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Aren’t you misusing the term Apostate?
No, we are not misusing the term apostate. It is perfectly accurate to label Antipope John Paul II and his Bishops apostates. Pope Pius IX labels the “Old Catholics,” who merely denied Papal Infallibility (one dogma), as apostate priests in Graves ac diuturnae.In his book The Liturgical Year, Abbot Guérangerrefers to Martin Luther as an apostate: In the absolutely strict sense used by canonists, the word apostate applies only to those who abandon all profession of the Christian faith entirely. In other senses, it is applied by Popes and Saints to heretics who give up the Christian Faith by virtue of their rejection of one or more dogmas; for, as Pope Leo XIII teaches, those who repudiate one article of the Faith reject in one act the whole of Christian teaching. So Antipope John Paul II and his Bishops are certainly apostates, especially when we consider that many of their heresies involve not only a denial of one or more dogmas of the Faith, but a denial of the author of our Faith Himself, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
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