“Ubi Petrus ibi Ecclesia”
14 Jul 2016
To the Lords Sedevacantist Bishops
“There must exist in the True Church a perfect unity of regime, that is: there must be at the head of that religious society a supreme and visible authority, of divine institution, to which all the members that form it must obey.It isn´t enough a kind of friendship policy or good neighborhood among a lot of ecclesiastical headquarters disconnected legally, that is: independent of each other, without another headsupreme that an invisible and celestialChrist, whosewords and mandatesare interpreted for everyone according to his own taste.”(RP Fernando Lipúzcoa, Apologetic Breviary, 1954)
Being Jesus Christ Head of the Catholic Church and beginning of his life, there is nothing in it that He doesn´t operate and doesn´t dependon Him; He has founded it as “true and perfect society” (Pius IX) “giving him themeans necessary for its safety and action” (Leo XIII) and instituted an organ that he himself deemed appropriate to choose and He himself created to exercise in perpetuity the government of his Kingdom without spot or wrinkle of corruption: the Pope; to govern her, to speak to her incessantly and to look for this indubitable signal so that she was always sure of her guidance. Thus, promising her assistance until the end of time, she demanded in the midst of her the manifest and effective sign of his presence. This wonder was made through the institution of a Vicar, by whom the government of the Church is exercised forever in his own name and in his own virtue;and that in feeling of St. Jerome, denying their need and dignity “there will be as many schisms in the Church as there are priests.”
Now, it is impossible to even imagine a “true and perfect society” not governed by a sovereign, so the Catholic Church is “true and perfect society”, therefore it must necessarily be governed by only one: the Vicar of Jesus Christ; for it isn´t only built on Christ, but also on St. Peter as a VISIBLE FOUNDATION of that same and only authority.
The VISIBLE nature of the true Church is identified by a VISIBLE unity of Faith, a VISIBLE unity of regime, under a VISIBLE primacy of jurisdiction: the Pope.Thus, “Jesus Christ didn´t conceive or institute a Church formed of many communities that resemble certain general characteristics, but distinct from one another and not linked together by those links that can only give the Church the individuality and unity that we make profession in the symbol of faith: “I believe in the Church one” …”(Leo XIII). “Wherefore those who forge the Church in such a way that it can neither touch nor be seen are separated from the divine truth, being only a pneumatic being, as they say, in which many communities of Christians, although mutually separated in the faith, join, however, by an invisible bond.” (Pius XII)
The Vicar of Jesus Christ exercises a power that isn´t contained in the essential powers of the episcopate, but is above the episcopate by its nature and its title, because this power is the very power of Jesus Christ, Head, Principle and Sovereign of the episcopate.Consequently, the Vicar of Jesus Christ has all the unique authority of Jesus Christ without division or limitation.It isn´t an intermediate or secondary Head located between Jesus Christ and the episcopate, but it is Jesus Christ, the only Head made visible, speaking and working in the Church for the organ that ishehas chosen;being the MAIN institution from which all the formation of the Church springs. It is the first FOUNDATION of the building and it is in the SOURCE AND PRINCIPLE Church, and the bishops receive from him all that they are, because the episcopate has no other source but Jesus Christ and the Vicar of Jesus Christ in the indivisible unity of the same principality; and this as a consequence and mirror of the divine principle of procession, being that the very nature of the episcopate comes from the procession itself, and in them -this procession- creates dependency, which is nothing other than the mission or jurisdiction given and accepted.