How Long Can the Papacy Remain Vacant?

On pages 21-2 they are attempting to prove that a prolonged vacancy is not possible: “Needless to say, this poses an unsurmountable problem for Sedevacantists who claim that the Church has been unable to elect a Pope for generations. ”  (Emphasis in the original)

On page 84 in footnote 92 referring to the time of Antichrist we read: “It is likely during this time, the persecution of the Church will lead her to go “underground”.  At this time, it would seem that Rome will become an enemy of the Church and be the seat of antichrist as Our Lady revealed at La Salette. … At this time, the true Pope is “taken our of the way,” presumably by martyrdom.”

And then on page 85 we read: “The vacancy of the papal office will possibly be the result of the martyrdom of the true Pope and the difficulty the Church will have in electing a successor during this time of external persecution.  Again, this reign of a false Pope (or Popes) is said to occur in the last days of the Church, during the time of antichrist and the final apostasy.”  (Emphasis in the original.)

This second quote appears to contradict the first, indicating there will be a prolonged vacancy in the papacy.

Although they quote from Father O’Reilly earlier on, they do not address this quote used by several Sedevacantists:

“The Council assembled in 1414…

“We may here stop to inquire what is to be said of the position, at that time, of the three claimants, and their rights with regard to the Papacy. In the first place, there was all through, from the death of Gregory XI in 1378, a Pope — with the exception, of course, of the intervals between deaths and elections to fill up the vacancies thereby created. There was, I say, at every given time a Pope, really invested with the dignity of Vicar of Christ and Head of the Church, whatever opinions might exist among many as to his genuineness; not that an interregnum covering the whole period would have been impossible or inconsistent with the promises of Christ, for this is by no means manifest, but that, as a matter of fact, there was not such an interregnum.”