Hello, my name is Aaron and I’m a practicing Roman Catholic.
I heard a radio ad for the following website:
I’ve read all the thread about this site on this forum and a some good responses. The most common refutation was “they just take his quotes out of context”. This is probably true for many of their claims but some seem pretty straight forward if they are taken right from Ratzingers books. They claim they’ve read 24 of his books. So of course I have lots of question based on the little information I’ve seen and read.
- Has the Chair of Peter ever been officially empty for heretical reasons? If so when?
I researched a short history of sedevacantism and wanted to post the Pope Benedict videos biggest claims. I know the basics, they are extreme traditionalists, hate Vatican II changes, and believe that only Catholics that agree with them (no one else) will be saved.
At the end of the video they quotes 1 pope and 3 saints that declare a heritic cannot be a valid pope.
Pope Paul IV
St. Robert Bellomine
St. Francis DeSalles (forgive the bad spellings)
- Who would make a rule, law or decisoin that removes a heritic from office? Does a doctor of the church or a former Pope have the authority?
The video shows a list of 40 historical antipopes and says some reigned in Rome.
Is this list strictly a sedevacantist created list or does the Vatican have their version?
If it has officially happened (heretical Pope falling from position), why can’t it happen again?
Here’s the biggest claims mainly based on Benedicts quotes out of his own books and his historical outreach to orthodox Jews, Protestants and other religions.
Lord may not be the messiah (as Jews believe, that’s ok, their still saved)
Old covenant still valid
Scripture contains myths
Non catholics are not bound to accept vatican I
Protestant monasterys should be formed
Protestantism isn’t heresy
Mass is valid without any words of consecration
Infant baptism has no purpose
Dogma of the mass is corrupt
Scripture is filled with myths
Islam is noble
Pagan religions are High
Catholic dogmas need to be purged
Resurection of the body will not occur, only resurection of the person
Jews and others can be saved without believing in Christ
Schismatics and protestants don’t need conversion
I know these sound rediculous, the quotes they sight make me want to read Benedicts books some day.
- If any of these accusations were true, would they be grounds for his removal from the Chair of Peter?
I’m not here to accuse the Holy Father, the movie does plenty of that and it does disturb me a little. I’m more interested in the history of heretical Popes and lleaders in church history and how the Church / Holy Spirit has dealt with the problem. Please don’t attack me for this post, I really trust the Holy Spirit will always protect the Church from the gates of hell.
I just hope that people don’t say it’s all out of context without providing why. I don’t have time to research it all and I know there’s some very knowlegeable Roman Catholics here. Thanks