Sedevacantism By Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI.org

Sedevacantism is the theological position of those traditional Catholics who most certainly believe in the papacy, papal infallibility and the primacy of the Roman Pontiff, and yet do not recognize “Pope” Francis [Edit. note: at the time this article was written, it was Benedict XVI] as a legitimate successor of Peter in the primacy. In other words, they do not recognize him as a true pope. The word sedevacantism is a compound of two Latin words which together mean “the Chair is vacant.” Despite the various arguments raised against this position — that it is based on a false expectation that the pope can do no wrong, or that it is an emotional reaction to the problems in the Church — the sedevacantist position is founded on the Catholic doctrines of the infallibility and the indefectibility of the Church and on the theological opinion of the great Doctor of the Church, St. Robert Bellarmine.

As an introduction to this article, let the traditional Catholic first ask himself why he is a traditional Catholic. Why does he not attend the Novus Ordo Mass? Why does he reject the teachings of Vatican Council II on Religious Liberty and Ecumenism? Why does he reject the new code of Canon Law (1983) in which under certain circumstances schismatics and heretics may, without an abjuration of their errors and a profession of the Catholic Faith, be administered by a Catholic priest the Sacraments of Penance, Extreme Unction, and Holy Eucharist? If the traditional Catholic answers the first question correctly, he would state quite simply that the New Mass is without a doubt a danger to his faith and that due to the radical changes in the Offertory and Consecration, it is questionable whether transubstantiation even takes place. In answer to the second question, the traditional Catholic would properly state that the teachings found in Vatican II decrees of Religious Liberty and Ecumenism have been condemned by previous popes, in particular by Pope Pius IX in the Syllabus of Errors. Lastly, to the third question, the traditional Catholic would surely answer that such a law in the new code can never be considered as true and binding legislation since the sacraments would be sacrilegiously administered to heretics and schismatics.

How appropriately did the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre on the occasion of his Suspension a divinis by Paul VI write the following reflection on June 29, 1976:

“That the Conciliar Church is a schismatic Church, because it breaks with the Catholic Church that has always been. It has its new dogmas, its new priesthood, its new institutions, its new worship, all already condemned by the Church in many a document, official and definitive.

“This Conciliar Church is schismatic, because it has taken as a basis for its updating, principles opposed to those of the Catholic Church, such as the new concept of the Mass expressed in numbers 5 of the Preface to (the decree) Missale Romanum and 7 of its first chapter, which gives the assembly a priestly role that it cannot exercise; such likewise as the natural — which is to say divine — right of every person and of every group of persons to religious freedom.

“This right to religious freedom is blasphemous, for it attributes to God purposes that destroy His Majesty, His Glory, His Kingship. This right implies freedom of conscience, freedom of thought, and all the Masonic freedoms.

“The Church that affirms such errors is at once schismatic and heretical. This Conciliar Church is, therefore, not Catholic. To whatever extent Pope, bishops, priests or faithful adhere to this new Church, they separate themselves from the Catholic Church.”

Let the traditional Catholic, especially the members of the Society of St. Pius X, ask themselves to what extent have the Pope, bishops, priest and laity adhered to this new Church which would, as Archbishop Lefebvre reflected, separate themselves from the Catholic Church. Francis, as did Benedict XVI and John Paul II before him, completely adheres to the Conciliar Church. He enforces the Novus Ordo Mass and false teachings of Vatican II. He follows in the footsteps of John Paul II, who promulgated the New Code of Canon Law (1983), and who boldly practiced false ecumenism and heretical religious indifferentism in Assisi, Italy, on October 27, 1986, by the atrocious convocation of all the false religions of the world to pray to their false gods for world peace!

As unpleasant as this subject may be, traditional Catholics are confronted by the terrible and burning questions:

Is the Conciliar Church the Catholic Church?

Is Francis, as the head of the Conciliar Church, a true pope?

The sedevacantist would unhesitatingly and unequivocally say no.

