Listener feedback: “I think anyone seriously considering the Benedict question can’t be in doubt after yesterday’s podcast.”
In this episode, Mark and Ann are again joined by Dr. Edmund Mazza, where they further explore the latest version of his thesis, that the words and actions of Pope Benedict indicate his belief in the irrevocability of the papacy: Indeed, despite his “resignation,” Benedict claims there remains within him a deep spiritual connection to the papacy, invisible, mystical, but in an ontological way — within his very being. This is something that, “cannot be removed under any circumstances.” Benedict’s actions in February 2013 indicate he intended to cleave the Vicarship/Primacy from the Episcopacy of Rome. Dr. Mazza further develops his reasoning in response to Roberto de Mattei’s article of 1 July 2020, culminating in two opposing scenarios: In the first, the base premise is that the Vicarship (Primacy) cannot be separated from the Episcopacy of Rome. In the second, the Vicarship can be separated from the See. The results will… astound you!
Links, Reading, and Video:
- Doctor Mazza’s GoFundMe
- Dr. Mazza’s latest essay: Robbing Peter to Play Paul
- Mirror of “Error of Mirror?” on Mark’s site
- De Mattei’s piece at Rorate
- The non-abdication of Blessed Charles of Austria
- Archbishop Ganswein compares Benedict’s totally ho-hum resignation to the Immaculate Conception
- Benedict’s Declaratio
- “Pope:” I do not think that word means what you think it means
- Benedict says his acceptance of the papacy is irrevocable and he will remain forever in the enclosure of St. Peter
- What exactly is “Substantial Error?”
- First words of “Pope Francis,” liturgically naked on the loggia
- Father Zuhlsdorf on the Mirror of Fatima
Formula for Baptism:
Baptism by a layperson in time of emergency: Pronounce the following formula while AT THE SAME TIME pouring water that touches the head: “I Baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost (or ‘Spirit’).” Amen. The same person must both speak and pour the water AT THE SAME TIME.
I put this to the CDF and received a response that the baptism is not valid. Other great writers have established that if the water does not flow on the head, the validity is doubtful and it should be repeated conditionally. Say there is an emergency, an accident, and only a leg can be reached: after the rescue, the person should be baptized conditionally. Bottom line: water must contact the head!
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