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Non habemus authentice Catholicus Papa? *

The Vacant Chair of Saint Peter

1958 — the Year of the Last

Authentically Catholic Pope?


It is typically the prerogative of the Protodeacon of the College of Cardinals who ceremoniously proclaims the election of a new pope with the words “Habemus Papam!”, or “We have a Pope” — following a conclave of the Cardinal Electors who nominated him.

With something far more profound and painful than “regret”, we have come to acknowledge what had become increasingly obvious — and which found its clearest expression, its culmination, in the neo-pagan “papacy” of Jorge Bergoglio (“Francis”).

The See of Rome is no longer authentically Catholic — in the way that Catholicism had been understood and practiced for the 2000 years preceding Vatican II.

This is not to say that “Pope Francis” — is not a legitimate pope.

He is a legitimate pope — but he is not an authentically Catholic pope.


Legitimacy pertains to law or legality — in other words, conforming to canonical standards and requirements — authenticity pertains to the substance, to what is substantive (L. substantia — “the quality of being real”, “the reality of a thing, as distinct from outward appearance”1.) In other words, it pertains to what possesses reality as distinct from appearances, or in the present case, simply meeting criteria to be deemed legal.

An example may help

Jack Ma Jun is legitimately the owner of Alibaba, a Chinese technology giant involved in e-commerce, retail, and Internet assets — whose personal net worth is $38 billion dollars — but he is also a member of the Chinese Communist Party. Communism, you may remember, eliminated private ownership of the means of production together with all class distinctionsall property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs. All are equally “comrades” sharing in a wealth commonly generated and commonly distributed.

As a member of the Chinese Communist Party, Jack is legitimately one of the Proletariat, eschewing private ownership, personal wealth, a disproportionate share in the means of common production, and is in the same “Class” as a rice farmer (the average Chinese annual income is approximately $1,375 USD).  Jack Ma Yun is legitimately a member of the Communist Party, although he is indisputably an authentic Capitalist — but he is not and cannot be a legitimate Capitalist — for Capitalism is the antithesis of Communism: it is the Enemy of the People. Even while Jack is overseeing more than 100 Chinese companies, and making 38 $Billion dollars in the process, these companies are, somehow, nevertheless considered “state-run entities” under the central control of  government.

While a legitimate Communist Party member, Jack Ma Yan nevertheless remains authentically a Capitalist. The two do not coincide.

An Enormous Crisis of Identity

The authentic Catholic Church ceased to be identifiably and authentically Catholic following that calamitous consistory known to us as “Vatican II” which occurred between October 11, 1962 until December 8, 1965. Since that initial and unprecedented defection from Sacred Tradition 2 by Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli “John XXIII”, and Giovanni Montini, or Pope Paul VI who concluded the Council. These two pontiffs, in collaboration with what appears to have been a body of disaffected cardinals 3 who nominated them, sought to implement what had basically become little more than a Modernist agenda with many of the implicitly heretical ideologies that defined it — and which Saint Pope Pius X had clearly enumerated in his encyclical Pascendi Dominici Gregis in 1907, stating that Modernism is the “synthesis of all heresies”, and therefore unequivocally antithetical to the One, True, Holy Catholic Church of the preceding 2000 years.

As a matter of public record and verifiable assertions, Jorge Bergoglio appears to be the de facto “pope” of what has became, in significant aspects, a possibly new religion altogether; a secularized religion that superficially resembles the authentic Catholic Church as it existed prior to 1962 — which it has largely denounced — while choosing to retain a simulacrum of it. It is a church that has been laboriously articulated through a secular lens and then framed in terms largely acceptable to Protestantism and inseparable from it, the new evangel of Ecumenism  —  rather than promoting the Gospel through the unparalleled missionary zeal that had accompanied the Church for millennia.

