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Definitive sentence whereby Peter de Luna, pope Benedict XIII, is divested of the papacy and deprived of the faith

Definitive sentence whereby Peter de Luna, pope Benedict XIII, is divested of the papacy and deprived of the faith

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DEFINITIVE SENTENCE WHEREBY PETER DE LUNA, POPE BENEDICTXIII, IS DIVESTED OF THE PAPACY AND DEPRIVED OF THE FAITH.
FROM THE COUNCIL OF CONSTANCEMay this judgment come forth from the face of him who sits on the throne, and from hismouth proceeds a double-edged sword, whose scales are just and weights are true, whowill come to judge the living and the dead, our lord Jesus Christ, Amen. The Lord is justand loves just deeds, his face looks on righteousness. But the Lord looks on those who doevil so as to cut off their remembrance from the earth. Let there perish, says the holy prophet, the memory of him who did not remember to show mercy and who persecutedthe poor and needy. How much more should there perish the memory of Peter de Luna,called by some Benedict XIII, who persecuted and disturbed all people and the universalchurch? For, how greatly he has sinned against God's church and the entire christian people, fostering, nourishing and continuing the schism and division of God's churchHow ardent and frequent have been the devout and humble prayers, exhortations andrequests of kings, princes and prelates with which he has been warned in charity, inaccordance with the teaching of the gospel, to bring peace to the church, to heal itswounds and to reconstitute its divided parts into one structure and one body, as he hadsworn to do, and as for a long time it was within his power to do ! He was unwilling,however, to listen to their charitable admonitions. How many were the persons afterwardssent to attest to him! Because he did not listen at all even to these, it has been necessary,in accordance with the aforesaid evangelical teaching of Christ, to say to the church,since he has not listened even to her, that he should be treated as a heathen and a publican. All these things have been clearly proved by the articles coming from theinquiry into faith and the schism held before this present synod, regarding the above andother matters brought against him, as well as by their truth and notoriety. The proceedings have been correct and canonical, all the acts have been correctly andcarefully examined and there has been mature deliberation. Therefore this same holygeneral synod, representing the universal church and sitting as a tribunal in the aforesaidinquiry, pronounces, decrees and declares by this definitive sentence written here, that thesame Peter de Luna, called Benedict XIII as has been said, has been and is a perjurer, acause of scandal to the universal church, a promoter and breeder of the ancient schism,that long established fission and division in God's holy church, an obstructer of the peaceand unity of the said church, a schismatic disturber and a heretic, a deviator from thefaith, a persistent violator of the article of the faith One holy catholic church, incorrigible,notorious and manifest in his scandal to God's church, and that he has rendered himself unworthy of every title, rank, honour and dignity, rejected and cut off by God, deprived by the law itself of every right in any way belonging to him in the papacy or pertaining tothe Roman pontiff and the Roman church, and cut off from the catholic church like awithered member. This same holy synod, moreover, as a precautionary measure, sinceaccording to himself he actually holds the papacy, deprives, deposes and casts out thesaid Peter from the papacy and from being the supreme pontiff of the Roman church andfrom every title, rank, honour, dignity, benefice and office whatsoever. It forbids him toact henceforth as the pope or as the supreme and Roman pontiff. It absolves and declaresto be absolved all Christ's faithful from obedience to him, and from every duty of 

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