I won't argue with an A-, that's good enough to get me into university
Your assesment of Pope Honorius is incomplete; there's ALOT more to it than that. Honorius issued more than one decree in which he sanctioned the monothelite heresy and was vigorously defended by his monothelite supporters who were present at the 6th Ecumenical Council:
[Answer of the Monothelites made at the Emperor's bidding:]
"We have brought out no new method of speech, but have taught whatever we have received
from the holy Ecumenical Synods, and from the holy approved Fathers, as well as from the archbishops of this imperial city, to wit: Sergius, Paul, Pyrrhus, and Peter, as also from Honorius who was Pope of Old Rome
, and from Cyrus who was Pope of Alexandria, that is to say with reference to will and operation, and so we have believed, and so we believe, so we preach; and further we are ready to stand by, and defend this faith." (Session I)
Session XIII spells out in no uncertain terms that Honorius was condemned for more than simply "failing to teach."
"The holy council said: After we had reconsidered, according to our promise which we had made to your highness, the doctrinal letters of Sergius
, at one time patriarch of this royal god-protected city to Cyrus, who was then bishop of Phasis and to Honorius
some time Pope of Old Rome, as well as the letter of the latter to the same Sergius
, we find that these documents are quite foreign to the apostolic dogmas
, to the declarations of the holy Councils, and to all the accepted Fathers, and that they follow the false teachings of the heretics
; therefore we entirely reject them, and execrate them as hurtful to the soul
. But the names of those men whose doctrines we execrate must also be thrust forth from the holy Church of God, namely, that of Sergius some time bishop of this God-preserved royal city who was the first to write on this impious doctrine; also that of Cyrus of Alexandria, of Pyrrhus, Paul, and Peter, who died bishops of this God-preserved city, and were like-minded with them; and that of Theodore sometime bishop of Pharan, all of whom the most holy and thrice blessed Agatho, Pope of Old Rome, in his suggestion to our most pious and God-preserved lord and mighty Emperor, rejected, because they were minded contrary to our orthodox faith, all of whom we define are to be subjected to anathema. And with these we define that there shall be expelled from the holy Church of God and anathematized Honorius
who was some time Pope of Old Rome, because of what we found written by him to Sergius, that in all respects he followed his view and confirmed his impious doctrines.
We have also examined the synodal letter of Sophronius of holy memory, some time Patriarch of the Holy City of Christ our God, Jerusalem, and have found it in accordance with the true faith and with the Apostolic teachings, and with those of the holy approved Fathers. Therefore we have received it as orthodox and as salutary to the holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, and have decreed that it is right that his name be inserted in the diptychs of the Holy Churches."
To Theodore of Pharan, the heretic, anathema! To Sergius, the heretic, anathema! To Cyrus, the heretic, anathema! To Honorius, the heretic, anathema!
To Pyrthus, the heretic, anathema!
To Macarius, the heretic, anathema!
To Apergius of Perga
To all heretics, anathema! To all who side with heretics, anathema!
May the faith of the Christians increase, and long years to the orthodox and Ecumenical Council!DEFINITION OF FAITH
“The holy and Ecumenical Synod further says, this pious and orthodox Creed of the Divine grace would be sufficient for the full knowledge and confirmation of the orthodox faith. But as the author of evil, who, in the beginning, availed himself of the aid of the serpent, and by it brought the poison of death upon the human race, has not desisted, but in like manner now, having found suitable instruments for working out his will
(we mean Theodorus, who was Bishop of Pharan, Sergius, Pyrrhus, Paul and Peter, who were Archbishops of this royal city, and moreover, Honorius who was Pope of the elder Rome
, Cyrus Bishop of Alexandria, Macarius who was lately bishop of Antioch, and Stephen his disciple), has actively employed them in raising up for the whole Church the stumbling-blocks of one will and one operation in the two natures of Christ our true God
..."PROSPHONETICUS TO THE EMPEROR
“Therefore we declare that in him there are two natural wills and two natural operations, proceeding commonly and without division: but we cast out of the Church and rightly subject to anathema all superfluous novelties as well as their inventors:
to wit, Theodore of Pharan, Sergius and Paul, Pyrrhus, and Peter (who were archbishops of Constantinople), moreover Cyrus, who bore the priesthood of Alexandria, and with them Honorius, who was the ruler (greek: proedron) of Rome, as he followed them in these things.
The Council of Trullo also reiterated this condemnation:
Also we agree to guard untouched the faith of the Sixth Holy Synod, which first assembled in this imperial city in the time of Constantine, our Emperor, of blessed memory, which faith received still greater confirmation from the fact that the pious Emperor ratified with his own signet that which was written for the security of future generations. This council taught that we should openly profess our faith that in the incarnation of Jesus Christ, our true God, there are two natural wills or volitions and two natural operations; and condemned by a just sentence those who adulterated the true doctrine and taught the people that in the one Lord Jesus Christ there is but one will and one operation;
to wit, Theodore of Pharan, Cyrus of Alexandria, Honorius of Rome
, Sergius, Pyrrhus, Paul and Peter, who were bishops of this God-preserved city; Macarius, who was bishop of Antioch; Stephen, who was his disciple, and the insane Polychronius, depriving them henceforth from the communion of the body of Christ our God. (Canon I)
Even more decisive was the 7th Ecumenical Council's condemnation of Honorius for his doctrinal teaching
, the same Council where the Canons of Trullo were received without protest from the Papal Legates:
"We have also anathematised the idle tales of Origen, Didymus, and Evagrius; and the doctrine of one will
held by Sergius, Honorius
, Cyrus, and Pyrrhus, or rather, we have anathematised their own evil will." (Letter of the Synod to the Emperor and Empress).
Given the force of the evidence we have against Honorius, it amazes me the extent to which so many RC apologists will go to defend, or "rehabilitate" this fallen Pope. Ultramontanes of the past few centuries sought to negate these facts by desperately introducing their hypotheses, ranging from "the documents have been forged," to "Honorius' decrees were certainly 'ex catherdra' but the Council erred in condemning him," to the modern day apologetic of "failing to teach." The ultramontanes were very hard pressed to find any supporters of their hypotheses from any of the clear-thinking RC scholars of the time, such as Karl Hefele, so too in our time will it be very difficult to convince the critical student of history of the inconsistent efforts to save Honorius.
Pope St. Gregory the Great rightly pointed out that "if any one bishop be called universal, all the Church crumbles if that universal one fall
." (to Cyriacus)
Should we start allocating grades for historical revisionism, many RC net apologists would get an A+++++.