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I have a question in regard to this phrase. I'm not quite sure what it means.
"I left the priesthood after five years, but I never stopped being a Pope John XXIII Catholic, which, given the reactionary slant of subsequent papacies, meant long decades of internal exile. "
So this person was attached and committed to the Catholicism preached by Pope John XXIII so much that any pope that ever succeeded John XXIII didn't fill the void of losing this pope in this person's heart. Am I right?
It's not just about an attachment to one pope in one's heart. These type of believers reject the reforms made by subsequent popes, in particular the reforms after the Second Vatican Council.
Many of them reject the legitimacy of these popes and consider the Seat of St. Peter to be empty, hence the term "sedevacanist."
Sedevacantism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia