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« Reply #30 on: November 25, 2012, 01:17:07 PM »
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    Well, that was interesting commentary, Brother Francis, but I'm afraid your understanding of the requisite acceptance is pretty much at odds with the teaching of John of St.Thomas and other theologians.

    To reiterate the above points,

    1. The nominal acceptance required given to an elect as the new head of the universal Church is easily and immediately recognizable as such

    2. When we are speaking of moral unanimity of acceptance, it is primarily among the Bishops of the universal Church who have a teaching office and are part of the episcopal college.

    both of which were documented earlier.

    Now, a few additional considerations I did not want to go into since they were somewhat tangential, but since they've all found their way into this thread now, about each of the individual three persons, very briefly,

    1. If Cardinal Siri were ever elected Pope, then we fall into still greater difficulties, particularly if we take sedevacantist reasoning for granted. Wouldn't he have lost his office, for not only accepting Vatican II, saying the new Mass, using the new rites, and in addition to all this, giving public veneration to alleged antipopes and notorious heretics? The theory lacks positive corroboration and doesn't escape the very dilemma it was intended to solve.

    He also wrote a certain letter to Archbishop Lefebvre on June 22, 1988 - to ask him not to break from the Church. Should he not rather have told his (alleged) underground clergy to get in touch with Archbishop Lefebvre, or others like him, inform them of the truth concerning the election, news they who had been so baffled with the goings on would have received with elation, and work with them?

    It's clear this theory is altogether without foundation.


    The white smoke & Vatican Radio announcing that there is a new pope hardly qualifies as 'altogether w/o foundation'.

    There are problems with Siri Thesis but there are Many More problems with other scenarios.

    MO is that the perfidious actions of Boniface( if he is even a pope) , Leo X & Clement VII are worse than what Pope Gregory can be accused of.
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    « Reply #31 on: November 25, 2012, 01:20:44 PM »
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  • Throne of Boniface in Agnani.
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    « Reply #32 on: November 25, 2012, 02:12:46 PM »
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  • Roscoe:  what is the definition of sede vaticantism?  It means an empty chair of Peter, correct?  We have had periods like that.  We have also had those who referred to themselves as Pope but were not.  Correct.

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    « Reply #33 on: November 25, 2012, 03:07:31 PM »
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    Roscoe:  what is the definition of sede vaticantism?  It means an empty chair of Peter, correct?  We have had periods like that.  We have also had those who referred to themselves as Pope but were not.  Correct.


    While there definitely is such a state of affairs as sede vacante, there is no such thing as 'sede vacantism'.  

    MO is that Boniface, Leo & Clement each did more damage than Pope Gregory.
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    « Reply #34 on: November 25, 2012, 07:03:45 PM »
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    Well, that was interesting commentary, Brother Francis, but I'm afraid your understanding of the requisite acceptance is pretty much at odds with the teaching of John of St.Thomas and other theologians.

    To reiterate the above points,

    1. The nominal acceptance required given to an elect as the new head of the universal Church is easily and immediately recognizable as such

    2. When we are speaking of moral unanimity of acceptance, it is primarily among the Bishops of the universal Church who have a teaching office and are part of the episcopal college.

    both of which were documented earlier.

    Now, a few additional considerations I did not want to go into since they were somewhat tangential, but since they've all found their way into this thread now, about each of the individual three persons, very briefly,

    1. If Cardinal Siri were ever elected Pope, then we fall into still greater difficulties, particularly if we take sedevacantist reasoning for granted. Wouldn't he have lost his office, for not only accepting Vatican II, saying the new Mass, using the new rites, and in addition to all this, giving public veneration to alleged antipopes and notorious heretics? The theory lacks positive corroboration and doesn't escape the very dilemma it was intended to solve.

    He also wrote a certain letter to Archbishop Lefebvre on June 22, 1988 - to ask him not to break from the Church. Should he not rather have told his (alleged) underground clergy to get in touch with Archbishop Lefebvre, or others like him, inform them of the truth concerning the election, news they who had been so baffled with the goings on would have received with elation, and work with them?

    It's clear this theory is altogether without foundation.