To believe otherwise, to answer yes to the above questions, would be to imply that the Catholic Church has failed in its purpose, that the Church of Christ is not infallible and indefectible, that the Pope is not the rock upon which Christ founded His Church, that the promise of Christ to be with His Church “all days even to the consummation of the world” and that the special assistance of the Holy Ghost, have failed the Church — conclusions which no traditional Catholic could ever maintain. Consider the following quote from Vatican Council I (1870):

“For the fathers of the Fourth Council of Constantinople, following closely in the footsteps of their predecessors, made this solemn profession: ‘The first condition of salvation is to keep the norm of the true Faith. For it is impossible that the words of our Lord Jesus Christ Who said, “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Matt. 16:18), should not be verified. And their truth has been proved by the course of history, for in the Apostolic See the Catholic religion has always been kept unsullied, and its teaching kept holy.’ …for they fully realized that this See of St. Peter always remains untainted by any error, according to the divine promise of our Lord and Savior made to the prince of his disciples, ‘I have prayed for thee, that thy faith may not fail; and do thou, when once thou has turned again, strengthen thy brethren’ (Luke 22:32).”

Pope Leo XIII, in his encyclical Satis Cognitum, taught that the Teaching Authority of the Church can never be in error:

“If (the living magisterium) could in any way be false, an evident contradiction follows; for then God Himself would be the author of error.”

How can a traditional Catholic on one hand reject the New Mass, the heretical teachings of Vatican Council II, and the New Code of Canon Law (1983), and on the other hand, continue to recognize as pope the very one who officially promulgates and enforces these errors?

To consider yet another question, is the faith and government of the traditional Catholic the same as Bergoglio and his Conciliar Church? Do traditional Catholics believe the same doctrines as Francis and his Conciliar Church on the New Mass, false ecumenism, and religious liberty?

Are traditional Catholics subject to the local hierarchy and ultimately to Rome?

Pope Pius XII, in his encyclical Mystical Body of Christ, taught:

“It follows that those who are divided in faith and government cannot be living in the one Body such as this and cannot be living the life of its one Divine Spirit.”

Are traditional Catholics united or divided in faith and government with the Conciliar Church?

The sedevacantist honestly recognizes that his faith is actually not the same as Francis and his Conciliar Church. He recognizes that he is actually not subject and obedient to him. As a traditional Catholic, the sedevacantist believes and professes all the teachings of the Catholic Church, and this profession of the true Faith includes a rejection of the false teachings of Vatican II (“all already condemned by the Church in many a document, official and definitive” — Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, June 29, 1976).

During the first prayer of the Canon of the traditional Mass which begins Te igitur, the priest in normal times would recite una cum papa nostro N. (one with our pope N.). What significance does this short phrase convey — una cum, one with? One in faith, one in government, one in the Mass and Sacraments — united— this is the significance! Can a traditional priest honestly recite in the Canon of the Mass that he is una cum Francis? In what is he una cum Francis? In the Conciliar teachings, in government, in the official New Mass and Sacraments — is he actually una cum?

One last consideration on this subject of sedevacantism is the manner in which all these things have come to pass. When did they take place? How did they take place? This is an area in which sedevacantists themselves differ. Some hold that the papal elections were invalid based on the Bull of Pope Paul IV in 1559, Cum ex apostolatus:

“If ever at any time it appears that… the Roman Pontiff has deviated from the Catholic Faith or fallen into some heresy before assuming the papacy, the assumption, done even with the unanimous consent of all the Cardinals, stands null, invalid and void; nor can it be said to become valid, or be held in any way legitimate, or be thought to give to such ones any power of administering either spiritual or temporal matters; but everything said, done and administered by them lacks all force and confers absolutely no authority or right on anyone; and let such ones by that very fact (eo ipso) and without any declaration required to be deprived of all dignity, place, honor, title, authority, office, and power.”

Some sedevacantists quote the Code of Canon Law (1917) in Canon 188 No. 4:

“All offices shall be vacant ipso facto (without a declaration required) by tacit resignation… #4 by public defection from the Catholic Faith.”

Others hold the opinion of St. Robert Bellarmine in De Romano Pontifice (Chapter XXX):

“The fifth opinion (regarding a heretical pope) therefore is true; a pope who is a manifest heretic by that fact (per se) ceases to be pope and head (of the Church), just as he by that fact ceases to be a Christian (sic) and a member of the body of the Church. This is the judgment of all the early Fathers, who teach that manifest heretics immediately lose all jurisdiction.”

