The Sad Tale of Pope Honorius
1. His condemnation is found in the Acts of the 13th Session of the 6th Ecumenical Council.
2. His two letters were ordered to be burned at the same Session.
3. In the 17th session of the 6th Ecumenical Council, the Council Fathers proclaimed:
........................"Anathema to the heretic Sergius, to the heretic Cyrus, to the heretic Honorius,..."
........................The above clinches it, unless we want to argue that an Ecumenical Council and the Popes who ratified it may err but in that case the burden of proof is on the person who opposes the Council and the papal ratification.
4. In the decree of faith published at the 17th Session it is stated that "the originator of all evil the Devil...found a fit tool for his will in...Honorius, Pope of Old Rome..."
5. The report of the Council to the Emperor says that "Honorius, formerly bishop of Rome" they had "punished with exclusion and anathema" because he followed the monothelites.
6. In its letter to Pope Agatho the Council says it "has slain Honorius with an anathema"
7. The imperial decree speaks of the "unholy priests who
infected the Church and falsely governed" and mentions among them "Honorius, the Pope of Old Rome, the confirmer of heresy who contradicted himself."
The Emperor goes on to anathematize "Honorius who was Pope of Old Rome, who in everything agreed with them, went with them, and strengthened the heresy."
8. Pope Leo II confirmed the decrees of the Council and expressly says that he too anathematized Honorius.
9. That Honorius was anathematized by the Sixth Council is
mentioned in the Trullan Canons.
10. So too the Seventh Council declares its adhesion to the
anathema in its decree of faith, and in several places in the acts the same is said.
11. Honorius's name was found in the Roman copy of the Acts. This is evident from Anastasius's life of Leo II. (Vita Leonis II.)
12. The Papal Oath as found in the Liber Diurnus taken by
each new Pope from the fifth to the eleventh centuries, in the form probably prescribed by Gregory II:
............................."...smites with eternal anathema the originators of the new heresy, Sergius, together with Honorius because he assisted the base assertion of the heretics."
13. In the lesson for the feast of St. Leo II. in the Roman Breviary the name of Pope Honorius occurs among those excommunicated by the Sixth Synod. This reference to Honorius was removed before the definition of papal infallibility.
14. The Catholic Encylopedia says that no Catholic may deny that Pope Honorius was a heretic.
"It is clear that no Catholic has the right to defend Pope Honorius. He was a heretic, not in intention, but in fact..."
This statement has the Imprimatur of John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New Yorkhttp://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07452b.htm
With such an array of proof no conservative historian, it would seem, can question the fact that Honorius, the Pope of Rome, was condemned and anathematized as a heretic by the Sixth Ecumenical Council and that the Popes after him used their authority to uphold the decision against him.