Shop for thousands of Catholic gifts at Aquinas and More/affiliate/ThinkingCath1376
SiteSell Hosting

Download a Permanent Printable PDF Version of This Article.

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and my interview with the author that caused the international media frenzy.

http://www.CatholicAmericanThinker.com

Rev. Marcel Guarnizo, Corrispondenza Roman, Pubblicato il 14 marzo 2013
http://www.corrispondenzaromana.it/the-resignation-of-pope-benedict-xvi-and-my-interview-with-the-author-that-caused-the-international-media-frenzy/

(By Rev. Marcel Guarnizo on Conciliovaticanosecondo.it) On Thursday the 21st of February Mr. Ignazio Ingrao, writing for Panorama magazine in Rome, wrote a piece, headlined “Il dossier segreto condizionera il conclave” (“The secret dossier will determine the conclave” [my translation]).

Ingrao’s story sparked news reports across the globe. These subsequent reports launched serious allegations against the Vatican and the Pope. Ingrao’s article was the basis for an explosive report by Mrs. Conchita De Gregorio, published in the Italian daily La Repubblica also on February 21. De Gregorio’s article, headlined “Sex and Careerism, the Blackmail in the Vatican, Behind the Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI” ([my translation]), would become the main source for dozens of major news stories around the world. There are reasons for the explosive response to the La Repubblica story: The claims in De Gregorio’s article vastly embellished the information the La Repubblica author had received from Mr. Ingrao. De Gregorio had based her article on Ingrao’s and then gone beyond, “to extremes”, as Mr. Ingrao later told me.

I have read both pieces and can report that this is true. Ingrao’s piece does not make many of the vital claims La Repubblica published under De Gregorio’s byline. However, La Repubblica’s version of the story soon became the basis for many other reports. The articles that would be derived from all La Repubblica  trended to the scandalous. The London Guardian linked the pope’s resignation to the discovery of a “… network of gay prelates…some of whom were being blackmailed by outsiders.”  Over at the Irish Times, a day later on February 22, Paddy Agnew reported that the Pope’s resignation “…was at least partly prompted by the “inappropriate influence” of various lobbies, including a gay lobby…”  So there you have it: A media firestorm: Prelates being blackmailed, money being stolen, swirl upon swirl of innuendo and rumors in Rome and around the world.

My simple objection is that none of this has been verified. Speculation is very different from facts. If I, as a professional journalist state that prelates are being blackmailed by a gay lobby, does this not presuppose that I know who and why, or at the very least, have sources who have substantiated these allegations before I rush them into print? As a responsible news reporter, am I not compelled to determine that there is some news and not just empty speculation? Am I not morally obliged to determine, when repeating the claims of another publication—such as La Repubblica—that the report it quotes exists, that someone has seen it, and that it says what in fact actual, reliable witnesses purport that it says?

With these questions about the journalists involved in the current swirl of news stories in mind, I decided to seek out Mr. Ignazio Ingrao, and seek to better understand what had taken place and what his intention was when writing the article. I was also hoping to clarify some of the questions raised by his report and the ones that followed it. The faithful and many other readers around the world, needed clarity on these issues, I believe. So I called Mr. Ingrao, and left a message asking if we could speak about the matter.

Mr. Ingrao kindly agreed to meet me at the Press Office of the Holy See February 25, and we walked over to a café to have a coffee and talk. Mr. Ingrao is young, soft-spoken, and seemingly a modest and humble personality.

I started by reiterating some things I already knew about the news stories, namely that they had all made statements about the contents of a recent Vatican dossier on the Vatileaks scandal, prepared for Pope Benedict by three cardinals. The cardinals  produced a single copy, and gave it to the pontiff, who apparently ordered it to be locked in a safe. I asked Mr. Ingrao if he had in fact seen the dossier, because it was clear that the impression that some had seen the dossier was being circulated in the media. He replied “ I have never seen the dossier.”

He explained what he was trying to do with his article: “… The key point was to try and understand how the commission of cardinals had used the information, their methodology… But I do not know the conclusions that they reached. Not even one copy of the verbal testimony was given to anyone. The commission kept all the information. Not even a sheet a paper about it (as a leak), exists to my knowledge.”

