FAKE NEWS THAT Pope Benedict TOLD A REPORTER THAT FRANCIS IS A TRUE POPE

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NEWSCATHOLIC CHURCHThu Jul 4, 2019 – 3:57 pm EST

No evidence Pope Benedict said ‘the Pope is one; it is Francis’

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ROME, Italy, July 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― Several media outlets around the world have reported that Benedict XVI asserted in a recent interview that Pope Francis “is the one pope,” but there is no evidence for this in the actual interview. 

Thanks to reader Fr. Alfredo Morselli, LifeSiteNews has obtained a PDF of Massimo Franco’s interview with Benedict XVI for the Corriere della Sera’s Sunday supplement, “Sette [7]” magazine.

The interview, which first appeared in the print edition of the magazine on June 30, is also available online. 

Although articles about the interview, including one produced by the Catholic News Agency, stated that the Pope Emeritus had said in this interview that “the Pope is one; it is Francis,” evidence cannot be found in the interview itself. LifeSiteNews published a report on this matter on June 29 drawing on material from the Catholic News Agency report.  

The actual paragraph in which the phrases can be found does not seem to be a direct quotation from Benedict XVI but a suggestion by the interviewer of what the Pope Emeritus says to Francis’ critics. 

Found on page 28, the paragraph has been recently translated for LifeSiteNews by Diane Montagna. Purporting to describe the six years of Benedict’s retirement in Vatican City, Franco wrote: 

“When the history of these hidden years in Mater Ecclesia is written, it must not leave out the confidential visits from cardinals and bishops who knocked at the door looking for reassurance and voiced their criticisms and perplexity about the current pontificate. And one will discover how much was done to avoid lacerations. Bergoglio’s adversaries, who are often conservatives desperately searching for a word from Benedict that sounds like a criticism of Bergoglio, have invariably heard the response that ‘the Pope is one, it is Francis.’”

A trusted source told LifeSiteNews yesterday that Franco is refusing to confirm that the Pope Emeritus really did say those words. 

In April 2019, following Benedict’s surprise statement about the clerical sex abuse crisis, Cardinal Gerhardt Müller made an assertion very close to the one Franco claimed for Benedict. Müller, a former prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that it was not possible for a “true Catholic” to oppose Benedict XVI and Francis. 

“I must refuse absolutely this false game of opposing the two people: we have now only one Pope who is Francis, and Benedict is not the pope anymore,” the Cardinaltold television interviewer Fabio Marchese Ragona on April 13, 2019 (at 13:24).  

The Corriere della Sera ran an advertising campaign for Franco’s interview with Benedict XVI prior to its publication in Sette magazine. However, in reality, expectations were dashed as Franco provided very little by way of direct quotations from the retired pontiff. It is unclear from the text that Benedict knew that he was participating in an interview; the pontiff’s most revelatory statement is that he prefers Italian holidays to Italian politics. Most of the article describes the visual details the journalist noticed in his outdoor meeting with Benedict, the retired pontiff’s day-to-day life, and Benedict’s amusement when given a cartoon of himself by cartoonist Emilio Giannelli, whom Franco said accompanied him to the interview.

On June 27, the Italian version of Vatican News, anticipating Franco’s interview, seemed to suggest that the Pope Emeritus had said “the pope is one, Francis” to the Corriere della Sera reporter.  

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5 Responses to FAKE NEWS THAT Pope Benedict TOLD A REPORTER THAT FRANCIS IS A TRUE POPE

  1. hellenback7 says:

    I think everyone would be better off if people stopped making news where there is none.
    If Benedict had anything else important to say, I’m pretty surr he’d find a way to say it. Just like he spoke up on the sex abuse crisis.
    Until there is something definitive, I believe silence on the part of everyone who is just speculating is more appropriate.
    If a Bishop or Cardinal has something to say, that is a different situation.

  2. Pam Shawver says:

    Catholic News Agency by others has been called fake before. Pam

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Sheepdog says:

    People in the pews need to wake up when they hear about things like this. Every time Francis the Merciful is about to push something controversial, Benedict XVI is quoted in this manor. Francis also says some good and true things, and he typically says them before pushing through synods that are ultimately designed to destroy the Church.

  4. Now we need to ask the reason why Vatican would lie. There is only one explanation, that they either know Bergoglio is not the pope and that Benedict still is, or that they know that Benedict and his supporters now know it and they are trying to coerce him. If the Pope is confused or a prisoner, then not only is Bergoglio not the pope, but every diocese can invoke Ecclesia Supplet and ordain a Catholic Bishop to replace one appointed by the usurper.

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    ROME, Italy, July 4, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) D Several media outlets around the world have reported that Benedict XVI asserted in a recent interview that Pope Francis is the one pope, but there is no evidence for this in the actual interview.

    Thanks to reader Fr. Alfredo Morselli, LifeSiteNews has obtained a PDF of Massimo Francos interview with Benedict XVI for the Corriere della Seras Sunday supplement, Sette [7] magazine.

    The interview, which first appeared in the print edition of the magazine on June 30, is also available online.

    Although articles about the interview, including one produced by the Catholic News Agency, stated that the Pope Emeritus had said in this interview that the Pope is one; it is Francis, evidence cannot be found in the interview itself. LifeSiteNews published a report on this matter on June 29 drawing on material from the Catholic News Agency report.

    The actual paragraph in which the phrases can be found does not seem to be a direct quotation from Benedict XVI but a suggestion by the interviewer of what the Pope Emeritus says to Francis critics.

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