    The white smoke & Vatican Radio announcing that there is a new pope hardly qualifies as 'altogether w/o foundation'.

    There are problems with Siri Thesis but there are Many More problems with other scenarios.

    MO is that the perfidious actions of Boniface( if he is even a pope) , Leo X & Clement VII are worse than what Pope Gregory can be accused of.


    In answer to why Siri didn't support Lefebvre I started a new thread.
    http://www.cathinfo.com/catholic.php?a=topic&t=21720#p0


    In her still unpublished memoirs, Vatican news correspondent, and long time reporter for the Associated Press wire service, Gabriella Montemayor (1912-2005), whose career spanned 50 years, summarized the rumors that circulated among informed journalists in October 1958:

    Siri was alleged to have been elected at the conclave of 1958, from which, instead, came out Roncalli. The three well-known smoke signals, white, black, and then, finally, white, had aroused not a little perplexity and the same comment throughout the whole of the Italian peninsula: Who had been elected at the first white smoke?

    "Everyone in Genoa insisted, even from the first day: it most certainly was Siri. Could he have abdicated? Had he been forced out? Was it politics or the Holy Ghost? The mystery remains yet today. However, the [new] Vatican which burst unexpectedly before our eyes was a totally different Vatican from that of Pius XII, who had condemned Communism, excommunicating whoever had collaborated in any way with the atheists. The excommunication was surely still legitimate when the new pontificate opened its arms to the Soviets, even as Roncalli was hailed, in a shameless manner, as the Good Pope.� (Gabriella Montemayor, I'll Tell My Cat, 1993, unpublished manuscript, Rome, chapter 4: Conclave,� page 28.)"


    The point of this quote is that Roncalli's election was not "universally accepted"


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    « Reply #35 on: November 26, 2012, 07:01:38 AM »
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  • Well, with regard to Cardinal Siri, Thursday and Roscoe, let me grant for the sake of the argument that he indeed was elected to the Papacy. But, then what, he very clearly stepped down and reverenced the other elects as true Popes, as the whole of the rest of his life very clearly slows. He certainly was close to Archbishop Lefebvre (and my point in this respect was that he would certainly have told him if he was really Pope or believed himself such and had ample opportunity to do so), but he himself tended to support the canonical regularization of the SSPX, which further shows he genuinely considered the Popes as such.

    An examination of his relationship with the Popes shows he always was and believed himself to be and professed to be only a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church and no more. Here His Eminence describes Pope John Paul II.

    http://www.traditioninaction.org/ProgressivistDoc/A_149_Siri-JPII.html

    Quote from: Cardinal Siri
    He is the Vicar of Christ. The words of the Gospel are applied to John Paul II since the moment of his election, just as they were to Peter"...” (Mt 16:18). The dignity of the Pope reflects something of the Majesty of God, and when we see him, simple and amiable with everyone, we should never forget that he is the Vicar of Christ

    Because of his office, his blessing is worth more than all other blessings; for the same reason his prayers and all his actions are more important than the prayers and actions of all other men. To receive the Pope well, we should consider him not just as a sovereign whose influence has no equal in the world, but as we would receive Jesus Christ Himself.  


    How many sede-impeditists and conclavists would agree with this statement of the man you call "Pope Gregory XVII"? Clearly not too many.

    "Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic ... This is a statement I would sign in my blood." St. Montfort, Secret of the Rosary. I support the FSSP, the SSPX and other priests who work for the restoration of doctrinal orthodoxy and liturgical orthopraxis in the Church. I accept Vatican II if interpreted in the light of Tradition and canonisations as an infallible declaration that a person is in Heaven. Sedevacantism is schismatic and Ecclesiavacantism is heretical.

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    « Reply #36 on: November 26, 2012, 07:19:00 AM »
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  • Ambrose, thank you for your admirable summary of the current situation in the Church today, which situation is in many respects deplorable, some aspects of which you mention. But while I do not deny the truth of much of what you relate, I deny that it applies directly to this question.

