Holy Roman Catholic Succession

Our status as a “Particular Church” under the The Roman Catholic Church’s Statement on the validity of our Autocephalous Catholic Tradition by (then) Pope Benedict XVI:
The declaration on the unity and salvific universality of Jesus Christ and the Church, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now BXVI), then prefect of the Roman Catholic Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith stated:
“Therefore, there exists a single Church of Christ, which subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the Successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him.  The Churches which, while not existing in perfect communion with the Catholic Church, remain united to her by means of the closest bonds, that is, by apostolic succession and a valid Eucharist, are true particular Churches. Therefore, the Church of Christ is present and operative also in these Churches, even though they lack full communion with the Catholic Church, since they do not accept the Catholic doctrine of the Primacy, which, according to the will of God, the Bishop of Rome objectively has and exercises over the entire Church.”
(See also: Second Vatican Council, Decree Unitatites Redintegratio, 3; Congregation for the Doctrine of teh Faith, Declaration Mysterium cclesiae, 1: AAs 65 (1973), 396-398; Second Vatican Counsel, Decree Unitatis redintegratio, 14 and 15; Congbregation for the Doctrine of teh faith, Letter Communionis notio, 17: AAS 85 (1993), 848; First Vatican Council, Constitution Pastor aeternus; DS 3053-3064; Second Vatican Council, Dogmatic Constitution Lumen gentiujm, 22.).


Historical List of Pontiffs
St. Peter (32-67)
St. Linus (67-76)
St. Anacletus (Cletus) (76-88)
St. Clement I (88-97)
St. Evaristus (97-105)
St. Alexander I (105-115)
St. Sixtus I (115-125) Also called Xystus I
St. Telesphorus (125-136)
St. Hyginus (136-140)
St. Pius I (140-155)
St. Anicetus (155-166)
St. Soter (166-175)
St. Eleutherius (175-189)
St. Victor I (189-199)
St. Zephyrinus (199-217)
St. Callistus I (217-22) Callistus and the following three popes were opposed by St. Hippolytus,antipope (217-236)
St. Urban I (222-30)
St. Pontain (230-35)
St. Anterus (235-36)
St. Fabian (236-50)
St. Cornelius (251-53) Opposed by Novatian,antipope (251)
St. Lucius I (253-54)
St. Stephen I (254-257)
St. Sixtus II (257-258)
St. Dionysius (260-268)
St. Felix I (269-274)
St. Eutychian (275-283)
St. Caius (283-296) Also called Gaius
St. Marcellinus (296-304)
St. Marcellus I (308-309)
St. Eusebius (309 or 310)
St. Miltiades (311-14)
St. Sylvester I (314-35)
St. Marcus (336)
St. Julius I (337-52)
Liberius (352-66) Opposed by Felix II, antipope(355-365)
St. Damasus I (366-83) Opposed by Ursicinus,antipope (366-367)
St. Siricius (384-99)
St. Anastasius I (399-401)
St. Innocent I (401-17)
St. Zosimus (417-18)
St. Boniface I (418-22) Opposed by Eulalius,antipope (418-419)
St. Celestine I (422-32)
St. Sixtus III (432-40)
St. Leo I (the Great) (440-61)
St. Hilarius (461-68)
St. Simplicius (468-83)
St. Felix III (II) (483-92)
St. Gelasius I (492-96)
Anastasius II (496-98)
St. Symmachus (498-514) Opposed by Laurentius, antipope (498-501)
St. Hormisdas (514-23)
St. John I (523-26)
St. Felix IV (III) (526-30)
Boniface II (530-32) Opposed by Dioscorus,antipope (530)
John II (533-35)
St. Agapetus I (535-36) Also called Agapitus I
St. Silverius (536-37)
Pelagius I (556-61)
John III (561-74)
Benedict I (575-79)
Pelagius II (579-90)
St. Gregory I (the Great) (590-604)
Sabinian (604-606)
Boniface III (607)
St. Boniface IV (608-15)
St. Deusdedit (Adeodatus I) (615-18)
Boniface V (619-25)
Honorius I (625-38)
Severinus (640)
John IV (640-42)
Theodore I (642-49)
St. Martin I (649-55)
St. Eugene I (655-57)
St. Vitalian (657-72)
Adeodatus (II) (672-76)
