“Benedict XVI, with his renunciation of ministerium but not of munus (that is, of the active exercise, but not of the mandate) did something which he could not do and hence his renunciation is invalid.”

Brick by Brick: Socci, Magister, Tosatti, and now Valli openly opining on the antipapacy, and they’re getting it right

Originally posted February 18, 2020

Aldo Maria Valli is the latest Vaticanista to utter public commentary regarding the faux resignation of Pope Benedict (per canons 332.2/188) and subsequent invalid conclave (per canon 359), wherein the Cardinals “elected” an antipope. Original reportage HERE and HERE.

“After my walk, I returned home, and turned on my computer and found an email with a message from a friend who for some time has invited me to reflect on the impossibility of having a pope emeritus. I will summarize it in my own poor words (I ask pardon of any canonist who is reading this): just as one does not receive a consecration to be the pope, when a pope renounces the pontificate he cannot become a pope emeritus, because he is no longer a pope. He does not even return to being a Cardinal, but a bishop. Period.  Consequently, Benedict XVI, with his renunciation of ministerium but not of munus (that is, of the active exercise, but not of the mandate) did something which he could not do and hence his renunciation is invalid. But if his renunciation is invalid, the Conclave which followed it is also invalid, and even the pope which came out of that Conclave.”

Note well that this isn’t some sort of vague hypothesizing. This is pretty much spot on, if you boil the reality down to its essence. When a bishop retires, he becomes bishop emeritus. He’s still a bishop, you see. But in the case of a pope, you cannot have a pope emeritus, because a truly retired pope cannot retain any of papacy. It’s a one man gig. You can’t still be some sort of semi-pope anymore. There is no indelible mark of consecration imparted to a recipient of the papacy. It’s not a degree of Holy Orders: It’s an Office. The Office itself is a state of being, a temporal juridical authority, like POTUS. When you’re POTUS, you’re POTUS. When you’re not, you’re not. It’s a binary set.

You can’t still be a little sorta non-active pope. You can’t “remain” pope in any way whatsoever, because only one man can be pope at one time. So if you intended to remain pope, in any way, this is Substantial Error, which nullifies the renunciation, which, oh by the way, was already invalid because you attempted to renounce the ministerium, not the Munus, and oh by the way, was almost certainly executed under grave fear, malice, and coercion. Invalid renunciation = invalid conclave = antipope “elected.” The fact that the Cardinals unanimously “accepted” the resignation has zero effect on the validity of the resignation. The fact that they convoked a conclave and “elected” someone, even if they did it in good faith, has zero effect on the validity of the “election.”

Can. 188 A resignation made out of grave fear that is inflicted unjustly or out of malice, substantial error, or simony is invalid by the law itself.

Can. 332§2. If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone.

If you’re gonna resign the office, you need to actually resign the office. And there’s no sharesies.

People hurl ad hominems at us for supposedly throwing everything against the wall hoping something will stick. But honestly, have a thorough look at the data set and you will see ALL OF THE ABOVE in play. The resignation is invalid ten ways to Sunday.

As the truth continues to filter into the mainstream, at some point we will reach critical mass, and the trickle will become a flood. It will happen overnight, and you need to be prepared for this.  Putting the truth up in Klieg lights is going to elicit a response from the demons that will be… not pretty. Isn’t it interesting how this whole affair has lured all the cockroaches out into the open? Just seven eleven years ago, most of us had no idea how deep and wide the rot went. It’s almost as if all this were Providential, no?

8 thoughts on ““Benedict XVI, with his renunciation of ministerium but not of munus (that is, of the active exercise, but not of the mandate) did something which he could not do and hence his renunciation is invalid.””

  1. It may well be that Benedict’s ‘resignation’ was either partial or invalid. I feel it is a moot point now. The man who calls himself Francis is wielding the power as a tyrant and his destruction in his wake is enormous.

    1. Why does Almighty God permit it to continue?

      c. 1600, “allowing to pass through,” from Medieval Latin *permissivus, from Latin permiss-, past-participle stem of permittere “to let go, let pass, let loose” (see permit (v.)). In sense of “tolerant, liberal” it is attested by 1946; by 1966 it had definite overtones of sexual freedom. Earlier it meant “permitted, allowed” (mid-15c.). Related: Permissively; permissiveness.

    2. Absolutely not a moot point. It will be corrected as it always has. The question is do you want to correct it now, or later. Souls worldwide hang in the balance on the answer to these questions.

    3. I agree this became a moot point when Benedict died.
      There are some of us out there who think he resigned validly, but also
      think Francis is an anti-pope for any number of the reasons usually cited.
      So, instead of 14 months, the interregnum could be anywhere from
      11 years to some point between then and now.
      Not something we ever thought would happen, but I
      think we are not surprised by anything now.

  2. When Bergoglio said that he would become “Bishop Emeritus of Rome” upon his resignation, I think that was Providence telling us what a resigning/retiring pope is supposed to do. There is no such thing as a Pope Emeritus.

  3. Still shocking that people believe that a valid pope, protected by yhe Petrine Promise, could ever publicly worship demons live-streaming on YouTube in St Peter’s Basilica.

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