    Do you understand and accept the traditional distinction between the Ecclesia docens and Ecclesia discens and see the bearing it has on this matter? Because the manner in which indefectibility and the visible rule of Faith applies, which is what the theologians allude to in arguing the case for universal acceptance being a guarantor of validity, is based on the same. It is impossible for the whole teaching Church to collectively adhere to and identify a false claimant as Pope, that is why Msgr.Noort speaks of the "ordinary and universal Magisterium", which is the only authority that can make an infallibly true judgment, and this suffices to establish the point.

    Now, I agree the acceptance of the Ecclesia discens is not unimportant, but this is only on a secondary level, because, as all concede the Ecclesia discens is bound to accept the judgments of the Ecclesia docens. You yourself say this when you say the one is the rule of Faith for the other.

    In summary, then, it suffices to point this out - the Ecclesia discens by its nature is bound to adhere to those judgments of the Ecclesia docens which are infallibly true, and a morally unanimous judgment of the Ecclesia docens that a certain man is Pope is infallibly true, and so the conclusion follows, that the unanimous acceptance of the Ecclesia discens is sufficient to establish that the essential acceptance of the whole Church exists.

    Let's take Pope Benedict XVI's election in 2005 or the current status today in 2012. In both cases, it appears to me there is a moral unanimity even under your theory and it alone of who belongs to the teaching Church today, namely a very few Bishops to whom this has passed because of common error or because they were consecrated long ago. Therefore, the notion that we are in an interregnum refutes itself.

    Let me know where you disagree. God bless.

    "Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic ... This is a statement I would sign in my blood." St. Montfort, Secret of the Rosary. I support the FSSP, the SSPX and other priests who work for the restoration of doctrinal orthodoxy and liturgical orthopraxis in the Church. I accept Vatican II if interpreted in the light of Tradition and canonisations as an infallible declaration that a person is in Heaven. Sedevacantism is schismatic and Ecclesiavacantism is heretical.

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    « Reply #37 on: November 26, 2012, 08:17:24 AM »
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    Well, with regard to Cardinal Siri, Thursday and Roscoe, let me grant for the sake of the argument that he indeed was elected to the Papacy. But, then what, he very clearly stepped down and reverenced the other elects as true Popes, as the whole of the rest of his life very clearly slows.


    There is a difference between being the lawful pope and the de facto pope. The rest of Siri's life was spent doing damage control at the highest levels as well training orthodox priest who are no very close to the seat of power in Rome.

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    He certainly was close to Archbishop Lefebvre (and my point in this respect was that he would certainly have told him if he was really Pope or believed himself such and had ample opportunity to do so), but he himself tended to support the canonical regularization of the SSPX, which further shows he genuinely considered the Popes as such.

    An examination of his relationship with the Popes shows he always was and believed himself to be and professed to be only a Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church and no more. Here His Eminence describes Pope John Paul II.

    http://www.traditioninaction.org/ProgressivistDoc/A_149_Siri-JPII.html

    Quote from: Cardinal Siri
    He is the Vicar of Christ. The words of the Gospel are applied to John Paul II since the moment of his election, just as they were to Peter"...” (Mt 16:18). The dignity of the Pope reflects something of the Majesty of God, and when we see him, simple and amiable with everyone, we should never forget that he is the Vicar of Christ

    Because of his office, his blessing is worth more than all other blessings; for the same reason his prayers and all his actions are more important than the prayers and actions of all other men. To receive the Pope well, we should consider him not just as a sovereign whose influence has no equal in the world, but as we would receive Jesus Christ Himself.  



    The above quote is just the usual platitudes given when the pope comes to visit.  Does anyone think (at the time completely unheard of) Cardinal Siri would have taken this opportunity to announce that he was the lawful pope, maybe you are forgetting how popular John Paul II was. Siri played the game and from several accounts gave the usurpers more than a little trouble. A few quotes from Italian sources...
    From Vatican Insider 'The Catholic Church Reconquers Genoa'

    "Under Siri, the most faithful and authoritative interpreter of the pontificate of Pius XII, Genoa became the stronghold of the defense of Christianity and the cardinal point of reference for a church closer to tradition than innovation, leading it to its isolation from the rest of the country, particularly after the Council."


