Fry Lofton
Fry Lofton

Fit of Mercy: Young Priest Excommunicated

Responding on a dead thread, but anyways... In fact competent authorities have stated that public heretics are not eligible to be elected pope. Canon law is a competent authority, and commentators on canon law is an authority. Public heretics, by canon law, cannot be elected pope. If Bergoglio is not a public heretic, I'm not sure what is. The argument that our Church is abandoned by God if …More
Responding on a dead thread, but anyways... In fact competent authorities have stated that public heretics are not eligible to be elected pope. Canon law is a competent authority, and commentators on canon law is an authority. Public heretics, by canon law, cannot be elected pope. If Bergoglio is not a public heretic, I'm not sure what is. The argument that our Church is abandoned by God if there is no pope is precisely the argument Protestants use against the Church. The Church is without a pope when any pope dies, prior to the election of a new pope. These periods have lasted years. As for a new pope, there are actually several ways it's possible, but too long to go into in a combox. I recommend Googling Sedeprivationism for a start.
Fry Lofton

Fit of Mercy: Young Priest Excommunicated

Sorry, but have you actually read any sedevacantist authors? They tend to be very well educated in Church history. The correct answer is that sedevacantists do believe bad popes are possible and that there have been many. Rather, what is not possible is a public heretic pope because (a) if a pope fell into public heresy after being elected, he lose office automatically and without declaratory …More
Sorry, but have you actually read any sedevacantist authors? They tend to be very well educated in Church history. The correct answer is that sedevacantists do believe bad popes are possible and that there have been many. Rather, what is not possible is a public heretic pope because (a) if a pope fell into public heresy after being elected, he lose office automatically and without declaratory judgment, and (b) a public heretic is ineligible for election as pope under canon law. In addition the sedevacantist position holds that the post-VII rite of episcopal consecration is invalid, so Bergoglio is not even a valid priest or bishop. Argue with sedevacantism, fine, but I'd recommend reviewing their positions first. I highly recommend Novus Ordo Watch for this.