The classical definition of the term “Sedevacantist” is one who holds that the Chair of St. Peter has not been occupied since Pope Pius XII. We now have those who use scare tactics against one who holds Benedict XVI as the true pope by asserting that if Benedict XVI dies before Jorge Bergoglio he becomes a “Sedevacantist”. Really? So if Benedict XVI dies before Jorge Bergoglio he comes to hold that the Chair of St. Peter has not been occupied since Pope Pius XII? Such asserters either don’t realize that they are equivocating the term “Sedevacantist” by giving it two different meanings in the same argument (this is called the logical fallacy of equivocation) or they know they are equivocating the term “Sedevacantist” in the same argument and are hence engaging in sophistry. In either case, don’t fall for it! If Pope Benedict XVI does indeed die before Jorge Bergoglio, the Chair of St. Peter ceases to be occupied and a conclave elects the next pope. Plain and simple.
I wish you all a most blessed Feast of the Immaculate Conception!
Franciscan tertiaries and cordbearers may obtain a plenary indulgence this day by renewing their profession/novitiate/commitment and fulfilling the usual conditions required for a plenary indulgence.
How the Turk Came to Constantinople is taken from Volume XXII (1897) of The American Catholic Quarterly Review.
“The opinion that only the Church authorities are able to judge in matters of heresy, and that we cannot know if someone is a heretic by the application of human reason without a pronouncement of Church authority, is patently absurd, since it is by the application of human reason to the matters of faith that ecclesiastical judges reach their conclusions in heresy cases and pronounce judgment.”
Kramer, Paul. To Deceive the Elect: The Catholic Doctrine on the Question of a Heretical Pope (Kindle Locations 760-762). Kindle Edition.