Dear Mr. Mascarenhas,This is my response:
I am emailing you with a few questions:
I thank you for taking the time to read my email and may God bless you.
- Does the Catholic Church have a Pope?
- If not, would you happen to know of a group that is planning to elect the Pope?
- Since there is very little unity in the church, do you think it would be a good idea to contact every papal claimant (who is ready to resign the papacy), every sedevacantist cleric, and finaly every sedevacantist layperson to hold a conclave to elect a true pope?
According to the rules of the faith, the Pope is usually elected by a College of Cardinals who are the Canons of the Cathedral Church of St. Peter on the Vatican Hill.Kind regards,
The Church of Rome is the only Community to have more than one Cathedral, the other being the Cathedral Church of St. John on the Lateran Hill.
Given that the Canons of the Vatican have all fallen away or otherwise ceased to exist, the right to elect the pope passes to the Canons of the Lateran.
If these too have all fallen away or otherwise ceased to exist, the right passes on to the general community of the Church of Rome.
Given that the Local Community of the Faithful in Rome, the Church of Rome is incapable for any reason to supply themselves with their bishop and thereby the Universal Church with its head, the Universal Church has the power to act to supply this deficiency, this lack of its head.
The normal method for the Universal Church to act is by means of an Ecumenical and General Council.
Such were Pisa and Constance during the "Great Western Schism".
Such a Council is called an Acephalous Council, because unlike normal Councils, it has not been summoned by the legitimate pope.
Given, however, that all bishops have fallen away or ceased to exist or are inordinately incapable of acting in college to elect the pope, then the Universal Church in General has the power to supercede them and act to supply itself this urgent want.
It must be borne in mind that any such action to supply the pope cannot be claimed to create in the body so acting a right to permanently thereafter elect the pope. Such an election belongs to the category of extra-ordinary actions in the life of the Church, and once this crisis has been solved, the Church returns to its normal methods of life and government.
Next, let us consider the hypothetical scenario where, when one group of persons have called for and convened an election, and another group, in reaction, and in order to create a rival claimant, conducts a parallel election.
It is my understanding that unless the second and latter groups prove that there is a serious deficiency in the action and beliefs of the prior group and of its principals, the claims of the latter group(s) is to be regarded as malicious and schismatic.
Let us come to specifics.
As of this date, there are some twenty men (and women) claiming to be the Pope.
The largest bunch of them claim that they had been made Pope by our Lord Christ Jesus, God the Father, God the Holy Ghost, Mother Mary, etc., etc., in private apparitions.
However, such claims are unacceptable and anti-Catholic. [I sincerely do not have either the appetite or the energy to go into those arguments here once again, therefore, I will refer you to my reply to Mr. Daniel Jones, a heretic.]
Putting aside this Circus of Clowns & Pretender Popes, we find that there are merely three men who had been elected in some manner or the other.
In 1989, under the impetus of two Americans acting, first in parallel, then in concert, namely Mrs. Teresa Stanfill-Benns and Mr. David Allen Bawden, an election was called for. Finally, only six persons choose to participate in the election, gathering on July 16, 1990, and which resulted in the election of Mr. David Bawden as Pope.
Mr. Bawden took for himself the name Pope Michael, in honour of Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, dedicating the Church to his protection, after receiving an awful revelation of the plans of Satan to overthrow the Church.
Subsequently in 1994, a group based largely in Europe convened and proceeded to an election, creating Fr. Victor von Pentz, a German-South African, as "Pope Linus II."
Before proceeding to the election, this group did not set out any reason to show that the papacy is vacant and the election of Pope Michael was null and void. That demonstrated that this election of "Linus II" was malicious and schismatic.
Lastly in 1998, a German-American, Fr. Lucian Pulvermacher gathered around himself a group and staged a further election where he, being "elected," took to himself the name "Pope Pius XIII."
Before proceeding to the election, this group did not set out any reason to show that the papacy is vacant and the elections of Pope Michael and of "Linus II" were null and void. That demonstrated that this election of "Pius XIII" was malicious and schismatic.
[I do not say that each and every person who participated in these actions were deliberately doing wrong. There is what the Church calls "Invincible ignorance"; which excuses. However, the claims, as such, judged in the external forum demonstrate corporate maliciousness and a schismatic attitude.]
