At St Benedict's Latin Mass Chapel, we believe that any cleric, who is to hold an office in the Church, they need to hold to the teachings of the Catholic Church as the Church has taught down through the centuries.  In its Papal Teachings, Councils of the Church and the Ordinary Magisterium of the Church.  We then believe that the "Councilor Popes" have fallen into Heresy and have broken with the Teachings of the Church. 

Pope Paul iv in his Apostolic Constitution "Cum Ex Apostolic Officio" of February 15 1559 makes very clear that any cleric including a Cardinal or a Pope who falls into heresy automatically losses there office.  This then applies to "Pope" Paul vi and especially to all the Bishops, Cardinals and Priests at the Second Vatican Council.

The Second Vatican Council was a departure from the Faith and Teachings of the Church and so is more of a "Robbers Council" then a "True Council" of the Church.  The Decree on Ecumenism was a departure from the Catholic Churches teaching on salvation.  The Catholic Church clearly states that there is "No Salvation Outside the Catholic Church."  The Second Vatican Council states that a person outside of the Church is in partial communion with Church, and has the possibility of Salvation.  And it also describes heretics and schismatics as our "brothers and sisters in Christ."  It is impossible for a person outside of the Catholic Church to be our "brothers and sisters in Christ."

On the "Degree on Ecumenism" Chapter 1 para 3 we read "Those who are born into these communities and are brought up in the faith of Christ cannot be accused of the sin involved in the separation, and the Catholic church looks upon them as sisters and brothers, with respect and love.  For those who believe in Christ and have truly been baptised are in some kind of communion with the Church, even though this communion is imperfect."

As Catholics the Nicene Creed gives us the Four Marks of the Catholic that there is "One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church" outside of it there cannot be any Salvation.  If a church has separated itself from the Catholic Church there is no "communion" even if it is "Imperfect". 

Council of Florence, Cantate Domino (1441):  "The Holy Roman Church firmly believes professes and preachers that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church not only pagans but also Jews and heretics and schismatics can have a share in life eternal; but they will go into eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; (Matthew 25:41), unless before death they are joined with her; and that so important is the unity of the visible Church and ecclesiastical body that only those remaining within this unity can profit by the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and they alone can receive an eternal recompense for there fasts, alms giving, and there works of Christian piety and there duties of a Christian soldiers.  No one, lets his alms giving be as great as it may, no one, even if he poured out his blood for the name of Christ, can be saved, unless he remains within the bosom and unity of the Catholic Church.   

Pope Leo Xii (Ubi Primum #14, May 5, 1824):

"It is impossible for the most true God, who is Truth itself, the best, the wisest Provider, and the Rewarder of Good men, to approve all sects who profess false teachings which are often inconsistent with one another and contradictory, and to confess eternal reward on their members ... by divine faith we hold one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and that no other name under heaven is given to men except the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth in which we must be saved.  This is why we profess that there is no salvation out side the church."   


We therefore believe that the Chair of Peter is Vacant "Sede Vacante" and we do not have a Pope since the death of Pope Pius xii. 

When Caiaphas stood up and condemned Our Lord to death on the charge of blasphemy, he immediately lost the Chair of Moses.  He was no longer High Priest.  So also when "Pope" Paul vi stood up to sign the Vatican Documents, he to, and all the Council Fathers, automatically fell into heresy and therefore lost their "office".

 This departure from the True Faith and Teachings of the Church happened at the Council of Ariminum 359ad.  Nearly all the Council Fathers followed the Arian heresy.  And consequently fell into the Arian Heresy that Our Lord was similar in substance to the Father but not the same substance as the Father ie he was a created being.  The church has taught at the Council of Nicaea that Our Lord was of the same substance as the father. 

So all those Bishops who signed the "Second Vatican Council" Documents all fell into heresy and lost their office as Bishops of the Church.  

And so at St Benedict's Latin Mass Chapel Meadowbrook believe that the Chair of Peter is Currently Vacant "Sede Vacante" 


Fr Steven Hartley