In other words, Jorge is, essentially, an actively and legally presiding High Priest — but of a deeply infected Conciliar Church that is, in many ways, distinct from, and literally opposed to, the authentic Holy Roman Catholic Church of 2000 years. The conclave that elected Francis was overwhelmingly compromised even if it was canonically lawful; and while appearing to have the faculties of electors — but obstinately remaining in an ideological encampment both antithetical and hostile to the historically authentic Catholic Magisterium— they in fact possessed the legitimate (the legal) right to vote in a papal conclave, but that legal right does not confer authentically Catholic credentials which would be morally binding to do so. See Saint Gallen conspiratorial group

The formal papacy of Jorge Bergoglio is unquestionably the most perfidious and destructive in the 2000 year history of the Catholic Church. We do not “judge” the man — that is reserved to God. We do, however, examine his public statements and actions in light of the Sacred Deposit of Faith and Tradition (Tradere: “to hand down, to pass on” 1) entrusted to Holy Mother Church by God — and find them irreconcilable with Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, the Depositum Fidei, and the canons of logic.

The question now is, where are we to find the One, Tue, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church from time immemorial? It is and ever will be. Christ promised as much. But if the “First See” can no longer be found in Rome, where is it? Where is the “authentic” Chair of Saint Peter rather than its legal simulacrum? And if we can discover it, who occupies it? — if anyone! If we hold that “the Chair is empty” in light of the repudiation of orthodox Catholic canons— are we to be understood as “Sedevacantists” ... or simply “orthodox”?

God by any other name ...

Is, then, being an orthodox Catholic, or even a Sedevacantist (who holds that the Chair of Saint Peter is temporarily vacant) more scandalous than a “Conciliar Catholic” which maintains that there is no inconsistency in worshipping Pachamama idols together with Jesus Christ, or who holds that the God of the Catholic Saints and Martyrs is the same god as Islam’s Allah (a concept no Muslim would tolerate)? Or, for that matter, that the Sixth Commandment against adultery is not incompatible with divorce, and that, moreover, cohabitating adulterers can receive Holy Communion in good conscience — no matter what God said! Are “Post-Conciliar Catholics” more in keeping with the mind of Christ in promoting “Accompaniment” (in sin, more often than not) as more vital than conversion to the end of the salvation of souls— indeed, that the efforts of Missionaries to proselytize pagans into the one true Faith is really just so much “solemn nonsense”, as Jorge describes it?

We believe, rather, that we must be understood simply as orthodox Catholics had always been understood: as faithful to the Sacred Deposit of Faith and the authentic Magisterium of the Church over the two millennia preceding “Vatican II”, the widely vaunted “Aggiornamento”, and the unmitigated abdication of Catholicism in the pursuit of Ecumenism and the Hydra it spawned as it ineluctably became pantheistic.

Largely secular issues such as discrete national states, politics, economics, environmentalism, commercial ventures, social justice, global warming, immigration, sovereign borders, aboriginal cultures, plastic in the ocean — to mention a few — have no place in an institution established solely to the end of the salvation of souls. Their strident advocates are many and broadly strewn throughout the “City of Man”. Only one institution — the Holy Catholic Church — is the sole advocate of the “City of God” to which it calls all men to eternal salvation and everlasting happiness.

Much, much, more remains to be said — so much of authentic Catholicism remains to be articulated against the hyphenated-Catholics:

  • Neocathechumenal Way “Catholics”

  • New-Age Catholics

  • Charismatic-Catholics

  • Neo-Catholics

  • Progressive-Catholics

  • Traditional-Catholics

  • Orthodox-Catholics

  • Liberal-Catholics

  • Progressive Catholics

  • Conservative-Catholics

  • Trad-Catholics

  • Neo-Trad Catholics

  • “Recognize and Resist” Catholics

So much remains to be re-acquired because it has not been taught for 60 years. It has been forgotten, contemptuously dismissed, suppressed, and ridiculed by Jorge Bergoglio as “rigid” (by which assessment Christ is the paradigm of “rigidity”, for He was absolutely inflexible in His teachings! May we be as inflexible, and as rigid, as our Lord!) and by his five predecessors as “unenlightened by new and ever-evolving secular ideologies” — or as Jorge dismissively claims, simply “Stuck in the past.”

