Declaratio, Sovereign Pontiff is Benedict XVI, Anti-Pope Bergoglio, Dedication to Pete 7B


III. Short 18-minute clip by Brian Murphy YouTube

in numerous languages. Brian summarizes some of my points.

  1. IV. Bro. Alexis Notes

Pope Benedict’s Renunciation: The Facts, The Laws & the Consequences — Parts 1 – 7.

There are seven parts to Brother Alexis’s Historical and Canonical Study. Each part is roughly 30 minutes in duration.

The following link is to Brother Alexis website where he writes extensively about Benedict being the rightful pope and Bergoglio being an antipope.

Recalling this part of the Code of Canon Law

  1. §2. If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone.[1]

Benedict issues a Declaratio[2] it is a pronouncement of something.

Part 2 of Bro Alexis series: Succinctly presents the three errors of sentimentality (feelings over reason), modernism (vital immanence, religious sentiment), nominalism (words do not have intrinsic meaning to objective reality).

With these potent errors, truth is up for grabs and consequently what Benedict says can be whatever one wants it to mean as opposed to what he actually said. Contract law hinges on this precise point. Which words are used and how are they defined is the crux of contract law. Defining terms is crucial to a rational discussion. Declaring, resigning, renouncing, munus, ministerium, substantial error are precise terms and ideas.

@16:07 the term renounce and resign is defined and understood compared to Latin

Re nounce to proclaim, retro to do backwards

Undo when accepted office, separate self from office

Re signare to take seal off documents

Take seal off documents as Pope

Resignare (take back sign/seal, metaphor, ambiguity)>> re-nouncere (take back announcement more precise description of action) 1917 Code uses renounce.

Renounce requires verbal act in accord with Canon Law that we understand because we agree with the words used and not just physical gestures. John Paul II did not choose to renounce the papacy because he could no longer do the things he previously could do because of advanced Parkinson’s.

Brother Alexis unpacks the terms declaration (which is what Benedict did), renunciation, and resignation. Brother also reads the declaration littered with 40 errors.[3] Benedict is no fool, where were his friends and collaborators? Brother has a fantastic grasp of Latin which parallels Ann Barnhardt’s distinction of munus and ministerium.

Declaratio, declaration, statement of fact, no weight in Canon Law. I will offer a Papal Mass next Wednesday at 3 pm is a declaration. When Benedict came out on the balcony, he indicated something to the effect he will not be Pope, he does not use the terms of resignation or renouncement. Benedict did not follow up with his prior indication that he would renounce the papacy on Feb 28, 2013 at 8 pm but rather ‘I am no longer pope but remain in capacity of praying’. This is not a renunciation.[4]

[1]  accessed April 27, 2020


[3]  accessed April 28, 2020

[4]  @18:00 accessed April 28, 2020