Who is pope?

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MaryM

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Recently ecclesiamilitans.com has said Benedict XVI is pope, and not Francis.

Yet, “The Pope is one, it is Francis,” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said in an interview with an Italian magazine published by Corriere Della Sera June 28, 2019.

How can Benedict XVI be pope if he flatly denies it?

Does EccliaMilitans' belief equate to a form of sedevecantism, to believe the person the world sees as pope is not actually the pope? Or sedeprivationism that the pope is only materially pope but has no authority of pope?

The True Catholic Faith is so confusing during these troubled times. It is no wonder a priest recently told me it will be the laity who will save the Church from the current crisis.
 
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Following is a full exposition of the futility of speculating on the issue of the Papacy. Francis is Pope full stop. In the meantime - some food for thought.......

One observes that Rosary Crusades are sought by Catholics everywhere for Our Lady to do something about the Pope, the Church, even to show us the way in or out of this or that. In fact, is it not true that we grieve Her because She sees we are too lazy to use the tools of faith and penance to bring about her Son's wishes. With all due respect is it not rather that Our Lady is asking US to do something? Like making a public, united act of fasting and penance summarising the Pope's heresies and praying for his return to the true faith? "Since the Pope cannot be judged by anyone but God, and since the hierarchy cannot take legal action against an heretical pope, all of them together, or any one of them in particular, can condemn his teaching; they can accuse him before God's tribunal, warn him of his sins, and remind him of the divine wrath. Should this measure fail to produce any correction they can denounce him before his subjects the Catholic faithful, and warn them that they are not to listen to his teaching. Indeed, not only may the prelates of the Church do this, they have a most serious obligation to do it, an obligation which is as grave as the heresies are pernicious and scandalous. And if they fail to do this, they become a party to the pope's crimes, and will most certainly share in his punishment.


Moreover, where the bishops default in their solemn duty to protect the Church and God's little sheep, the priests and the laypeople have not the right, but the duty to raise their voices to God in prayer against an heretical pontiff. They not only raise their voices to God in prayerfor the misguided man, but they also speak out to the bishops and the priests, and among temselves so as to warn their brothers and sisters in Christ that the plague of heresy has infected even their Holy Father and has rendered him dangerous and unclean." (Taken from Fr. Wathen's "Who Shall Ascend" Pg.401-402 )

Holy abandonment is found not in resignation and laziness but at the heart of action and initiative. It would be dishonest to pray for victory without really fighting for it [...] 'The things I pray for', St. Thomas More prayed magnanimously, 'dear Lord, give me the grace to work for.' (The Biography of Marcel Lefebvre" P.568. )
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Whilst the following was written during the reign of Pope John Paul II the doctrines of the Church apply equally to the present Pope.

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