Trent contra Long-Term Sedevacantism

It seems the Council of Trent is against long-term sedevacantism:
*]The Church’s hierarchy is essential to Her:

DZ 966 Can. 6. Si quis dixerit, in Ecclesia catholica non esse hierarchiam, divina ordinatione institutam, quae constat ex episcopis, presbyteris et ministris an. s. (cf. DS 1768) {DZ 966 Can. 6. If anyone says that in the Catholic Church there is no hierarchy, instituted by divine ordinance, which consists of the bishops, priests, and ministers: let him be anathema [cf. n. 960].}

*]The Church’s hierarchy cannot be replenished without a Supreme Pontiff:

DZ 968 Si quis dixerit, episcopos, qui auctoritate Romani Pontificis assumuntur non esse legitimos et veros episcopos, sed figmentum humanum: an. s. {DZ 968 Can. 8. If anyone says that the bishops who are chosen by the authority of the Roman Pontiff are not true and legitimate bishops, but a human invention: let him be anathema [cf. n. 960].}

*]Therefore, the Church cannot exist, in the long-term, without a Supreme Pontiff.
The Church must exist for all time (St. Matthew 16:18); therefore, long-term sedevacantism is false.

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