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Why 1P5's Skojec appears to be Wrong about Bp. Gracida's Legally Crafted Open Letter against Francis

Onepeterfive's Steve Skojec on May 7 apparently rejected Bishop René Gracida's call for the cardinals to judge if Francis's election to the papacy was valid calling the validity question itself a "potentially dangerous rabbit hole."
(Onepeterfive, "Cardinal Eijk References End Times Prophecy in Intercommunion," May 7, 2018)

At the time, Skojec referred back to his September 26, 2017 post where he said:

"JPII has removed the election-nullifying consequences of simony... nowhere else in the following paragraphs is nullity of the election even implied."
(Onepeterfive, "A Brief note on the Question of a Legally Valid Election," September 26, 2017)

Bishop Gracida shows that Skojec is wrong in his legally crafted Open Letter quoting Pope John Paul II's Universi Dominici Gregis' introductory perambulary and paragraph 76:

-"I further confirm, by my Apostlic authority, the duty of maintaining the strictest secrecy with regard to everything that directly or indirectly concerns the election process."
(Introductory perambulary)

-"Should the election take place in a way other than laid down here not to be observed, the election is for this very reason null and void."
(Paragraph 76)

Gracida's Open Letter, moreover, shows that Skojec is wrong above:

"The clear exception from nullity and invalidity for simony proves the general rule that other violations of the sacred process certainly do and did result in the nullity and invalidity of the entire conclave."

On top of all that, Skojec ignores paragraph 5 and contrary to what canon lawyer Edward Peters has said about Universi Dominici Gregis when he suggests canon lawyers have a role in interpreting the John Paul II Constitution, the document says:

"Should doubts arise concerning the prescriptions contained in this Constitution, or concerning the manner of putting them into effect. I [Pope John Paul II] Decree that all power of issuing a judgment of this in this regard to the College of Cardinals, to which I grant the faculty of interpreting doubtful or controverted points."
(Universi Dominici Gregis, paragraph 5)

Later in the paragraph it says "except the act of the election," which can be interpreted in a number of ways.

The point is, as Bishop Gracida says and Universi Dominici Gregis said, only the cardinals can interpret its meaning, not Skojec or canon lawyers.

The Bishop is saying what the document says: only the cardinals can interpret it.

He, also, says put pressure on the cardinals to act and interpret it which both Skojec and Peters appear to prefer to ignore.

Moreover, Bishop Gracida's Open Letter and Pope John Paul II's document make a number of points which neither Skojec, Peters or anyone else to my knowledge have even brought up or offered any counter argument against.

I have great respect for both Skojec and Peters, but unless Gracida's Open Letter is squarely responded to my respect for them will greatly diminish for they will be neglecting their responsibility to God and His Church.

They are both wrong if they ignore this important Open Letter of Bishop Gracida.

If Skojec and Peters as well as the conservative and traditional Catholic media are ignoring Bishop Gracida because he isn't a cardinal and retired, remember that St. Athanasius wasn't a cardinal (that is involved in the selection or election process of the pope of the time) and was retired.

During the Arian heresy crisis, Pope Liberius excommunicated Athanasius. You don't get any more retired than being excommunicated.

Pray an Our Father for the restoration of the Church.








Comments

The Kurgan said…
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Liam Ronan said…
Bishop Gracida's call and analysis deserves the widest possible circulation in the Catholic Press and discussion groups. Bishop Gracida seems to be receiving the same treatment from the Catholic Press that the 'Dubia Cardinals' have had from Francis.
Dr. T.T.Coals said…
#resignandbeprosecuted
Sal said…
Mr Skojec is, in this case, a well-meaning but mistaken Catholic blogger. He is no theologian or canon lawyer. I cannot seem to articulate why but it's a shame that Skojec won't give Bp. Gracida's call a forum since I'm sure his blog
gets more traffic than Bp. Gracida's. At the very least the idea should be explored in light of Bp. Gracida's new points of argument.
We're almost as fragmented as the Protestants at this point, all of us wanting to be correct.
James said…
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Truth despised, is Truth nonetheless.
Marie said…
Let me guess why Catholic media do not consider Bishop Gracida worthy of their attention:
1. Because he is not a Cardinal.
2. Because he is retired.
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