In Defense of St. Francis

It seems to me worthwhile to submit this post because the current occupant of the papacy has chosen to besmirch the name of this great saint by taking the name, Francis I. Leaving aside the question of whether it is licit, canonically, to have a “Pope Emeritus” in Rome living alongside the person who claims legitimacy of being the true Pope, the following is submitted for perusal.

Have the post Vatican II occupants of the papacy been canonically elected? This question is critical to what is happening now in Rome and since the closing of Vatican II. Hopefully, it will lend context to whatever emerges from the “Synod on the Family”.

A quote from St. Robert Bellarmine says manifest heretics lose all jurisdiction: “A pope who is a manifest heretic automatically (per se) ceases to be pope and head, just as he ceases automatically to be a Christian and a member of the Church. Wherefore, he can be judged and punished by the Church. This is the teaching of the ancient Fathers who teach that manifest heretics immediately lose all jurisdiction.”, De Romano Pontifice, II.30

St. Francis of Assisi in his prophecy of the End Times says: “The devils will have unusual power, the immaculate purity of our Order, and of others, will be so much obscured that there will be very few Christians who will obey the true Sovereign Pontiff and the Roman Church with loyal hearts and perfect charity. At the time of this tribulation a man, not canonically elected, will be raised to the Pontificate, who, by his cunning, will endeavour to draw many into error and death.” (www.novusordowatch.org/francis.htm

So, the question is: Have the occupants of the papacy since Vatican II demonstrated manifest heresy? If they have, then the prophecy of St. Francis holds true. “Outside the Church there is no salvation” (extra ecclesiam nulla salus) is a doctrine of the Catholic Faith that was taught By Jesus Christ to His Apostles, preached by the Fathers, defined by popes and councils and piously believed by the faithful in every age of the Church. Here is how the Popes defined it:

“There is but one universal Church of the faithful, outside which no one at all is saved.” (Pope Innocent III, Fourth Lateran Council, 1215.)
“We declare, say, define, and pronounce that it is absolutely necessary for the salvation of every human creature to be subject to the Roman Pontiff.” (Pope Boniface VIII, the Bull Unam Sanctam, 1302.)
“The most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, but also Jews and heretics and schismatics, can have a share in life eternal; but that they will go into the eternal fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless before death they are joined with Her; and that so important is the unity of this ecclesiastical body that only those remaining within this unity can profit by the sacraments of the Church unto salvation, and they alone can receive an eternal recompense for their fasts, their almsgivings, their other works of Christian piety and the duties of a Christian soldier. No one, let his almsgiving be as great as it may, no one, even if he pour out his blood for the Name of Christ, can be saved, unless he remain within the bosom and the unity of the Catholic Church.” (Pope Eugene IV, the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441.) (catholicism.org/category/outside-the-church-there-is-no-salvation)

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