Vatileaks Book Review: ‘The Infancy Narratives’, by Pope Benedict XVI
Last week, and amidst the worldwide exodus of Catholics from their Church, Pope Benedict XVI released his new book, ‘The Infancy Narratives’, the last of his ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ trilogy. Published by Rizzoli - Vatican Publishing House, the Pope’s core message was that the Catholic dogma on ‘immaculate conception’ or virgin birth is ‘unequivocal’, but what he failed to say was that the entire essence of the Gospel’s ‘birth narratives’ were ‘derived from extraneous sources’ (‘Catholic Encyclopedia’, Matthew Gospel, 1909). That makes them fictitious, and in his attempt to reinforce a Catholic preaching that the Gospel Jesus Christ was conceived without physical contact between a man and a woman, the Pope drew upon Gospel narratives that the Vatican has known for more than 100 years to be fictitious.
Ancient truths detrimental to Vatican’s misinformation
The most extensive account of the ‘virgin birth’ and ‘infancy’ narratives are found in the first two chapters of the Gospel of Matthew. However, the ‘Catholic Encyclopedia’ records that those two chapters in today’s version of that Gospel are artificially juxtaposed, and not part of the ‘original Hebrew’ version of the Gospel of Matthew (‘Catholic Encyclopedia’, ‘Matthew Gospel’, 1909). The Editorial Committee of the ‘Catholic Encyclopedias’ claim that their collections ‘fully express the thoughts of the Christian hierarchy’ (Preface), and in those records we learn that the first two chapters of the Gospel of Matthew were forged into that Gospel in ‘the 4th Century AD’¹. Those 48 passages, totaling around 1200 words, are made up basically of existential Egyptian, Greek, Buddhist and Persian theology current at that time, and were used as new opening chapters for a document that originally started its story: ‘In those days came John the Baptist … and then Yesu came … to be baptized by him’, when Yesu was ‘at about the age of thirty years’ (Matt. 3:1).
Official Vatican realities
Thus, the opening two chapters of the Gospel of Matthew are forgeries, and the references to a virgin birth in the Gospel of Luke are of no value either, for they are plagiarized from the Gospel of Matthew account. Again, confirming that the virgin birth narratives are not based on historic fact, the Vatican confirmed the late entry of those narratives into the Gospels:
‘There seems to be no doubt that the infancy narratives of Matthew and Luke were later additions to the original body of the apostolic catechesis’.
(‘New Catholic Encyclopedia’, Vol., xiv, 693)
Their inclusion in official Vatican texts reveals a doctrinal forgery perpetrated in the development of Christianity that provides ongoing evidence that the Christian Gospels are wholly fallacious.
Another papal assumption
The Pope discussed the reality of those phony narratives with the utmost naiveté and never for a moment perceived their absurdity. He ignored not only the records of history, but the Vatican’s own Catholic Encyclopedias, ‘the ultimate source of biblical knowledge and a digest of everything known on any Christian subject treated’ (Preface). As if confused, he asked himself; ‘Who told Luke and Matthew the story contained in their narrations?’ to which he assumed; ‘This is obviously based on family tradition. Only she [Mary] could tell the story of the Annunciation’. It is notable that the Pope didn’t provide an historic document from the Vatican Archives to support his theory of a virgin birth, because he knew that there wasn’t one. He admitted that modern ‘critical’ exegesis considers assumptions like his ‘naïve’, and then asks himself: ‘Why would Luke have made up the comment about Mary holding words and events in her heart, if there was no concrete reference to this?’ Only a theologian could think like that, with the Pope assuming that Luke, like Matthew were real people. They weren’t. They were pen names applied to the unknown authors of those Gospels with the Vatican admitting that the Gospel ‘headings … were affixed to them’ (‘Catholic Encyclopedia’, Farley Ed. Vol., i, p. 117). Therefore they are not Gospels written ‘according to Matthew, Mark, Luke or John’, as publicly presented.
More evidence of a bogus Christ story
The ‘Encyclopedia Biblica’ (iii, 3344) provides additional evidence of fake virgin birth narratives in the Christian Gospels:
‘The remark has long ago and often been made that, like Paul, even the earliest Gospels knew nothing of the miraculous birth of our Saviour’.
That perplexing piece of clerical dialectic outrages common sense and from it, and similar confessions, Christianity collapses upon its forged foundations.
What the Pope didn’t say
In their rawest forms, the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, like Mark and John, never narrated a virgin birth or any aspect of the infancy narratives found in today’s Gospels. That includes the story of Herod’s killing of baby boys under the age of two years old, and Benedict XVI specifically observed that ‘biblical sources tell us nothing about this event, but taking into account all the cruelty Herod was guilty of, this does not prove that this misdeed did not take place’ (‘The Infancy Narratives’). The Pope’s argument forfeits the patience of intelligent, questioning human beings and can be classed as emotional foolishness. He ignored the fact that this Gospel story is a reproduction of a massacre story that had its origin around 1000 BCE in the birth accounts of the Hindu saviour-god, Krishna and recorded in the Mahabharata. An appropriation by plagiarism explains why the Gospel accounts of this seemingly indiscriminate act of brutally killing a large number of baby boys went unrecorded in the annals of world history.
Pope’s new book is supercilious propaganda
Each of the Pope’s three books stand solely upon confessed forged New Testament narratives (see, ‘Catholic Encyclopedia’, Farley Ed., Vol. iii, p. 274), and it is possible that his assumptions will be used in upcoming ‘revised’ editions of the Christian Gospels. The Pope’s books have been criticized by reliable Catholic scholars for their shortcomings in his use of biblical material, his antiquated biblical scholarship, his selective use of patristic material, and his narrow theological outlook. The fact that he was only able to produce a book of 137 pages in the English version of ‘The Infancy Narratives’ reveals how difficult it was for him to expound his personal delusions about a ‘virgin birth’ using untrue Gospel narratives as his source material. In his wish to convince Catholics of the basic principles of Christianity, the Pope vainly tries to portray an air of sophistry about a story that is clearly unsophisticated, false and heathen. Catholics will love his book, and in all respect, those who believe the modern-day Gospel narratives on ‘immaculate conception’ to be literal history are better left alone, for they are ready to believe anything except the truth.
¹ (‘Catholic Encyclopedia’, ‘Ebronite Version of the Gospel of Matthew’, also; Farley Ed., Vol. ix, p. 425; also; ‘New Catholic Encyclopedia’, ‘Gospel of Matthew’; ‘Encyclopedia Biblica’, iii, 3344)
BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Infancy Narratives’, by Pope Benedict XVI
(Published by Rizzoli - Vatican Publishing House, 2012)