    Published in Il Stampa
    "They say that once the old curial Cardinal, Sebastiano Baggio, prefect of the powerful Congregation for Bishops in the last phase of the pontificate of Paul VI and the beginning of that of John Paul II, accused Cardinal Siri of growing his seminarians and priests as an island separate from the body of the Italian Church and that this was not taken into account when they were made bishops. ‘Yes, it's true’ - Siri would respond – ‘we are an island, but my own I taught to swim.’"

    Here is testimony from a disgruntled Genoese priest who entered the seminary in 1964 and served for 40 years until his recent banishment.  Father Paolo Farinello, who has no love for Cardinal Siri or for tradition writes in his 2007 book,

     “Cardinal Siri, in fact, has never hidden his denigration of the Council and the liturgical reform in particular. In any way he obstructs its implementation in the diocese … We (the seminarians) were trembling with the spirit of the council and each time he (Siri) castrated our passionate enthusiasm by ensuring us that it would take fifty years to remedy the Vatican … He inoculated us unsuspecting with the suspicion that Pope Paul VI was not an orthodox Pope.”

     
    Farinello writes in another article more recently,
     
    “Siri told us ‘do not say the new mass in my diocese, I did not vote for these changes.’”


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    How many sede-impeditists and conclavists would agree with this statement of the man you call "Pope Gregory XVII"? Clearly not too many.



    Again, the above quote is just the usual platitudes given when the pope comes to visit, hardly an insight to Siri true feelings or reflective of his legacy, at least not according to the sources I've quoted above.


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    « Reply #38 on: November 26, 2012, 11:14:48 AM »
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  • John XXIII(23)-- Benedict XVI(16) anti-popes  :fryingpan:
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    « Reply #39 on: November 27, 2012, 02:58:29 AM »
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  • Are you saying, Thursday, Cardinal Siri himself broke the eighth commandment, bore public false witness and even called on the name of God and Christ in giving testimony to a falsehood when he said "The words of the Gospel are applied to John Paul II since the moment of his election"? This is what your own position would imply about Cardinal Siri, I do not believe His Eminence did such a thing.

    If the situation were as you describe, that there was duress, Cardinal Siri would know that according to Catholic moral teaching, he could never speak an outright lie, for this is forbidden by the God who cannot lie who taught us that Satan is the father of lies who speaks them of himself, but could only express in a certain equivocal way a statement of what is called "broad mental reservation".

    Here is Fr.John Hardon's explanation of the same. The above clearly doesn't come under it, since it expressly calls Pope John Paul II the Vicar of Christ and speaks of Christ giving him the Keys at his election, so I don't think it is just a "usual platitude" as it could have been if Cardinal Siri really wanted it to be.

    I am not personally denying myself that Cardinal Siri was overall quite orthodox - I just think that given the conduct of his whole life, it would have been the Indult Groups and the SSPX he would have supported, not the sedevacantists or conclavists in my opinion.

    Here and here are two further articles, which despite a certain bias, contain useful facts on Cardinal Siri and show this further.

    From the article,

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    [T]he efforts of the Genoese Cardinal to repair relations between Rome and Ecône remained alive and were greatest in subsequent years, after the suspension a divinis of Monsignor Lefebvre which occurred in 1976 due to the ordination of priests despite the prohibition imposed by the Vatican. Siri was very active on this subject in 1977-1978. In the last months of that year, after some second thoughts of Lefebvre and public words of appreciation from Lefebvre for the Cardinal during the second conclave of that year, [Siri] asked him to Genoa, proposing a plan of agreement: “full submission to the authority of the Pope and also full adhesion to the norms of the Council. The only request of Lefebvre concerned permission to celebrate Mass in Latin according to the rite of St. Pius V.” (B. Lai , Il Papa non eletto)

    ...

    On June 22 of that year, when Lefebvre announced his intention to ordain four bishops, the Genoese cardinal wrote to Lefebvre: "Monsignor, I beseech you on my knees not to break from the Church! You have been an apostle, a bishop, you must remain in your place. At our age we are at the door of eternity. Think! I am always waiting for you, here in the Church and later in Paradise ."


