In the following sermon, Fr. David Hewko again speaks against the “Non-Resignationist” (a commenter on this website corrected pointed out that “Resignationist” should be reserved for those who accept that Benedict XVI validly resigned the papacy) theory. Unfortunately, again, Father condemns it as “absurd” without sufficient evidence.
The first point Father makes is that Benedict XVI recognizes Jorge Bergoglio as pope. This was already answered in this post:
“The term ‘pope’ as used by Benedict XVI in reference to Jorge Bergoglio needs to be understood in a qualified sense. Benedict XVI renounced the active exercise of the ministry, that is, the government of the Church. Meanwhile, he retained the office and the passive exercise of the ministry. See here for a diagram. Because he renounced the active exercise of powers that belong to his own office, he calls that person who exercises them ‘pope’. Big deal. It is still Benedict XVI who has the charism of infallibility and universal and supreme jurisdiction over the whole Church because these belong to the office.”
The second point Father makes is that Benedict XVI announced publicly that he resigned. Father fails to qualify what exactly did Benedict XVI publicly renounce. It was not the office (munus). Therefore, he remains pope.
Thirdly, Father asks a question, “Would these ‘Resignationists’ be pushing their theory if we had a saintly pope on the throne?” Father then answers his own question, “They wouldn’t be doing that.” Well, I cannot speak for others, but I would be doing the same as I am doing now. Facts are facts, and not even a saint can change that. Nevertheless, I do not doubt that a saint would study the “resignation” formula of Benedict XVI, see the holes in it, and declare it invalid.
Father concludes that the answer to his own question shows the absurdity of the “Resignationist” theory. Huh? How does it show that?
I wish that Father would stop making gratuitous statements and providing empty side arguments. He needs to carefully read the Declaratio, the only act with juridical force, and finally accept the fact of the matter: Benedict XVI is the true pope!
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