Donus (676-78)
St. Agatho (678-81)
St. Leo II (682-83)
St. Benedict II (684-85)
John V (685-86)
Conon (686-87)
St. Sergius I (687-701) Opposed by Theodore and Paschal, antipopes (687)
John VI (701-05)
John VII (705-07)
Sisinnius (708)
Constantine (708-15)
St. Gregory II (715-31)
St. Gregory III (731-41)
St. Zachary (741-52)
Stephen II (752) Because he died before beingconsecrated, many authoritative lists omit him
Stephen III (752-57)
St. Paul I (757-67)
Stephen IV (767-72) Opposed by Constantine II (767) and Philip (768), antipopes (767)
Adrian I (772-95)
St. Leo III (795-816)
Stephen V (816-17)
St. Paschal I (817-24)
Eugene II (824-27)
Valentine (827)
Gregory IV (827-44)
Sergius II (844-47) Opposed by John, antipope(855)
St. Leo IV (847-55)
Benedict III (855-58) Opposed by Anastasius,antipope (855)
St. Nicholas I (the Great) (858-67)
Adrian II (867-72)
John VIII (872-82)
Marinus I (882-84)
St. Adrian III (884-85)
Stephen VI (885-91)
Formosus (891-96)
Boniface VI (896)
Stephen VII (896-97)
Romanus (897)
Theodore II (897)
John IX (898-900)
Benedict IV (900-03)
Leo V (903) Opposed by Christopher, antipope(903-904)
Sergius III (904-11)
Anastasius III (911-13)
Lando (913-14)
John X (914-28)
Leo VI (928)
Stephen VIII (929-31)
John XI (931-35)
Leo VII (936-39)
Stephen IX (939-42)
Marinus II (942-46)
Agapetus II (946-55)
John XII (955-63)
Leo VIII (963-64)
Benedict V (964)
John XIII (965-72)
Benedict VI (973-74)
Benedict VII (974-83) Benedict and John XIV were opposed by Boniface VII, antipope (974; 984-985)
John XIV (983-84)
John XV (985-96)
Gregory V (996-99) Opposed by John XVI,antipope (997-998)
Sylvester II (999-1003)
John XVII (1003)
John XVIII (1003-09)
Sergius IV (1009-12)
Benedict VIII (1012-24) Opposed by Gregory,antipope (1012)
John XIX (1024-32)
Benedict IX (1032-45) He appears on this list three separate times, because he was twicedeposed and restored
Sylvester III (1045) Considered by some to be anantipope
Benedict IX (1045)
Gregory VI (1045-46)
Clement II (1046-47)
Benedict IX (1047-48)
Damasus II (1048)
St. Leo IX (1049-54)
Victor II (1055-57)
Stephen X (1057-58)
Nicholas II (1058-61) Opposed by Benedict X,antipope (1058)
Alexander II (1061-73) Opposed by Honorius II,antipope (1061-1072)
St. Gregory VII (1073-85) Gregory and the following three popes were opposed by Guibert (“Clement III”), antipope (1080-1100)
Blessed Victor III (1086-87)
Blessed Urban II (1088-99)
Paschal II (1099-1118) Opposed by Theodoric (1100), Aleric (1102) and Maginulf (“Sylvester IV”, 1105-1111), antipopes (1100)
Gelasius II (1118-19) Opposed by Burdin (“Gregory VIII”), antipope (1118)
Callistus II (1119-24)
Honorius II (1124-30) Opposed by Celestine II,antipope (1124)
Innocent II (1130-43) Opposed by Anacletus II(1130-1138) and Gregory Conti (“Victor IV”)(1138), antipopes (1138)
Celestine II (1143-44)
Lucius II (1144-45)
Blessed Eugene III (1145-53)
Anastasius IV (1153-54)
Adrian IV (1154-59)
Alexander III (1159-81) Opposed by Octavius (“Victor IV”) (1159-1164), Pascal III (1165-1168), Callistus III (1168-1177) and Innocent III (1178-1180), antipopes
Lucius III (1181-85)
Urban III (1185-87)
Gregory VIII (1187)
Clement III (1187-91)
Celestine III (1191-98)
Innocent III (1198-1216)
Honorius III (1216-27)
Gregory IX (1227-41)
Celestine IV (1241)
Innocent IV (1243-54)
Alexander IV (1254-61)
Urban IV (1261-64)
Clement IV (1265-68)
Blessed Gregory X (1271-76)
Blessed Innocent V (1276)
Adrian V (1276)
John XXI (1276-77)
Nicholas III (1277-80)
Martin IV (1281-85)
Honorius IV (1285-87)
Nicholas IV (1288-92)
St. Celestine V (1294)
Boniface VIII (1294-1303)
Blessed Benedict XI (1303-04)
Clement V (1305-14)
John XXII (1316-34) Opposed by Nicholas V,antipope (1328-1330)
Benedict XII (1334-42)
Clement VI (1342-52)
Innocent VI (1352-62)
Blessed Urban V (1362-70)
