Summary and further explanations by Br. Alexis Bugnolo
I had the pleasure and honor to be interviewed via telephone last night in Italian (see video above) by the renowned Don Alessandro Minutella, Catholic Priest and Pastor of the Parish of Saint Don Bosco, Palermo, who since 2016 has been leading a social media and preaching crusade against the arch-heretic who has usurped the Apostolic Throne and seized control of the Vatican City State.
We talked at length about the canonical aspects and juridical problems had by the party of criminal accomplices in the upper clergy and among social media personalities in demonstrating that his claim to the Roman Papacy is legitimate.
In this broadcast, I said nothing that I have not said previously, except for our discussion about what might happen at the death of the Roman Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI. Though I mentioned the recent autogol of Don Tullio Rotondo, in his online skirmishing war with Andrea Cionci, which I reported on here.
First, I pointed out that we cannot be sure about any of the circumstances of that future event, because, Bergoglio could pass to his eternal recompense before the Holy Father, or even resign. As to Don Minutella’s question on this, I emphatically stated that I do not, as an anthropologist, see anything in his character which would lead me to think that he would ever resign, nay, I think he will be giving orders to the last moments of his death bed — though, if he was DeathVaxxed, he may just drop suddenly.
Second, we do not know if the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has discretely already made arrangements for the election of a legitimate successor, seeing that in the past, during the final days of Pope Honorius II, the faithful Cardinals gathered around the dying Pontiff and expressed to him their concern that, after his death, the faction led by Pietro Pierleoni, of a very bad reputation for simony and the theft of sacred objects (Pierleoni was from a family of Jews converted to the Catholic Faith) would seize control, since he had bought a large number of followers in the city. So on February 13, 1130 A. D., Pope Honorius II signed a brief which restricted the number of electors for the election of his successor to a commission of Cardinals, the members of which were attending him in his death. Thus, was Pope Innocent II legitimately and validly, but not canonically in the strictest sense, elected.
So it is possible, that Pope Benedict XVI has already promulgated or will promulgate a special law governing the election of his successor. And indeed, he can do so at any moment, and those named as Electors will be the witnesses to it. Juridically it must be signed before his death, before witnesses whose number at least contains 2 Bishops.
Hence, though it appears to everyone in Italy, that there are no Cardinal Electors who want to recognize that Pope Benedict XVI is still the pope, it may be possible that he will arrange for the election of his successor.
And for that reason, I mentioned last night, that it remains to be seen what Archbishop Gänswein will do, following the death of the Holy Father, in the situation where no Cardinal Electors have returned to him publicly or privately. For if the Archbishop, at the funeral mass names Bergoglio in the canon of the Mass, then we can presume reasonably that he was not faithful to Pope Benedict XVI and served as a prison guard of the Holy Father, all these long years. But that if he offers that Mass or those Masses in sede vacante, then he is signifying that he stood with the Holy Father as a faithful ally and servant all those years.
Don Minutella asked me, then, if I think the Archbishop is a faithful ally or a prison guard. And I told him that I first assumed the latter, but now incline to the former, though I cannot be certain, because it could be, that to serve the Holy Father faithfully he has had to dissimulate loyalty to both claimants to the Apostolic Throne, or that even Pope Benedict XVI has instructed him to use mental reservation to achieve this.
Failing any special law and in the case of the apostasy of all the Cardinal Electors, then I affirmed that there remains a way to validly elect the Roman Pontiff, as Pope John Paul II implied in his promulgatory act of the new code of Canon Law in 1983, where he said, that the institution of the Conclave is NOT necessary for the valid election of the Roman Pontiff! When I first read that years ago, I presumed he was speaking about the long course of centuries, but after discovering that Pope Benedict XVI uses amphibologies, and that the renunciation of the Roman Pontiff in canon law was altered in the code of 1983, to allow a fake abdication to fool the Freemasons in the upper clergy who have been working for 2 centuries to seize the papacy, I hypothesized that this statement by Pope John Paul II was a hint, an indication, that his papal law for the election of the Roman Pontiff contained some sort of pressure valve or condition where the law would abolish itself.
In fact, it is a very widespread error, that the Cardinals alone have the right to elect the Roman Pontiff. I thought so myself, for most of my life, until I read canons 335, 349 and 359, which clearly state that after the death and/or valid abdication of the Roman Pontiff, the Cardinals enjoy only those rights which are according to them by special law. That is, they have no canonical or apostolic right to elect the Roman Pontiff! This present system differs from that established during the Third Lateran Council, canon 1, for example. Thus if the special law had any condition which would prevent the present method from being implemented, the Cardinal Electors would lose all right per se to participate in the election.
For in the course of the centuries the Roman Pontiffs have been elected by papal laws, canons, or apostolic tradition, as I have discussed here. And in thus, since the current law abolished all previous laws and canons, there could be no recourse to these if no Cardinal Electors remained faithful. Hence, the condition in the present law itself, that Cardinal Electors lose their right to elect the Roman Pontiff if they do not appear in conclave by the 22nd day, would result in the law itself losing all force after that date, or rather, to the abolition of the institution of the Conclave for that specific election, since obviously, there can be no Conclave if no one has the right to vote in it.
Thus, in such an eventuality the faithful of the Church of Rome (Dioceses of Rome and its suburbican Dioceses), whether clergy, religious, or lay, can and must convene to elect the successor of Pope Benedict XVI according to the Apostolic Right of that Church to do so, which right was established by St. Peter and recognized by St. Paul the Apostle. Obviously, this refers only to the number of the faithful who were in communion with the Roman Pontiff, at his death, and who belonged to the Church of Rome. This could include Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, Monsignori, Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Religious and laity, who are either incardinated in these dioceses (in the case of clergy), or who hold ecclesiastical residence in these territories (laity and religious of pontifical institutes or diocesan institutes established by such ordinaries).
ANNOUNCEMENT: DECEMBER 11, 2022
RALLY FOR POPE BENEDICT XVI
And hence it is, that it is important that the faithful gather together and show themselves prior to such a necessity. Indeed, the more frequently we gather together to proclaim Pope Benedict XVI is THE POPE, the more strength will we show to convince the weak to return to communion with him.
To this end, Don Minutella and the 7 priests collaborating with him have organized a public meeting at Rome, on December 11th. And at my suggestion, last night, he has extended his invitation to participate and be present at this gathering to ALL the faithful wherever they may live, to come and join us.
THUS, I extend my personal and cordial invitation TO ALL CLERGY, RELIGIOUS AND LAITY wheresoever they be in the world, who recognize Benedict XVI is still the Pope, the sole Vicar of Jesus Christ, to come to Rome for Dec. 11th, of this year, and join me and the clergy, religious and faithful of Italy in this first event of its kind.
And at my suggestion, Don Minutella will plan such events every three months or so.
So far 1300 Catholics have preregistered for this free event open to all.
I will be there, and it will be my pleasure to meet all who come and make your acquaintance.
(For reasons of security, if you wish to attend, give me your contact information in a comment — which I will not publish — and I will put you on a private mailing list for updates about this and the details of time and place at Rome)