    These are certainly not the words of a man who believed himself Pope.

    Anyway, coming back to the other matter, here is an additional witness to the same truth by an illustrious Doctor of the Church.

    Quote from: St.Alphonsus
    “It is of no importance that in past centuries some Pontiff was illegitimately elected or took possession of the Pontificate by fraud; it is enough that he was accepted afterwards by the whole Church as Pope, since by such acceptance he would have become the true Pontiff.

    "Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic ... This is a statement I would sign in my blood." St. Montfort, Secret of the Rosary. I support the FSSP, the SSPX and other priests who work for the restoration of doctrinal orthodoxy and liturgical orthopraxis in the Church. I accept Vatican II if interpreted in the light of Tradition and canonisations as an infallible declaration that a person is in Heaven. Sedevacantism is schismatic and Ecclesiavacantism is heretical.

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    « Reply #40 on: November 27, 2012, 08:34:02 AM »
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    Are you saying, Thursday, Cardinal Siri himself broke the eighth commandment, bore public false witness and even called on the name of God and Christ in giving testimony to a falsehood when he said "The words of the Gospel are applied to John Paul II since the moment of his election"? This is what your own position would imply about Cardinal Siri, I do not believe His Eminence did such a thing.


    Well, when asked whether he was elected Pope in 1985 by Louis Remi he became stricken and said "I am bound by the secret" When all he had to say was no I was never elected Pope.

    Again when Siri was approached in 1988 by the Vietnamese priest Father Khoat he denied it twice and it was only when Fr. Khoat asked him explicitly whether he was the lawful pope not the defacto pope that Siri responded "you know it" Fr. Khoat also describes Siri as being "stricken."

    I, personally, have never been set up by masonic agents to accepted the papacy for the sole purpose of having them reject me 5 minutes later but I can guess that it would result in considerable mental anguish, confusion, and perhaps a bit of denial. Regardless JP II was the recognized pope and held the papal office so Siri wasn't exactly lying when he calls him pope. It's kinda like when child introduces his stepdad as his father not wishing to explain the details of his parents divorce  to his new friends.



    Quote from: Nishant
    If the situation were as you describe, that there was duress, Cardinal Siri would know that according to Catholic moral teaching, he could never speak an outright lie, for this is forbidden by the God who cannot lie who taught us that Satan is the father of lies who speaks them of himself, but could only express in a certain equivocal way a statement of what is called "broad mental reservation".

    Here is Fr.John Hardon's explanation of the same. The above clearly doesn't come under it, since it expressly calls Pope John Paul II the Vicar of Christ and speaks of Christ giving him the Keys at his election, so I don't think it is just a "usual platitude" as it could have been if Cardinal Siri really wanted it to be.

    I am not personally denying myself that Cardinal Siri was overall quite orthodox - I just think that given the conduct of his whole life, it would have been the Indult Groups and the SSPX he would have supported, not the sedevacantists or conclavists in my opinion.



    Here and here are two further articles, which despite a certain bias, contain useful facts on Cardinal Siri and show this further.

    From the article,

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    [T]he efforts of the Genoese Cardinal to repair relations between Rome and Ecône remained alive and were greatest in subsequent years, after the suspension a divinis of Monsignor Lefebvre which occurred in 1976 due to the ordination of priests despite the prohibition imposed by the Vatican. Siri was very active on this subject in 1977-1978. In the last months of that year, after some second thoughts of Lefebvre and public words of appreciation from Lefebvre for the Cardinal during the second conclave of that year, [Siri] asked him to Genoa, proposing a plan of agreement: “full submission to the authority of the Pope and also full adhesion to the norms of the Council. The only request of Lefebvre concerned permission to celebrate Mass in Latin according to the rite of St. Pius V.” (B. Lai , Il Papa non eletto)

    ...

    On June 22 of that year, when Lefebvre announced his intention to ordain four bishops, the Genoese cardinal wrote to Lefebvre: "Monsignor, I beseech you on my knees not to break from the Church! You have been an apostle, a bishop, you must remain in your place. At our age we are at the door of eternity. Think! I am always waiting for you, here in the Church and later in Paradise ."