I then proceeded to try to clear up another ambiguity. “Have any of the cardinals in charge of the investigation, told you anything about the contents?” I asked. “Not a word”, he responded. “What I wrote did not come from them.”

Mr. Ingrao’s response was compatible with my own research into the matter. One of the cardinals physically recoiled at even the mention, of the dossier. He positively laughed that anyone in the press could even insinuate such a thing. And, clearly, he felt that even the question was an attack on the dignity of the commission he participated in.

I then asked Mr. Ingrao, “Has the dossier been leaked to anyone?  Did a leak make it possible for you and La Repubblica to write about it?” Mr. Ingrao answered plainly: “It is not true that the dossier has leaked.” He added that the impression that someone had the cardinals’ dossier or a report on its contents was the result of the fact that Panorama and La Repubblica  had both printed articles that referenced the dossier. They had produced these news pieces almost simultaneously. But their contents were different. Most simply assumed that the dossier had therefore been leaked. But the truth, Mr. Ingrao told me, is that Panorama had forwarded an advance copy of Ingrao’s article to La Repubblica and this had been the basis for what La Repubblica had published, albeit taking the innuendo to a higher level, as he described it. Mr. Ingrao repeated, that La Repubblica had taken his work “…in a direction I had never intended.”

A further vital question was lingering in my mind. Is there a powerful gay lobby that blackmailed the Pope or even high prelates, and that this undue pressure is what had caused the Pope to resign? Was it Mr. Ingrao’s view that the Pope was trying to protect the Church from further scandal and revelations being released and that to do so, he had opted for a resignation? His answer was to the point, “It cannot be said that a gay lobby forced the Pope to resign.” And that furthermore it “… is totally false that the Pope or the Holy See, has ever been blackmailed to force a resignation.”

Why then all this talk about the Pope resigning because of the now infamous dossier? “The dossier…” he repeated, “…cannot be said to have been the reason for the Pope’s resignation. The resignation was a decision that was maturing in the Pope’s mind. He resigned for a multiplicity of reasons.”

However, Mr. Ingrao said, he felt that the exaggerated and unsubstantiated reports may have been in part  “designed certainly to hurt the Pope…certainly to put the Holy See in a bad light.”

The Vatican described the allegations as , “… reports often not verified, and uncorroborated, or even false, which have caused great damage to persons and institutions.” (My translation).

Mr. Ingrao then explained that the objective of his Panorama article had been to highlight the investigation and the dossier it had produced. He felt that the fact that the Holy Father had requested it warranted a report, and that he was trying to shed light on the methodology the cardinals had used. He added that the cardinals’ dossier is a historical document, which is important now and will be important for the successor of Pope Benedict XVI. He said he thinks the Pope had exercised great courage in asking for the investigation and that now the next Pope would have very useful information to carry on with his ministry. He expressed that he had tried to act with utmost respect, as he felt that what he was writing was very important.

What a different story from the man who started an international firestorm, and a most needed testimony from the man who wrote the original source of all the scandalous, uncorroborated accusations being launched by the media at this time.

Is civility in this matter still a possibility? Is the international media capable of journalistic professionalism? Will those responsible for this firestorm of innuendo consider  retracting much of what has been said and act with the respect due to spiritual leader and head of state such as Benedict XVI. One can only hope.

=====

(From Susan Abel of Maryland.  Rev. Marcel Guarnizo is a philosopher and theologian currently posted in Rome.)



=====

Reference Material

Return to Latest page

Return to HOME PAGE

Hover-Link Footnotes:  For the convenience of those readers using devices that lack a mouse, these footnotes are provided for all webpages, in case any webpage contains any hover-links.  (If you don't have a mouse, you can't "hover" over a link.)

