Monday, November 14, 2016
IN THE CHURCH OF THE "WHAT IF"?
We can no longer deny that there is a major disorientation in the Magisterium of the Church, primarily among some cardinals and bishops in union with the Vicar of Christ.
It cannot be denied that we live in an unprecedented moment of Church history where we have two living popes, one emeritus, one active. Again, let me say this is unprecedented! In addition to this the emeritus pope has seen his long legacy as a brilliant theologian, advisor to a saint, Saint Pope John Paul II and as a reigning pope dismantled and intentionally so from day one of the current reigning pope almost as a vendetta and the settling of scores.
It cannot be denied that there are some in the Church who find the renunciation of the papacy by the emeritus pope as suspicion and perhaps invalid.
What would make it invalid? Pressure (either outside of the emeritus or from within himself, such as a major depression which led His Holiness to a decision not made in His Holiness "right mind?"
How long would an emeritus pope living at the Vatican begin to realize what is happening and in his right mind realize that His Holiness' resignation was invalid?
If this scenario where to come to pass, even in a document written while the emeritus was alive, but released after his death, what would this do to the Church and the current papal magisterium?
Would we experience in our highly polarized Church a "Greater" Schism?
As I wrote above, we are in an unprecedented, epochal period of Church history, never, ever experienced before. Where all this will lead I cannot predict although I worry. But somehow I know from Church history that the Holy Spirit who allows confusion, heresy and schism, ultimately makes new and correct from the babble of anarchists in the Church a clarity which allows the Church to move forward and confirms that the Holy Spirit will not allow the gates of hell, as man made as these are but influenced by the evil spirit, to prevail against the true Church.