Pulvermacher's closest associate in this "election" was an Australian, Gordon Bateman. Later, Bateman discovered that Pulvermacher had been a practising Satanist using the divining pendulum since his seminarian days, as a result of which he had incurred automatic excommunication since that time and therefore was ineligible for election anyway.
Bateman, and his relatives, the Mildenhalls, set up the St. Gabriel's Group in order to bring together the various groups into unity and, if necessary, unite the various claims by having the claimants stand down and electing anew.
From the Catholic viewpoint, the election of Pope Michael is binding and final and is not negotiable.
Till the time that I arrived at finality on the claim of Pope Michael, I supported the program of the St. Gabriel Group and as a matter of fact, I too attempted a similar program. Today, however, I cannot, in conscience, accept as morally licit, such a program.
I believe that from the Catholic viewpoint, such a program is unacceptable and derogates from the rights of the rightful pope, towards whom Catholics have merely the right to submit and acknowledge him.
However, even from the practical viewpoint, such a program is based on a false, ecumenical attitude. It treats groups that are contemptuous of the faith, who have set themselves up as de facto self-contained, independent "Churches" or sects, as equals with that Group that is centered on the obedience to the true Pope. It sets the True Pope on the same level as charlattans and other riffraff who have arrogated to themselves the papacy on the pretence of a "divine" elevation to that office.
By Lúcio Mascarenhas, Jan 29, 2008
After years of dilly-dallying, this correspondent A.W.A. finally in 2008, after prodding, came out of the closet with pretended "difficulties" against the Holy Father, and exempted himself from submission. This is the correspondence, with my refutation of his pretensions Lúcio.Dear A.W.A.,
"Therefore, if the Greeks or others should say that they are not confided to Peter and to his successors, they must confess not being the sheep of Christ, since Our Lord says in John 'there is one sheepfold and one shepherd'" - Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam.In My own defense, I have to look out for my own physical needs, not be a mindless trade unionist, poor and hungry. As of now Canada's economy is in poor state, much due to the Socialist-Zionist minded "conservative" government that we have. This is one of the main reasons that I wish to pursue such a career, as many others are underpaid and do not give conservative minded folks like myself the means to live.
"We venerate this Church as one, the Lord having said by the mouth of the prophet: 'Deliver, O God, my soul from the sword and my only one from the hand of the dog.' [Ps 21:20] He has prayed for his soul, that is for himself, heart and body; and this body, that is to say, the Church, He has called one because of the unity of the Spouse, of the faith, of the sacraments, and of the charity of the Church."Now, keep in mind, Pope Boniface writes in this bull that the church must be unified in the faith, sacraments and charity of the church. I know for a fact that Mr. Bawden has not yet been ordained a priest, let alone a bishop. So how is it that he, supposed head of the church, can hold this office if he cannot even feed his flock with the body of Christ?
"Therefore, of the one and only Church there is one body and one head, not two heads like a monster; that is, Christ and the Vicar of Christ, Peter and the successor of Peter, since the Lord speaking to Peter Himself said: 'Feed my sheep' [Jn 21:17], meaning, my sheep in general, not these, nor those in particular, whence we understand that He entrusted all to him [Peter]."-Unam Sanctam.My arguments on this subject could go on for days, but I leave you with one of my favorite scriptural verses that should sum up all of them:
Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. - John 6:54I walk in the Faith of Abraham, believing on faith and trust in the God who can neither deceive nor be deceived, trusting in His promise of a restoration and of a vindication of that what is right and good. I leave it to God when He will do so, restoring the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and while I work what is within my power, I do not presume to order my God.
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Following this, I wrote out one last message, http://www.geocities.com/livrant/conform-2-gods-love.html "Conform To God's Love", in the hope of awakening this person to his duty, but to no avail; A.W.A. has contemned my plea and has departed into the outer darkness of heresy and schism, disdaining to reply. Well, it is his soul, and it is his right to cast it into the gutter! Lúcio.
PUBLISHED on the Internet: April 8, 2004; Revised March 10, 2007; February 26, 2008..
P U R P O S EWritten with the purpose of educating people in matters concerning the Catholic Resistance to the Modernist Apostasy, and based on the principles elucidated by the Church, that the truth is never afraid, and that the Church is never afraid of the Truth, and on the principles elucidated by Frs. Rumble & Carty and by Fulton Sheen in his essay, "The Art of Controversy". Benedicamus Deus, Lúcio.