SLIMC1 Secularist Liberal Intellectual Media Complex
GESGOEAEOT2 Gradually, Ever So Gradually, Over Eons And Eons Of Time
PEWAG3 Punctuated Equilibrium's Wild Assed Guess
TTRSTF4 Them There Real Scientifical Type Fellers
TTRSPTF5 Them There Real Smart Perfesser Type Fellers
TTRSJTF6 Them There Real Smart Journalistical Type Fellers
SNRTACBT7 Surely No Right Thinking Adult Could Believe Today
STNSEACPB8 Surely Today No Serious, Educated Adult Could Possibly Believe
WDN9 We Don't Know
BMDFP10 Baboons, Mongrel Dogs, Filthy Pigs
HBAACOTE11 Human Beings Are A Cancer On The Earth
ACLU12 Anti-Christian Litigation Union
FLORMPORIF13 Flagrant Liar, Or, Mindless Parrot, Or, Innocent Fool
MEJTML14 Marxist Ends-Justify-The-Means Liar
IEJTML15 Islamic Ends-Justify-The-Means Liar
MPAV16 Marxist Principles And Values
WBESSWG17 Wise, Benign, Elite, Super-Scientific World Governance
TRMITM18 The Reason Man's In This Mess
IYI19 Intellectual Yet Idiotic

Share this page with your Friends and Followers

Respond to This Article Below The Last Comment

Comments

Respond to this specific article immediately below.  Or,
publish your own new subject Web Page.  Or,
publish your own unrelated brief Passing Thought.


Date:  Sat Dec 13 2014
From:  Vic Biorseth
Comment:  

Changes pursuant to changing the website URL and name from 
Thinking Catholic Strategic Center to
Catholic American Thinker.

Pulled the trigger on the 301 MOVE IT option June 1, 2014. Working my way through all the webpages.  . 

Regards,

Vic


Language and Tone Statement

Please note the language and tone of this monitored Website. This is not the place to stack up vulgar one-liners and crude rejoinders.  While you may support, oppose or introduce any position or argument, submissions must meet our standards of logical rigor and civil discourse.  We will not participate in merely trading insults, nor will we tolerate participants merely trading insults.  Participants should not be thin-skinned or over sensitive to criticism, but should be prepared to defend their arguments when challenged.  If you don’t really have a coherent argument or counter-argument of your own, sit down and don’t embarrass yourself. Nonsensical, immoral or merely insulting submissions will not be published here.  If you have something serious to contribute to the conversation, back it up, keep it clean and keep it civil.  We humbly apologize to all religious conservative thinkers for the need to even say these things, but the New Liberals are what they are, and the internet is what it is. 

If you fear intolerant Leftist repercussions, do not use your real name and do not include email or any identifying information.  Elite Culturally Marxist Authoritarians will never tolerate your freedom of speech or any opposition to their own pro-Marxist/anti-Christian/anti-American/Globalist/anti-Nation/immoral/anti-white/racist and bigoted point of view. 


ADD COMMENT

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

Please enter the word that you see below.

  


Copyrighted Material

Catch me at Trafeze
Your Host, Vic Biorseth

Never be lukewarm.
Life itself demands passion.
He who is indifferent to God has already forfeited his soul.
He who is indifferent to politics has already forfeited his liberty.
In America, religion is not mere window dressing and citizenship is not a spectator sport.
Do not allow our common destiny as a whole people to just happen without your input. 

Catholic American Thinker
Free E-zine Subscription

Your email is perfectly secure here.  We use it only to send you the
Catholic American Thinker
Newsletter

Back Issues

Keep This Website Going
Traditional Latin Tridentine Mass, offered at Assumption Grotto Church in  Detroit, Michigan.  Our deepest prayer, our highest form of worship, and the way God should be treated.

Find a Latin Mass

The Vietnam War Proved the American News Media's Treacherous Anti-American Marxism.
Note the Military Assault Rifle common to the American Founding Era.
Publish Your Article Here.

Click the image above to
publish your essay or article here,
to be included among those below.

Submitted Articles and
Reprinted Articles

(Note: copyrights on these articles wherever present will supersede the WebSite copyright at the bottom footer of every WebPage)

A Pastor's Descant (Assumption Grotto News)  Fr. Perrone: How our corporate prayers after Mass have been modified following the election.

An American Diocese upholds a Marriage against Abandonment.  Which should be the norm.  Abandonment of a Catholic Sacramental Marriage is assumed a priori to be a mortal sin.

