The Dictator nut did not fall far from the Tyrannical Tree

ABS lifted this from the pages of  The Montinian Church which he found online and downloaded years ago.

Paul VI is a hero of Our Pope and Our Cross.

Little commentary is required 

Res ipsa loquitur 


Even before this, however, another meaningful occurrence which might be very useful for the research I have suggested, should be mentioned. I quotefrom the Spanish What's Up (Que' Pasa?) magazine, Vol. VII, No. 363 , ofDecember 12, 1970:

The famous and "regretfully" octogenarian Cardinal Ottaviani does not conceal his bitterness.

In its issue of Thursday, November 26, in three columns on the first and second pages, The Messenger (II Messagero) from Rome, published a sensational interview with His Eminence Alfred Cardinal Ottaviani. The report is accompanied by a large photograph of this venerable prince of the Church ..

According to the Pope's November 24 Motu Proprio, beginning next January no eighty-year-old cardinal will be able to participate in the election ofthe Pontiff. Presently, these persons amount to twenty-five. Among them issaintly Cardinal Ottaviani, who celebrated his eightieth birthday on October 29,1970.

Question: What does His Eminence think about this decision of Paul VI?

Answer: More important than my personal opinion, which could be deemed biased because of my age, I should like to convey the feelings of canons, prelates, and even renowned hierarchs who are unaware of the current problems of the Church. Undoubtedly they all are impressed by this unusual and expeditious way of enacting this grave disruption in the high ecclesiastical hierarchy. This radical change was implemented without previous consultation with experts and specialists, at least to observe the formalities to a certain extent.

Question: Why did Your Eminence say "unusual?" Perhaps because no one expected such a big upsetting decision?

Answer: It is unusual that, through a Motu Proprio, without previous advice, the pages of the constitution Vacante Sede Apostolica and those of the Code of Canonical Law, which regulated the position of the cardinalsboth as to the cooperation they owe the Pontiff for the rule of the world Church, and as to their most important ministry as top electors of the Head of the Universal Church, are suppressed. 

This Motu Proprio then, is an act of abolition of a multi centennial tradition. It rejects the practice followed by all ecumenical councils. Regarding the age limit [the Most Eminent Cardinal spoke calmly and composedly, without any sign of uneasiness], should old age be respected, we would be able to sow the seed whose fruits you yourselves would harvest. But here respect was laid aside .... 

It is precisely the motivation of age which the Motu Proprio invokes to justify such a grave regulation. In fact, along the centuries, a principle was always deemed immutable , namely, that old people are a firm safeguard of the Church and its best advisors, for they are rich in experience, wisdom, and doctrine. If, in a given case, these gifts were not present, it sufficed to examine the circumstances concerning this particular person to determine whether disease or mental disturbance made him inept, this check belonging to skillful experts. 

In Holy Writ," [the Most Eminent Cardinal was astonishingly bright], "the value of age and the aged are often mentioned. This shows how constructive are the cooperation and guarantee of advanced age in the administration of holy things and in right and efficient pastoral administration. 

In addition, let us not forget the glory of Pontiffs, who, in their old age, enlightened the Church with their wisdom and sanctity. Finally, when we cardinals are in our eighties, to our
credit is a curriculum vitae full of merits, experience, and doctrines at the service of the Church. The Church cannot afford to lose these advantages by accepting only the cooperation of younger and less-experienced people.

Question: Eminence, could not this discrimination of octogenariacardinals by chance affect the Pontiff himself someday?

Answer: Certainly, for the same criterion must be analogically applied to the case of the sovereign Pontiff, be he an octogenarian or be his acts questioned due to age.

Question: Finally. Eminence: What was your impression about this decision of the Pope?

Answer: You will see, I felt flattered each time Paul VI, verbally or in writing, called me " if mio maestro" ("my master"), but now this act olaying me aside completely is openly contradictory with his autographed letter of October 29. In that, he congratulated me for my eightieth birthday, using affectionate phrases and flattering felicitations for my longfaithful, everyday services to the Church.


According to the November 27, 1970 issue of La Croix, 86-year-old Cardinal Tisserant, who enjoys full mental clarity and excellent physical healthanswered questions on Italian Television (First Network). I quote La Croix:

Rarely had an interview attained such importance and contained such interesting information. In just three minutes, the audience was informed about the Pope's critical health condition ("he had to be held up on the way out of his Wednesday audience"), about the Cardinal's excellent state of health, about Christ having founded His Church under the form of a monarchic state, anabout the collegiality of the bishopric about which we have heard so much ("The more it is mentioned, the less it is exercised").

