Fr. Gruner on Pope Benedict XVI Being the True Pope

“On March 17, 2015, I spent the day with Fr. Nicholas Gruner in Slane, Ireland, not knowing that it would be the last time we would ever meet on this earth. One of the last things he said to me was to ask me again to systematically present in book form the argumentation and evidence proving that Pope Benedict XVI did not validly resign from the office of the papacy, and demonstrate that he is still the only legitimate Pontiff of the Roman Church.”

Kramer, Paul. To Deceive the Elect: The Catholic Doctrine on the Question of a Heretical Pope (Kindle Locations 43-46). Kindle Edition.

“It may come as a surprise to many that Fr. Gruner believed that Benedict XVI, and not Francis, is the only valid Pope of the Catholic Church…..”

Ibid.  (Kindle Locations 133-134).

Mr. Gregory Taylor Chimes in on “Benedict Is the True Pope”

The November 2019 Issue (#49) of The Recusant has been published.  I would like to thank Mr. Gregory Taylor for his kind words regarding my work exposing Ambrose Moran.  However, on another note, I do have an issue with this statement of his on page 6:

“Sedevacantism is as much a post-conciliar novelty as all the other rubbish, as is the insane ‘Benedict is still Pope’ theory of Fr. Kramer (do pray for him).”

Fr. Kramer and others, including myself, have shown that ‘Benedict is still Pope” is not a theory; it is a fact.  We have backed up our conclusion with argumentation and evidence.  However, Mr. Taylor calls it “insane’ without any argumentation or evidence.  So are we to take it as a given because Mr. Taylor says so?

Please, Mr. Taylor, give us more than just a gratuitous assertion.

One Has the Right to Form a Private Judgment

“In conscience one has the right to make such a judgment (of manifest formal heresy) because it is a legitimate matter of conscience, and can be known with certitude. All the canons, and teachings against privately judging superiors and prelates do not refer to judgments of conscience, such as the judgment concerning the manifest heresy of one’s superior, when it can be known with certitude; but rather, they prohibit judgments that require jurisdiction; and explain that private individuals do not possess the requisite jurisdiction for rendering an official judgment, and therefore they may not presume to judge their superiors juridically, and depose them with force of law. However, the right of conscience to judge privately as a matter of conscience in such cases as that of manifest heresy pertains to divine law, since such judgments of conscience are sometimes necessary for salvation; and such a right is acknowledged in Canon Law: ‘Can. 748 § 1. All persons are bound to seek the truth in those things which regard God and his Church and by virtue of divine law are bound by the obligation and possess the right of embracing and observing the truth which they have come to know.’ Indeed, the Salza/ Siscoe objection that the making such a judgment is forbidded to the private individual who must wait for the public judgment of the Church, and that asserting this right it is an exercise of the Protestant principle of Private Judgment, is not only false, but it effectively nullifies the Rule of Faith which safeguards the conscience of the individual.”

Kramer, Paul. To Deceive the Elect: The Catholic Doctrine on the Question of a Heretical Pope (Kindle Locations 736-747). Kindle Edition.

Do Not Submit to Pretended Authority

“The very act of submission to the pretended authority of an openly heretical enemy of the Catholic faith constitutes per se an objectively grave act not only of indiscreet obedience; but done in ignorance, constitutes an act of material schism as well. Thus, while the Recognize and Resist policy of Catholics towards the errant conciliar popes was morally justified from the time of the post-council up to the end of February 2013, when Pope Benedict went into what is increasingly seen to be a coerced retirement; it is no longer morally licit to adhere to it for so long as the heretical intruder (or another like him) remains in power, because it is morally wrong and schismatic to recognize and be subject to a manifestly formal heretic.”

Kramer, Paul. To Deceive the Elect: The Catholic Doctrine on the Question of a Heretical Pope (Kindle Locations 706-711). Kindle Edition.

The Juridical Value of Interviews = Zilch

It is incredible how people will look at interviews conducted with Pope Benedict XVI after his invalid resignation and say, “He said this or he said that,” in order to show that he really resigned, but these same people will not closely read or not read at all Pope Benedict XVI’s Declaratio of February 11, 2013 which is the ONLY act that has juridical value, that is, has a legal effect.1  Please don’t be fooled by such people.  Even if Pope Benedict XVI were to go today on live television, kneel before Jorge Bergoglio, kiss his ring, and say, “You are the one and only true pope,” it would still have ZERO juridical value.  Pope Benedict XVI would remain pope.  If Pope Benedict XVI truly wants to go from pope to non-pope, he must do again a juridical act and this time unequivocally renounce his office (munus).  Nothing less will do.

1In reality even the Declaratio has no juridical value, that is, it is null and void because Pope Benedict XVI attempted to hand over the active exercise of his ministry to another which he cannot do since the Author of the papacy is Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.