close to the Altar.
I have attached two pictures below.

(Which the correspondent did, and they are HILARIOUS, but I can’t post them and give away the show.  But trust me, POINT MADE.)

Act and God will act…!

The transcription of the “Bergoglian Antipapacy” video presentation is done, and just needs to be time stamped. Please say an “Ave” for the transcriptionist.

A Chinese translator (Mandarin) is on board!! Wow!

I have multiple offers for German and Spanish. Between humans and translation algorithms, we should be in great shape by Monday at the latest.

Things are happening, folks! Don’t despair! All things are possible through Christ!

Pray for Pope Benedict, and for the liberty and exaltation of our holy mother, The Church!

Here’s the video again:

Barnhardt Podcast #069: The Spiritual Journey of Ann Barnhardt, part 1

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In this episode, which was recorded on August 25th, we continue the series of “Ask Ann” podcasts and discuss Ann’s spiritual journey from early childhood with very little religious atmosphere in the home through her conversion in 2007. There will be a part 2 to follow-on from this episode so be sure to send in your questions!

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