In this sermon, Fr. David Hewko tries to make the case, using the teaching of Archbishop Lefebvre, that it is only up to the Church to decide on the matter of who is pope. The implication is that one cannot form a private judgment on the matter during a time of crisis before the Church gives a definitive judgment. Rather, we must in the meantime accept he who the world accepts as pope. The Administrator of The Catacombs Forum supports Fr. Hewko by making the following statement on this thread:
“This is why no ‘lay armchair theologian’ nor ‘Father X,Y, or Z’ can make declarations on who is Pope and who is not. This is one of the fundamental errors with the sedevacantist theories, including the resignationist theory.”
Where does Archbishop Lefebvre, in any of the quotes provided by Fr. Hewko in this sermon, say that as a matter of principle, one cannot make a judgment of conscience? As a matter of fact, at 10 minutes and zero seconds the Archbishop is quoted as saying, “As long as I don’t have any evidence that the pope is not the pope, then the presumption is for him.” So the Archbishop points to evidence as being the determining factor. He did not state that a judgment of conscience can never be made. Therefore, Fr. Hewko and the Admin have distorted the teaching of Archbishop Lefebvre by making it seem that he was giving a universal principle when in fact he was only making statements about the particular cases of the conciliar popes up until Pope John Paul II. Based on the evidence, the Archbishop could not judge they were not popes. So, Fr. Hewko and the Admin, the Archbishop evidently does not agree with you.
In the case of Benedict XVI, it is Benedict XVI himself who decided that he remains pope by not renouncing the munus. Hence, it is both of you and the rest of the world that are going against the definitive judgment of the Church, no less than that of the reigning pope!