Gregory XI (1370-78)
Urban VI (1378-89) Opposed by Robert of Geneva (“Clement VII”), antipope (1378-1394)
Boniface IX (1389-1404) Opposed by Robert of Geneva (“Clement VII”) (1378-1394), Pedro de Luna (“Benedict XIII”) (1394-1417) andBaldassare Cossa (“John XXIII”) (1400-1415),antipopes
Innocent VII (1404-06) Opposed by Pedro de Luna (“Benedict XIII”) (1394-1417) andBaldassare Cossa (“John XXIII”) (1400-1415),antipopes
Gregory XII (1406-15) Opposed by Pedro de Luna (“Benedict XIII”) (1394-1417), Baldassare Cossa (“John XXIII”) (1400-1415), and Pietro Philarghi (“Alexander V”) (1409-1410), antipopes
Martin V (1417-31)
Eugene IV (1431-47) Opposed by Amadeus of Savoy (“Felix V”), antipope (1439-1449)
Nicholas V (1447-55)
Callistus III (1455-58)
Pius II (1458-64)
Paul II (1464-71)
Sixtus IV (1471-84)
Innocent VIII (1484-92)
Alexander VI (1492-1503)
Pius III (1503)
Julius II (1503-13)
Leo X (1513-21)
Adrian VI (1522-23)
Clement VII (1523-34)
Paul III (1534-49)
Julius III (1550-55)
Marcellus II (1555)
Paul IV (1555-59)
Pius IV (1559-65)
St. Pius V (1566-72)
Gregory XIII (1572-85)
Sixtus V (1585-90)
Urban VII (1590)
Gregory XIV (1590-91)
Innocent IX (1591)

Clement VIII (1592-1605)

Leo XI (1605)
Paul V (1605-21)
Gregory XV (1621-23)
Urban VIII (1623-44)
Innocent X (1644-55)
Alexander VII (1655-67)
Clement IX (1667-69)
Clement X (1670-76)
Blessed Innocent XI (1676-89)
Alexander VIII (1689-91)
Innocent XII (1691-1700)
Clement XI (1700-21)
Innocent XIII (1721-24)
Benedict XIII (1724-30)
Clement XII (1730-40)
Benedict XIV (1740-58)
Clement XIII (1758-69)
Clement XIV (1769-74)
Pius VI (1775-99)
Pius VII (1800-23)
Leo XII (1823-29)
Pius VIII (1829-30)
Gregory XVI (1831-46)
Blessed Pius IX (1846-78)
Leo XIII (1878-1903)
St. Pius X (1903-14)
Benedict XV (1914-22)
Pius XI (1922-39)
Pius XII (1939-58)
Blessed John XXIII (1958-63)
Paul VI (1963-78)
John Paul I (1978)
John Paul II (1978-2005)
Benedict XVI (2005-2013)
Francis I (2013-     )


Our Bishop-to-Bishop Line from the Last Papal Consecration pertaining to our Succession
The earliest records of Bishop-to-Bishop consecrations, at this time, are securely known back to Cardinal Scipino Rebiba—the line from which 91% of the world’s current 5,000 Roman Catholic Bishops (including the current BXVI and Blessed JPII derive their authority)
The bishop-to-bishop laying of hands, as best we can discover:
Leone de Simone, Bishop of Nola, elected 23 March 1442 (of which no information regarding his consecrated), assisted by Leone Cortese, Bishop of Acerra and Benedetto, Bishop of Dragonara, consecrated, on 29 December 1458
Oliviero Carafa, Archbishop of Napoli, consecrated, as Archbishop Emeritus of Napoli, his nephew, on September 8, 1506
Gianpietro Cardinal Carafa (later Roman Catholic Pope Paul IV), in 1555 consecrated (widely believed, but for which no documentary proof)
Cardinal Scipione Rebiba, was consecreated Titular Bishop of Amicle and Auxiliary Bishop of Chieti, 3.16.1541 Bishop, later Titular Patriarch of Constantinople who, on 3.12.1566, assisted by Annibale Caracciolo, Bishop of Isola, and Giacomo de Giacomelli, Bishop emeritus of Belcastro, consecrated
Guilio Antonio Santorio, Archbishop of Santa Severina, later Cardinal, who, on 8.22.1586, assisted by Giulio Masetti, Bishop of Reggio Emilia and Ottaviano Cardinal Paravicini, Bishop of Alessandria consecrated
Girolamo Cardinal Bernerio, O.P., Bishop of Ascoli Piceno, later Bishop of Albano, who, assisted by Claudio Rangoni, Bishop pof Piacenza and Giovanni Ambrogio Caccia, Bishop of Castro di Toscana, on 4.4.1604 consecrated
Galeazzo Sanvitale, Archbishop of Bari and Prefect of the Apostolic Palace, who, assisted by Cosmo de Torres, Titular Archbishop ofHadrianopolis and Ottavio Cardinal Ridolfi, Bishop of Ariano, on 5.2.1621 consecrated
