Post by Admin on Jan 12, 2020 0:46:55 GMT
Fr. Hewko gives a wonderful sermon on the error of Sedevacantism - explaining and reminding how Archbishop Lefebvre always refused to usurp the authority of the Church's Magisterium by personally passing judgement on the Conciliar popes.
The 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia tells us the
This is why no "lay armchair theologian" nor "Father X,Y, or Z" can make declarations on who is Pope and who is not. This is one of the fundamental errors with the sedevacantist theories, including the resignationist theory.
"... Magisterium is a teaching authority; it not only presents the truth, but it has the right to impose it, since its power is the very power given by God to Christ and by Christ to His Church. This authority is called the teaching Church. The teaching Church is essentially composed of the episcopal body, which continues here below the work and mission of the Apostolic College. ... At the head of this episcopal body is the supreme authority of the Roman pontiff, the successor of St. Peter in his primacy as he is his successor in his see."
Archbishop Lefebvre allowed for the possibility that one day these popes may be declared not to have been popes or that their teachings may very well be reversed, their new Rites reversed, etc. but he always reminded us that it is up to the Church's Magisterium to make these pronouncements. Not even he - an Archbishop of the Church - with certainly more authority than any one of us, refrained from making such declarations. Sedevacantism begins in anarchy and ends in anarchy.
God bless Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre for always thinking and acting as the Church thinks and acts! Let us imitate his prudent and humble example and beg Our Lord and Our Lady to guide us through these treacherous days, where 'even the elect may be deceived'!
When Pope Honorius was condemned, he was condemned as Pope. And yet, the Council of Constantinople – I believe it was Pope Leo II, although I’m not sure - condemned Pope Honorius for favoring heresy. He didn’t say “he favored heresy, so he was no longer the Pope.” No. And neither did he say "since he was the pope, you had to obey him and accept what he said.” No, because he condemned him! So what did [Catholics] have to do then? Well, one had to admit that Pope Honorius was the Pope, but one did not have to follow him because he favoured heresy! Isn't that the conclusion then? That seems to me the normal conclusion. Well, we're in that situation. One day these popes will be condemned by their successors. One day the truth will return. (Archbishop Lefebvre, Conference on Sedevacantism and Liberalism, Econe, 1984)