This is the Christ, this is the prince, this is the true and one God who founded and established the Holy Apostolic See and gave it primacy over all peoples and all realms. This is the fountain and origin of all offices (…) This is the place which the Lord chose. Here is the High Priest who must be obeyed, on pain of death. To this See has been entrusted the first and supreme power, for it has the charge of feeding the sheep as well as the authority to judge. Anyone who rejects its teachings and corrections must be be considered a pagan and a publican. Anyone who dares to put restrictions on the authority of the Roman Pontiff is impious and damned. Anyone who refuses to recognize the Roman Church as his mother does not have God as his father.

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Such is undoubtedly the case of anyone who issues a law denying the Roman Pontiff the right to make commands concerning anything in his kingdom or who has ordered that the pope’s commands should have no validity there. And who would you be, man, who did this? Where is your authority to do it? Offer testimony from the Holy Book, if you can. Is that a way to live according to the Gospel? Absolutely not. For in the Gospel Christ says to Peter: And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon the earth, it shall be bound also in Heaven. And you would say to the pope, the successor of Peter: “Do not bind this, do not loose that!”! (…) But even if you believe the Bishop of Rome to be in error, that does not give you the right to judge him, for only God can judge the pope. No mortal man may accuse him of faults. Oh, how wrong is the opinion of many men (…) [They] are unconcerned that the Holy Apostolic See has from Saint Peter to this day never been heard to teach anything that is contrary to orthodox faith. This privilege it has received from the Lord that it shall never succumb to wrong teachings for the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. Let this suffice concerning your praise of the Apostolic See”

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Pope Pius II

Multa hic hodie, #18-19

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  1. Avatar Marthe Lépine says:

    In case somebody else would like to know more about this pope: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pie_II. He seems to have been somewhat controversial, like Pope Francis…

    • Avatar carn says:

      I think you will not make friends by suggesting him as an example; as far as i read, he died organizing a crusade against the Ottomans.

      Of course, if Pope Francis tried to organize a crusade to e.g. retake Hagia Sophia and make it a Church again (or in an ecumenical gesture gave it to the Orthodox), the opinions about him would certainly change.

      (In case it is not obvious enough: i try to make a joke here using the fact that Pius II and Francis obviously differed regarding some issues and play on the “like Francis”)

  2. Avatar Anne Lastman says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. He is “Peter” not simply the pope but more importantly he is Peter the holder of the keys.
    The role of Peter is to safeguard the household like Eliakim. governor of the palace of the king Hezekiah. He is Governor of the palace of our King Jesus.
    Thats why there is no retirement for Peter. No retirement because it would mean returning the keys.

    • Avatar Christopher Lake says:

      Anne,

      Your statement about there being “no retirement for Peter” is not entirely accurate in terms of official Church teaching. It is obviously true that most Popes have died while still occupying the office, but Popes can also voluntarily choose to step down. It is a legitimate Papal action within Church teaching. Pope Benedict XVI made that choice, and when he did, the keys were not not “returned, ” but rather, they were handed on to Francis when he was elected Pope. Benedict’s choice was accepted, because it did not violate Church teaching on the Pope’s authority and responsibilities.

      • Pedro Gabriel Pedro Gabriel says:

        Anne Lastman is faithful to Pope Francis. I’m sure she meant “retirement” as meaning the indefectibility of the Church

      • Avatar Anne Lastman says:

        So Christopher two popes seem the ideal to you. ? And please dont give that hogwash about there not being two popes because pope emeritus BXVI has retired as you say legitimately but he didnt leave and go somewhere and pray or whatever and left HHPope Francis to complete the task given to him but has stayed as a shadow in background making commentary etc etc. so that it looks like two popes. He still wears papal regalia is still addressed as “pope” Benedict. (Emeritus?). Why Emeritus fid he resign from his position as theologian? That would be more appropriate I would suggest. Two “Holy
        Fathers” who is to be listened to? Both “pope”. Who is Peter?
        Indeed Christopher we have confusion in the church but I believe and it is my personal belief that this confusion was precipitated by the unprecedented abandonment by a “Father” of his family and household. Not only abandonment but staying around to cause “children” confusion
        HH pope Francis was given a chalice of grief and he has accepted the chalice and slowly is regathering those confused and that vineyard previously considered unimportant

      • Avatar Christopher Lake says:

        Anne,

        Respectfully, I did not give you “hogwash.” I tried to explain that it is legitimate for the Pope to retire if chooses to do so. Benedict made that choice, and a new Pope was elected, and since then, Benedict has repeatedly expressed respect and thankfulness for, and obedience to, the Pope, Francis.

        You ask, where is Peter? He is occupying the office of the Papacy in the person of Francis. Benedict XVI has repeatedly addressed Pope Francis as “Holy Father” and made it clear that he (Benedict) is no longer to be seen as the Pope.

        Your objection seems to be more that Benedict has not stayed completely quiet in his retirement. However, he can write and speak if he chooses, and it’s especially helpful that he does so with a vocal support of Francis– which, again, he has repeatedly expressed, however many people choose to overlook, ignore, or deny it.

  3. Avatar Marthe Lépine says:

    What about your last sentence? Do you mean that you consider Pope Benedict’s retirement as non valid?

    • Pedro Gabriel Pedro Gabriel says:

      Anne Lastman is faithful to Pope Francis. I’m sure she meant “retirement” as meaning the indefectibility of the Church

    • Avatar Anne Lastman says:

      Marthe I cannot answer your question only God can but what BXVI did do is change the character and charism known as “Peter” from head and protector of the Household of Jesus to a job where if pope not liked. He can be fired or if he doesn’t want job he can quit. He has changed what I might say the character from one divinely chosen until death. Like marriage. To one disposable. Changeable. Mercurial. Broken marriage. Vow.
      Marthe i don’t know about validity but i do know that Jesus never got off the Cross when it got too hard. Jesus did say pls take this cup from me etc but not MY WILL but yours. There has not been a Jesus emeritus that I am aware of. So even as we discuss new thoughts arise.