Lodovico Ludovisi, Cardinal Archbishop of Bologna, who, assisted by Galeazzo Sanvitale, Archbishop emeritus of Bari, and ArchbishopUlpiano (Vupiano) Volpi, Archbishop emeritus of Chieti, on 6.12.1622 consecrated
Luigi Cardinal Caetani, Titular Patriarch of Antioch, who, assisted by Antonio Ricciulli, Bishop emeritus of Belcastro and Viceregent of Rome and Benedetto Landi, Bishop of Fossombrone, on 10.7.1630 consecrated
Ulderico Cardinal Carpegna, Bishop of Gubbio, who, assisted by Steafno Ugolini, Titular Archbishop of Corinth and Giovanni TommasoPinelli, Bishop of Albenga, on 6.8.1664 consecrated
Paluzzo (Paluzzi degli Albertoni) Altieri, Cardinal Bishop of Montefiascone e Corneto, later Prefect of the Sacred Congregation de Propaganda Fide, [it is here that the Succession of our line and that of John Paul II and Benedict XVI diverge], who, assisted by Stefano Cardinal Brancaccio and Bishop Costazno Zani, O.S.B. in 2.3.1675 consecrated
Pietro Francisco (Vincenzo Maria ) Orsini de Gravina, O.P., who, assisted by Archbishop Giovanni Francesco de Nicolais, O.F.M. andNicolo Maria Cardinal Lercari, on 7.16.1724 consecrated
Pope Benedict XVI [there is a confusion of the number of Benedicts, hence the possible confusion with the current (20th century)Benedict XVI], Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini, who, assisted by Giuseppe Cardinal Accoramboni and Antonio Saverio Cardinal Gentili, on 3.19.1743 consecrated
Pope Clement XIII, Carlo della Torre Rezzonico, who, assisted by Scipione Cardinal Borghese and Archbishop Ignazio Reali, on 4.26.1767 consecrated
Bernadrino Cardinal Giraud, who, assisted by Archbishop Marcantonio Conti and Bishop Giuseppe Maria Carafa, in 2.231777 consecrated
Alessandro Cardinal Mattei, who, assisted by Bishop Geraldo Maciioti and Bishop Francesco Alberini, on 8.31.1819 consecrated
Pietro Francisco Cardinal Galeffi, who, assisted by Giovanni Francesco Cardinal Falzacappa and Giuseppe Cardinal della Porta Rodiani, on 9.7.1822 consecrated
Giacomo Filippo Cardinal Fransoni, who, assisted by Archbishop Giuseppe Valerga and Abbott Rudesindo Salvado, O.S.B., on 6.8.1851consecrated
Carlo Cardinal Sacconi, who, assisted by Salvatore Cardinal Nobili Vitelleschi and Archbishop Frederic-Francois-Xavier Ghislain de Merode, on 6.30.1872 consecrated
Edward Henry Cadrinal Howard, who, assisted by Alessandro Cardinal Sanminiatelli Zabarella and Carlo Cardinal Laurenzi, on 12.1.1882 consecrated
Mariano Cardinal Rampolla del Tindaro, who, assisted by Archbishop Antonio de Macdeo Costa and Domenico Cardinal Ferrata, in 6.26.1890 consecrated
Joaqin Arcoverde de Albuquerque-Cavalcanti, Cardinal, who, assisted by Archbishop Francisco do Rego Maia and Bishop Juan Nepomuceno Terrero y Escalada on 3.24.1911, consecrated
Sebastian Leme de Silveira Cintrapoa, Cardinal Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro and titular Bishop of Orthosia, who, assisted by Alberto Jose Concalves and Benedito Paolo Alves de Souza, on 12.8.24 consecreated
Carlos Duarte-Costa, Bishop of Botocatu, Sao Paolo, who on 6.5.60 consecrated
Milton Cunha, who on 10.3.68, consecreated, sub-conditione,
Giuseppe Santo Eusebio Pace, who on 10.15.78 consecreated
Antonio Pietroburgo “Chiesa Cattolica Ortodossa”, Patriarch of Rome, American Orthodox Catholic Church, who on 1.16.80 consecrated
Donald Lawrence Jolly, Ph.D., who on 3.16.80 consecrated
Robert Vincent Bernard Dawe, who on 10.18.81 consecrated
Francis Thorne-Coley, who on 8.20.98 consecrated
Lee Allen Petersen, who on 4.26.09 consecrated
Mansell Christian Gilmore, who on 1.30.2011 consecrated
Bryan D. Ouellette, Ph.D., in ecclesia, Nicholas III, Patriarch, by acclamanation and fiat, Holy Nicholean Catholic Church, Patriarch, by election and acclamation, Holy Imperial Russian Orthodox Church in exile