The question of the "heretical pope", once a simple case of school, has become the subject of debate in the last years of Pope Francis' pontificate. Anyone who wants to seriously study this problem cannot ignore the studies of Arnaldo Xavier da Silveira (1929-2018), whose work can be defined as pioneering in this field.
Xavier da Silveira, trained at the school of Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, in fact addressed this delicate topic in the years immediately following the Second Vatican Council. Exploring the theological and canonical literature on the subject, he does not limit himself to offering us an overview of the different theological positions, but adheres to the opinion of St. Robert Bellarmine on the possibility that a Pope falls into heresy, enriching this thesis with original comments.
Author: Arnaldo Xavier da Silveira
Edition year: 2019