In his latest public statement, Carlo Vigano, a schismatic Bishop who has rejected the authority of Pope Francis and of Vatican II, continues a pattern of behavior which is that of an antipope.
It is solely the role of the Pope to approve or disapprove of the documents of an Ecumenical Council. Vigano disapproves of Vatican II, and he expects that this disapproval will cause its rejection among his followers. He hopes that this disapproval would cause the Council eventually to be rejected en bloc. This is solely the role of a Pope, with one exception: once approved, the teaching of an Ecumenical Council cannot be reformed. And this proves that every teaching of every EC on faith and morals is infallible. For non-infallible teachings are non-irreformable. But no teaching of any EC has ever been reformed. Therefore, Vigano not only presents himself as if he already possesses the authority of the Roman Pontiff, he also proves himself to be an antipope. For no true Pope would reject a valid EC or its teaching.
Similarly, Vigano speaks as if he were equal to or above the recent Roman Pontiffs. He proposes teachings for belief by the whole Church, calling those who disagree heretics, as if he could define dogma by his sole authority. He also judges, rebukes, and condemns the recent actions of the Holy See (recent meaning since Vatican II) in declining to use the oath against modernism. Only a Pope has authority over the Holy See.
Then he condemns Pope Francis utterly, across many different public assertions, clearly stating that he thinks “Bergoglio” to be a false pope over a false Church. So also does he condemn all the Bishops who support and follow Francis, that is to say, the body of Bishops. And now, in his most recent public vomit of schism, heresy, and malice toward the Church, he proposes to judge “Ratzinger” and “Montini”, meaning Pope Benedict 16, and Pope Saint Paul VI. Vigano rejects the Church’s decision that Paul VI is a Saint; for he calls Pope Saint Pius X “Saint”, but he refuses to use that title for Paul VI. In this way, he usurps the authority of the Pope to decide who is and is not a canonized Saint.
No one but a Pope has the authority and role that Vigano pretends to have over Councils and the Holy See. And no one but Christ has the role that Vigano pretends to have over the Roman Pontiffs, who are judged by no one but God alone. Carlo Vigano behaves exactly like an antipope, with the sole exception being that he does not use the title of pope. And just as antipopes offend God by usurping a role not given to them, so does Vigano offend God. Moreover, Vigano usurps the role of Christ by pretending to have the authority to judge Councils and Popes. Thus, he is like a weak foreshadowing of the antichrist — a very weak foreshadowing. For he has few followers among the weak in faith, and he has no real power. The only power that he has is to lead the weak in faith away from the Church and out of the Ark of Salvation, by encouraging them to join him in his schism and heresy.
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Ronald L Conte Jr