Thinking Out Loud…
In traditional Catholic circles the concept of Sede Vacantism is considered an opinion held by some traditional Faithful, while within the NewChurch the idea of Sede Vacantism, aside from being a period of interregnum, is a grave sin, if not schismatic and heretical. All traditional Catholics can understand and sympathize with the reasoning that many who espouse the Sede Vacantist view use to allow them to conclude that the “Chair is empty”; it is just that many traditionalist simply cannot bring themselves to judge the Pope, that is, it simply is not within their scope to do so. Again it is viewed by virtually all traditional and Faithful Catholics as a mere opinion and nothing more. However, an intriguing thought has recently entered my mind based on the current pontificate of Pope Francis I: …Is he, Pope Francis I, a Sede Vacantist?
On the surface it may appear that the idea of Pope Francis is a Sede Vacantist is an oxymoron but let us consider his past statements and behavior. To begin with Francis disclaims the title of Pope preferring to be known as the Bishop of Rome. Certainly this implies much as to his belief in the office of the Supreme Pontiff, the Vicar of Christ on Earth, and the sole arbiter of the Mystical Body of Christ on earth, that is, the Catholic Church. Then we notice that he refuses to live in the Pontifical apartments at the Vatican as had all his predecessors of the last few centuries with the exception of the pontificates of the captive Popes in France some two or three centuries ago. Once again this has huge implications as to his actual belief in his own pontificate. Of course, we also have his now famous answer of: who am I to judge?, when asked about the Sodomites gaining so much stature and strength not only in Western Society but also in the Church as well. Throughout all of Biblical and Church history there have been only three occasions where men have been given the power to judge: Adam, the first man; Noe, when determining who would be admitted to the arc; and finally, the Popes as head of the Catholic Church. Obviously, this is the most damning statement in accessing if he is or is not a Sede Vacantist, for if he as Pope cannot judge, then who can? Clearly Jesus Christ will do so on that great and terrible Day of Judgment, but also in the interim the Pope as keeper of the Keys of Christ’s Catholic Church most definitely can and should. We need only think of the account of Peter condemning Ananias and Safari for a precedence of the power of the Popes to judge. So has Pope Francis I not read his Bible or does he clearly reject the concept of a Pope as the Supreme Pontiff of the Church altogether?
I’m sure there are other things we can think of to support this view of the Pope’s view of Sede Vacantism, such as his insistence that a layman of the false Anglican heretical church be buried with the honors of a “brother” Bishop; this despite a predecessor’s decree that the Anglican Church clergy were no longer valid.
As traditionalist Catholics we can all agree that Vatican Council II let loose the smoke of Satan in the house of God; that it was and remains the culmination of the rebellion of Luther and other heretical revolutionaries, lo, these past 500 years. It allowed Modernism to ascend into the upper ranks of the Vatican and caused itching ears in both the clergy and faithful alike. Now in the pontificate of this current pope, that is, Pope Francis I, are we witnessing the initiation of the dismantling of the Office of the Chair of Peter, the Supreme Pontiff to go along with the already accomplished undoing of the Church? Clearly I cannot say but without Divine help we are certainly continuing in our downward spiral of apostasy.
In view of the foregoing, it wouldn’t surprise me to hear Pope Francis I echoing the mantra of the late former Mayor of New York City, Ed Koch: How’m I doin’?
Now more than ever it is imperative that we storm the gates of Heaven with our Rosaries for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It is our only recourse!
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.