Apropos of Paul VI's decision to keep the election of the Pope in the hands of less-than-80-year-old cardinals, Cardinal Tisserant said he did not know the grounds thereof (though the Pontifical document stated them clearly), and that, undoubtedly, the Pope wanted to please young people, since "now, everybody wants old people to disappear."

Wednesday afternoon, Professor Alessandrini categorically denied the Cardinal's words regarding the Pope's health condition.


When Fr. Raymond Dulac was asked his opinion of Paul VI's decision to take away the right of voting in papal elections from cardinals 80 years and older, he made these statements:

This decision taking away the right of voting in the papal election from a whole category of cardinals, is an enormous decision. Until now, the most important part of their function was this right. It commands and effects their beheading in the most accurate sense of this word; they keep their hats, but their heads are chopped off. This is what the ancient Romans called diminutio capitis, a lessening or amputation of their civil rights and, of course, of their personality.

Let us not forget that the statute creating the cardinals' right to elect the Pope dates back to the year 1059; that during the arduous course of this thousand-year period of history this rule was never questioned; that the "impediment" of advanced age has never prevented the creation of a cardinal or the continuing of a Pope once he became 80 years old, that it is contrary to the Catholic spirit and the Roman Tradition to suspend a law supported by such a time-honored custom without most grave reasons; and that this type of change, affected by the Pope in 1970 in such a sudden, personal, and suspicious way, will increase most people's feelings of insecurity, instability, and the alienation which has contributed to de-sacralizing the Church and loosening its customs.

Let us forget the inhuman, vain, vile aspects of this decision concerning the age of men whose sacerdotal ordination had separated them from mortal mankind as far as powers and dignities are concerned. 

After this blow and all the others of the past five years designed to naturalize and laicize the clergy, how could one have the heart to keep on telling the ordained young priests: "Tu es sacerdos in aetemum secundum ordinem Meichisedech?" Priest for all eternity? Of what order? 

Not of the carnal Levitical tribe, but of the order of that astonishing, unique , ageless personage, Melchisedech, whose mystery is revealed in the Epistle to the Hebrews, verse 3 of Chapter 7: "Without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but likened unto the Son of God, continueth a priest forever."

This all being over, today's priest is just like an official who, in due course,is "retired," with a life pension, like a Swiss guard.

Since Paul VI, without much of a preamble, has nullified a millenary legislation, it is important to know whether his Motu Proprio was not in fact, a Motu alieno.

This most unusual act is an act of personal might on the part of a Pontiff who, so far as others are concerned, keeps on covering himself with the curtain of collegiality. We are sure this act has not been free. Should it be proven that it was free, there will be no need to nullify this act; as a matter of right, it will be null and void . ...

"For behold . .. the Lord of hosts shall take away from Jerusalem, and from luda . .. the strong man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the cunning ... and the ancient. The captain over fifty, and the honourable . .. and the counsellor . .. And I will give children to be their princes, and . .. the child shall make a tumult against the ancient, and the base against the honourable." (Is. 3: 1-5). He who is able to understand, let him understand 


The law of retirement, which imposes on bishops the obligation to resign at a certain age at which they are no longer capable of ruling their dioceses, gave Paul VI a powerful instrument to select bishops, eliminate conservatives, but, whenever convenient, to maintain docile aides who were unconditionally addicted to papal directive. Thus, though over eighty years old,
the old Secretary of State, Cardinal Cicogniani, remained in his position, while Cardinal Ottaviani, the illustrious and meritorious Secretary of the Holy Office, was the first one to be politely dismissed and made to give up his position to another cardinal whose leaning was similar to that of the Pontiff. We have been
able to observe cases like these everywhere, including here in Mexico, where our primate, who has already had his 75th birthday, still rules the largest archdiocese in the whole world . This innovative criterion was also implemented by Paul VI by means of a Motu Proprio, through which he barred octogenarian cardinals from the Conclave. Obviously among these cardinals were the most conservative ones, those who, at an election , might have overthrown the whole post-Conciliar reformation.

I have already expounded upon the calm and energetic criticism given by Cardinal Ottaviani against this new regulation enacted by Paul VI, but there is an extra feature worth considering. It is very meaningful that the Motu Proprio was passed on the eve of the Pontiffs trip to Australia and the Philippines. It appeared as though he wanted to make sure that the vote would be controlled by his unconditional supporters, so that the reformation might go on irreversibly.