A few points from the video -- not my points, mind you, Fr. Tranquillo's:
- Heresies cannot come from the Catholic Church. That is true. And we must fight them. We agree with the sedevacantists on that.
- Sedevacantists quote theologians from the past who expressed a "school study" on the possibility of a heretical pope which had not happened. They tried to reach solutions which are difficult in practice.
- Sedevacantists fail to see the consequences of their opinions. According to the sedevacantists today, we are lacking all the hierarchy. All of the bishops with original jurisdiction, all of those who accepted the new Mass, etc. - "They all fell from their positions." A very problematic situation. How does the Church continue? [N.B. Definition of jurisdiction from Fr. Hardon's dictionary: "In ecclesiastical law, the right to exercise official and public authority in some capacity. Thus a bishop has jurisdiction in his diocese, a pastor in his parish, priests in the administration of the sacraments...." Jurisdiction flows from Christ, the Head of the Church, through the papacy, to the hierarchy. Where do sedevacantists derive jurisdiction since they have dammed the channel through which jurisdiction flows by denying the pope and the bishops in union with him.]
- When a pope dies and the chair is empty the Church continues through the hierarchy and their "ordinary jurisdiction" until a new pope is elected. The pope's authority disappears, but the ordinary jurisdiction of the bishops continues within the Church protecting her until a new pope is elected. They have the jurisdiction they received from Christ, through the papacy. "Jurisdiction is the power governing the Church." According to the sedevacantists, we can continue forever without the papacy and the jurisdiction of the hierarchy. "It's nonsense for a Catholic...they [the sedevacantists] are saying the Church can exist without the papacy forever." The sedevacantists make the papacy and the jurisdiction that flows from it superfluous to the Church. If we can get along without the pope and hierarchical jurisdiction for 50-60 years, why not forever? [The sedevacantist position seems very Protestant to me.]
- How do the sedevacantists address this? Some say they receive jurisdiction from Christ Himself without the papacy. But all jurisdiction on the earth comes through the papacy. You need the keys of St. Peter.
- The sedevacantist position destroys the institutional Church.
- A question that must be asked is, "Can churchmen act in a way that is outside their authority while they still retain that authority?" Isn't the answer obvious? When your pastor treats you unjustly, does he retain his authority as the pastor? We saw that frequently during COVID when bishops and priests forbade Communion on the tongue and mandated Communion in the hand. They did not have the authority to do it. Here's what Fr. Tranquillo says: "A better solution than the sedevacantist solution is both simpler and more logical -- we do not deny the possession of authority of the pope, bishops, etc. We deny that he used the authority properly when he said certain things. And this position does not destroy the hierarchy/existence of the Church."
- There is a juridical process to remove a "heretic" from office. Just holding the opinion doesn't make it so. Who among the sedevacantists has the authority to exercise the juridical process against the pope?
Watch the video; there's a lot more. Quoting a few theologians who were giving their opinions about a possible situation does not make something true. Even St. Thomas Aquinas didn't always get things right. Look at his opinion on ensoulment. Sedevacantists throw the baby out with the bathwater and take us all down drain with the little one.
Not going there!
[Hat tip to Aqua for reminding me of this episode in the Crisis in the Church series. There are several others that address the sedevacantist issue.]