First, and I’m going to keep repeating this just so that we don’t lose focus on the point, POPE BENEDICT XVI did NOT validly resign the Papacy in February of ARSH 2013. Period. He is the one and only living Pope, and has been since April ARSH 2005. THAT is the core issue, and that is a binary objective reality. Either he is the Pope or he isn’t. Yes or no. And, it turns out that the objective reality is YES, Pope Benedict is still the Pope because he did not validly resign.
For all of those who say, “What does it even matter?” I would respond with a few more questions. What does it MATTER if Our Lord is Divine or not? What does it MATTER if the bread and wine are Transubstantiated into the Real Physical Substance of God or not? What does it MATTER if the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter is 3.1415? Tell me more about how TRUTH ITSELF DOES NOT MATTER, considering that TRUTH ITSELF is OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. Tell me more about how lies and error are “the same” as The Truth. I’m all ears. Tell me more about this luciferian philosophy of shrugging indifference to the Author, Sustainer and Foundation of reality itself – TRUTH.
Now, here’s an interesting historical tidbit that we have talked about previously in this space, but given Dr. Mazza’s breakthrough thesis that Pope Benedict tried to resign only being the Bishop of Rome, I think we need to revisit Pope Benedict’s visit to the tomb of Pope Celestine V, the first Pope to resign in a juridically verifiable way (the events surrounding the death of Pope Pontian in ARSH 235 necessitate a hedge here). Here’s a video of the event.
Now LOOK at the caption for this video – and remember, CTV is the Vatican’s in-house media arm:
On April 29, 2009, after the earthquake, Benedict XVI stopped off in Aquila, Italy, and visited the tomb of an medieval Pope named St. Celestine V (1215-1296). After a brief prayer, he left his pallium, the symbol of his own episcopal authority as Bishop of Rome, on top of Celestine’s tomb!
That’s right folks. The Pallium is the symbol of episcopal authority given to METROPOLITAN bishops. The Pallium is the symbol of METROPOLITAN authority and unity with the Vicar of Christ. Non-Metropolitan archbishops, like for example Archbishop Viganò who was in the diplomatic corps, or Archbishop Georg Ganswein, who is a Curial archbishop, they do NOT receive a pallium. Only archbishops who are given a Metropolitan See, whether that See be Mobile, Alabama or Rome, receive the Pallium. In the clip above, Pope Benedict’s Pallium is NOT symbolic of the Papacy in toto – it is, exactly as the caption from ARSH 2009 says: the symbol of his own episcopal authority as Bishop of Rome.
The fact that Pope Benedict left his Pallium, the symbol of his EPISCOPAL AUTHORITY AS BISHOP OF ROME is … illuminating, to say the least.
Oh – good news: Marco Tosatti has published Dr. Mazza’s position paper now as well. So now ALL of the Italians will see it. YEEESSS!!!!
Pray for Pope Benedict XVI, the one and only living Pope whether he likes it or not, the Papacy, and Holy Mother Church.