Lefeverist smuggling tunnel discovered by Swiss Guards.

From the sometimes amusing Eye Of The Tiber:

The largest cross-boarder Lefeverist smuggling tunnel to date was discovered in a midnight raid earlier today by Swiss Guards.  The smugglers fled, abandoning contraband with a street value of over 3 million euros.

Smuggled goods found included pirated copies of “Teach Yourself Latin” software, DVD’s of “The Cardinal,” as well as thousands of copies of Familiaris Consortio and the Decrees of the Council of Trent.
Lead detective on the case Giovanni Verde told EOTT this morning that all of the items seized were street ready.

“From here they would have gone out and been available in the Vatican colleges and back rooms by sunrise,” noting that the tunnel terminated in a small subterranean chapel under one of the Vatican buildings.  “See how the chapel is set up ad orientem?  This is a site of a clandestine Tridentine Mass.

Rumors have been circulating for years that undocumented Lefeverists were responsible for the countless tunnels undermining the Vatican since the early 1970’s.  According to Verde, his goal is not simply taking down the powerful Lefeverist “cartel,” but also “the numerous groups inside the Vatican supporting them.”

Verde told reporters that he has been tracking a “shadowy figure” who is considered the true leader of the cartel.

We only know him as “Denzinger,” but he is highly respected in some circles, and his writings are quoted like the Bible. It’s not a secret in the Vatican that the recently terminated the head of the CDF, Gerhard Cardinal Muller, was an admirer of Dezinger.

“It was clear for a number of years that the Cardinal had been Denzinger’s man inside the halls of the Vatican, and now we finally have hard evidence of a conspiracy. Denzinger’s influence over the CDF and the Church will finally be broken.”

What is this “DENZINGER” of which they speak?


Every priest, seminarian, student, serious defender of the Faith must have this.

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  1. graytown says:

    Now we know what our favorite son of Bavaria has been up to

  2. Uxixu says:

    Had a good laugh at Denzinger.

  3. chantgirl says:

    So that explains all of the young men in cassocks suddenly taking up an interest in “gardening”, and all of the bed slats disappearing at the CDF apartments. Does this Denziger fellow happen to look like Steve McQueen? Has Benedict XVI been heard repeatedly throwing a baseball against the wall of his cooler?

    LOL. If only this were true in real life.

  4. They are everywhere, you know.

  5. Dimitri_Cavalli says:

    Now that the CDF is in “new” or “different” hands, it will now be considered “anti-Catholic” (by the left) to bring up the fact that it was once known as “the Inquisition.”

    Subsequent research has shown that the Inquisition(s) were not as bloody (in terms of body count), and that most defendants always had the option of recanting–unlike, say, the Moscow trials which Communists and Soviet fellow travelers always defended and excused.

  6. TonyO says:

    “See how the chapel is set up ad orientem? This is a site of a clandestine Tridentine Mass.”

    True…but it need not be. More and more pastors are going back to ad orientem, even though they say the NO. They point out that they are merely following the rubrics.

    as well as thousands of copies of Familiaris Consortio

    Bit of an off-note there. Tiber should have used Pascendi Dominici Gregis. Trads would be far more likely to be bootlegging copies of the encyclical against the modernists than the encyclical that “expanded” the end of marriage to include the union of the spouses as well as for children.

    But aside from that, great post.

  7. Unwilling says:

    They think they have won because they got the Don? Never. Funditus retractio — and we will go to the mattresses!
    — “Sonny” Schönmetzer

  8. Poor Yorek says:

    Those “Lefeverists” are all DREAMERS!

  9. JARay says:

    I am very happy to have my copy of the latest Denzinger. My previous one stopped at Pius XII and I had to translate it every time I wanted to read it.

  10. Iggy75 says:

    Tunnels? A new “Holey Office”?
    Run the “Hogan’s Heroes” music!


  11. Michael says:

    I’m guessing the more delicate items were wrapped in maniples.

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  13. ps: luv your Denzinger push. I suggest our students arrive with:

    The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments, Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition, prep. by Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain [1966], (Ignatius, 1994) xvi + 1005 + 250 pp.  US HERE – UK HERE

    Catechism of the Catholic Church [1992], 2nd ed. (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1997) 904 pp.  US HERE – UK HERE

    Henrich Denzinger (German priest, 1819-1883), Enchiridion or Compendium of Creeds, Definitions, and Declarations on Matters of Faith and Morals [1854], 43rd ed., (Ignatius, 2012) 1399 pp., Latin-English edition supervised by R. Fastiggi & A. Nash.  US HERE – UK HERE

    Henry Schroeder (American Dominican, 1875-1942), Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent: Original Text with English Translation (Herder, 1941) 608 pp. US HERE – UK HERE

    St. Thomas Aquinas (Dominican priest, 1225-1274), Summa Theologica [c. 1265-1273] in 3 vols., (Benziger, 1947-1948), English Dominican Province translation. US HERE – UK HERE

    Ludwig Ott (German priest, 1906-1985), Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma [1955], 2nd ed., (Herder, 1957), 523 pp., J. Bastible trans. of Ott’s Grundriss der Katholischen Dogmatik (1952).  US HERE – UK HERE

    and the Code, of course. :)

    [Good choices!]

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