This is taken from an article written by Fr. Roberto Abdicto (pseudonym) titled “Between De Mattei and Socci: Analysis of Benedict’s Latin Renunciation Text and Parts of Dom Gänswein’s 20 May 2016 Speech; In Reply to the Article in CFN Entitled de Mattei vs. Socci”. It closely resembles what I wrote in my paper and diagram.
If you would like a copy of the full article and/or a book by the same author titled “Apologia Pro Benedicto Decimo Sexto: Why Benedict Is Still Pope; A Manifestation of the Indefectibility of the Catholic Church”, please e-mail me at email@example.com.
For a papal resignation to be valid, the pope must renounce his office (munus).
But in his Declaratio of resignation Pope Benedict XVI did not renounce his office (munus).
Therefore, Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation was not valid.
Proof of the major
Canon 332 Section 2 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law states the following:
“Should it happen that the Roman Pontiff resigns from his office, it is required for validity that the resignation be freely made and properly manifested, but it is not necessary that it be accepted by anyone.”
Proof of the minor
In his Declaratio, Pope Benedict XVI stated:
“I renounce the ministry…..”
The office of the papacy and the ministry of the papacy are not the same thing. The office is the soul of the papacy. The ministry is the active exercise of the powers of the office of the papacy,
I have been accused by a few people that I am no longer in line with Archbishop Lefebvre because I now accept Benedict XVI as the true pope. Really? How do they know that Archbishop Lefebvre would undoubtedly accept Jorge Bergoglio as pope? They make the Archbishop some kind of static character who would always accept the general consensus of who is pope despite evidence to the contrary. This is a false characterization of the man. Did the Archbishop accept the general consensus of the Vatican II Council Fathers? No. So don’t fall for it if you too accept Benedict XVI as the true pope or are leaning towards this fact. This is a matter of evidence and the evidence clearly shows that Benedict XVI did not renounce the office (munus). Therefore, he is still pope.
Fr. David Hewko
Date and Time:
Sunday October 27, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. (Confessions at 1:30 p.m.)
Glenridge Lawn Bowling Club
84 Glen Morris Dr.
St. Catharines, Ontario L2T 2M9
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There will be a potluck after Mass.
This post is related to the paper I wrote that may be downloaded from this link.
l have drawn up a diagram, which you can see below and download here, to assist people in obtaining a better understanding of the office of the papacy and its relation to the February 11, 2013 Declaratio of Pope Benedict XVI. I hope it helps.
I now hold that Benedict XVI is the true pope. Please download here a paper I wrote to defend this position.
I thank Fr. Paul Kramer, Br. Alexis Bugnolo, Veri Catholici, Eric Gajewski, and others who have helped me understand this. They have publicly acknowledged that Benedict XVI is the true pope for quite some time and have persistently defended this position despite the strong opposition.
Yours in Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
Tony La Rosa
The Intellectual Basis of the Supernatural is taken from Volume XVIII (1893) of The American Catholic Quarterly Review.