Monday, March 14, 2016
Schismatics aren't Catholic
The Pope is not a heretic. Even if the Pope were a heretic, this would be no reason to leave him. Our Lord promised the the "gates of hell" would not prevail against the Church (Matthew 16:18). Have there been heretical Popes? Probably. Have they taught heresy as official dogma? Emphatically not. The Lord promised the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church, not that Popes would not fail in their moral lives. Have there been wicked Popes? Of course. But the Church is still here. A heretical Pope would still be a valid Pope. Christ promised both chaff and wheat (Matthew 3:12). This is why there are very Holy Popes, and there have been very wicked Popes. And do you know what I find odd? Those wicked Popes are still recognised as valid Popes by the Schismatics. This is, well, confusing. But if those are valid Popes, what prevents the current Pontiff from being a valid Pope? I think the Schismatics need to see the bigger picture.