|Did the "mafia" puppet masters|
influence the election of Pope Francis?
Keep in mind that the Cardinals in a papal conclave are strictly prohibited from lobbying for a pope. And yet, there's plenty of evidence that lobbying for Cardinal Bergoglio was organized and came from an anti-Benedict wing of cardinals calling themselves the "mafia club" under the name "St. Gallen" or "St. Gall." (They met at St. Gallen's in Switzerland.)
The "mafia" included Cardinal Danneels, Cardinal Kasper, Cardinal Martini (deceased), Cardinal Lehmann, Cardinal Silvestrini and Dutch Bishop Van Luyn. In an authorized biography of Cardinal Danneels, he was open about the secret meetings of the "mafia club" (Progressives love to brag!) although he later tried to backtrack. Why try to backtrack? Because lobbying for a pope can make his election illegitimate.
Resignation of a pope is covered in Canon Law:
P. 332 #2: If it should happen that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that he makes the resignation freely and that it be duly manifested, but not that it be accepted by anyone.Since Benedict says he resigned freely, I think we have to take him at his word, but with all that is happening with the dubia, the prophecies that predict "cardinal against cardinal," etc. there is cause for great concern. How should we respond to these times? Continue to do the duties of your state in life, pray for Holy Mother Church, and don't get wrapped around an axle about the latest Pope Francis-ism. God is God. The Church has survived evil popes and evil times. If we love and proclaim the truth, we really have no reason to be afraid or to lose hope. So don't!