Was Pope Francis canonically elected?

Was Pope Francis canonically elected?


Some time ago, Fr Paul Kramer emailed me this Letter to Pope Benedict by Alberto Villasana.

We had already had a brief discussion on our blog about Fr Kramer’s belief that the election of Pope Francis was invalid, so we decided to follow the advice of most exasperated drunks on the receiving end of a wifely lecture and “give it a rest.”

Then yesterday, the following email arrived from Fr Kramer so we thought it would be worth posting on the blog (with his permission) for the purposes of airing the issues.  Nobody should jump to the conclusion that Catholic Truth is alleging that Pope Francis is not the pope. We’re merely of the opinion that it is important not to ignore contentious claims just because they are contentious.  Your thoughts on the information in the email – now blog article – below, will be welcome.

Father Paul Kramer writes…

      Some people might question the report of Alberto Villasana — in fact some Opus Dei types are already doing that. In fact, long before Benedict’s announcement of impending resignation, a close personal friend of mine, the late Mons. Mario Marini, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission «Ecclesia Dei», informed me of the well organized plot in Rome, in the Northern Italian bishoprics, and in the French hierarchy, to pressure and coerce Pope Benedict to resign. From the beginning the Modernist progressives wanted him out. Cardinal Daneels publicly expressed his displeasure with the election of Cardinal Ratzinger immediately after the cardinals elected him. Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor likewise made the very telltale remark that same day, saying, “We didn’t get our man.” The one he referred to as “our man” was Mario Jorge Bergoglio SJ.

     Similarly for a long time as Pope John Paul II’s pontificate dragged on for longer years than expected, there was a movement among the progressivists to pressure him to resign. Cardinal Wojtyla was not their first choice in the 1978 conclaves. The first choice to emerge among the progressivists was Card. Sergio Pignedoli, and among the conservatives, Giuseppe Card. Siri. Pignedoli and Baggio both wanted to be pope, but it was clear already before the conclave began that Baggio would not be able to garner enough votes to be the no. 1 candidate of the ptogressivists. (Pathetically, and almost comically, Card. Gabrielle-Marie Garrone complained that none of the newspapers even mentioned him as a papabile.) Neither Siri nor Pignedoli could garner enough votes to be elected in the first and second ballots, but by the second ballot, Cardinal Luciani was in contention, so on the third ballot, the compromise candidate, Albino Luciani was elected. A fourth ballot was held to make it unanimous. I know this to be a true account because I heard with my own ears the “indiscretion” of one of the cardinal electors immediately after the conclave as soon as he returned to the college where he was lodging. There definitely was no “mistake” (as Wikipedia claims) in the Burke-Young tally of the voting in the August 1978 conclave: Luciani already won the papacy on the third ballot, but he himself insisted on a fourth ballot, which unanimously elected him.

    Almost immediately upon assuming the papacy, John Paul I’s pontificate was quickly turning into a potential catastrophe for ecclesiastical Freemasonry. He was going to purge the Vatican bank and remone it from Masonic control under Bishop Paul Marcinkus, and he announced to Cardinal Villot his intention to remove the three of the highest ranking Masonic prelates (Villot himself, Casaroli and Card. Ugo Polletti) from the Roman Curia and replace them with conservatives. About an hour later, Pope Luciani was dead. His body was discovered the following morning. The murder of the pope was carried out by P2 Freemasons. When Roberto Calvi threatened Licio Gelli to disclose the P2 involvement in Luciani’s murder, the order was given to kill Calvi. Already, three days before the death of John Paul I, Archbishop (and future Cardinal) Eduard Gagnon had said to Fr. Mario Marini, “They’re going to kill this pope. He is trying to make too many changes, and too quickly.” Three days later, Marini called Gagnon after having just learned of the death of Pope Luciani —  Marini asked Gagnon, “Do you remember what you told me three days ago?” Archbishop Gagnon replied, “I remember very well, and they did it.”

     Archbishop Gagnon not only predicted the murder of Pope John Paul I, but he also predicted the election of Cardinal Wojtyla as a compromise candidate in the second 1978 conclave. On the evening just after the election of Wojtyla, I was having dinner with Archbishop Gagnon, Fr. Marini, and some other clerics and religious familiar to all of us at a restaurant in the Monteverde section of Rome. Gagnon described how he had been having his dinner at a different restaurant in the city center the previous evening, when some journalists spotted him and asked him about the likely outcome of the conclave. The juornalists were mentioning all the names of the papabili that were floating around in the press & media, and brought up the name of the Brazilian (heretic) Card. Aloisio Lorscheider as a possible compromise candidate. Upon hearing the speculation about a possible compromise candidate, Gagnon said to them, “If a compromise candidate will be elected, the one to watch for is Cardinal Wojtyla.” After relating this to us, Gagnon then said with a smile, “I won’t be going back to that restaurant too soon.” So, John Paul II was not the choice of the progressivists in 1978, he was not “their man”, but a compromise candidate acceptable to both sides. 
      After some years, when it became clear that in moral and disciplinary matters John Paul would not budge from the traditional position, and he would seek a rapproachment with the SSPX, rather than a hard line, the progressivists grew increasingly impatient with him, and set in motion the movement to oust him. John Paul II even said while visiting  Ancona around 1995 or 1996 that he was not leaving and would stay put. Back then, “their man” was the other Jesuit heretic, Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini SJ. The Wojtylian pontificate lingered on and on as Cardinal Martini became old and decrepit (nearly 80 years old) when John Paul II finally died. Whereas in the 90s, in diplomatic circles and where the “good and the great” meet, when Martini was present, index fingers discreetly pointed him out as the next pope. By the time Pope Wojtyla died in 2005, it was too late for Martini — the ‘powers that be’ now wanted the younger Jesuit (heretic), Bergoglio to succeed the Polish pope. However, too many non-European cardinals rallied behind Ratzinger after his funeral homily for John Paul II, so they still didn’t get their man — they got the hated “German Shepherd”, also known as “God’s Rotweiller”, Joseph Ratzinger.

