Papal Criticism

You know, it’s a fact that most of us do not want to criticize the Pope and we do so only when it seems to us that there is no other alternative but to accept what he says and does in silence. This current occupant of the Chair of St. Peter seems to be saying to the world that he’s just “one of the guys” who happens to have been elected to a position that he didn’t want and is rather uncomfortable in fulfilling. Well, all that may be true but the undeniable fact is: he has taken it upon himself to criticize traditional Catholic groups while, at the same time, praising those who fail to uphold Tradition and, in fact, are either apostates or non-believers. So we are left with only one of two conclusions – either he is a flaming hypocrite or he is lacking in the mental capacity to determine right from wrong. Either way, we must pray that the Holy Spirit will take hold of this man and direct him to the path of truth and honesty in his dealings with those who hold fast to the traditions received from the apostles.

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3 comments on “Papal Criticism

  1. THE

    Spontaneous, humble
    Everywhere cameras
    Shooting modesty grand.

    Humble, spontaneous
    “Smell the sheep and the wolves
    But don’t feed, that’s expense!”

  2. Well, since even the first pope got it right square twixt the eyes from St. Paul, it’s been game on – under the proper circumstances, of course.

    Which means, since the individual soul’s salvation may truly be at stake, if a pope goes off the rails or is at least fuzzy on a critical matter of the Faith, each Catholic has a duty to raise the issue and to defend himself against any imposition of error. That was a rare, rare phenomenon for most of Church history.

    In the past fifty years, it’s become a burgeoning cottage industry – out of necessity!

    Following the administrative rules of the Church, John 23, Paul 6, JPI & JPII, Benedict 16 and Francis 0 (you need a “second” to establish a “first”) were all, presumably, legally elected to office. That’s all that’s required. That “presumably” implies that they were members of the Church, duly ordained and physically able to fulfill the duties of the office. Unless formally excommunicated, which none of the forenamed were, they were eligible and were elected.

    Thus, the entire BLEEP! conceit falls on its face. While they scream that the chair is empty, it’s been legally filled. While they scream that no heretic can be pope, it remains to be seen that any council or even conclave has been invoked to impose such a sentence on any of the conciliarist popes named, above. No such thing has occurred. And all the argy-bargy about latae sentential excomms, on grounds of personal heresy, is nothing more than an exercise in futility unless confirmed, either concurrently or subsequently, by a lawful council or a formal juridical declaration by a successor pope. (Which I do not rule out, btw. Although, I expect it will be a few hundred years from now.)

    Thus, we are living through an era where all due deference and obedience in matters of faith and morals – AS IT PERTAINS TO A PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL SITTING ON THE THRONE (or, lately, folding chair) – has certainly been a challenge. If any of the conciliar popes said or did something “good”, according to faith and morals – great! High fives all around. No problem. If they didn’t – the need to defend oneself from error applies.

    In the good old days, long before the telegraph or even moveable type, a lunatic might have become pope (Ben 9 might have qualified) but – fifty miles outside the city limits of Rome – who knew? A kindly, but savvy cardinal or two could see to it that the ravings were scotched, word did not get out, and nobody was the wiser.

    Today, with the infernalnet and the MSM, EVERYTHING gets out and the whole world has to immediately begin spinning it according to cultic priorities.

    That isn’t helpful. But it’s reality. And the end result is ironic: While today more people worldwide see, read about and hear the pope than ever, there are probably fewer people (as a percentage of world population) than ever that even care, at least beyond the theatrics or politics of whatever happens to be going on.

    I prefer the days when it took a year or two before word reached the local hamlet that so-and-so was pope.

  3. He can say whatever he wants if this continues at the end of his reign the Novus Ordo will have shrunken furthur. These guys can’t take the opposite position because they would have to really humble themselves and admit the last 50 years have been a disaster and their life’s work nonsense, no better to tell others how to be humble than admit that.

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