Pope Pius XII, in Ad Apostolorum Principis (June 29th, 1958) Infallibly
Condemned All Attempted Non Papal Mandated Episcopal Consecrations
"There will be a general defection from the Church near the end of the world,
especially regarding obedience to Her." (Prophecy of Richard Rolle of Hample, d. 1349)
(Note: the following is extracted from Pius XII's Encyclical, Ad Apostolorum Principis "Prince of the Apostles". Papal encyclicals are part of what constitutes the Church's Ordinary Magisterium and hence are infallible/binding on all. -ED)
Illegitimate Bishops Destroy Unity of Obedience and Discipline
We again referred to this teaching when We later addressed to you the Letter "Ad Sinarum Gentem.," in which We said: "The power of jurisdiction which is conferred directly by Divine Right on the Supreme Pontiff, comes to Bishops by that same right, but only through the Successor of Peter to whom not only the faithful but also all Bishops are bound to be constantly subject and to adhere both by the reverence of obedience and by the bond of Unity" (Encyclical "Ad Sinarum Gente," Oct. 7, 1954.). [...]
To this action
the warning words of the Divine Teacher fittingly apply: "He who enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up another way, is a thief and a robber" (John 10:1.). The sheep indeed know the true shepherd's voice.
"But a stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers" (John 10:4-5.).
It does not escape Us that those who thus withdraw from obedience put forward a practice which was licit in previous centuries in order to justify themselves with regard to those functions which they have, alas, unrighteously assumed. Yet everyone sees that it is the overthrow of all Ecclesiastical Discipline if in any way at all it is lawful for anyone to restore arrangements which are not valid any longer since the Supreme Authority of the Church has long ago Decreed otherwise. They assuredly in no sense excuse their way of acting by appealing to another custom, and they indisputably prove that they follow this line deliberately in order to escape from the discipline which now prevails and which they ought to be obeying.
We mean that Discipline which has been established not only for China and the regions recently enlightened by the light of the Gospel, but for the whole Church--a Discipline which takes its sanction from that Universal and Supreme Power of caring for, ruling and governing which Our Lord granted to the Successors in the Office of St. Peter the Apostle. [...]
It follows from what We have said that no authority whatever, save that which is proper to the Supreme Pastor, can render void the Canonical Appointment granted to any Bishop; that no person or group, whether of Priests or of laymen, can lay claim to the right of nominating Bishops; that no one can lawfully confer Episcopal Consecration unless he has received the Mandate of the Apostolic See (Canon 953.).
The Guilty Parties Are Excommunicated
Consequently, if Consecration of this kind is being done contrary to all right and law, and by this crime the Unity of the Church is being seriously attacked, an excommunation reserved specialissimo modo to the Apostolic See has been established which is automatically incurred by anyone who received consecration irresposibly conferred and by the actual consecrator (Decree of the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office, Apr. 9, 1951; "Acta Apostolicae Sedia," vol. 53, p. 217).
Ad Apostolorum Principis (Encyclical Letter of Pope Pius XII, June 29, 1958)
"Epikeia is NOT to be identified with interpretation, dispensation, presumed permission, excusing cause, or popular acceptance of human law…Human invalidating laws sometimes cease to bind; but epikeia may not be applied to human invalidating laws… IN REGARD TO MATTERS WHICH TOUCH THE ESSENCE OF THE SACRAMENTS, THE USE OF EPIKEIA IS ALWAYS EXCLUDED.
("The History, Nature, and Use of Epikeia in Moral Theology", by Fr. Lawrence Joseph Riley, 1948 Imp.)
"The Present Crisis of the Holy See Tested By Prophecy: Four Lectures", by Cardinal Henry Edward Manning, 1861: His Excellency - citing the Fathers of the Church and theologians of the greatest repute (such as Aquinas, Bellarmine, etc.) - covers in detail: St. Paul's prophesied revolt and falling away from papal authority (de fide), the suppression of the Holy Sacrifice, the pope's forced exile from Rome, the destruction of neo-pagan Rome, persecution of the greatly beleaguered Church by Antichrist and finally his destruction.
"The virtue of faith, the foundation of a Christian life, gives us an absolute certitude of the truths which we believe; a certitude more positive than that which is based on the testimony of our eyes and reason. It rests on God, whose word cannot fail: and on the Church, which is likewise infallible when teaching us that word." (Fr. Francois Xavier Schouppe S.J. "Short Sermons For The Low Masses Of Sunday. Comprising In Four Series A Methodical Exposition of Christian Doctrine", 1883 Imp.)
"It is necessary for salvation that all the faithful of Christ be subject to the Roman Pontiff."
(V Lateran Council)
Blessed be St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles!
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