    There are many reasons that Siri would not have supported Lefebvre.

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    These are certainly not the words of a man who believed himself Pope.


    I think you should familiarize yourself with ALL of the evidence that supports the Siri thesis instead of picking a few quotes from questionable sources. I'll admit that there are a lot of unanswered questions about Siri, and no the it's not 100% certain that he was the pope or that he did not lose his office at some point if he was initially Pope but taking one snippet of a highly formal letter usually does not reveal the true contexts of things.

    Quote from: Nishant
    Anyway, coming back to the other matter, here is an additional witness to the same truth by an illustrious Doctor of the Church.

    Quote from: St.Alphonsus
    “It is of no importance that in past centuries some Pontiff was illegitimately elected or took possession of the Pontificate by fraud; it is enough that he was accepted afterwards by the whole Church as Pope, since by such acceptance he would have become the true Pontiff.



    yes that's all fine until they start having interreligious preyer meetings, polka masses and wearing rainbow vestments.


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    « Reply #41 on: November 28, 2012, 09:41:08 AM »
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  • Hello Thursday. Continuing where we left off,

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    Well, when asked whether he was elected Pope in 1985 by Louis Remi he became stricken and said "I am bound by the secret" When all he had to say was no I was never elected Pope.


    It's quite possible he was elected Pope. But what appears to me impossible to deny is that if he was elected, then he freely stepped down. If nothing else, the public statements he made would effect his tacit resignation from the Papal office.

    It's also worth pointing out in response to the above that a true Pope is not bound by the secret of the conclave, so this is perhaps evidence that he was not elected, but that some other serious matters took place.

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    Again when Siri was approached in 1988 by the Vietnamese priest Father Khoat he denied it twice and it was only when Fr. Khoat asked him explicitly whether he was the lawful pope not the defacto pope that Siri responded "you know it" Fr. Khoat also describes Siri as being "stricken."


    This incident also does not prove that Cardinal Siri considered himself Pope, especially given his two unequivocal denials, and the undue pressure Fr.Khoat exerted by speaking of his own family's sufferings. It's quite possible His Eminence thought he would have made a better Pope or that he should have been Pope given the difficult times the Church was going through.

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    I, personally, have never been set up by masonic agents


    But if you were, what would you do? Would you not look for someone you can trust to tell the truth. He should have sought Archbishop Lefebvre and set him straight, told him he was Pope. That's why I think his relationship with the Archbishop is important, but in any case, his relationship with Pope John Paul II, to whom he was clearly devoted, probably more than any of us is, proves he did not regard himself as Pope.

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    I'll admit that there are a lot of unanswered questions about Siri


    Good. Some of the Sirianists I've spoken to are more dogmatic.

    I actually examined the matter carefully before coming to a conclusion, and my sources are from full articles or published letters, which are easily and readily accessible, not single quotes, like yours were, for instance, which though in any case I do not deny.

    It is not a small matter for Cardinal Siri to say Christ gave Pope John Paul II the Keys and beside there are several other statements to this effect from His Eminence. Whatever difficulties the Church is going through, I don't think a speculative theory like the Siri thesis which the Cardinal himself so often denied is the solution - the better solution is the one Cardinal Siri himself practiced throughout his life - a firm commitment to personal doctrinal orthodoxy and traditional liturgical orthopraxis and no more.

    In order to speak of antipopes, we need at least two visible and credible claimants to the Papacy. And when we have had such two or more claimaints, great Saints and Doctors have held that supposing one or more resign and all of these accept the election of the other and venerate him as Pope along with the Church, then that one would be regarded as true and valid Pope.
    "Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic ... This is a statement I would sign in my blood." St. Montfort, Secret of the Rosary. I support the FSSP, the SSPX and other priests who work for the restoration of doctrinal orthodoxy and liturgical orthopraxis in the Church. I accept Vatican II if interpreted in the light of Tradition and canonisations as an infallible declaration that a person is in Heaven. Sedevacantism is schismatic and Ecclesiavacantism is heretical.

