Retired Bishop Openly Supports Sedevacantism

Update: Bishop Gracida Is NOT A Sedevacantist

Retired Corpus Christi Bishop René Gracida, 97, Texas, believes that Francis is “not a bishop, not a Catholic and not a Pope” (Abyssum.org, January 13).

Gracida now openly embraces sedevacantism, the theory that Pius XII (+1958) was the last pope implying that after him the Church ended. For Gracida, John XXIII started a "false church," and he and all his successors were impostors.

Gracida claims that the Novus Ordo episcopal consecration is "invalid since 1968.” He excludes however his own January 1972 consecration which, according to him, didn't follow the Novus Ordo although Paul VI's ordination rite was introduced in April 1969.

An ardent former follower of John Paul II, Gracida now calls Vatican II “heretical.” He believes the Ultramontanist myth that "the Pope is the bulwark of the Catholic faith" and notices correctly that “no one could seriously say this about the antipopes of the Vatican II Church.”

Sedevacantism is a consequence of Ultramontanism which considers the pope a living oracle. Once it becomes evident that this is not true, the inevitable conclusion is that a deficient pope is not a pope at all.


Retired Corpus Christi Bishop René Gracida, 97, Texas, believes that Francis is “not a bishop, not a Catholic and not a Pope” Pic related.
Angelici Ordinis
This is a rather misleading article given the fact that the entire premise of the article is just the fact that Gracida met with Mel Gibson. That says nothing about Gracida's thoughts on the matter of sedevacantism.
Johannes Theodor Laurent
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I do not see this supposedly sede declaration on 13th January on that blog. The Bp suggests Bergoglio the Bad is not Pope. Most here probably either think that a fact or consider it a strong possibility, else Our Lord was not speaking plainly in Matthew xvi. 19. Some idea that Francis is Pope but has never said anything binding seems absurd. He tried on a few occasions in his confused way.
The popes as demigods
As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”
atreverse pensar
No, sedevacantism is not that.
The Church is unfailing, but there may not be a valid pope, especially in recent times.
Lefebvre and some other bishops have preserved the sacrament of Holy Orders and the traditional Mass.
On the invalidity of the new ritual of ordination of bishops, I am not so clear.
But a pope cannot formally teach error.
Sedevacantism is not ultramontanism.
Cuthbert Mayne
I think GTV knows what sedevacantism is. This fellow Garcia is an utter nutter. Has been for some time.
atreverse pensar
GTV does not even link to Gracida's statements.
Cuthbert Mayne
@Karanjit Michael Dutt if you consider GTV to be ‘the real nutters’ why then may I ask do you read and post opinions on GTV?
Cuthbert Mayne
Ah good this “contributor” has been removed - excellent work GTV moderator
You all might just want to keep an open mind about it.
John Doe
Categorizing the sentence, "the Pope is the bulwark of the Catholic faith" as a Ultramontanist myth is OFFENSIVE TO PIOUS EARS.

Pius IX, Encylical Qui Nuper, No. 3:

. . .We ascended the supreme seat of the prince of the apostles, the citadel and bulwark of the Catholic faith.