Q: Ann, do you honestly think that Pope Benedict was too stupid to resign the Papacy correctly?
A: No, and I cover this in my Part 1 Video presentation at length. This is YET ANOTHER proof that the vast, vast majority of the people in Trad Inc. and elsewhere have NOT ENGAGED THE DATASET, and have neither viewed nor read the transcript of my video presentations (or even read the timestamps), nor read what I write in this space. Let the insults of my: intelligence, credentials, mental health, looks, voice, eyes, etc. commence. (I’m still having to work on NOT laughing at these things, as laughter, especially of the self-deprecating variety, is my default disposition.)
Pope Benedict wasn’t “too stupid”, he was, as is the case with so many in the German academy today, “TOO SMART”. Have you ever heard the sayings, “too smart for his own good”, or “too smart/clever by half”? Yeah: (idiomatic, of a person, plan, theory, etc.) Shrewd but flawed by overthinking or excessive complexity, with a resulting tendency to be unreliable or unsuccessful.
The bigger the intellect, the bigger the capacity for ERROR. To wit: Lucifer.
What this situation hangs on, and what I have been screaming from the mountaintops for going on six years now is SUBSTANTIAL ERROR. Pope Benedict submitted an ATTEMPTED PARTIAL resignation of only the ACTIVE EXERCISE OF THE MINISTRY for the ACTIVE GOVERNANCE OF THE CHURCH – that he would REMAIN as the “contemplative” Pope, while the “active Pope” who would GOVERN the Church would be simultaneously elected and installed, thus resulting in a “NEW” “EXPANDED, COLLEGIAL, SYNODAL” form of the Papacy. Which, as it turns out, is EXACTLY what the German theological academy had been openly writing and fantasizing about since the 1950’s. You HAVE read the Miller Dissertation, yes?
The “always” is also a “for-ever” – there can no longer be a return to the private sphere. My decision to resign the active exercise of the ministry does not revoke this. I do not return to private life, to a life of travel, meetings, receptions, conferences, and so on. I am not abandoning the cross, but remaining in a new way at the side of the crucified Lord. I no longer bear the power of office for the governance of the Church, but in the service of prayer I remain, so to speak, in the enclosure of Saint Peter. Saint Benedict, whose name I bear as Pope, will be a great example for me in this. He showed us the way for a life which, whether active or passive, is completely given over to the work of God.
This isn’t stupidity on Pope Benedict’s part. This isn’t 4-D chess on Pope Benedict’s part. This isn’t Pope Benedict lying.
This is Pope Benedict being in SUBSTANTIAL ERROR.
Big brains make big errors.
Here is the Part 1 Video cued up to the 00:40:10 timestamp, with the transcription below. Remember, the full professional English transcription of the Part 1 video is HERE.