Bad news for Resignationists — those who believe that Benedict XVI’s resignation was invalid because brought about by force. While it would allow them a convenient, non-sedevacantist way out of the problems with Francis by saying the true Pope is still Benedict, it is Joseph Ratzinger himself now who has explicitly denied the rumors and confirmed that he gave up his claim to the papacy by his own free will.
Responding to a letter written him by the well-known Italian Vatican journalist Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa, the “Pope Emeritus” clearly states:
There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry.
An objection has been made to my recent response to Bishop Williamson. It is an objection frequently made against sedevacantists. It objects that sedevacantists cannot criticize the SSPX for sifting the magisterium, since they themselves are sifting popes. By finding a discrepancy between pre-Vatican II magisterium and post-Vatican II magisterium, sedevacantists merely depose popes whom they find wanting in orthodoxy. But they have no authority to do so. So while sedevacantists object to “magisterium-sifting,” they themselves are involved in “pope-sifting,” which is the same thing.
@RadTradDad It would make it valid, but Francis may have a trick or two up his sleeve. You know, he may just do the consecration himself and appoint two other Novus Ordo co-consecrators to ensure invalidity. ;-)
Oh look! The world’s greatest apostate tacitly approves of ‘Bp.’ Vitus Huonder’s intent to spend his retirement with the SSPX - https://t.co/xcASOXtcw0 Francis must love the idea of a layman-in-bishop’s-clothes joining the #SSPX in sacramental administration… #fsspx #popefrancis
Francis today: “God has married humanity” in Jesus Christ - https://t.co/5CsWFr3M3B Actually, His Bride is not humanity but His Church… We know @Pontifex that’s tough to take for a Naturalist… #popefrancis