      • Avatar Marie says:

        Anne- Do you not think the Holy Spirit played a role in this, because I most certainly do? If Pope Benedict XVIheard ‘the call’ that he has done what Christ has asked of him, and now it is time for another pope, he did not abandon his position, he passed on the reigns. How is that wrong, and who are we to judge?

      • Avatar M. says:

        Anne Lastmas I hope and pray you have not been reading over at 1 Pet 5 because they will confuse you and give you doubts there. We don’t need a scapegoat for all that is wrong in the church, we need trust in God.

      • Avatar M. says:

        I spelled your name wrong, I am sorry. 🙁 There is no edit button.

      • Avatar Mary Angelica says:

        To be fair to 1 Peter 5, they at least consistently claim that Francis is the only Pope against the “benevacantists”, as much as they rag against him.

      • Avatar Mike Lewis says:

        Steve Skojec has stated his personal belief that Francis is not pope, but that only a future pope has the authority to declare that juridically.

      • Pedro Gabriel Pedro Gabriel says:

        Dear Anne: I’m usually a fan of your comments, but disrespectful comments about a Pope are a no no in this site. That includes the Pope Emeritus.

        The Holy Spirit certainly did not err in choosing Benedict. He was the Pope that instigated my conversion. Was that an error? And his magisterial pronouncements are awesome. Who can say that Deus Caritas Est or Caritas in Veritate are errors because the wrong man was chosen for the job?

        God’s wisdom is greater than our own and Benedict did not make his decision lightheartedly. It was a process of discernment we should not judge.

        You yourself claim that Francis was chosen by the HS. What if Benedict was chosen by the HS to perform his task at that specific time and, after his work was done, the HS asked him to step aside to make way for Francis?

        Just because you don’t understand how it is possible for two Popes to coexist because one resigned, that does not mean that it is an illegitimate arrangement. The Church certainly does not think so, since it allows for that option since ancient times.

        And even Francis has said, in an interview, that he may consider resigning himself in a few years. Will you retract your statement that he was chosen by the HS if he does resign?

      • Avatar ONG says:

        @Anne,

        Pope Benedict has very clearly explained that his health and energy wouldn’t have allowed him to continue the tasks ahead in his pontificate properly.
        He did not retire as if he had abandoned the *job*!

        That he also was legally and morally able to justify his choice as valid, would require *you* to study that particular subject closer before you make statements of that kind.

        The analogies with the vows of holy matrimony, or of having being fired, or about Jesus leaving the cross, are completely nonsense, doubts and confusion, created by the propaganda which DOESN’T believe (or haven’t heard) these explanations from Pope Emeritus himself.

        I prefer trusting him over the media’s story spinning.

        Please study what is available on that subject.

  4. Avatar Sophomorov says:

    There is little relevance whether pius II was pious or not. Is what he is saying true or not. He seems black and white enough for the staunchest conservative. The faith of those who are railing against Francis is based on none other than popes like pius II . The confidence one has in a politician should revolve around character the confidence in the pope reels on charism..it is quite odd that we now elect charismatic men of questionable character for our president, then turn and scrutinize the characters of men with divinely ordained charism.

  5. Avatar Christopher Lake says:

    In the first two years or so of Francis’s Pontificate, when the criticism of him from some “conservatives” in the Church was at least a bit less frenetic and confrontational, I often said that I was “a fan” of both Benedict XVI *and* Pope Francis. This seemed a strange position to many people then, and apparently, is indefensible, if not utterly incomprehensible, to them, now, years later. I’m still “a fan” of both men, even as it puts me in a, seemingly, increasingly isolated position.

    Ultimately, one could accurately say that I’m simply a supporter of the Papacy and a believer in what Scripture and Tradition promise to us about Peter and his successors. On a basic level, that alone can account for my support of Benedict XVI, when he was Pope, and, now, Pope Francis.

    However, I also still do genuinely like both men and am grateful for the various ways in which they have lived out their Papal witnesses. This is not to say that I have never had any questions of them, or even times of struggle, but overall, their Papal witnesses have blessed me and led to my spiritual growth, and I am thankful.

    They clearly have very different personalities, and different approaches to certain questions, but that is no reason for me to say that I am on “Team Benedict,” or that I am a “Pope Francis man.” I am simply a follower of Christ in the Church that he founded, and that Church happens to have many different religious orders and different schools of spirituality, with different approaches, within them– from the Dominicans, to the Franciscans, to the Jesuits, and more. I accept that and try to learn what I can from each of them, rather than setting them against each other. Some Catholics seemed to be skeptical of Pope Francis, almost from day one, because he is our first Jesuit Pope. I’m just trying to learn from him, and this involves allowing him to challenge me in areas where I might have previously thought of a certain approach to an issue as being the only “orthodox Catholic” one. It’s a good growing experience for me, and I thank God that Pope Francis is the current man in the Papal office, just as I thanked God for Benedict VXI during his tenure as Pope.

  6. Avatar M. says:

    Me too! I love Christopher’s comments.

    • Avatar Christopher Lake says:

      Thanks so much for your support and encouragement, Marie and M.! I love the comments that both of you write here too!

  7. Avatar Chris dorf says:

    I recall Jesus who knew Peter would deny him three times before his crucifixion appointed him to feed his sheep. People are afraid that they are being deceived by the devil one way or another and that is no way to live. I know Jesuit jokes can be funny as I have told a few myself and was taught by franciscans but get over it already

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