Pope Innocent III as quoted by the theologian Billot in his Tract. de Ecclesia Christi, p. 610:

“The faith is necessary for me to such an extent that, having God as my only judge in other sins, I could however be judged by the Church for sins I might commit in matters of faith.”

Suffice it to say, the issue of the pope is a difficult one, an unpleasant one, and a frightful one; yet it is a necessary and important issue which cannot be avoided.

In conclusion, let it not be said that the sedevacantist rejects the papacy, the primacy, or the Catholic Church. On the contrary it is because of his belief in the papacy, the primacy, the infallibility and the indefectibility of the Catholic Church that he rejects Francis and his Conciliar Church.

For the sedevacantist, the Catholic Church cannot and has not failed. The great apostasy predicted by St. Paul in his Epistle to the Thessalonians has taken place:

“Let no one deceive you in any way, for the day of the Lord will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and is exalted above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sits in the temple of God and gives himself out as if he were God…. And now you know what restrains him, that he may be revealed in his proper time. For the mystery of iniquity is already at work; provided only that he who is at present restraining it, does still restrain, until he is gotten out of the way. And then the wicked one will be revealed…” (2 Thess. 2:3-8).

Who is this one “who is at present restraining it… until he is gotten out of the way. And then the wicked one will be revealed”? Perhaps Pope Leo XIII has the answer in his Motu Proprio of September 25, 1888, when he wrote in his invocation to St. Michael:

“These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be scattered.”

Joseph’s commentary on this beautiful article. The Catholic Encyclopedia 1912, New York.  States under AntiChrist, that he would most likely be a false pope. Father S. Berry in his book, “The Apocalypse of St. John.” 1921. States on the Star that falls from Heaven, in chapter 9, is some Bishop who becomes a heretic, opens the gates of HELL and in turn leads us to the reign of AntiChrist.” Well, it was pope John 23 who called the council, and it was pope Paul VI who, (by signing it into law) caused the Traditional Catholic movement who many referred to him, as “The Man of Sin.” and believe it or not, you have Father Kramer in his book on the Apocalypse 1956, stating, “The Church is defeated, the Papacy is abolished, pg. 321″ but he thinks this is temporary. Well, again my friends 57 years later we find ourselves in a state unequaled in the history of Christianity with Traditionalists split in 3 divisions. In closing my friends, let me quote Apocalypse 18:4-5. ” Go out from her my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her PLAGUES. FOR HER SINS have reached unto heaven…”  Heaven, my dear faithful, on earth, is the MASS.

Grace be with you, in Christ, Joseph B.D. Saraceno

http://www.catholicendtimetruths.com  why Sede Vacante

Answering the Objections to the Sedevacantist Position Compiled by Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI

Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen

Objection I: Pope Pius XII lifted all ecclesiastical penalties during the conclave to elect the pope. So even if the Vatican II popes were heretics before their elections, they would still be validly elected.

Answer: Heretics and schismatics are barred by DIVINE LAW from the election to the Papal Office. Pope Pius XII lifted ecclesiastical penalties; he did not, would not, could not dispense from Divine Law. Proof: MORE

Pope Paul VI ~ Formal and Public Heretic

On November 19, 1969 The Owosso Argus-Press reported that Pope (Paul VI) defends new rites:

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Paul VI defended controversial new rites for the Roman Catholic Mass today and said all Catholicsmust promptly adhere” to them. His words, at his regular general audience, met recent criticism by Antonio Cardinal Bacci and Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani, two semiretired conservative members of the Roman Curia, who had suggested the new Mass was almost “heretical”

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Dear friends of the faith, in light of the publication of the motu proprio

This is not just about the MASS. It’s life or death for the Catholic Church. The New Bible’s make Jesus just another prophet. And the Council teaches # 9., one can be saved in ANY Religion. We need to join up together and preach the Coming of the Lord, and stop calling these AntiChrists popes. This is the “Great Apostasy” St. Paul talked about. Go to www.catholicendtimetruths.com then to Books, why Sede Vacante & Apostasy and the Beast.
One would have to be a nitwit not to understand that we have very little time left in this world.
Grace be with you, in Christ, Joseph B.D. Saraceno

The Vatican restricts Traditional Latin Mass – Today on Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s Feast Day

Slap the face of one of the two witnesses, the Prophet Elias –  Mt. Carmel was his dwelling-place. A Slap in the face for SSPX –  their negotiations are out the door. And most Catholics slap Traditionalists in the face, they’d rather turn Protestant instead of searching for the Truth. And who’ll consecrate Russia? What does that even mean any more? Those who are stuck in the Fatima crusade, I have news for you, Russia’s more religious then the U.S. and the WHOLE world! Pray for your own country’s conversion.