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    « Reply #42 on: November 28, 2012, 04:54:38 PM »
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    Hello Thursday. Continuing where we left off,

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    Well, when asked whether he was elected Pope in 1985 by Louis Remi he became stricken and said "I am bound by the secret" When all he had to say was no I was never elected Pope.


    It's quite possible he was elected Pope. But what appears to me impossible to deny is that if he was elected, then he freely stepped down. If nothing else, the public statements he made would effect his tacit resignation from the Papal office.
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    It's also worth pointing out in response to the above that a true Pope is not bound by the secret of the conclave, so this is perhaps evidence that he was not elected, but that some other serious matters took place.
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    Again when Siri was approached in 1988 by the Vietnamese priest Father Khoat he denied it twice and it was only when Fr. Khoat asked him explicitly whether he was the lawful pope not the defacto pope that Siri responded "you know it" Fr. Khoat also describes Siri as being "stricken."


    This incident also does not prove that Cardinal Siri considered himself Pope, especially given his two unequivocal denials, and the undue pressure Fr.Khoat exerted by speaking of his own family's sufferings. It's quite possible His Eminence thought he would have made a better Pope or that he should have been Pope given the difficult times the Church was going through.

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    But if you were, what would you do? Would you not look for someone you can trust to tell the truth. He should have sought Archbishop Lefebvre and set him straight, told him he was Pope. That's why I think his relationship with the Archbishop is important, but in any case, his relationship with Pope John Paul II, to whom he was clearly devoted, probably more than any of us is, proves he did not regard himself as Pope.
    See 4


    1. But he never held the papal office, he was elected, the white smoke indicated he accepted and chose his name (assuming it was him elected Oct. 26, 1958 when the white smoke appeared) and there was some kind of threat against him or the church. It seems to me highly impropable that he would freely resign as pope having just acepted without there being some sort of duress.

    2.Yes, the interviewer in subsequent articles says that he felt Siri was just using that as an excuse since he had just finished answering several questions about the conclave. Alternatively Siri may have been referring to the seal of the confessional as one of the infiltrators may have confessed to Siri what they had done in order to bind him.

    3.Father Khoat met with Siri for extended periods when he went to Genoa in 1988 and confirmed that Siri was the lawful pope. The quote is just a small part of what they discussed, the rest I am not  privy to but Fr. Khoat certainly did NOT misinterpret was Siri was saying.  

    4.If Siri was elected and shoved aside what he should or should not have done is beyond anyone but him to judge. Well, perhaps when more is revealed and a future pope examines the case we can get a judgement but for now the matter remains unresolved. I'll concede that Siri never publically claimed to be the lawful pope which makes for a hard case but other testimony and a great deal of circumstantial evidence indicate that he was the the legal successor to St. Peter.

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  • Like Thurs, I also acknowledge that there are problems with the Siri thesis, but there are Mucho More problems with the alleged 'sede vacantism' or recognising the v2 anti-popes.
    There Is No Such Thing As 'Sede Vacantism'...
    nor is there such thing as a 'Feeneyite' or 'Feeneyism'

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    « Reply #44 on: November 29, 2012, 04:16:43 AM »
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    Ambrose, thank you for your admirable summary of the current situation in the Church today, which situation is in many respects deplorable, some aspects of which you mention. But while I do not deny the truth of much of what you relate, I deny that it applies directly to this question.

    Do you understand and accept the traditional distinction between the Ecclesia docens and Ecclesia discens and see the bearing it has on this matter? Because the manner in which indefectibility and the visible rule of Faith applies, which is what the theologians allude to in arguing the case for universal acceptance being a guarantor of validity, is based on the same. It is impossible for the whole teaching Church to collectively adhere to and identify a false claimant as Pope, that is why Msgr.Noort speaks of the "ordinary and universal Magisterium", which is the only authority that can make an infallibly true judgment, and this suffices to establish the point.

    Now, I agree the acceptance of the Ecclesia discens is not unimportant, but this is only on a secondary level, because, as all concede the Ecclesia discens is bound to accept the judgments of the Ecclesia docens. You yourself say this when you say the one is the rule of Faith for the other.

