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Symbolum Gaenswinianum


Symbolum Gaenswinianum:

[to be sung at the end of Prime on the Feast of the Confustification. Because Prime is a minor hour, this antiphon is always semidoubled. If the Feast of the Confustification is celebrated in Eastertide, two Alleluias (which are really only one Alleluia) are added to the end.]

And the Catholic faith is this: That we have one Petrine Ministry;
Neither confounding the persons nor dividing the office;
For there is one person of Francis, and another of Benedict,
But the ministry of Francis and Benedict is all one, the glory equal, the majesty temporary.
Such as Francis is, such is Benedict,
Francis elected, Benedict elected,
Francis incomprehensible, Benedict incomprehensible,
Francis temporary, Benedict temporary.
And yet they are not two temporaries but one temporary.
As also there are not two electeds nor two incomprehensibles, but one elected and one incomprehensible.
So likewise Francis is infallible and Benedict infallible,
And yet they are not two infallibles, but one infallible.
So Francis is Pope, Benedict is Pope,
And yet they are not two Popes but one Pope.
So likewise Francis is Vicar, Benedict is Vicar,
And yet they are not two Vicars but one Vicar.
For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to acknowledge each prelate to be Pope
So are we forbidden by the Catholic religion to say; There are two Popes or two Vicars.

[via a Facebook friend]


I will say it until the day I die: this is the best possible thing to be happening. The people who had not the faith are outing themselves; the people who have the faith are finding each other.


13 thoughts on “Symbolum Gaenswinianum”

  1. Hatchetwoman says:

    Arise Let Us Be Going is a great blog, I think … read what Father says about AL. By the way, he’s one of the “Missionaries of Mercy” and his blog had been suppressed; but Francis ordered it reinstated. And Father doesn’t exactly pull punches. “Because they think you’re STUUUUPPPPIIIIIDDDD” is one of my favorite lines from his review of AL.

  2. Fr. James says:

    The Athanasius Screed?

  3. Jack Burton says:

    Where there is Sith. ……always two. ….

  4. Konstantin says:

    This is not funny at all. We are taught not to make fun of holy things. This is a penny catechism truth. The Athanasian Creed is one of the most important expressions of our faith in the Most Holy Trinity and it shouldn’t be misused to poke fun at the current situation in the Church. We are not very credible as traditionalists when we criticize the lack of orthodoxy and respect, also in matters of liturgy, and then go and write something like this.

  5. Felix M says:

    Archbishop Gänswein was speaking with all the usual lack of clarity that we expect from Vatican ecclesiastics. But, if you read his comments carefully, he is not saying that Papa Benedict is actually a Pope.

    He’s reported as saying that, since Francis’ election, there are not “two popes, but de facto an expanded ministry”. So he’s saying, in effect, that Benedict is not a de jure pope.

  6. Hatchetwoman says:

    Didn’t Bergoglio allude to this back in late 2013? He claimed that Benedict would be doing the praying, while he, Bergoglio, did the rest. I could swear I read it then, but it wasn’t laid out as “two popes working together” as Bishop Ganschwein seems to have stated. I can’t tell you how much this distressed me yesterday when I read it.

  7. edison says:

    It would be awesome if you could morph the two heads to replicate that Year of Mercy “triclops” thing….

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  10. Rory Donnellan says:

    Trying to keep abreast of recent developments at the Vatican is like watching soap opera – a total waste of time and in many instances dangerous to the Faith. When we have spare time, we like to practice a few dance-moves with our muscular, long-legged partners. How’s this for some classic Australian quick-step?
    I know St John Vianney was against dances, but of this particular form, I think he may approve.

  11. Michael says:

    The Two in One.

  12. Padre says:

    Check this out. The logical conclusion of all this is that Francis is an Anti-Pope.

  13. Fuquay Steve says:

    The last sentence is the money quote….

  14. Linda says:

    NuChurch is building its trinity?
    Just one more head for that.
    Three persons in one office?

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