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So, today's Blessed, according to Catholic Online, "successfully led the opposition to an antipope," did he? Wouldn't that make him a schismatic or a heretic, as those terms are being thrown around these days?

So, today's Blessed, according to Catholic Online, "successfully led the opposition to an antipope," did he?  Wouldn't that make him a schismatic or a heretic, as those terms are being thrown around these days?


Bl. Alvarez of Corova
Catholic Online Saints & Angels
Feastday: February 19
Birth: 1350
Death: 1430
Beatified: September 22, 1741, Saint Peter's Basilica, Papal States by Pope Benedict XIV
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Alvarez was born in either Lisbon, Portugal, or Cordova, Spain. He entered the Dominican convent at Cordova in 1368. He became known for his preaching prowess in Spain and Italy, was confessor and adviser of Queen Catherine, John of Gaunt's daughter, and tutor of King John II in his youth. He reformed the court, and then left the court to found a monastery near Cordova. There the Escalaceli (ladder of heaven) that he built became a center of religious devotion. He successfully led the opposition to antipope Benedict XII (Peter de Luna), and by the time of his death was famous all over Spain for his teaching, preaching, asceticism, and holiness. His cult was confirmed in 1741.",confirmed%20in%201741


Anonymous said…
The Catholic scruple is demanding of itself in the spiritual life because it is susceptible or delicate to the extreme. When he steps on the ground and if he wants to, he breaks a small cross, he worries about it because he thinks he will receive eternal damnation.

Many are so out of concern about what others might think about if they say Bergoglio is an antipope. They are afraid of being labeled as sedevacantists as an irrational and crazy gesture. Today's sedevacantism is, according to an Apostolic Constitution of a canonically accepted and elected Pope, not ideological and without the faith of some.

A good example for not accepting this misconception is a parish priest named Ramon Guidetti in Italy. Everything he went through after a homily for telling the truth, but was later expelled, excommunicated, in short, he lost everything. 'Cause he wasn't a mercenary, according to some silent prelates or other talkative prelates who even insinuate a parallel Church as a solution to today's crisis, but the same priest simply imitated the Good Shepherd of souls.

All Catholics should be committed to the truth. But, unfortunately, to this day there are few who have understood this.
Unknown said…
Dear Fred,
From my brother, dear friend and namesake Seán I got this correction of the information above:

"Blessed Alvarez of Cordova (1350–1430) was an Iberian Dominican - born either in Lisbon, Portugal or Cordova, Spain (both Catholic countries claim him) - an ascetic and preacher and contemporary of Saint Vincent Ferrer, O.P. (1350-1419). Bl. Alvarez is renowned for his personal holiness and spiritual support of the people of Spain in the final stages of La Reconquista (that commenced with the Spanish victory at the Battle of Covadonga in 718 and continued until the fall of the Emirate of Granada, 02 January 1492) and his tireless efforts to oppose a schismatic antipope during the Western Schism.

The antipope in question, Pedro Martínez de Luna y Pérez de Gotor (25 November 1328 – 23 May 1423), known as el Papa Luna in Spanish and Pope Luna in English, was an Aragonese nobleman who, as Benedict XIII, is considered an antipope by the Roman Catholic Church. The last official antipope of the RCC is Felix V (1383-1451), whose claim to the triple tiara ended in 1449.

Pope Benedict XII, Jacques Fournier (1285-1342), on the other hand, is incorrectly maligned as an antipope in the hyperlinked Catholic Monitor article and was, in fact, a rather high-minded Cistercian monk who, as Bishop of Pamiers prior to his quite surprising election to the Papacy, took severe measures to repress the gnostic heretical Cathars in southern France, a policy he continued throughout his papacy which culminated in the eradication of Catharism by 1350.

From Wikipedia:

“From the beginning of his pontificate, Benedict worked to reform the Curia and secular clergy in an effort to curb clerical avarice and nepotism as well as abuses in the granting of benefices. However, the religious orders were the primary target of his major reform efforts. By 1335-1336, Benedict had enacted changes that are viewed as one of the milestones of his pontificate.”

Nuestra Señora de Covadonga, ruega por nosotros. "

May our good Lord almighty God bless you, protect you and lead you.


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