I also think it is an important one.
Those who have followed me charitably know that I was very early in the “Benedict is Pope” camp.
Truly, if Ratzinger was ever pope, it seems possible that he still would be.
Over the past 2 years, I’ve learned quite a bit about Cardinal Ratzinger. The problem I have is that so very many of the things that cause me to be confident in Bergoglio’s invalidity also apply to Ratzinger.
Of course, it’s much more subtle at times, with Ratzinger. And, unlike Bergoglio, there are very solid counter narratives, and even very meaningful counter moves by Benedict himself.
For example, despite my admission of very serious actions Benedict has taken on behalf of the anti church currently occupying the Vatican (including the fact that he was the principle architect of Vatican II), if it weren’t for Ratzinger, most of us would not have fallen in love with the true Mass.
It all seems very Trump/Biden kabuki theater, to me.
But, I am a layman. 70 years ago, I was prohibited even from opining on such things, without permission.
What was true 70 years ago is still true today, and what was binding then may still bind now. So, I don’t feel comfortable making detailed “declarations.” I don’t feel that is my place. Clearly, the apostasy is now complete, but I don’t know the details of when it was complete. 1958? 1960? 1969? 1983? I don’t know.
Nevertheless, I’m free to seek explanations, and ask questions. And, while I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I agree with quite a lot of the sedevecantist position, if I were forced to give my hypothesis, it would be far, far more organic and nuanced. It’s ultimately based on the same principles though. It ultimately ends up in the same place, in November 2021.
That said, I am very wary of people who instantly go from Vatican II charismatic to “you’re all going to hell, sede.” I’m extremely reluctant of the position, as enticing as it currently is, at least with regard to it extending all the way back to 1958. To be clear, I have no problem with the notion that the Seat is currently empty.
But, with regard to the 1958 position, there are very big questions. Important ones, like this one: https://twitter.com/JackToby1698/status/1463908672367693832?s=20
And the follow up to it here: https://twitter.com/JackToby1698/status/1464230080398381060?s=20
Therefore, I would love to read an educated and polite conversation about this specific issue in my comments. To me, this has always been a very important blank spot in the sede position.
I’d like to hear from people who are qualified to opine.