Here comes the Synod Exhortation, and more EENS denial.  Is this original simple mistake leading us into doctrinal and ecclesial revolution?

Agreeing with Mother Angelica, Rest In Peace, on no known exceptions to EENS.  Are all VCII and Post-VCII "exceptions" to No Salvation Outside The Church just imaginary?

Was Archbishop Lefebvre Correct After All?  Archbishop Lefebvre was correct in rejecting Vatican Council II, interpreted with irrationality.  May God bless him for that.

Cardinal Kasper's False Arguments.  Pope Benedict, Cardinal Kasper's false arguments for Synod Report: Vatican Council II agrees with the dogma extra ecclesiam nullas salus as it was interpreted by the 16th century missionaries.

Rahner's "Anonymous Christian" as main line Catholic theology.  Coming back full circle?

The Heresy of Chrislam.  Those claiming that the “Allah” of Islam’s Qu’ran and Yahweh or God of both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are one and the same are missing one glaring point: GOD NEVER CONTRADICTS HIMSELF.

Faith, from the Easter series on the Three Theological Virtues. The virtue of Faith; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Hope, from the Easter series on the Three Theological Virtues. The virtue of Hope; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Love, from the Easter series on the Three Theological Virtues. The virtue of Love; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Prudence, from the Lenten series on the Four Cardinal Virtues. The virtue of Prudence; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Justice, from the Lenten series on the Four Cardinal Virtues. The virtue of Justice; One of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Temperance and Fortitude, from the Lenten series on the Four Cardinal Virtues. The virtues of Temperance and Fortitude; Two of the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

On the word Consubstantial, the Trinity and Infinity. On the Consubstantial (Single Substance) of God, and the mathematically impossible number of Infinity.

A Proposed Israeli National Doctrine that America should Learn From.  Reprinted Article identifies common ideological enemies of Israel, the USA, and all Nations: Marxism, and New World Order concepts.

The challenge describes Capitalism as illusory and Marxism as solid. The mixture of religion just adds to the confusion of all good realists.

The Obama Ethos: Who is Barack Obama? What is his grounding, his ethos? The Obama Ethos explores Obama's grounds of being; his religious, moral and political guiding principles.

Obama the Moslem: Introducing Comrade Obama (peace be upon him.) Obama the Moslem: anti-Catholic; anti-Christian; anti-Jew; anti-American.

Freedom, yes – but from whom, and to do what? Is freedom from God enslavement to the world? Is freedom from the world enslavement to God? Which is better?

The Room: Born of that still inner voice. A story about a small church pastor who erects a small room to serve as a mediation room for his parishioners.  

Are Catholics Saved, by having been Born Again? The theology of salvation: Catholic vs. Protestant.

Love thy neighbor as thyself: the Law in One Sentence. Can one simple sentence contain the whole of the moral Law of God?

The Catholic call is universal; it goes out to everyone. Although the Catholic call goes out to all, man’s free will means that all will not respond.

God’s Perfect Unconditional Love meets man’s Free Will. Perfect Unconditional Love can be rejected. Liberty and free choice may be a blessing or a curse.

Of Weeds and Wheat growing together, and the eventual separation. - Weeds and wheat in the field differs from in human kind, where either one can become the other.

Why Should I Believe in God? - an article by Eugene Rudder.

On Losing You - a poem by Rosemarie A. Stone.

Our Beautiful Love - a poem by Rosemarie A. Stone.

Catholic Communism: Similarities between Church Hierarchy and Pure Bureaucracy. Mises said that Communism equals Bureaucracy; the Church is a bureaucracy, therefore we have Catholic Communism. True?