Grains of Incense

  • Joseph Ratzinger (“Benedict XVI”)

  • Karol Józef Wojtyła (“John Paul II”)

  • Albino Luciani (“John Paul I”)

  • Giovanni Montini (“Paul VI”)

  • Angelo Roncalli (“John XXIII”) the Proto-New-Age-Pontiff with the clarion to “throw open the windows of the Church”

Each of the above shamefully offered more than “a grain of incense” to false gods on the altar of Ecumenism in Assisi and elsewhere. The kissing of the Koran by nominally Catholic popes was not simply scandalous, but treasonable to the Catholic Faith and to Christ Himself to Whom alone allegiance and latria is due. Jorge’s claim that virtually all religions worship the same God is a blatant abrogation of the very First Commandment: “Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.” (Exodus 20.3). There are far too many instances to enumerate in which the One, True, Holy Catholic Faith is either attenuated, ignored, or dismissed altogether by every pontiff since Pope Pius XII.

Of course we understand that such insistence on authentic Catholicism, on the factual rendering of the Gospels and Epistles, the Church Fathers, and the Sacred Deposit of Faith and Tradition will be greeted with much enmity, contempt, ridicule, and disdain. Actually, we delight in this! It has ever been our conviction that a faithful Catholic cannot be on mutually good terms with the World and God. Saint James was clear about this: “Know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God?” (St. James 4.4)

We choose God.

If the world hates you, know that it hath hated Me before you. If you had been of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (Saint John 15.18-19)

O, hope beyond joy!

It remains to be said that the reluctant position into which we have found ourselves forced was not of our own choosing; it was, and remains deeply painful. Obedience to the pope was the sine qua non of every orthodox Catholic. It was unthinkable that a pope would openly contradict God, Holy Scripture, the Sacred Deposit of Faith, and Tradition. Indeed, to defend all four was, as we say, his “job description” — even to the point of the shedding of his blood. He was the faithful shepherd when all others fled. He laid down his life for his flock — as Christ did for him. He did not lead them into strange and foreign pastures, nor did he open the gate of the sheepfold to flocks that were not his own. Should a wolf in sheep’s clothing attempt to enter, his staff was ready and swift. After all, the sheep were entrusted to him, to do his master’s will — not his own. When this obligation to obedience, however, became obedience to sin and false gods, we fled the false shepherd who urged us to accompany him in implementing the priorities of the world, rather than the evangel of Christ.

We never left the sheepfold and never will — it was the shepherd who fled the fold to bring in recreants to mingle with and adulterate the faithful, and we can no longer call him our own — who belongs to these strange others as well. In the absence of a true shepherd, if we must bar the gate ourselves and at so great a cost to ourselves, bar it we will until the one with the Key arrives at the time of God’s choosing.


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*We do not have an authentically Catholic pope”

1 The Latin Oxford Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 1968

2  traditio: ‘the transmission of knowledge, teaching; the handing down of knowledge; an item of traditional knowledge, belief, etc. from trado to hand or pass over (to a person to hold)’. The Latin Oxford Dictionary, Oxford University Press, 1968.
In this regard, it is important to see
the word tradidi”, together with its context, in I Corinthians 11.2 in the ancient Latin Vulgate.

 3   Cardinal Josef Frings, Fr. Henri de Lubac, S.J., Fr. Karl Rahner, S.J., Fr. Gregory Baum, Fr. Bernard Haring, CSsR, Father John Courtney Murray, S.J., Fr.Edward Schillebeeckx, O.P., Fr. Hans Urs Von Balthasar, S.J., Fr. Hans Kung, and Fr. Annibale Bugnini who was responsible for the destruction of the entire liturgy. Bugnini was the secretary of the Pontifical Preparatory Commission on the Liturgy, that would become the Constitution of the Sacred Liturgy. He was described by Fr. Louis Bouyer, a peritus for the liturgy at Vatican II, as a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty.



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