Pope's personal secretary: Popes Benedict XVI & Francis form an 'expanded' papal office

To call this confusing is an understatement.
In a recent speech, the personal secretary of Pope Benedict XXVI, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, said that Benedict and his successor, Pope Francis, are not two popes “in competition” with one another, but represent one “expanded” Petrine Office with “an active member” and a “contemplative member.”
Pope Benedict XVI’s real name is Joseph Ratzinger; Pope Francis’ is Jorge Bergoglio.
In Latin, Petrine Office is munus petrinum. The word “Petrine” is defined by Oxford Dictionaries as:

  • Relating to St. Peter, the first pope who was appointed by Christ, or his writings or teachings.
  • Relating to the authority of the Pope over the Church, in his role as the successor of St. Peter.

In other words, in this context, “Petrine” means papal, which means that according to Archbishop Gänswein, although Benedict had resigned in 2013, nevertheless he and Francis are an “expanded” papal ministry, whatever that means.
Archbishop Georg GansweinEdward Pentin reports for the RCRegister that on May 20, 2016, speaking at the presentation of a new book on Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Archbishop Georg Gänswein said that Pope Benedict XVI did not abandon the papacy like Pope Celestine V in the 13th century but rather sought to continue his Petrine Office in a more appropriate way given his frailty.

The new book, Oltre la crisi della Chiesa. Il pontificato di Benedetto XVI (Beyond the Crisis of the Church, The Pontificate of Benedict XVI), is by Roberto Regoli.

Archbishop Gänswein, prefect of the Pontifical Household and the personal secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, said: “Therefore, from 11 February 2013, the papal ministry is not the same as before. It is and remains the foundation of the Catholic Church; and yet it is a foundation that Benedict XVI has profoundly and lastingly transformed by his exceptional pontificate.”
Archbishop Gänswein also confirmed the existence of a group who had fought against Ratzinger’s election in 2005, but stressed that that had “little or nothing” to do with the latter’s resignation in 2013.
Gänswein said the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to be Pope “was certainly the outcome of a battle,” referring to Regoli’s account of “a dramatic struggle” that took place in the 2005 Papal Conclave between a pro-Ratzinger group called the Salt of the Earth Party comprised of Cardinals Lopez Trujillo, Ruini, Herranz, Ruoco Varela or Medin, and a liberal, pro-Bergoglio group called the St. Gallen group that included Cardinals Danneels, Martini, Silvestrini or Murphy O’Connor — a group Cardinal Danneels jokingly referred to as “a kind of mafia-club”.
Cardinal Danneels 2015-09-26Godfried Danneels is a pro-homosexual Belgian cardinal and former archbishop of Brussels who calls same-sex marriage a “positive development“– which means he approves of homosexuality and homosexual sex that both the Bible and the Catholic Church’s Catechism abjure. Danneels   calls on the Catholic Church to recognize a “sort of marriage” for homosexuals. Despite his heretical advocacy for homosexuality and his cover-up in 2010 of a sex-abuse case involving a fellow bishop — Danneels’ uncle, Roger Vangheluwe, Bishop of Bruges — Pope Francis gave Danneels a place of honor at the all-important Synod on the Family last October.
In an interview with the RCRegister last November and EWTN Germany, German journalist Paul Badde confirmed the existence of the St. Gallen faction, and named German Cardinals Kasper and Lehmann as members.
But Archbishop Gänswein insists that Pope Benedict resigned because it was “fitting” and “reasonable,” being “aware that the necessary strength for such a very heavy office was lessening. He could do it [resign], because he had long thought through, from a theological point of view, the possibility of a pope emeritus in the future. So he did it.”
Others, however, say Benedict had been pressured to resign. One of the latest came last year from a former confidant and confessor to the late Cardinal Carlo Martini who said Martini had told Benedict: “Try and reform the Curia, and if not, you leave.”
Despite his resignation, Pope Benedict XVI continues to view his task as “participation in . . . a ‘Petrine ministry’.” Gänswein said: “He left the Papal Throne and yet, with the step he took on 11 February 2013, he has not abandoned this ministry” — something “quite impossible after his irrevocable acceptance of the office in April 2005.“ Instead, Benedict “has built a personal office with a collegial and synodal dimension, almost a communal ministry” as  “cooperatores veritatis“, which means ‘co-workers of the truth’.”
This is why Benedict XVI has not given up the papal white cassock or his papal name of Benedict — unlike Pope Celestine V who reverted to his name Pietro da Marrone. Nor has Benedict, according to Archbishop Gänswein, “retired to a monastery in isolation but stays within the Vatican — as if he had taken only one step to the side to make room for his successor and a new stage in the history of the papacy,” enriching the papacy with “his prayer and his compassion placed in the Vatican Gardens.”

