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San Francesco di Sales sul “PAPA ERETICO”

Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales (1) totally confirmed beyond any doubt the possibility of a heretical pope and what must be done by the Church in such a situation:

The Pope… WHEN he is EXPLICITLY a heretic, he falls ipso facto from his dignity and out of the Church, and the Church MUST either deprive him, or, as some say, declare him deprived, of his Apostolic See.

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(1) The Catholic Controversy, by St. Francis de Sales, Pages 305-306.