I am humbled by Mr. Hirsch’s very kind words.
Let me echo his praise of Dr. Ed Mazza. Brilliant. And a research machine. Dr. Mazza can plow through German “theological” writings like a beast.
And let us not fail to mention my fellow unlettered laynothing, Mark Docherty.
And everyone else who has worked on this problem, and prayed for its resolution. Don’t stop! In fact, pedal to the metal, friends!! Now is NOT the time to let up!!
Humility, Fraternal Charity, Love of the Law, Moral Fortitude, Patience, Perseverance, Faith, Hope, Zeal, Trust in Our Lady’s Intercession.
Pray the Rosary. Pray the Rosary. Pray the Rosary.
First things first. I thank Ann Barnhardt for doing yeoman’s work, and laying down the base foundation for this stance. She was one of the very first to boldly and publicly propose the idea that Bergoglio was not pope. She was the first to take the leap, believe in this conviction, and live it through, no matter the consequences to her reputation. As every year passes that we see a man pretending to be Vicar of Christ —a man whose public actions are obviously not directed by the Holy Spirit—Barnhardt becomes more and more vindicated in her position. Her’s has been a long game, in which the fullness of time would prove her right.
But what ultimately convinced me this June was the discussion from Dr. Edmund Mazza on both Taylor Marshall’s and Ann Barnhardt’s shows. Mazza lays down the idea that, basically, Pope Benedict XVI, being the tricky academic that he is, tried to bifurcate the papacy in an unconventional manner, so much so that his own “resignation” was incomplete, imperfect, and unclear. In his own mind, Pope Benedict XVI believes he successfully bifurcated the papacy, as he’s claimed at least a few times. But in reality, Pope Benedict’s little academic word-game trick is a total disaster, and instead, as Dr. Mazza explains, Pope Benedict has ceased being The Restrainer of the systemic Antichrist spirit that has unleashed itself upon the world these past seven years.
Let no one in any way deceive you, for [the coming of the Lord] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things? And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed…
2 Thessalonians 2:3-8