Archbishop Gänswein’s extraordinary but cryptic remarks have led to speculations of a rift with Pope Francis, as well as the From Rome blog asking if the two rival factions had made a pact during the Conclave of 2005 that elected Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, in which Bergoglio and his “St. Gallen group” consented to Ratzinger’s election on the condition that after a fixed number of years, Pope Benedict XVI would resign, and Bergoglio would then be elected Pope at the next conclave.
See also “The Illegitimate Pope: Election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis was contaminated by lobbying in violation of papal laws”.
~Eowyn

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dachsielady
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dachsielady

A two-headed monster in the Vatican! I think this is part of Franky’s  image management program.  People just see through all this 60s beads and sandals routine and how heretical his program is, so Joe’s assumed public image of a conservative is needed to blend with the liberal, and the intelligent academic can now be blended with the intellectually challenged ignoramous. Maybe this was suggested by his public image management firm. “The Vatican also hired the consulting firm of McKinsey & Company to “study the Holy See’s communications, with an eye to creating a more effective media operation.”  The ultimate… Read more »

noe
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noe

There can only be one pope. We have a pope, and a bishop dressed in white.

Helene Pineau
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Helene Pineau

I don’t believe Benedict and Francis are two sides of the same coin. Pope Benedict’s papacy was one of orthodoxy, whereas the current pope is definitely creating confusion with his oftentimes heterodox pronouncements. I believe Pope Benedict resigned through implicit intimidation by the radical leftist forces inside the Vatican. Did he not ask for prayers of protection against the ‘wolves’ when he took office in 2005? Both Benedict’s resignation and Francis’ election process had some very worrisome aspects to them, ie lightning striking the Vatican when Benedict resigned, as well as the occultic-like election process of Francis’ election as revealed… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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I have read this before, and we have to remember that Our Lord promised that the “Gates of Hell” would NOT “prevail” against her. The spirit of Judas Iscariot is at WAR against Our Lord, and we already know WHO has already won this War. I am of the opinion that every Pope since John XXIII has been an anti-Pope. (With the possible exception of John Paul I). We cannot allow what has happened to the Church in our lifetimes to corrode our Faith, as I did, having grown up with the liturgical and social changes that have been going… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

As a non-Catholic, I look at this specter as being most confusing, and frankly frightening. God has told us that “He is not a God of dis-order,” which I am sure causes Catholic, and non-Catholic alike to be in a state of wonder. It would seem that God would speak through “one Pope only.” I have to say I personally preferred Pope Benedict. He seemed to be far and away a more righteous man. Now we have a house of disorder, and all the world is in dismay over the edicts that Pope Francis had put forth. I did not… Read more »

Sher
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Sher

I have not yet read this but someone on Louie Verrecchio’s AKACatholic.com
site posted this link to the (free pdf) work on the Apocalypse by Venerable Bede (who’s feast day is today, May 25)
https://www.ecatholic2000.com/bede/untitled-31.shtml

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, where by we must be saved.” Our salvation rests in our belief and acceptance that Jesus the Christ suffered the cross for all sins granting mercy and grace to all who believe in him and his resurrection. The law of the “Ten Commandments” is no more. There is no condemnation in “Gods Grace”. Yet all who accept his grace are… Read more »

josephbc69
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Archbishop Gänswein? I mean, what kind of a name is that? Archbishop Goosewine is literally what it is.
It’s typical of the names assigned to German Jews in the late Middle Ages, when Germans thought it good fun to give them monikers such as Silberstein [silverstone], Weingartner [winegardener], and so on, ad nauseam. Ain’t history grand?

dachsielady
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dachsielady

Mark 16:15) 15And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned. People need to be taught the whole gospel and believe and observe and be baptized. Those who choose not to do that, given the opportunity, shall be condemned. Mathew 28:20 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever… Read more »

Reginald Daniels
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Therefore, of the one and only Church there is one body and one head, not two heads like a monster.
UNAM SANCTAM
Bull of Pope Boniface VIII promulgated November 18, 1302