    In summary, then, it suffices to point this out - the Ecclesia discens by its nature is bound to adhere to those judgments of the Ecclesia docens which are infallibly true, and a morally unanimous judgment of the Ecclesia docens that a certain man is Pope is infallibly true, and so the conclusion follows, that the unanimous acceptance of the Ecclesia discens is sufficient to establish that the essential acceptance of the whole Church exists.

    Let's take Pope Benedict XVI's election in 2005 or the current status today in 2012. In both cases, it appears to me there is a moral unanimity even under your theory and it alone of who belongs to the teaching Church today, namely a very few Bishops to whom this has passed because of common error or because they were consecrated long ago. Therefore, the notion that we are in an interregnum refutes itself.

    Let me know where you disagree. God bless.


    Nishant,

    Thank your for your response and thoughts.  To your points:

    1.  I agree with the distinction of the theologians, but in this case, the hierarchy is not teaching, it is simply universally recognizing one to be pope.  I am not aware of Van Noort stating that it is only the ecclesia docens which recognizes a certain pope.  

    2.  Even if hypothetically your argument is true, I still believe that the remaining bishops of the hierarchy, i.e. those who kept the faith have not peacefully accepted John Paul II and Benedict XVI.  By this, I mean that they have not accepted their teaching authority in promulgating new doctrine.  It would be impossible for a Catholic to do so.  

    3.  It is very difficult to determine who the bishops were anyway at the time of the elections.  We could certainly identify some of them, but not all of them.  Archbishop Lefebvre spoke of hundreds of bishops who were quietly on his side (the Catholic side) at the Council, but to this day we do not know who they are.

    4.  In regards to your statement:  
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    In summary, then, it suffices to point this out - the Ecclesia discens by its nature is bound to adhere to those judgments of the Ecclesia docens which are infallibly true, and a morally unanimous judgment of the Ecclesia docens that a certain man is Pope is infallibly true, and so the conclusion follows, that the unanimous acceptance of the Ecclesia discens is sufficient to establish that the essential acceptance of the whole Church exists.


    I would like to see what you can produce from the theologians on this.  You are correct that when the ecclesia docens teaches, the ecclesia dicens must adhere to this teaching, as it is infallible, but I believe you are extending this to the matter of the recognition of the Pope.  This is not a matter of the teaching Church.  I believe that is the reason the sources you quoted before all spoke of universal acceptance of the Church, not the bishops only.

    5.  In regards to Benedict's election or today in 2012, you are presuming there is a peaceful acceptance, but I disagree on that point.  When Catholics peacefully accept the Pope, they peacefully accept his teaching, his laws, and conversely, they do not refuse to believe him, and reject his laws.  

    It appears to me that there is a tremendous lack of peaceful acceptance of Benedict among faithful Catholics.  Regarding the bishops, those who have kept their faith, have not learned from Benedict, so I would argue that they have not peacefully accepted him, because if they did accept him as their Supreme Teacher, they would have lost the Faith.

    Some last points:

    1.  I believe the Church has not peacefully accepted John Paul II and Benedict.
    2.  I believe a significant number of Catholics have either rejected their claims or lacked peace about their claim to be pope.
    3.  I have never spoken to a bishop with jurisdiction, so I cannot be certain of whether or not they have truly accepted the claims of these men peacefully.  It is my belief that the remaining bishops have not peacefully accepted his claims.
    4.  To understand what I mean by the term "peaceful acceptance" I would say look to how the Church accepted Pius XII.  They peacefully accepted him as teacher and lawgiver.  
    5.  The lack of peace of acceptance of these men has not been due to any rebellion by certain parts of the Church, it is due to the heresy of the claimants.  Catholics have identified the danger of these men, even if they call them Pope, and due to this they reject them in practice even if not in name.


    The Council of Trent, The Catechism of the Council of Trent, Papal Teaching, The Teaching of the Holy Office, The Teaching of the Church Fathers, The Code of Canon Law, Countless approved catechisms, The Doctors of the Church, The teaching of the Dogmatic

     

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