The Source of Anxiety: Improper Priorities. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

“I, Pencil … ”; Capitalism in a Nutshell. Leonard E. Read

Endless Concessions to the Palestinians Pamela Levene

The Peace Treaty Sajid Ali Khan

Leftist Politics in Catholic Mass Mark Brumbaugh

The USCCB Flip-Flop Mark Brumbaugh

Open Letter to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo Mark Brumbaugh

Truth Versus Evil

The End Of The Age

Authority Meets Truth

The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world

The Little Red Hen

Of Sheep And Men

The Gift Bearers Michael from Florida

Dear Vic And Others ... John Felland

The Church Is Rotten To The Core Michelle Lobdell

Hatred of Palin Janet Morana

Proper Catechesis Susan Greve

Who is Barack Obama? Pastor Robert Legg Greve

Limited War Doctrine Colonel Thomas Snodgrass

Rabbi Meir Kahane's Letter Rabbi Meir Kahane, OBM

Solzhenitsyn Speaks Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn addresses the AFL/CIO.

Jefferson Speaks (Declaration of Independence)

The American Constitution (American Founding Fathers)

American Democrat Party Platform Karl Marx and Frederick Engles

Marxist Fundamentals

Prof. Libor Brom

Re The Sin Of Scandal Phil Lange

Re Sydney Airport Security Ahmed

Marxist Infiltration into Catholic Thought Nancy Libert

New "race and racism" thread begun by Stephen from VT. On race and racism: the ever changing definition and generic usage of the word "racism."

The Bush War Doctrine Revisited: a fresh look at our horrible situation. A reproduction of the "Bush War Doctrine Revisited" article and discussion points by David Yerushalmi; there is much food for thought here.

Resignation of Benedict XVI and the Immediate Media Firestorm. The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and Rev. Marcel Guarnizo's interview with the author that caused the international media frenzy.

The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.

Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.

Just Laws for a Godly Nation. Many nations today still lack a core of just laws for a Godly nation.

What does the World Wildlife Fund have to do with World Youth Day? An unholy alliance between the Leftist WWF and the Vatican?

False Flag: Serious-minded fiction creating a better understanding of 9/11. Can serious-minded fiction play a role in creating a better understanding of critical contemporary social/political issues like 9/11?

Bringing the Liturgy Back to the Real Vatican II. Cardinal Burke Comments on Sacra Liturgia Conference

Layman letter to all bishops. Letter to Bishops from Mariann / Mary's Child

Fetal-Microchimerism gives new meaning to the bonding of Motherhood.  How the unborn child blesses the mother and physically changes her, for the rest of her life.

Ars celebrandi et adorandi - Pastoral Letter from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. With Ars celebrandi et adorandi, all Springfield IL Catholic Parishes move Jesus back to the center of life!  YES!

To be, or not no be lukewarm; that is the question. Whether tis nobler to fight the good fight, or just smile and be nice ...

Technology: a Two Edged Sword. Technology can be used for good, or for evil.

More American Imperial Edicts Issuing Forth out of Obamunism. Archbishop Schnurr joins Rick Santorum in identifying American Imperial Edicts from this administration.

Benedict XVI's Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum; Apostolic letter on 1962 Rite.
The Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum confirms the 1962 Latin Rite as the 'Extraordinary' Roman Liturgical Rite.

The Pope's Letter to Bishops on Summorum Pontificum.  Benedict XVI's Letter to Bishops on Summorum Pontificum issued the same day as the Motu Proprio.

The Explanatory Note on Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.  An 'Explanatory Note on Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum' issued by the Vatican.

A concerned Catholic spotlights Catholic funded Alinsky organizations. The Alinskyite Gamaliel Foundation underpins multiple Catholic funded Alinsky organizations.

From Shane Leslie Mattison, whose father was Elden Mattison Woolliams. Annecdotes from Shane Leslie Mattison.

Dr. Ben Carson, Champion of God, Family, Country and Decency in Government.  Ben Carson can return America to being a Constitutional Republic once again.

A submission from someone who would be Pope.  If all the last five or so Popes have been invalid Popes, then, where's the valid one?  Why, Brother Michael, of course!

Atheist Genesis:

In the beginning there was nothing, and nothing happened to nothing.
And then nothing accidentally exploded and created everything.
And then some bits of everything accidentally encountered other bits of everything and formed some new kinds of everything.
And then some bits of everything accidentally arranged themselves into self-replicating bits of everything.
And then some self-replicating bits of everything accidentally arranged themselves into dinosaurs.
See?

(See The Darwinism Pages)

If you can't find the page you're looking for, try the
SITE MAP.