(Just to be clear, they did not use the word “coup”, it’s mine, but it’s implicit)
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I have suggested the likelihood that the change in Popes was a kind of coup, an overthrow instigated by external forces.
Several days before the resignation of Pope Benedict, electronic transfers were blocked, meaning credit card and debit card transfers, and other electronic transfer to or from the Vatican. Stores inside Vatican walls were only able to accept cash. Keep in mind the pilgrims were from all over the world, some of whom counted on using their plastic to buy souvenirs and religious artifacts. A big deal to them.
And it would also be a big deal to the Vatican, surely. The financial activities they could not do would seem to include direct deposits to funds that support its embassies around the world, and movements involving the orders that transact through the Vatican.
A big deal.
But instead of howling in protest, and blasting indignation that would arouse the ire of Catholics everywhere against this apparent interference in the affairs of the seat of their spiritual center, Pope Benedict bowed out, covering the capitulation with mutterings about the need for a “new generation” to take its place.
Amidst all the commentary that followed the election, or selection, of the new Pope, there were mentions that Bergoglio (now aka Francis) had gracefully removed himself from consideration during the previous Conclave, where the cardinals were having difficulty with the voting. Meaning, his votes were probably less than Benedict’s. So after a “prudent” and credible wait, we get (1) first, the international electronic payments system suspends connections with the Vatican; (2) after a few days, Pope Benedict abdicates; (3) after a few hours, the fund transfer connectivity is restored, and (4) Pope Francis is installed rather quickly.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. – Galatians 6:7
Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. –Isaiah 1:18