Letter sent on 13th May 2008 by the Bishop Claudio Gatti to Pope Benedict XVI
Most Blessed Father,
After three years I address again Y.H. to ask you humbly and trustfully to dedicate a bit of your precious time to examine again my case to readmit me into the Clergy, because this is God's will.
About my dismissal from the clerical state just one message exists, which was given to me by card. Ruini by a registered letter, dated November 5, 2002, protocol #1466/02.
This is the text of the letter sent to me by card. Ruini that has no juridical value: On October 18, 2002 the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II, in the audience granted to the Prefect Cardinal of the Congregation, disposed Your immediate dismissal from the clerical state "ex officio et in poenam, cum dispensatione ab omnibus oneribus e sacris Ordinibus manantibus". The pontifical decision must not be considered open to appeal".
On November 16, I received the above-named letter and it was enough for me reading the name of the sender to understand immediately which was its content. As a matter of fact, for many years Jesus and Our Lady, as documented by many letters of God already published, had prepared me to receive and to endure the unfair condemnation that they defined: " the last Satan's stroke".
Satan fights against the Church and persecutes personally or by means of his allied those who were entrusted by God with important missions.
With the letter closed in my hand, I went immediately in front of the Crucified, I knelt down and asked to my Lord strength and grace to endure the devilish stroke that in God's plans represented my moral death. Then I opened the envelope and while reading its content "my soul was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death" (Matthew 26,38). In fact I tasted some drops of the chalice that Jesus drank in the Gethsemane.
When I finished reading I murmured: "Thank you, my God, because you considered me worthy to suffer for the triumph of the Eucharist in the world and for the renaissance of the Church. Nobody can either separate me from your love or deprive me of the priesthood. When, at the moment of my death, I appear before You, I will show You that it is wet by my blood".
After saying this prayer, I felt my heart flooded by peace and serenity, indeed all the people who came to comfort me, as the angel did with Jesus (Luke 22,43), they understood they had been preceded by the Lord.
Anyway I cannot absolutely think that two Popes: John Paul II and Benedict XVI seriously lacked against charity, they offended the truth and transgressed the Code of Canon Law; in my opinion it is absurd.
Certainly others, it is not up to me indicating them even if I know their names, organized the devilish conspiracy to reduce me to the lay state, because in their opinion my presence in the Clergy was unwelcome and inopportune, as I could hinder their plans and I could prevent them from gaining the squalid ends and the low interests they had been pursuing for a long time and that I knew by supernatural revelation.
Holiness, I fully agree with what you wrote a few days before being elected Pope, commenting the ninth station of the Via Crucis, celebrated at Colosseum, attended for the last time also by John Paul II: "Should we not also think of how much Christ suffers in his own Church? How often do we celebrate only ourselves, without even realizing that he is there! How often is his Word twisted and misused! How much filth there is in the Church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to him! How much pride, how much self-complacency!".
Anyway what those sirs made by lie and deception collapses before the strength of truth.
Everybody know that the dismissal from the clerical state can be declared ex officio, that is without the agreement of the concerned person, but it cannot be declared by particular law (can. 1317) and, as it is a perpetual penalty, neither by decree (can. 1342§2). It must be declared only by a collegiate tribunal of three or five judges (can. 1425).
It can be easily checked that no ecclesiastical tribunal examined my case and least issued a judgment of condemnation with respect to me.
Card. Ruini wrote that my dismissal from the clerical state was decided and signed by John Paul II. Who has got the pontifical decree? Why was it never shown to me, even when I asked it many times? Because didn't card. Ruini attach to his message at least an authenticated photocopy of the decree?
The only intelligent answer is: because no document signed by John Paul II exists.
Moreover card. Ruini himself informed me that the dismissal from the clerical state was inflicted on me "in poenam".
The Code of Canon Law establishes that this penalty can be inflicted only if the clergyman commits one of the crimes indicated by canons 1364, 1367, 1370§1, 1387, 1394§1, 1395.
Which one of these crimes did I commit? Why doesn't card. Ruini accuse me of committing either one of them?
Also the answer to these questions is simple: I have committed no crimes and nobody can show the contrary. So I can shout before the whole Church that I am innocent and that an abuse of power was committed with respect to me.
My innocence is proclaimed especially by God who performed in my hands the greatest, most important and striking eucharistic miracle among the 185 ones happened in the thaumaturgical place.
On June 11, 2000, feast of Pentecost, as soon as I finished to say the wording of the consecration of the bread, blood began to come out from my host and spreading on a great part of its surface. Time stopped for me and I have remained motionless for a long time over the host, leant against the altar, staring at the divine blood, while the numerous people present cried for the commotion and prayed in deep silence.
Annexed to this letter you can find the photographic documentation of the above-named eucharistic miracle.
If the men don't take a decision to make amends for the serious injustice committed with respect to me, God will intervene again to restore the truth and He will show once again that "the first will be last, and the last first" (Mark 10,31).
Holiness, you have the power of binding and loosing, so the positive solution of this sorrowful story is in your hands.
While I bow to kiss the Fisherman's ring, I invoke your apostolic blessing upon myself and upon those who love Jesus the Eucharist and the Mother of the Eucharist.
Rome, 13th May 2008
Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
Priest for all eternity
Bishop ordained by God