Information about the 1958 Conclave and

Cardinal Giuseppe Siri of Genoa, Italy


Was he elected Pope Gregory XVII
on October 26, 1958?


White smoke pouring from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel
for five long minutes on Oct. 26, 1958, two days before
Angelo Roncalli appeared as “Pope” John XXIII

There were certain irregularities about the election during that 1958 conclave, as Cardinal Tisserant has himself acknowledged. Some say Agagianian was elected, others Siri, others some other cardinal, and that the camerlengo [=chamberlain] then annulled the election. In any case, I’m quite sure John XXIII chose his name, the name of an antipope [of the 15th century], quite consciously, to show he had been irregularly elected.

(Fr. Charles-Roux, Inside the Vatican, September 2004, p. 41)

Finally, one cannot consider as schismatics those who refuse to obey the Roman Pontiff because they would hold his person suspect or, because of widespread rumors, doubtfully elected (as happened after the election of Urban VI) or who would resist him as a civil authority and not as pastor of the Church.

(F. X. Wernz and Peter Vidal, Ius Canonicum [Rome: Gregorian, 1937], Vol. 7, p. 398)

The Church will be punished because the majority of her members, high and low, will become so perverted. The Church will sink deeper and deeper until she will at last seem to be extinguished, and the succession of Peter and the other Apostles to have expired. But, after this, she will be victoriously exalted in the sight of all doubters.

(St. Nicholas of Flue; qtd. in Catholic Prophecy, edited by Yves Dupont, p. 30; underlining added.)

We present the following items not so much to assert them as indisputable fact but to help inform and educate the public and to make people ask questions about and research what truly happened after the death of Pope Pius XII:

Cardinal Siri Speaks (post-Vatican II):