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The late Jesuit Cardinal Carlo Martini was a great enemy of the Catholic Church who many feared would overtake the Papal Throne as an anti-pope had Pope John Paul II met with an untimely death. Martini is well remembered for the way he attacked John Paul II in the press and called for his resignation because he didn’t support a woman’s “right” to have an abortion.
For obvious reasons Martini likewise despised Cardinal Ratzinger [now Benedict XVI], though he was very good friends with the Jesuit cardinal Jorge Bergoglio [now Pope Francis], and fearing that Ratzinger might become the next pope Martini set up “St Gallen Mafia” in an attempt to prevent Ratzinger from being elected pope and to try to get Bergoglio elected instead.
Deo - Gratias - Politics - Conclave - Benedict
Deo Gratias, their politics failed in the 2005 conclave and Benedict was elected, after which St Gallen Mafia disbanded, but they came together again in 2011 and virtually forced Benedict’s resignation in 2013. Though the pope consented of his free will to...
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