The Vatican’s Secretariat of State has issued an instruction regarding the celebration of Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, suppressing Masses said by a priest by himself, and restricting the celebration of the extraordinary form of Mass in the Latin rite to one altar in the crypt of the basilica. MORE

VATICAN 2: MISERY AND DESPAIR

The Robber Council of 1962-1965 (better known to the world as the Second Vatican Council), produced sixteen heretical documents. Four of those documents were “promulgated” by Montini (“Pope” Paul VI) on December 7, 1965, the day before the Council ended. Altogether, Vatican II passed four Constitutions, nine Decrees, and three Declarations. Two of the four Constitutions were called “Dogmatic” (Dei Verbum [on Divine Revelation], and Lumen Gentium [on the Church]), and the last was labeled as “Pastoral,” Gaudium et Spes (On the Church in the Modern World). The Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium  [on the liturgy] does not specify itself with either appellation. Gaudium et Spes (translated as “Joy and Hope,” will hereinafter be referred to as “GS”), was one of those last four documents put out by the Council. It is most pernicious and often overlooked because of the more glaring heresies of the other Constitutions. MORE

Sixty Years of Sede Vacante by Mario Derksen. True Prophet or False prophet?

Dear friends of the Faith without exception, False Prophets always tell people what THEY want to hear. This article was printed in the “Reign of Mary.” A  CMRI publication.in Fall 2018 under the title of “As Sheep Not Having a Shepherd.” I got a hold of it about six months ago and just couldn’t respond until now. You will see that, in some cases he even contradicts the Bishop of CMRI. Because it’s about six pages long I have taken the liberty to high light those places that contain the most serious errors and explain each one here. 

In Christ, Joseph  8-7-20 St. Cajetan,C

The Great Apostasy, precedes the reign of Antichrist.

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“Why the V-2 Popes cannot be Popes.” Lecture by Rev. Fr. Noel Barbara

Explanation of Church Teaching on Papal Infallibility ~ by Rev. Fr. Noel Barbara  RIP

Hear, Father Noel Barbara’s dynamic lecture,  given originally in French by Fr. Barbara in the 1980’s. The author (who was probably the first European priest to come to the conclusion of the vacancy in the papal chair), after recalling the Catholic doctrine on the Church and its Magisterium, shows why the popes of Vatican II cannot be  popes.

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Excuse me my CMRI Friend on Pope John XXIII

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That I know of, this is one “simony”  accusation in the last 50 years was never made public among Traditional Catholics. So please, tell me your source and what CMRI Father’s agree with these accusations towards pope John XXIII???  What about our Bishop? I never heard him say anything on it this.

Do I understand you correctly that pope John XXIII bought or paid to be pope?

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The Great Apostasy is irreversible. Bishop. Louis Vezelis OFM

Dear Friends in Christ, Jesus.

Faith is often tried and made strong in times of hardship. A case in point is the present Great Apostasy. Because of the Great Apostasy that has changed the Church forever into a very small flock as opposed to the great number that has apostatized and those that have been led into schism by false teachers, the remnant of the Church is often physically isolated from other members of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

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Can One Be Materially Pope and Not Formally Also?

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A review of “The Problem of Authority in the Post conciliar Church – the Cassiciacum Thesis” by Father Bernard Lucien.

In this review, I would wish to proceed through the Cassiciacum Thesis of Msgr. Guerard des Laurier as presented by Rev. Bernard Lucien and translated by Rama P. Coomaraswamy, M.D., step by step, but time does not allow. Be that as it may, one must first skip to the conclusion in order to put into perspective the outcome of their conclusions. I will return to the Thesis afterwards.

I begin by quoting from the Chapter “Conclusion:”

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