     After Pope Benedict issued Summorum Pontificum, freeing the celebration of the traditional Latin liturgy so hated by the progressivists, and after backtracking on some progressive positions of Vatican II, and reforming the liturgy of the Mass rite of Paul VI along conservative lines, the progressivists led by ecclesiastical Masons were determined to oust him. It even reached the point that death threats were transmitted to him. I was informed by a cleric close to Pope Benedict about the threats well before Benedict announced his resignation. So, I had no difficulty believng the reports of Fr. Santiago (a personal collaborator of Pope Benedict) and Alberto Villasana about the coercion, threats and pressures to oust Pope Benedict. Now that Freemasonry has “their man” at the top of the Vatican, we can expect to eventually hear a dissenting reaction from Pope Benedict and his followers, as Francis pursues the Masonic policy of the utter demolition of Catholicism and a radical reform of the Church that would transform it into a Masonic  “dogma free Christianity”, and merge it into intercommunion with the other denominations and non-Christian religions. Meanwhile, there is growing awareness among Catholics that “Francis” is increasingly manifesting himself to be exactly what St. Francis of Assisi foretold in his deathbed prophecy — “uncanonically elected”, and, “not a true pastor but a destroyer.” END

Comments (116)

  • catholic priest

    Again, pleease excuse the typos — my screen is as small as a credit card.

    January 1, 2014 at 7:38 pm
  • catholic priest

    How would you know whether I’m out there saving souls or not? Do you have sny idea how many years I worked in abject poverty in my priestly ministry before diabetes forced me to retire???

    January 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm
    • Athanasius

      Catholic Priest,

      Extreme Parkinson’s Disease didn’t force John Paul II to retire. In fact, when the Modernists tried to get him to retire, a dream they had long hoped to fulfill in order to undermine the Papacy, he responded with these words: “Christ did not come down from the Cross, neither will I come down from mine.” Pope Benedict XVI, on the otherhand, gave them exactly what they wanted, a papacy that’s just like any other job from which one retires at the appropriate age. It was the final piece in the puzzle of turning the Catholic Church from an autocratic/hierarchic body into a full blown democratic one complete with retiring staff.

      January 1, 2014 at 7:56 pm
  • Petrus

    Catholic Priest,

    I’ve just read through all your comments and cannot quite believe what I’m reading. To think that a Catholic priest would act in such a way. You should be absolutely ashamed of yourself. There’s not one ounce of charity or fatherly concern in your posts. You present yourself as being very angry, bitter, surly and bad tempered. Your attitude will never win souls for God and His Church. Indeed, you do more harm than good.

    Your arguments make no sense. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence can see that. Your argument, and that of Fr Kramer, has been demolished within minutes.

    Now, you have mentioned that you are retired due to ill health. I suggest that if you cannot behave in an appropriate way then you spend your retirement in prayer and silence. Not only are your crackpot ideas doing damage to the traditional cause, but your extremely unpleasant behaviour certainly is. In fact, you are being used as an instrument of the devil, similar to those Modernist priests.

    January 1, 2014 at 9:06 pm
  • 3littleshepherds

    Just asking but isn’t there a difference between an error in a juridical act that’s only on paper and one that is verbal. I mean Pope Benedict didn’t speak the typo, right?

    January 1, 2014 at 9:50 pm
  • editor

    Thanks to everyone who contributed to this discussion. I’m about to close the December threads but before I do, I want to thank Catholic Priest for doing what so many other priests fail to do, which is to enter the lion’s den. He’s taken some harsh criticism from our bloggers – all with the best of intentions, I know, of course – but since we’re embarking on a new year, I thought I’d try to leave Catholic Priest with this – I hope – encouraging thought:

    Petrus described you as being “very angry, bitter, surly and bad tempered”

    Take heart, Father – those very same words are often used to describe my (very good) self, when everyone knows that I’m really slim, glamorous, witty, intelligent, charitable, kind to a fault, and utterly humble… a soul, clearly, I often say, on the road to canonisation… 🙂

    A happy new year, once again, to one and all – and let’s all pray hard in 2014 for…Pope Francis !

    I’m outa here!

    January 1, 2014 at 10:48 pm
    • Petrus


      I think we should close this thread with a resolution to pray more fervently for Our Holy Father Pope Francis. The Sovereign Pontiff and Vicar of Christ. He needs our prayers. May we offer many rosaries for him.

      God bless Pope Francis!

      Editor: I think I just did that. Thanks anyway!

      January 1, 2014 at 10:54 pm

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