[Does the pope still have the power to excommunicate and depose a sovereign ruler and release his subjects from their oath of allegiance to him so that they may legitimately resist or arise against him? The best known (and successful) case is that in 1076 of St. Gregory VII against the Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV concerning the investiture of bishops. Many of the emperor’s barons rebelled against him (for other reasons), and he ended up doing penance by kneeling in the snow and begging forgiveness from the pope at his palace in Canossa. The last well know case is St. Pius V’s 1570 papal bull “Regnans in Excelsis” against the Protestantizing and Catholic-persecuting Queen Elizabeth of England. If so, would FrankenPope do such against the Grand Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta or against The Donald as the President of the United States?]
POSTED BY RESTORE-DC-CATHOLICISM ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017
Let’s see now. There was the thinly-disguised manipulation of the two synods on the family during the past two years. There was his dismissal of the Pontifical Academy of Life. There was the heavy-handed treatment meted out to Cardinal Burke and others. There was him flat out telling Cardinal Muller “because I’m the pope” when the latter asked why he was ordered to dismiss three good priests from the CDF.
Now, in the wake of him trying to meddle in the internal affairs of a sovereign state, we see this from Catholic News Service. This commission claims their authority relates “to the authority he exercises directly and immediately over all baptized faithful, whether lay or clerical”.
There is no such authority, save for matters having to do with Catholic faith and morals. Are we bloggers obliged to submit to “investigations” owing to our concerns regarding Amoris Laetitia? Progressives tend to snoot and carry on about “freedom”, but when they assume positions of authority, they quickly abuse their powers; take the “politically correct” speech codes on liberal campuses for example. Also consider the draconian treatment meted out to Father Guarnizo almost five years ago by the Archdiocese of Washington. Progressives, since they really don’t adhere to the Faith and to the Author of that Faith, also acknowledge no moral bounds nor restraints upon their whims. Therefore they have no problem arrogating to themselves authority that isn’t their’s, while at the same time eschewing responsibility that is their’s.
We see that happening at the Vatican, all the way to the top. We laity do have rights that clergy do not have; thus we have responsibilities that they may not be able to exercise. Let’s do it.