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Pope Benedictus XVI

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by Marielena Montesino de Stuart

Benedict XVI is an expert in Canon Law, Church history and papal teachings– including those spoken ex cathedra.  Benedict XVI is alive, well– and playing his piano.  God bless him.  So in between Chopin Nocturnes and Preludes, I would like him to stop for a moment and remove his hands from the 88’s– in order that I may respectfully pose the following questions:

On October 11, 2012, the former Cardinal Bergoglio of Buenos Aires honored his close friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka with a Doctor Honoris Causa, at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina.  By October 11, 2012 Rabbi Skorka’s scandalous public support of homosexual civil unions was well known in Argentina and abroad– with wide dissemination, including a press release from the Jewish News Agency in Argentina.

Bergoglio’s honoring of Rabbi Skorka should not come as a surprise.  Bergoglio and Skorka have a long history of collaboration—including a book of “dialogues” where their thoughts and opinions are documented.

But Skorka has not been alone in his liberal social position.

Bergoglio favored homosexual civil unions in Argentina, when he was Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires.  Many Catholics around the world reacted in shock upon hearing of Bergoglio’s background. Others, who had been tracking Bergoglio’s activities at the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires for a long time, simply said—what’s new?

The archives of the Roman Catholic Church are filled with documents which point to “transgressions” and opinions profoundly at odds with the Church– which can affect the legitimacy of a Pope.

Please Benedict XVI– were you informed by the Episcopate of Argentina of Bergoglio’s history?

If you were informed, then we appreciate hearing your expert reasoning, as to why you considered that Bergoglio’s favoring of homosexual civil unions and his scandalous honoring of Rabbi Skorka, did not disqualify the former Cardinal Bergoglio as a candidate for the papacy.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio honoring liberal Rabbi Abraham Skorka, supporter of homosexual unions, at the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, Oct. 11, 2012. Catholic University of Argentina.

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio honoring liberal Rabbi Abraham Skorka, supporter of homosexual unions, at the 50th Anniversary of the opening of Vatican II, Oct. 11, 2012. Catholic University of Argentina.

If you were not informed of the above, then would this omission not make the decision by the Conclave an illegitimate one, since you were prevented from even considering these issues?  The Episcopate of Argentina had plenty of time to apprise you of these grave matters, even during your last month in the papacy.

As a theologian, former peritus at the modernist Second Vatican Council—and as former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (for 24 years)– please help us understand what exactly is going on.

How is it that someone like the former Cardinal Bergoglio qualifies to become Pope—with such antecedent events?

What Code of Canon Law specifically permits this?

What papal teaching spoken ex cathedra  specifically permits this?

Where , in more than 2,000 years of Church history is this specifically allowed?

1.2 billion Catholics deserve to know.

Screen Shot 2013-03-22 at 4.49.39 PMThere is still time to go back to the drawing board.  You will be meeting with “Pope” Francis in Castel Gandolfo in a few hours.  What a perfect time to hash it out, while you play Arvo Pärt’s Vater unser — written in your honor, which ends with the words “… deliver us from evil“.♔ 

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(More questions to come).

NOTE:  We have the historic and bizarre situation of a living “ex-Pope”.  I would love to get an answer from pre-Vatican II Popes.  Wouldn’t that be great!  But they are all dead.  So Benedict XVI is it.   Vaticanisti, self-declared experts and amateur theologians need not apply.

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